Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Trailer and Excerpt Reveal: Taste by Kate Evangelista

It's Monday! Do you like Monday? Monday is not exactly my favorite day out of the seven days. I guess I just love weekend too much. Either you're a Monday person or the one who walks like zombie on Monday (like me for example), today I have something to cheer up your Monday! Yes, an upcoming book trailer and excerpt of Taste by Kate Evangelista, a paranormal YA book which is coming up this May. I'm not exactly sure what creature we will find here, but one thing: they are all gorgeous. ;) 

In honor of this book trailer and excerpt reveal, you won't see Monday Muse this week! Don't worry, Monday Muse will be back again next week - with more rambling and crazy stuff I'll talk about! :)
The Excerpt   
I sat up and followed Calixta’s gaze upward. I rubbed my eyes. I didn’t know what I was seeing at first. A statue? My brain refused to snap together coherent thoughts. I didn’t realize I’d fallen so close to one of the garden benches until I stared up at the boy that sat on one. He was strikingly beautiful. His tumble of blonde hair curled just above his sculpted cheekbones. He wore a silk shirt and a loosened cravat, like he’d become bored while dressing and decided to leave himself in disarray. His ivory skin and frozen position was what had me mistaking him for something carved from marble by Michelangelo. Then he sighed—a lonely, breathy proof of life. If I had to imagine what Lucifer looked like before he fell from heaven, the boy on the bench would certainly fulfill that image. My brain told me I had to look away, but I couldn’t.

“Luka,” Calixta said again, her voice unsure, almost nervous. It no longer contained the steel and bite she had threatened me with, which made me wonder who the boy was.

He leaned on his hands and crossed his legs, all the while keeping his eyes fixed on the night sky. His movements spoke of elegance and control. I’d encountered many people with breeding before, but his took on the air of arrogance and self-assuredness of someone used to getting what he wanted when he wanted it.

I only realized I’d been holding my breath when my lungs protested. I exhaled. My heart sputtered and restarted with a vengeance. Luka tore his gaze away from the stars and settled it on me. I’d expected pitch-black irises, like the other Night Students, but blue ice stared back at me.

“Human,” he whispered.

He reached out, and with a finger, followed an invisible trail down my cheek. I stiffened. His touch, cooler than Demitri’s, caused warm sparks to blossom on my face. He lifted his finger to his lips and licked its tip. He might as well have licked me from the way my body shivered.

Luka’s curious gaze held mine. “Leave us,” he said, but not to me.

“But—” Calixta protested like a spoiled child.

He spoke in a language I hadn’t heard before, remaining calm yet firm. The words had a rolling cadence I couldn’t quite follow, like rumbling thunder in the distance. They contained a harsh sensuality. The consonants were hard and the vowels were long and lilting.

Footsteps retreated behind me.

Luka reached out again.

It took me a minute to realize he wanted to help me up. I hesitated. He smiled. I smiled back timidly and took his hand, completely dazzled. Even with my uniform soaked from melted snow, I didn’t feel cold—all my attention was on him and the way his callused hand felt on mine. Without moving much from his seated position, he helped me stand.

“What’s your name?” he asked. He had a voice like a familiar lullaby. It filled my heart to the brim with comfort.

I swallowed and tried to stop gawking. “Phoenix.”

“The bird that rose from the ashes.” Luka bent his head and kissed the back of my hand. “It’s a pleasure meeting you.”

My cheeks warmed. My head reeled, not knowing what to think. I couldn’t understand why I felt drawn to him. And the strange connection frightened me.

From behind, someone gripped my arms and yanked me away before I could sort out the feelings Luka inspired in me. I found myself behind a towering figure yet again. Recognizing the blue-black silk for hair tied at the nape, relief washed over me. Calixta hadn’t come back to finish me off.

Demitri’s large hand wrapped around my wrist. Unlike the night before, no calm existed in his demeanor. He trembled like a junky in need of a fix. The coiled power in his tense muscles vibrated into me.

“What are you doing here?” Demitri asked.

I didn’t know he’d spoken to me until I saw his expressionless profile. I sighed.


I flinched. The ruthless way he said my name punched all the air out of me. “You owe me answers,” I said with as much bravado as I could muster.

“I owe you nothing.” He glared. “In fact, you owe me your life.”

“I don’t think so.”

Ignoring my indignation, he faced Luka, who’d remained seated on the bench during my exchange with Demitri. “Why is she with you, Luka?”

“I wasn’t going to taste her, if that’s what you’re implying,” Luka said. “Although, she is simply delicious. I wouldn’t mind if you left us alone.”

There it was again. Taste. The word that kept coming up between these Night Students and I was connected to it in an increasingly uncomfortable way. To taste meant to sample, but what? My flesh? They had to be joking because the alternative wasn’t funny.

“The sins of the father …” Demitri left his sentence unfinished.

Luka’s smile shifted into a snarl. “Obey my command.” His chin lifted. “Kneel.”

Demitri’s stance went rigid. His grip tightened around my wrist.

Okay, weird just got weirder. Why would Luka want Demitri to kneel before him? I thought back to Eli and the others bowing to Demitri when he questioned them, but they didn’t kneel. Seriously? Were they all living on a different planet or something?

