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Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, Twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by the cold and aloof, vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift-and curse-of immortality. She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: An unyielding thirst for blood as well as the loss of her friends, ...
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Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, Twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by the cold and aloof, vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift-and curse-of immortality. She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: An unyielding thirst for blood as well as the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.
As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her "turning", did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.
Only by accepting her new-found immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.
Posted April 28, 2010
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.
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Posted December 17, 2012
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
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Posted August 29, 2012
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!
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Posted July 18, 2014
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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Posted October 1, 2013
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
Posted August 6, 2013
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!
Posted July 12, 2013
Posted January 20, 2013
“Life doesn’t always play out the way we plan it. That’s what makes it such a great adventure. You never know what is around the next corner.”
Whilst walking home one night twenty-five year old Alyssa is brutally attacked before being saved by Lysander. But he didn’t save her in the conventional sense and now Alyssa’s life will never be the same again. Turned without choice Alyssa now has to come to terms with the changes she has to make. She has to turn her back on her life, her friend, her job.
A lot of vampire books tend to focus on the positives of being turned a vampire, or at the very least they don’t focus on the negatives. It has been great reading about Alyssa’s transition from human to vampire. It wasn’t an easy seamless transition, and there was no persecution (except her own) about feeding on humans, which she soon overcame when she realised there was no alternative. Vampires were meant to drink from the vein and Salida’s vampires do just that.
I look forward to reading Immortalis: Hunters & Prey which is loaded up on my kindle ready to go.
Posted January 31, 2012
If some one asked me to describe this story in one word it would be ‘Beautiful’. Katie Salidas has beautifully crafted a vampire story. From the very first chapter, the action begins and draws you in. You feel all the emotions Alyssa; a young college student is going through as she is attacked while walking alone one night. She can’t protect herself from her attackers and knows this will be her last night on this earth. Little do the two perverted men, who want to rape and kill her, know that their lives will end and Alyssa’s will actually begin? Alyssa’s savior is Lysander. I loved rolling his name in my mind and a few times said it out loud while reading. Lysander destroys her assailants and finds Alyssa near death. He gives her a gift thinking this is the only way to make an apology to her for not intervening sooner. The gift is what Alyssa has a hard time accepting. Vampirism. Now she belongs to Lysander as his protégé to instruct on how to live as an immortal. But along with her new master come sexual desires, other secrets, and a nemesis, and vampire hunters that will have Alyssa again fighting for her life and Lysander’s. I enjoyed the history Katie entwined, how she describes Alyssa’s stubbornness at letting go of her old life and trying to handle her nocturnal one. Highly recommending this book, I give it 5 stars. I’m sure the rest of the series will be just as good; Immortalis, Hunters & Prey and Immortalis, Pandora’s Box.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2012
Immortalis Carpe Noctorem was a delightful read. The simple yet fascinating story takes readers back to a time when vampires didn’t have silly powers, and the only worry they encountered was who would be their next meal and when. In a sense it’s a “classic” vampire tale set in a modern era. It was wonderfully refreshing to read about an ordinary young woman whose life gets turned upside down by a man and condition that changed her life.
The main character, 25 year old Alyssa, is having the worst day ever. She got fired from her job, she was ditched by her friend, and on top of that she was attacked and nearly raped while walking home. On the plus side though, she is saved by a handsome ancient vampire named Lysander. When he reaches her, she is on the brink of death and has no choice but to turn her into a vampire. Fast forward to the next day and Alyssa’s life begins to tumble downhill all over again. Our young heroine is forced to face the grim reality of becoming a vampire and exactly what that requires. Killing to survive.
The book goes on to detail her experiences as a fledging vampire, and her quiet and brooding sire who want to keep the secrets of his ancient life exactly that, a secret. Alyssa was an excellent heroine. Her adjustment to becoming a vampire and killing portrayed a more realistic idea of how hard it might be for a person to actually live as a vampire. It was not all fun and games and killing was never easy. But as one could expect, our MC did what she had to do in order to survive.
