Taste, By Kate Evangelista: Book Review


Phoenix McKay finds herself on campus past curfew. In order to avoid expulsion for a rule violation, she attempts to find a ride. Instead, she encounters, The Night Students.

Poor Phoenix! With one simple mistake, she somersaults into an unknown world – one where she becomes prey. Her elite, mountain school is home to a lot more than academic studies. Trusting the untrustworthy and resisting her claim to rational thought, Phoenix stumbles haphazardly towards discovering who these elusive Night Students are, and what they want.

It is almost too easy to fall in love with this book. Filled with eloquent imagery, ‘Taste’ sends its reader on a magic carpet ride into Phoenix’s world. Truth be told, I lost sleep the first night it was in my possession – I couldn’t put it down. Even the characters that should be villainous are so charismatic that you have to enjoy them. Phoenix is a strong female lead who stays true to her personality from intro to conclusion. ‘Taste’ could easily be a screenplay. (I can see Zooey Deschanel playing Phoenix)

The old adage about not judging a book by its cover doesn’t apply here. Liliana Sanches has created one of the most beautiful and unique covers that I’ve seen. Honestly, one of the ten best.

Kate Evangelista has definitely poured creativity and depth into her book. Incredible dialogue and unique twists, confirm ‘Taste’ as a sure winner. It crosses genre barriers to appeal to thriller and mystery fans. Our author has raised the bar and thrown down the gauntlet to fellow novelists. Bravo! I award it a sincere 5 of 5 stars. If you’ve read anything from ’30 Days of Night’ to J.K. Rowling’s books, you’ll want to add ‘Taste’ to your library!

To write my review, the author provided me with 1 PDF copy. No other compensation was received. At no time was I under any obligation to write a positive review or even any review at all.

More info on Kate Evangelista and her work can be found via the publisher at www.crescentmoonpress.com

Liz Terek is a book reviewer, housewife and homeschooling Mom of 3 sons. She lives in a very rural area and is actively involved in the local church and in community needs projects.