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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 354g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1937254550
  • 9781937254551
  • 724,010

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1,667 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 38% (633)
4 33% (545)
3 19% (324)
2 6% (101)
1 4% (64)

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The story started when Phoenix woke up in the library of Barinkoff Academy, suddenly she realized that she overstayed and broke the only rule in the school, no student should be at school after sundown. It was a simple yet a mysterious rule, but because of this incident, Phoenix found out the reason behind it. At first, I really don't like Phoenix because she's stubborn and a bit snoopy but as I read further, I realized that she's not so bad after all. She has sense of humor, a strong will power and just the right amount of vulnerability for her to be an admirable heroine. Demitri, the handsome crown prince of Barinkoff Dynasty, reminds me a lot of Edward Cullen. He's always serious and uptight. He's the knight and shining armor of Phoenix whenever she's in trouble. But even if Demitri reminded me of Edward, I am swooned by Luka. He's just the type of character that you can instantly fell in love with. He's easy-going and caring and all the things a girl could want. Taste is like Twilight but with handsome and noble zombies, not the blood-soaked-rotten-flesh-vomiting-bile version in the Walking Dead. And, I commend Kate Evangelista for introducing me to a whole new species of zombies and their civilized culture. Overall it was a pleasurable read and I would recommend it to everyone.show more
by erleen
I picked up this book to read with no expectations. Seeing that the cover reminds me of most YA novels nowadays (to me, I think they're almost always Twilight-inspired), so I didn't expect much. . . which turned out to be a good thing. Usually, YA novels now are all about innocent females falling in love w/ vampires, or werewolves. Taste distances itself from that and experiments with (spoiler alert). . . zombies! Interesting, right? Ever since vampires became cool, suddenly, zombies became a thing of the past. Slowly, they are making a comeback though. ;) Read it for the fresh, unique storyline, you won't regret it. Possibly the best book I've read from its genre as of late. Way, WAY better than most YA paranormal books nowadays. --- The story isn't your typical paranormal story between a human and some character. The book has a backstory that coincides with history, which is what I liked in particular with this book. You just don't see that nowadays. You have to read the book to know what I am talking about. You'll also come to love the characters as soon as you get past the first 5 chapters of the book. I personally like Dray (he's the brother of the one of Phoenix's love interests), but I'm sure more people will favor one of Phoenix's McKay (the main character) love interest in the story: Luka or Demitri. Supporting characters such as Yana and Dray add color and humor to the over all story. In my opinion, the ending was so-so, but everything that happened in between of the book from the first page made up for it. It could've been better. I don't know exactly how, but I was expecting something more. A definite must-read, especially people who like YA novels a LOT. Wouldn't be a bad idea to have this book turned to a movie, too. It has potential, IMO. As for me, I wouldn't notice this book in the first place, if not for the number of great comments and praise about it. Hopefully my short, and seemingly "not really a review" review, will convince someone to do the same and give this one a try.show more
by Anna E.
Phoenix likes her school... which is why when she wakes up in the library after curfew, and stumbles upon a huge secret, she's a bit of a mess. But, instead of expulsion she finds herself introduced to a whole other world. A world that, despite being right under her feet, has been kept secret for centuries... and now its secrets are leading towards catastrophe. And, as it turns out, she is the key to their salvation... if she can survive. Phoenix is a very realistic character; she doesn't want to get expelled from school... totally normal, right? BUT she also wants answers about the activities that take place on campus after dark... and that's when things get interesting for her. I was really surprised that she accepted everything that was happening so quickly. I guess being surrounded by two yummy guys helps! She is definitely an independent, strong, compassionate character. Her personal struggles help define her and shape her decisions. As for the guys... Luka is playful yet guarded, whereas Demitri is intense but a dreamer (they are both yummy). It's enjoyable to watch them annoy each other. Both the world below ground and the academy are very well constructed. I enjoyed the unusual details of the former... especially the marketplace and the various types of food it offers. I'd love to have access to a library like the one at Barinkoff, especially if it came with the surprises it holds in the story. The secondary characters are genuine and likeable, for the most part... the villains are the exception of course, it's not hard to hate these ones. The story is well paced and interesting, it was tough to put it down at bedtime. Taste... it's a new take on an old myth, and it left a smile on my face. I recommend this for readers of Paranormal YA, and those who appreciate a sweet love story with a strong heroine.show more
by Tamara Bailey
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