Immortalis Carpe Noctem [NOOK Book]

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Bleeding to death after brutal mugging , twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by an unlikely hero. The cold and aloof vampire, Lysander.
By saving Alyssa, he unwittingly thrust her into a dark world filled with blood lust and thousand-year old vendettas.
Now, she must find the strength to accept her terrifying new reality or die by the hands of Lysander's enemies.

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Overview

Bleeding to death after brutal mugging , twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by an unlikely hero. The cold and aloof vampire, Lysander.
By saving Alyssa, he unwittingly thrust her into a dark world filled with blood lust and thousand-year old vendettas.
Now, she must find the strength to accept her terrifying new reality or die by the hands of Lysander's enemies.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000826195
  • Publisher: Rising Sign Books
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 12,244
  • File size: 738 KB

Meet the Author

The youngest of four children, Katie has always had a desire to entertain. Since, early childhood, she's dreamed fantastical characters and scribbled them into pages of various journals and notebooks. Taking an interest in vampires, she devoured every book, featuring those blood sucking creatures, in any genre she could find.It was only natural that a love of reading vampire stories, turned into a love to write them.Katie is also a Las Vegas native, having grown up in the famed City of Sin. She loves to feature it as a recurring setting for many of her stories.
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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Excellent book

    I picked up this book because I loved Twilight but wanted a more "adult" read, and I got just what I asked for! It took me to a dark, gritty place within few flips of the pages and I was hooked.

    Immortalis revolves around the main characters Lysander and Alyssa, after he "turns" Alyssa after a brutal attack that would have killed her had he not intervened. They are up against vampire hunters as well as a vampire "queen". The character Alyssa was loveable and a little ditzy in places, and Lysander a brooding hunk who seemed impatient with his new charge as she blunders about in her new identity as a vampire.

    Salidas paints a very vivid picture, which is a whole lot darker than Twilight, and you'll go on a journey full of strange mythical characters that somehow makes you believe they exist. You'll be looking over your shoulder long after you put the book down.

    I understand Immortalis is the first of a new series of vampire stories, and I can't wait to get my hands on the others.
    Recommended.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

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    Immortalis Carpe Noctem: by Katie Salidas This review was or

    Immortalis Carpe Noctem: by Katie Salidas




    This review was originally posted on Big Al's Books and Pals review blog on December 7, 2012








    Immortalis Carpe Noctem is the first book in a new series of dark and sexy vampire stories set in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it's all she has. The twenty-five year old is rescued from death after a brutal attack by an unlikely hero, Lysander, a cold and aloof vampire.  She's barely cut her teeth before she becomes a target of Lysander’s estranged mate Kallisto, who considers herself Queen of the Vampires.




    By saving Alyssa, he unwittingly thrust her into a dark world filled with blood lust and thousand-year old vendettas. Now, she must find the strength to accept her terrifying new reality or die by the hands of Lysander's enemies. 




    The author wastes no time setting up this vampire story. I consider Alyssa’s journey a coming of age vampire story as she learns what it is like to live as a vampire and accept it as her new way of life. The story is in a first person POV, so we get to know her character very well. She is headstrong and doesn’t like to be under Lysander’s constant control and supervision, so there are plenty of conflicts between the two. Lysander is truly trying to teach and protect her from herself and enemies. Not only is his estranged mate after her there are a group of vampire hunters, the Acta Sanctorum, with a very interesting and unique history that have just been spotted in Las Vegas. The plot is exciting and well paced with plenty of character development, action, sexual tension, and yes, foreplay.




    Since I read the stories out of order and read Moonlight first, I wanted to learn more about Fallon and Alyssa’s relationship plus how the werewolves and vampires connected in this series. We didn’t really get to meet Fallon or the werewolves in this story, so I felt compelled to continue to Hunters and Prey, book two in the series.




    FYI: Contains adult language and situations.




    Format/Typo Issues: No significant errors.