“Kneel.” Luka’s detestable smirk made his features sinister rather than angelic. The real Lucifer: a fallen angel.

Without letting go of my wrist, Demitri knelt down on one knee and bowed his head, his free hand flat at the center of his chest. “Your command has been obeyed,” he said formally.

Luka nodded once.

Demitri stood up and pulled me toward the school without telling me where we were going. Not having the time to thank Luka for saving me from Calixta, I risked a glance back. Luka smiled at me. His smile spoke of whispers, secrets, and promises to be shared on a later date.

The Trailer!

A little bit about Kate:
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing.

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I dare you to break the curfew...
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.

Squealll! The book sounds absolutely amazing, right? How can't you not fall for guys like Demitri and Luka? Luka is the type of guy I usually root for, but somehow I'm more intrigued by Demitri! He's very protective and it's so cute! My opinion might change however. Luka sure knows how to make my heart races! ;)

So what do you guys think about the trailer and excerpt? Which guy do you think you would choose, simply based on the excerpt? Are you as EXCITED as me to read this book? :)

PS: Are you curious about the first time Demitri meet Phoenix? Go here. Eager to read more about Demitri? Read the exclusive excerpt here! I hope the excerpts and the trailer brighten your Monday! :)


  1. Oh Hilda, your paragraph about Monday at the beginning just made me love you even more! I'm not usually a Monday girl either -- Thursdays or Saturdays for me because of awesome TV shows and the weekend LOL -- but I love your Monday posts! <3

    And I couldn't be more excited for this book than I already am!! That excerpt? *fans self* So darn sweet! If the rest of the book is anything like that, I think I'm going to have mini heart attacks on every page. I already love Demitri and Luka!

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Hilda! This DEFINITELY made my Monday a little brighter! :) <3

    1. Aww, Mimi, at least there are moments when you are a Monday girl! I'm never a Monday girl except when it's holiday LOL! Wait, that means I'm a Holiday girl. x)

      I sooo agree, Mimi! The excerpt made me shivering all over when I first read it! x) Oh my gosh, Luka! How can you make it your action dangerous and sexy at the same time? And I love how protective Demitri is. Such swoonworthy guys! <3

      Yay, mission completed LOL! Have a wonderful Monday, Mimi! :)

  2. I'mm not a morning person OR a Monday person either, so guess how grumpy I am on Monday mornings?
    I really enjoyed this excerpt, and Luka is a Croatian name so that part makes me super happy. I'm already on his team, lol.
    Btw, I really love the song on the trailer. Do you know what it is?

    1. LOL you sound EXACTLY like me, Maja! I'm not an early riser either. I get annoyed so easily in the morning - my family knows very well not to mess with me in the morning! xD

      Oh, I didn't even realize that it's a Croatian name! I guess that part of him just makes Luka even more interesting! <3

      It is "Hunger" © Noelle Pico. :)
      You can download it here:

  3. I AM SO DYING TO READ THIS BOOK!!!! I love the trailer and excerpt. Sounds really interesting! Definitely need to add this book to my TBR!

    Thank you for sharing this awesome post, Hilda! ♥

    1. ME TOO, Celine! Can't wait can't wait to read it! It sounds super amazing! So glad that you share the enthusiasm! ♥

      It's my pleasure, Celine! ♥

  4. Aaaaah, you definitely brightened my Monday, Hilda! Thank you so much ♥ I hadn't really heard about this before, but mind me, after reading this excerpt there's just no way I can't let this pass.

    I'm always up for a fantasy world and highschool setting.I mean, come on! How cool is that? And wow, Luka and Demetri! ♥ Hmm... not sure, but for the moment... maybe... Demetri? No! Luka! Gosh, whatever, I'll have to decide when I read it.

    Hahaha, that's mee, too. On Mondays I'm more of a grumpy zombie LOL

    I hope your week starts wonderfully, Hilda! ♥

    1. Aww, glad that I manage to brighten your Monday, Sophie! ♥ Oh, I think I'm going to be torn up between the two guys when I read the book LOL! Demetri and Luka both have such swoonworthy qualities! Oh my, Luka has such dangerous effect on me, but Demitri makes me grin with his calm style!! ♥

      It's okay to be grumpy zombie - I think most people are grumpy in Monday LOL! ♥

      Have a beautiful Monday for you too, Sophie! :)

  5. I am so a weekend person but this made my Monday a little better! I love that excerpt! This sounds like it could turn into a really interesting story and I wouldn't mind reading more. Thanks for sharing this with us! I also really love the trailer. :)

    1. Yay! Glad to hear that this post makes your Monday a bit more bearable, Sam! :) I'm so agree! This book has such a great premise, I can't wait for it to come out! <3

  6. Ahh I am definitely not a Monday person! This was a great excerpt, it's very tantalizing and gives a general idea of who the characters are. Even though it's not Monday anymore, you definitely brightened my day up a little bit. :)

    1. Agreed, Elena! The excerpt is really good - make me go SWOOON all over the guys LOL! You can get a glimpse of the main characters simply by reading this excerpt. :) Ah, it's okay that it's not Monday anymore, as long as it manages to cheer up everyone's day! <3

  7. This sounds intriguing, thanks for sharing it with us!

    And I am a morning person but I am not a fan of Mondays, they always come around too soon!


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