by Kate Evangelista
Published by Crescent Moon Press Release date : April 30th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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
It was years ago that I first saw Taste on my Goodreads feed. I immediately added it to my TBR pile. I mean, flesh eaters. Hellllllo awesome. Sadly, I kind of forgot about it until I saw it on sale on Amazon. And well, while I really liked it, I didn’t love it as much as I was hoping to.
First of all, I loved the world. Flesh eaters and these aren’t typical “zombies.” It reminded me of the Vampire hierarchy we see a lot (except, they eat flesh and don’t drink blood) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Their history and background was quite fascinating.
The plot itself was very entertaining. There are two parts, one in which I will hide with spoilers. View Spoiler » The Zhamvy race is dying and Dray, a Zhamvy himself, is looking for a cure to what ails them. Since eating human flesh had been outlawed, the synthetic flesh just wasn’t doing it. That’s where Phoenix comes in with the experiments and such. « Hide Spoiler Parts were very scientific and I loved it. We also have a villain that is trying to overthrow the King and take over the throne. Which, wraps up together with the “secret”.
Phoenix was an awesome main character. She is hilarious, witty, strong and spunky. She is overly curious and I loved her no nonsense attitude. I also loved how open she was to helping out Zhamvy. My only issue with her was her drastic change at the end. The woe is me persona doesn’t look good on her.
As far as the romance goes? Well. There is a hint at a love triangle but for me, it wasn’t one. Because Phoenix and Demitri had a “special bond”, there was no room for Luka. Which brings me to my issue with the romance. It’s hard to tell with these types of “bonds” if the characters genuinely love each other or not. Sure, they talk about it and everything, but I just didn’t FEEL it. I FELT Luka’s affection for Phoenix. So, no I didn’t ship it.
Demitri was a master at hiding his emotions. He is a great, er guy, but again, I didn’t really feel his love for Phoenix. Luka, though, I adored. He is funny, spunky and a lot like Phoenix. There is just a lot more to him than meets the eye. I adored all the secondary characters too. Dray, was a little bit hard to connect with because he seems too detached, emotionally. But I loved Preya, Phoenix’s room mate and “human” friend.
My Peeve – The romance. Everything else is golden.