by Kate Evangelista
Author's website: http://www.kateevangelista.com/
Date Published: May 2012
Genre: YA paranormal romance
ISBN -13: 9781937254551
I want stories to whisk me away from reality into a new world, and I can say with confidence that Kate Evangelista did just that with her YA paranormal romance, Taste.
The story begins swiftly as 17-year-old, Phoenix McKay, unintentionally violates the only rule at her pristine school, Barinkoff Academy, which is: don’t break the curfew. This accidental action unveils a mysterious group of “night students.” As she delves deeper into her new discovery, Phoenix soon unearths a civilization underneath Barinkoff Academy that consists of a royal family connected in both deception and loyalty.
No, these “night students” are not vampires; rather they are an ancient race of human flesh eaters called Zhamvy. The Zhamvy people are like zombies, but beautiful, intelligent, and powerful. Kate Evangelist has created a breed of cannibals who are similar to humans in the sense of how they live (minus the flesh eating) yet fighting a battle that could ultimately affect whether humans survive or not.
Haunted by her own past full of despair and grief, Phoenix sets out to uncover centuries of secrets and save the dying breed. Along the way she gets caught up in a love triangle with two night students, Dimitri and Luka. Phoenix experiences a lustful emotion that bubbles out of control, jealousy, and unimaginable risks.
The characters show multiple sides of themselves, which I appreciated. Both weak and strong moments but ultimately becoming the people they were destined to be.
For me, Kate Evangelista was successful in creating a story that you don’t want to stop reading, characters that you feel for, and a world that only the best of imaginations can create.
COMING SOON: Interview with author, Kate Evangelista and a giveaway for a copy of Taste!
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