Kate Evangelista
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Crescent Moon Press
Release Date
April 2012
Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Romance

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.

Book Review by VRValicento (reviewer)
Dec 28, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
78 people found the following review helpful
When Phoenix McKay was caught on school grounds after curfew, it should have resulted in immediate expulsion. Instead, it resulted in avid curiosity about the Tall, Dark, and Mysterious Night Student, Demitri.

Barinkoff Academy has a strict rule regarding curfew and when Phoenix wakes up in the library after curfew, she has very few options. While trying to find a way back to the dorms, she runs into a group of Night Students that no one knew the school had. This group of students is threatening to taste her flesh and not interested in helping her get back to the dorms. She is saved from being "tasted" by Demitri.

Demitri peaks Phoenix's interest because he will not answer her questions, shows her things about her school she did not know, and then drops her off at the dorms. But curiosity may have gotten the best of Phoenix McKay this time. To get answers to her questions, she agrees to be a test subject for the story's mad scientist, Dray. The experiment is intended to save the Zhamvy people. The Zhamvy are flesh-eaters that have not eaten human flesh in centuries, and are dying. The goal of Dray's experiment is to save his people. But it has one great side effect--Phoenix's and Demitri's romance. What started as an attraction or curiosity turned into love.

TASTE is an interesting story. It has a lot to offer the reader. It has mystery, romance, royalty, espionage, and action. The characters are an interesting group of people. They might be flesh-eating royals, but they really are just like anyone you know. I really enjoyed TASTE and had difficulty putting it down.

If reading about zombies or flesh-eaters is not your cup of tea, forget that it is part of the story. This is a story about a girl that meets a boy. She is curious about that boy, wants to know more about him and his friends, and then does what she can to stay with him.
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