ARC Review| Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

August 12, 2013

Taste Test
Author: Kelly Fiore
Publisher: Walker Children
Release Date: August 27th,2013
Source: Thanks so much to Walker Children for providing me with a copy to read & review it was amazing.  I Can't wait to buy it.

If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can’t wait to leave her humble hometown behind, even if it means saying good-bye to her dad and her best friend, Billy. Once she’s on set, run-ins with her high-society roommate and the maddeningly handsome—not to mention talented—son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, mean Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But as mysterious accidents plague the kitchen arena, protecting her heart from one annoyingly charming fellow contestant in particular becomes the least of her concerns. Someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn’t figure out who, she could be next to get chopped for good.

With romance and intrigue as delectable as the winning recipes included in the story, this debut novel will be devoured by all

Guys first off look at the gorgeous cover! This cover drew me in as soon as I saw the cover and the name. For all of you who don’t know, I am a cooking and baking fanatic and I have no idea why, but this book was just my cup of tea!
Norah Henderson is a girl from a small southern region who has always had one dream – to be the best chef she can be and get into the best culinary school in Paris. There’s only one problem, she doesn’t have the money to go to her dream school. In order to follow her dreams she submits her application to the Taste Test, a show in which teenagers compete for the ultimate prize – a scholarship to the school of her dreams. Overcome with joy when she receives her acceptance letter she packs and is  off for the journey of her life. When she first arrives at the place she will be living for the next few months, or until she is kicked off the show, she is met with a very un-warm welcome from Joy, a snobby, rich girl from New York, and Christian, a too full of himself guy who just likes to test Norah’s patience.
Norah is a very nice, sweet southern girl who enters this world with no thought of what it was going to be like and is teased by the other contestants because of her background. However, her character is very admirable because she is able to dish the criticism right back to the one and only Christian.
Christian is unlike any character I've encountered before. He’s so complex it was hard to tell what he was really thinking or what he was planning next. At first, Christian was really mean to Norah, but my first though was that Christian was obviously a rich kid who was a jerk, but as the fighting continued it got my head turning. I say this because always arguing tends to lead to a crush. So, from this moment on, I was fan girling over the possibility of Norah and Christian in a relationship.
What intrigued me so much about Taste Test was that not only was it a competition and contemporary story, it showed the other side of the competition and the people who would do anything just to win. The mystery aspect in this book had my mind turning in double time because all the leads point in one direction, but actually it’s the person you would least expect and that’s what I liked so much about this book because you just couldn't assume.
If I had to describe this book in one sentence the first thing that pops into my head is The Selection meets the cooking world and instead of the prince as a prize it’s a scholarship
If you are looking for a fun, light hearted book with a little competition added to the mix, then this is the book for you and even if you’re not you should still give this book a try because you never know  if it’s your cup of tea till you try it.

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