Review & Giveaway: Savor (Vicious Feast #1) by Kate Evangelista

Review & Giveaway:
Savor (Vicious Feast #1)
Kate Evangelista
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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 stuff happens and then some I can't explain. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

My Review of Savor:
I really enjoy the writing in this book, but there were some things that drove me nuts. The author’s story telling flows well and immerses you into the scenery and setting with ease. That being said, I wasn’t even aware that this was connected to her other book ‘Taste’ whatsoever until I was about 40% through. It’s never mentioned anywhere and unfortunately, that left me with more questions than answers because I felt I’d missed reading a book in between that book and this one. Did I? I read Taste and still feel that I’m still not sure, but it feels like there’s a huge chunk of story missing about Luka and the other band members of Vicious, like about Phoenix & Demetri, who were the MC’s in Taste. Like, a HUGE chunk. I was left scratching my head and hunting to see if I left out a book from this series. I get that it is its own series, but so many things were left hanging, I was utterly kind of lost, besides the fact that they were connected. I didn’t like that. Though I really liked this story, it kind of ruined it for me. 

Talking about the story, I loved the main character, photographer Dakota. She was a strong willed photographer who apparently is beautiful in every way, though her missing eye gives her a lot of insecurities. She gets the job to live with Vicious for a month and photograph them for her final Introspective project. She gets a lot more out of this than she ever expected. She also holds a lot of secrets, which seems to be a characteristic of all the band members, so she fits right in. It’s never explained how she came about her eye patch and scars in this book, but her dreams give us a tiny peek into her vague past, a past never explained in the entire book. Still, I wish there’d been more information about her instead of being left hanging the entire book for nothing. 

Luka and his cousins Demetri and Dray were just hot and perfect in every way. I loved Dray’s character the most because he was the least obvious ‘rock star’ of the trio. He loved his mad scientist ways and seemed to be the smartest out of the three. I wished there had been more about him. Heck, I’d prefer if Dakota had ended up with Dray, but that’s just me. Luka came off as a spoiled rotten, brat rock star and threw tantrums with the best of him. Very stereo typed broken star. Made me want to slap him at times, and yet, sometimes he seemed pretty cool and patient. How he went from hot to cold so fast left me with my mouth hanging and thrown for a curve ball. 

Last of all, if you hate cliffhangers, this might bite you in the arse. Serious one here of the worst kind leaving nothing resolved except one thing about Luka. I usually don’t mind some cliffhangers, but this one… I was seriously left steaming raging mad that it made me feel that the hours I’d spent reading it were wasted. Not many books get a rise out of me, and this one did, I almost flung the kindle across the room with that ending. So disappointed that I have to wait for the next book now because there were almost no answers. You’re just dropped holding the ends of all these threads and no ending. And this was no short read either, it was so very long and somewhat repetitive, I was left utterly flabbergasted, but the writing is that good you probably won’t mind reading such a long story. Oh, and what happened with the entire theme of ‘Taste’ being about Zhamvy’s? You won’t find a lick of it here, which I wanted to see oh so very badly. 

If you love books about insanely rich Rock stars with a tortured Goth flavor and a nice long read to burn some hours away, then this one’s for you. 

I was given an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.

4/5 Stars


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