    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **




    **** Four stars

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    eh

    From the blurb and reviews I was optimistic about this book but it was a bit of a let down. While I find the plot interesting, the struggle to learn how to be a vampire, I was disappointed with the writing. It felt very Bella and Edward in all the wrong ways. The main guys is cold and distance but she loves him for no reason what so ever. The girl is a bit of a flake too, frequently causing more harm than good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    Too wordy....the story line kept me reading for awhile , until I

    Too wordy....the story line kept me reading for awhile , until I noticed how many pages I was
     skimming through. The first rating says "no significant errors" The errors are many and begin right
    at the start of the book. I very much appreciate getting to know new authors for free, but this book...
    I deleted around page 107.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

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    I really enjoy this series! The plot is enjoyable, progresses in

    I really enjoy this series! The plot is enjoyable, progresses in a semi logical way (hey its a vamp novel! Logic does not always apply!), Salidas has wonderful character development, you really do develop almost a relationship with the characters...def a must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Interesting

    Good story line, very well written but it was missing the WOW factor. It was a good read but I felt like something was missing. I think because the only perspective is from Alyssa's POV, its harder to enjoy. I like reading from different character perspectives, but when its just the one it gets boring.

    Alyssa's character was kind of bland, she seemed more like a selfish, stubborn child than a grown woman, her behavior was a bit annoying. Lysander was a bit better, but its hard to write about his character when the reader doesn't know what's running through his mind. The story was good and there was a good amount of action, the author did great with the details in the story. I wouldn't mind picking up the other books in this series and see what happens with this bunch.

    SR

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

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    Made it to 362 out of 645 pages. I can't finish it. Lots of detail, but nothing is happening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    Excellent new series to start.

    Katie Salidas is, or I should say was, an unknown author to me. I have begun to follow numerous authors on twitter in the past months, but Ms. Salidas began to follow me first. I found her to be an excellent conversationalist, willing to chat at the drop of a, eh. tweet. She's known on twitter as @QuixoticKatie. the name alone intrigued and caused me to watch her stream and what she posts.

    Generally, new authors email me or tweet me to request that I read and review their books. Ms. Salidas never did this. She has promoted her books herself and with the affection that she whips up in her following. One day, I caught a random tweet where she was promoting, "Immortalis Carpe Noctem." I browsed the link a couple of times, but honestly, I didn't care for the cover. This is the truth. I did it. I judged a book by it's cover!

    I'm not sure exactly how the conversation came up but Ms. Salidas offered me a one time opportunity to download one of her books to read and review. I chose "Immortalis Carpe Noctem" because I really wanted to start the series at the beginning. Go figure.

    I'm really hard on storylines. I have to tell myself that I have to read past the first couple of chapters, because quite honestly what I do is read the first chapter and if I'm not gripped in the storyline right there, I lay the book down and don't pick it up again.

    "Immortalis Carpe Noctem," is written in first person and it is all the experiences of a young college aged woman who decides to walk home by herself in one of the roughest cities in America, Las Vegas. Of course, reading Alyssa's point of view, she took us through her walk in the dark and introduced us first to her attackers who intended on raping, mugging, and killing her. They succeed at nearly killing her by stabbing her as she attempted to free herself. However, during her scuffle with her would be attackers, an ancient vampire named, Lysander, arrives just a little late to her rescue. Instead of taking her to a hospital to receive life saving skills from a doctor, he chooses instead to drain her further and then give her his blood thus turning her into a vampire.

    At first, my thought was that this was just going to be another vampire love story. It wasn't really. Actually, this author went one-step further. This whole story is Alyssa's first hand experience of becoming a vampire and learning how to live as one in the twenty-first century. She has rules she must abide by, new senses to discover.

    Ms Salidas kept with many, if not all, of vampire folklore. Her vampires can't take sunlight, they live off of human blood, and of course they all have fangs.

    So, what is my opinion of this story? I usually love any story that involves vampires. However, this story really didn't have anything that different to it that would make me Oooh and Aah about it. There was no love triangle or for that matter a love affair. We do see Alyssa begin to fall for her maker, Lysander. They do have sex together. but aside from learning, what it would be like to experience vampirism first hand it was an okay start to a series. I am interested in reading the rest of the series. I feel there is great potential for Alyssa and this first book has laid a good foundation to springboard into the next book of a series. I would love to see what kind of a person Alyssa turns out to be.

