Review: Savor by Kate Evangelista

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Savor (Vicious Feast, #1)
Title: Savor (Vicious Feast #1)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: December 2, 2013
Genre: paranormal NA romance

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn't be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

**Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old.

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Iris of Paranormal Book Tours for the electronic review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I've been holding off on posting this review for so long and I even thought of never posting it at all because I love Kate and I love supporting Filipino authors. I also liked Til Death (linked is my review) so I thought I'd sweep this under the rug. But the year is ending and I realized I cannot not review this one.

I read this book months ago so my comments are not as fresh as I'd like but I'm fine with that. Because boy, I ranted about this book A LOT to several of my blogger friends. Sab, Charlie and Nina knew all about how much this book frustrated me.

For one, it was so long and full of descriptions. I usually adore and love descriptions but I don't know, maybe it's the time I read this but it felt kind of overkill for me. One ray of sunshine on all those descriptions though is how Kate Evangelista actually described Dakota's photoshoots and pictures. Because, damn, I can imagine them and they are fantastic. But aside from that? Sorry but I admit to skipping non-dialogue parts.

Then we get to the characters. Meh, Luka isn't for me. Maybe I don't love him because this is the first time I'm meeting him because I haven't read Kate's other books but nooooo. I feel sad for not loving him because on paper, he should be a character I would love. But I just didn't. Maybe it's because I can't read him and he's so aloof that I can't even see through him. Maybe it's because he confuses me but anyway, we just didn't work out.

Dakota didn't fare better. I didn't connect with her too. I liked her at first but then towards the middle and the end of the book, her actions were WTF and what-are-you-doing. Actually, the book lost me towards the end and I was just trying my best to finish the book. I didn't understand Luka and Dakota and whatever they did. The supposedly steamy scenes felt off to me. What is wrong with me???

However, I did enjoy the minor characters so yay for that.

Will I be reading the next book? Sadly, no. Besides not being invested in the characters, I just couldn't get behind the things that happened in Savor so I'll pass.

About Kate Evangelista

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. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.


  1. Oh you finally reviewed this one! I agree with the lack of connection and spark between Luka and Dakota. I can't feel the supposedly-steamy scenes.

    1. YES. I have too many feelings about this novel not to review it. GAH. Thanks for stopping by, Charlie!

  2. ooohhh! that is too bad...this looks gothic and sometimes my taste runs along gothic...i think i'll pass this one chemistry with the characters is a bad sign for reading experience :/

    1. Ack, I feel bad that you won't try this because of my review. But then, I don't even want to stop you. Haha!


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