Taste is book one in an 8-part fantasy romance series, with characters based in Filipino folklore.
Just when correctional nurse October Grace has a handle on her stressful job and taking care of her mentally ill mother, a shapeshifting warrior and a half-vampire plunge her into a foreign land that’s on the brink of starvation. Now, with a ticking clock and a target on her back, October takes up the mantle of becoming one of the rare Omens who can bring hope to a dying world.
Mason and Von remain by her side to shield the national treasure while she sacrifices herself to reap the souls that will feed the nations of Terraway. As the death toll rises daily, October finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat world where Filipino fairytale creatures run wild… and every day is a new bloody battle.
From the very beginning, Mary Twomey spins a tale that lures you into a fantastical world where goblins, vampires, shifters, and all sorts of other creatures not only exist, but rule. The story held an Urban Fantasy feel to it, which was okay, but if you’re looking for an in-your-face kind of romance, this isn’t it. The romance aspect wasn’t at the forefront, but by the end, I was left with the feeling that it was coming. Since this is book one of eight, there is plenty of room for it to grow.
For the first half of this story, I had a strong hate going for Mason and Danny, and a slightly less intense one for Von. Did they redeem themselves by the end? Yes—mostly—but it took a while to get there. It was clear they did what they thought needed to be done, but having them being vicious and cold with the heroine made me recoil from them a little. October Grace, a twenty-two-year-old with all sorts of mommy-issues, is thrown into a world of chaos, which all things considered, she handles fairly well as she embarks on a journey to save creatures she never knew existed. She’s strong in her own right, which I appreciated throughout the story.
My overall impression of the book is that it was well written, and well thought out. The story arc is complex with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and reading without skimming through the pages. This story might not be all champagne and roses, but it is worth the read.