    This book was an awesome start to what I hope to be an excellent series. It definitely is worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    One of my friends recommended this author to me, let me tell you

    One of my friends recommended this author to me, let me tell you how very happy I am that she did! What a very , very good book! I felt as if I was there, the details so vivid I could close my eyes and see everything! The characters were great. Alyssa was a human woman that Lysander found beaten , dying about to be raped and saved her by turning her into a vampire. Alyssa's journey into acceptance is very believable and Lysanders role as an ancient vampire all was spot on! I loved the ups and downs which ultimately bring them together. Add a vengeful ex in the mix and a crazy fanatical sect and you have the making of a great series! I need more of this couple and am definately putting this author on my must have list! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Very routine

    I was bored. It is the same story told in a hundred other vampire books, but is more juvenile,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Nothing new

    I really, really wanted to like this book. I am an avid reader of urban fantasy, I love long books and especially series. Needless to say I was very excited to find this book. My interest was not long lasting. Alyssa is a whiny, spoiled, selfish brat and I never liked her. From the beginning I knew she was going to do stupid things and the main story line was going to be her going from one bad situation to the next because of her being stubborn and childish. Kallista was the stereotypical antagonist as well was Santino. Lysander was a good character but he didn't seem to have the strong presence in the book of being an experienced mature vampire. I ended up skipping more pages than I read. The goods things about this book was that there was not much romance and no love triangles. If I wanted to read about that I would buy romance books. I also liked the twist of the vampire hunters being vampires but I was so frustrated with the rest of the book by that point I just didn't care. I assume that Santino will show up again in the series but again this will be no surprise. I may get the next book of the series to see if it improves because I really want to have another good urban fantasy series to follow. Better luck next time!

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    Fantastic book!  600+ pages in a couple of days so it really kep

    Fantastic book!  600+ pages in a couple of days so it really kept my interest.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Ok

    I wont say that this book was as boring as other people have in their reviews. It was okay. It was a lengthy novel, and I was engaged in the story from the get go, but it wasn't anything new about it concept wise. It reminded me of an Anne Rice novel. I personally didn't get that omg i cant wait to know what will happen next from this book. I would readtheothers in the series, but probably at a time when i dont have anything new from my favorite authors to read. I amnot slamming this author at all, the story wasvery well written with few errors. The problem for me is that it was like so many other vampire books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

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    Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Not bad

    Good book. Waiting on next one in series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    I was given this copy for an honest review... I have to say

    I was given this copy for an honest review...




    I have to say that I was expecting the normal woe's me by the synopsis. Girl gets mugged become vampire and has to fight for her life.
    I got that and more which made me want to finish the book. This girl who doesn't believe in "the unbelievable" suddenly is thrusted into that life.
    I appreciated the authors depth of the attack on Alyssa, it puts  you right there with her, the fear, the panic, the thoughts of what could have been.
    I loved the excitement the book brought, it literally left you turning the page to find out what happened next.
    Looking forward to reading book 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Awesome

    This is one of the best books that I have ever read on Nook. It was a little lengthy with lots of detail, but its still just plain fantastic. The plot line has twists and turns around every page turn that threw me off my game whenever I tried to predict what was going to come next. From the first time that Lysander appeared in the hall and saved Alyssa from getting raped to Alyssa's first hunt to Alyssa getting captured by Kallisto to Alyssa and Lysander making out on the futon outside of his house, I was hooked and couldn't put it down no matter how much I tried. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good action book/love story/thriller. Can't wait to read book 2.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    So love vampire books so was totally stoked to read this when I

    So love vampire books so was totally stoked to read this when I found it.  This is the first of a series about a young girl named Alyssa who after having a bad day, a friend not show up, stood up, feeling down, had an evening that well got worse!   I have to say I was very shocked and on pins and needles hoping I wouldn't have to read through what was happening to her before her knight in shining armor came to save the day.  Okay not a knight.. a Vampire.  Lysander is that vampire that is so loyal, so to the point, a true leader, who knows that being a vampire should be kept a secret and to only kill those for blood that are doing wrong, criminals.  Alyssa doesn't take so good to being transformed.. lol total spoiled brat to be honest.  I feel a lot of disrespect for her new venture, although Lysander is made to look like a meanie who is holding her back.  He truly cares for his "children".  
    Lysander had left the coven so long ago he was what one would call a rogue, but the coven, the spirited Kallisto wanted him to pay for his betrayal.  A true woman scorned.  




    I really don't want to give much out because I find this to be a great beginning of a series.. and can't wait to continue reading.   Just know this story has the violence, the loyalty, "family", Love, and yes all in vampires.   The one that you want to hate is in this book too.. scary, and all you can hope is he didn't make it...  This is a must read 5stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Vampires...

    Good read. I skipped ahead because I didn't like Kallista! The rest of the book was great. You should have killed Santino in this book. I won't read the next installment.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Good book

    This was a good book I would recommend this book to people .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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