Katie Salidas did a phenomenal job of reminding me exactly what vampires are supposed to be: Killers, but not monsters. The writing was a little weak at some points, however it didn’t stop me from being engrossed in the story. If you’re looking for a novel that details the life of a classic vampire and contains a rather interesting plot, Immortalis Carpe Noctorem should be your fist choice. I recommend this book to everyone looking to get a quick vampire fix and to those who’ve had enough of overly powerful vamps with unrealistic lives (well if vampires were real and had lives).
Posted December 10, 2011
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Alyssa's life consists of college, work and sitting in a poetry cafe with her best friend Fallon, but it all changes when Fallon stands her up and she has to make way home alone. She doesn't get home, as two men ambush her and abuse her and stab her, as she lays dying about to get raped a man steps in an disposes of the two attackers, he drinks her blood and forces her to drink his.
Waking up in a bathtub, fully clothed, she battles to figure out how come she's not dead, it turns out she's in the home of Lysander, an old vampire who seems as emotionless as marble, he tells her that she's now a vampire as well and that she can never return to the human existence she knew before, because their existence is a secret that cannot come out.
Learning to drink blood and hunt becomes the soul focus on her new immortal life until it turns out there is a vampire in town who wants her and Lysander dead, not to mention there is the Acto Sanctorum, soldiers of Rome who live to kill vampires. Being immortal doesn't mean you can't get killed, and being a brand spanking new vampire the changes of your survival are close to none.
I love this book! It one of the first books I've read on my new Kindle, so I was still in the getting use to phase, but I quickly got into the flow of the story and once I did I didn't want to stop reading. Immortalis Carpe Noctem is a fun, modern look on what it's like to become a vampire for a 25 year old girl who could be any girl around. How would we take having to live on blood, hunt and never see our family and friends again.
The plot was interesting, Alyssa reborn to being a vampire and it's consequences were interesting but we also receive a slightly delusional female vampire who sees herself as the Queen of Vampires, and who's not quite over Lysander - and of course there is the threat of Acto Sactorum, the vampire slayers who have a bread a vampire to hunt on their command, who have their sights on "the Queen of Vampires". The plot is exciting and great to read.
Alyssa is such a joy, she's young compared to the others but in a fresh way, in the beginning I was wondering why her inner dialogue was so apparent, but as we learn vampires can read minds it makes sense that her thoughts are more like sentences at times. She's a fun, young and still yearns for freedom at 25, which gives Lysander, a two thousand year old, young Greek man some grey hairs. I loved the slowly blossoming almost/almost not romance between Lysander and Alyssa, they have this student-mentor relationship that gets spiced with a steamy kiss and they both end up not sure what the heck just happened, and just how to proceed from there.
I'm trying to think of something bad to say about this books, but I can't seem to find any, so that concludes that this is a 5 star book! Gosh, I'm so happy I have Hunters and Prey #2 (Dec. 2010) and Pandora's Box #3 (June 2011) still to read!
If you want a different vampire story, a young one, I'd go for this, it's vibrant, fun and intriguing read to those who's vampires aren't all paranormal romance.
Posted December 7, 2011
The first book, Immortalis, starts right from the beginning. In fact, it moves pretty quickly into Alyssa becoming a vampire. There are vampires and vampire hunters. Lysander steps in to ¿save¿ Alyssa when she is brutally attacked. Later it becomes known that he did belong to another coven whose master, Kallisto, has not given him up for good. Lysander makes it clear that each vampire has to deal with how they hunt on their own. Your justifications are your own. Alyssa learns this and decides to go after the ¿bad¿ guys of this world. Since the mythology for this story, includes vampires as a kind of demi-god, then this is fits into place nicely. They are judge, jury, and executioner. Good start. Now book two.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2011
Posted August 13, 2011
Good start to a new series. Looking forward to reading more. Really enjoy the relationship between Alyssa and Lysander as he teaches her to be a new vampire. A great history is hinted at in the vampire world and looking forward to finding out more about it. Great supporting cast of characters as well. Hopefully some of them reoccur in future stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2011
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Can i just say that i am very picky when it comes to books, if it doesn't capture my interest within the first few chapters then i don't finish it. Immortalis Carpe Noctem was not like that, it had me hooked from the first chapter!! This author describes things so clearly that you can picture it or feel it as if it is your own personal memories. As soon as i read the first few chapters i didn't wait to finish, i hopped online and bought the rest in the series! Strong female character but also vulnerable and a sexy strong male lead will make you love this book! I have to admit i had seen these books before and the cover art turned me off to them, i'm happy that that old saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" rang true for this series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2011
I have to say that I really enjoyed this story. It's about a girl named Alyssa who was turned into a vampire in order to save her life. When Lysander, a loner vampire, comes across a couple of guys trying to rape and kill a young woman - he decides to save her life instead of letting her die.
