22. lip 2012.

{Review & Giveaway} Taste by Kate Evangelista

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Book summary:

 "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."

What we thought about it...

{Glass} Interesting plot. I had my share of doubts first time I heard about this book. It reminded me too much of manga/anime The Vampire Knight with all that stuff about night and day students, but that's where all similarities ends. I liked paranormal elements of the story - zombie-like creatures living hidden in human society, secret kingdoms and two boys on the throne. My biggest problem with Taste was that it felt kind of rushed which left me wondering what did just happened.

{Tanychy} I haven't read that manga/anime therefore I had no idea about night and day students. I was surprised with this book. As some of you may know I rarely read blurbs so every book is a mystery. I also like this zombie-like creatures story, as it's new. I agree with this rushed, yes the story really goes fast and something is happening all the time. 

{Glass} I seriously wanted to strangle Phoenix sometimes. She doesn't think at all or she thinks too much. Boys... Well I like those boys. Maybe Luka just a tiny bit more. But looking them generally, all characters are typical for paranormal young adult novel. Nothing suprising over there.

{Tanychy} Huh. Here I had some problems. Yes, the problem is Phoenix, or annoying-girl-strikes-again how I called her. There is huge difference between being bad-ass and annoying character. Phoenix is maybe curious and I would probably be but she is also so impatient and sometimes her actions were just stupid. About boys in this book, Demitri is typical kick-ass boy. I know that he will be like that from the beginning, but Luka was really interesting in whole story. I really like Demitri's brother Dray, he is really "normal" and great character.

Love story
{Glass}Love triangle... Duh, I so didn't see that coming.:) I understand that girl can be totally swept off her feet when she finds out that not just one but to boys are having hots for her. And they are drop dead gorgeous. But when it's pushed too much in the first plan of the story it could be annoying.

{Tanychy} What to say about love story. It was predictable. I expected love triangle from the beginning and I most certainly got one. You enjoyed in some moments between characters. Demitri is perfect gentleman and  I like him for that. He cares about Phoenix, but also does Luka. I expected that the end will be like this and I'm happy for that.  

What we liked
{Glass} Honestly, I thought that I'll hate this book. But I don't. All the paranormal elements are original - combination of zombies and scientific explanations was really good move. And that scene where Phoenix meets Luka for the first time... Dear God! Awesome.

{Tanychy} So all in all I like the concept of the story generally. I haven't read much stories about zombies, especially about hot zombies like those in the book. So that all was interesting and new for me. Beside Dray I also like Demitri and Luka. I must add the end, I like the ending. Call me lame, but this type of the end is my favourite. What can I say, hopeless romantic till the end. 

What we didn't like
{Glass}Unlike my hopelessly romantic BFF Tanja, I did not liked the ending. If there's going to be second book, it should have ended differently. Other thing I didn't like - all those stuff about kingdom - too much medivalish for my taste.

{Tanychy} You're right, but I didn't know there should be book 2. I didn't like Phoenix for sure. I've seen worst than her, but still I can't get over with that. Another thing is that story was too rushed. There is still enough space to write about zombies and their future, but love story here is as far as I'm concerned completed. I wouldn't touch that.


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4 komentara:

  1. Hi Glass,
    I saw your note on "Network your Blog" and came to check it out... I am now following you :)
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    I would like to read this book as Kate Evangelista gave me a very nice welcome when I joined book blogs not long ago and this sounds like an interesting read.
    Have a great day!

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  3. Great review! I just reviewed this one on my blog too! http://diveunderthecover.blogspot.com/

  4. New follower from book blogs :D




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