Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

Filed in 5 Stars , featured , Kate Evangelista , Review , The Coffee Lover Posted on June 14, 2012 @ 11:00 am 9 comments

Format Read: e-book provided by the author
Number of Pages: 259 pages
Release Date: April 30th 2012
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Kindle, B&N, Book Depository

Book Blurb:

At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

My Thoughts:
I have to admit it, when I first read the premise of Taste, I thought that I should expect something like Vampire Academy. I don’t know why but something about the fact that the story is set in a strange school, something about the name Demitri, and I just assumed that Taste would be a more or less typical YA story. Boy I was so wrong and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Taste is so unique, so new a story that all my previous thoughts of any resemblance between Kate Evangelista’s story and Vampire Academy or anything else for that matter scattered away really soon! I won’t say why, believe me not knowing what mythical creature this story is about or anything else for that matter, made it all the better for me! Taste is a surprise of a YA novel!

Kate Evangelista’s voice is strong and fresh and she has a remarkable ability to create so intricate worlds that it would be safe to say that we should expect great things from her and really soon. I strongly believe that she has much more to give and that in the future we will see stories of her become quite the sensation. I mean her world building is unlike anything I have read so far, fully detailed but not boring even for a single minute, and most of all understandable. Evangelista’s writing is efficient and straight to the point. Not even for a single minute was I bored and as soon as I started reading this story, the surprises kept coming one after the other.

And for starters, the fact that from the premise I again assumed that the story would take place in school grounds. But again Evangelista surprised me with the way she presented her story and well, as I said in the beginning of this review there’s nothing typical about Taste and nothing is exactly as it seems to be. From the narration to the world building everything screams awesomeness!

And the surprises don’t end here. The ever present in so many YA titles nowadays love triangle doesn’t make its appearance! You heard me right. There might be two hot guys in this story, there might be some light flirting, just enough to spice things up, but at last, this is a story that doesn’t deem necessary for its heroine to “struggle” to decide between two perfect guys when more important things in the story happen. As I said, Taste is fresh 🙂

And last but not least, I’d like to mention the heroine, Phoenix, a special character that will stick to my mind for a number of reasons. Evangelista did a splendid job describing her, the way she always felt lonely even in the middle of a large group of people, a girl who’s deprived of love and attention, who may occasionally act in an impulsive way to get, her father’s mostly, attention but who has a pure heart, who’s brave and caring and everything good at heart.

All in all, Taste is a YA novel that took me by surprise with its freshness and its amazing and intriguing world building. Totally recommend it.

PhotobucketI give Taste 5 stars!

About Anna

Anna is a psychologist from Greece.You can almost always find her with a book stuck under her nose,so it's no wonder that all her friends make a joke of her.Apart from reading she dreams of the day she'll be able to travel around the world!Anna also blogs at Books to Brighten your Mood.

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  • aurian June 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Great review Anna, you obviously loved it. But I do hope for other reasons than that it is different from other books 🙂 Writing style and plot twists? Humor?

    • Anna June 15, 2012 at 12:51 am

      In the YA genre lately, for a story to be different and fresh is a huge reason for celebration for me 😛
      But the writing style is really good as well. That’s why I believe that Kate Evangelista will do great things in the future. All the potential is there 🙂

  • Susan June 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Yay! I had already ordered this one. I’d heard good things about it and am glad you’re adding your yes vote to the list.

    • Anna June 15, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Hope you’ll love it as much as I did Susan 🙂

  • Stella June 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Interesting and so good to see your enthusiasm for this book Anna. When I read the blurb I was turned off by all the Vampire Academy similarities :-/ The story doesn’t feel like a carbon copy of that series? If not then maybe the blurb isn’t the best, there was just way too many similarities (starting with Dimitri – Demitri…)

    • Anna June 15, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Yeah Stella, the blurb is a little bit misleading… There are no similarities with VA, at least none that I could point out. And after a certain point in the story, you just get carried away by the narration that you forget everything else 🙂

    • draconismoi June 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

      I concur, Stella. The blurb screams “oh look, here’s another moody teenage vampire!”

  • Sherry Soule July 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a fantastic and well-written review. 😉

  • Iris December 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Great Review! There is a Twitter Party coming up this friday Dec 14, 7/8C! You can ask Kate all your questions about Taste and win a copy of Taste. Join and use Hashtag #BreakCurfew

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