Author: Kate Evangelista
Publication Date: April 29th 2012
Edition Read: Kindle
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 Demitir and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.
I received this book from the author, through a read-to-recap program on Goodreads.com, for an honest review.
MY OVERVIEW: Zombies!!!!! Well, kind-of. I really enjoyed this twist on zombies. At first I was nervous that this would be another Twilight where the author takes a monster and spits in the face of what that monster is supposed to be like…. BUT this author did not do that. There was a lot of “history” and back up as to why the zombies were different than normal. I really enjoyed that.
PROS: Ok, I do have to say that while Phoenix did get on my nerves a lot, mainly because she had no regard for her own life, she does grow on you. I the personal journey she took throughout the book. Especially how her intentions may have been selfish at the beginning of her journey – they truly turned into selfless by trying to help the Zhamvy people (and some selfish in there when it came to Demitri). Oh, and I love, love, loved Yana! She was fantastic. I just wish there was more of her in the book.
CONS: While Phoenix is one of my Pros, she is also my biggest con. She is very much a spoiled entitled brat who has no regard for anyone but herself at the beginning of the book. Actually, she doesn’t even care about herself. I also didn’t like Preya, or Phoenix’s friendship with her.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Wait… what? That is the ending? What about the Zhamvy people? Are they all ok, or going to be? Is Yana ok – what is she doing? The author does leave some things unanswered, but then, I almost prefer it that way. It lets you fill in the small blanks how you want. Overall – good read. One I would recommend.