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Taste - Kate Evangelista My Rating: 3.5 I first saw Taste on a giveaway on one of the many book blogs I followed - and immediately wanted to read it. Sadly, when Taste came out, I couldn't get my hands on it since none of the libraries had it and Barnes & Noble didn't have the book in stock. I thought I was never going to get my hands on it - until I spotted a r2r opportunity on goodreads with Taste. Before I knew it, I entered my first r2r with a book I've been dying to read for the longest time and I absolutely don't regret it. When I read the first few pages of Taste, I couldn't help but cringe. Why? Well, the setting is an exact copy of Vampire Knight, one of my favorite mangas, except for one main difference: the Day Class doesn't know about the Night Class. Instead of vampires, we have flesh-eaters. They're actually zombies, or Zhamvy, as they preferred to be called. They're exactly like vampires, but instead of drinking blood, they eat flesh. (What a gross image I envisioned every time it was mentioned.) Like vampires, Zhamvys heal fast, run fast, have ultra sound hearing, a strong vision, and prefer to be out at night even though they can certainly step into the daylight. That's when the similarities with Vampire Knight ends. Taste deals with a monarchy castle-like system, with royals, merchants, and serfs. They live in their own world (which also just happens to be in an underground mountain) and have their own problem: the Zhamvys are slowly dying. Like the main character Wendy in the Trylle Trilogy ´╗┐written by Amanda Hocking, Demitri and Luka, two guys both in love with the heroine Phoenix, doesn't want to take over the throne and face the responsibility of it. Both have something else they rather do with their lives. I love how Kate Evangelista took the concept of a vampire's bite and gave it her own unique twist - when a Zhamvy bites another Zhamvy, they become marked and immediately form a connection, sort of a vampire and its slave's connection. From then on, they know when the other is in the room, can sense each other, and ultimately, they'll want to mate. One thing I can't help noticing is how dumb, to put it kindly for someone who attends an competitive elite boarding school only for very smart people, Phoenix is in the beginning of Taste. Rule number one: Never eat or drink things from people that you barely know. (When Phoenix drank the drugged tea Dray gave her, I was screaming No! You do not do that! Imagine my surprise when she blacks out. [I'm being sarcastic if you can't tell.]) Rule number two: Always know what you're getting into before making a deal. Always. They could be asking you to get pregnant and giving them your first-born child for all you know. (And how did I know that Dray was going to turn her into a Zhamvy once she agreed to the deal?) Phoenix was also too curious and almost let her curiosity lead her to situations that might end up with her dead. What I wished would be expanded more on was the whole concept of transforming Zhamvys into humans. Sure, it'll save their lives, but wouldn't some Zhamvys, especially the royals, be in conflict with the solution? How about the Traditionalists? The ending was fast and satisfying, but it didn't explain how all the Zhamvys will exactly end up. The one thing I really liked about Taste was that it wasn't slow paced at all. Taste was fast paced, keeping me on edge and wondering what was going to happen next. When I had to stop reading the book for a moment to help my mom do the laundry, I couldn't help but complain because I wanted to know what would happen next. As soon as I was finished, I rushed to read more. One thing I noticed off the bat was how Kate Evangelista used a lot of "..." in her writing in Taste. In some parts of the story, it helps, but if you use it too much, it gets tedious and really not needed. There was also two punctuation mark mistakes in Taste, both of them needing to end with ".", but unlike other books, it doesn't really effect Taste in any way since you barely notice the mistake. Overall, Taste was a great read and I'm happy that I got a chance to read it. Don't be turned off by the Vampire Knight qualities this book has, believe me, it's different. ohdamnbooks: taste