Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review: Immortalis Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas

ISBN-13: 978-0-9844196-0-9
ISBN-10: 0-9844196-0-8
Page Count: 346
Copyright: 2010

(Taken from Amazon)

Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition... that's the hard part.

Alyssa was having the worst day of her life: she just lost her job, her friend ditched her, and while walking home, she was brutally mugged.  Beaten, bloody, and moments from death, she thought her life was over, but this was only the beginning. 

Rescued by the most unlikely hero, Lysander, a two thousand year old vampire, Alyssa is initiated into a frightening, eternally dark world she never knew existed.

Stricken with cravings of blood, and forced leave behind all she knew, Alyssa is struggling with the change. And Lysander, her sexy but aloof sire, is the only one who can help guide her.

There's no turning back now. It's either, Carpe Noctem, or final death.

My Review:

Cover: I'm digging the cover.  I like the purple sky with the darkness of the night with the cityscape in the background ... it's interesting to look at.  Makes me wish I was there.

Plot: *WARNING: SLIGHT SPOILER* I loved the fact that Alyssa (main character) was turned into a vampire within the first chapter.  It gave the author time to explore the character's vampiric newness throughout the remainder of the novel.  Many of the books I've read seem to drag out the turning of the human into a vampire and then rush through the rest of the plot ... Not Katie.  This was definitely an adult version of a somewhat standardized vampire tale (i.e. vampire sees human in life-threatening situation, human almost dies, vampire turns human out of kindness, old vampire and new vampire fall in love).

Characters:  Alyssa, the new vampire, has a stubborn streak a mile wide that tends to get her into some shady situations.  She is strong-willed and slightly petulant.

Lysander is the vampire that turned Alyssa.  He is introverted, thoughtful, stubborn and overbearing.  He is artistic with an attention to detail.  He has strived to maintain his independence from living in a coven and would like to keep it that way.

Kallisto used to be Lysander's mate ... until he began ignoring her, at which time she found Edmond.  Kallisto is the Mistress over a very powerful and large coven.  Even though Lysander and she have been apart for centuries, Kallisto has a hard time letting him go and ends up finding him wherever he's living ... which can cause some unwanted tension between Lysander and Alyssa.

Overall: This was a very entertaining book.  It started off well and proceeded to get better as the pages turned.  I would recommend this for adult reading only as there are some sexual situations depicted within the story.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for reading and providing your thoughts on the story. I'm very happy to see that you enjoyed it. I hope the next book in the series continues to keep you entertained.

    ~Katie Salidas


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