I wouldn't say that this is the "typical" vampire book. A big portion of this book has to do with Alyssa grieving her human life and coming to terms with being a vampire. These vampires don't feed from animals or drink bagged human blood - they feed directly from humans in order to stay alive. Not surprisingly, Alyssa has a hard time dealing with this. She also has a hard time accepting the fact that she is "dead" to anyone who has ever known her as a human. Alyssa is a little stubborn and immature at times, but it is understandable. Everything is new to her, she is scared, and Lysander doesn't exactly make things easy for her.
Lysander is the quiet, brooding type. He doesn't show much emotion at all, besides for losing his patience with Alyssa on quite a few occasions. He has been on his own for a long time, and he's just not used to having anyone else to take care of. As much as he gets frustrated with her, it is sweet to see her melt his cold exterior a little bit.
There is not a ton of romance in this book, that's something I would have liked to see just a little bit more of. There is however, some passion and a lot of sexual tension. There's also quite a bit of action in this book. I really like the character of Lysander, though he is still a bit of a mystery to me. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, and hopefully finding out more about him! I would put this book in the paranormal romance/urban fantasy category, and I'd recommend it for adult readers who want a little something different in their vampire stories!
Posted May 28, 2011
After a bad day at work where Alyssa lost her job, she waits at her regular coffee shop for her best friend Fallon who ends up canceling on her. Doing the one thing she knows she shouldn't, she walks home; alone, across campus, at night. Being a petite pretty young woman, trouble finds her. Two men attack Alyssa, beating her within inches of death. Her savior shows up, a handsome stranger ~ Lysander. Lysander can tell she is to far beyond saving with her injuries, so he does the one thing he can to save her... makes her a vampire. Alyssa, unknowingly, has a new life to live; leaving her old one behind. Alyssa now has to find a way to cope with losing everything she had, no matter how small it was, it was hers and her dearest friends.
I have to say the author did a great job of creating Alyssa as a character set in her ways and morals along with struggling in herself with the changes to a vampire. Alyssa has her morels and mind set of the world and now it's all changed. Her biggest challenge, accepting she needs to drink human blood for her own survival. Then she will be hunted by the Acta Sanctorum for now being a vampire. Alyssa started off as a weak character for me and I wasn't as pulled into the book until about eighty-five pages in. Alyssa had started to get to me a little as she didn't want to be treated like a child, but she had her childish reactions. Lysander was the one who pulled me in some, by his caring nature and the mystery of him. By the end of the book Alyssa lost her whiny-ness to me and started to become a stronger character. But I still enjoyed Lysander the most. I found myself being pulled into the potential love interest between Alyssa and Lysander and the draw between them.
At about eighty-seven pages into the book we have an appearance of another Vampire, Edmond, who comes across as a long time enemy of Lysander's. Edmond comes baring a message from the ancient Kallisto regarding Lysander a lone vampire turning someone with out permission from her and the clan. This is where the characters all started to change and a few additional ones added as well. And the story began to pick up for me. The secondary characters helped balance out the book for me, and bring the main characters around.
At the beginning of the book I was a little nervous, but the pages kept turning easily and quickly for me. And this ended up being a nice light HEA read for me. In the end I did enjoy the book and the characters. I will be reading the next book in the series as well, which I look forward to ~ Immortalis: Hunters & Prey.
Posted May 14, 2011
A fun sequel to Carpe Noctem! This story runs through Alyssa's mistake of telling her best friend (her HUMAN friend) that she's a vampire. Too late to correct her mistake, she is thrown into a chain of events that could lead to her friend's death - and the death of her entire clan. If that weren't bad enough, the fresh zombie-vampires created to kill off ALL vampires are in danger of rising to lethal numbers. Look out! Katie Salidas will keep you on the edge of your seat with this one. Enemies of enemies can be trusted. Right?
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Posted February 24, 2011
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.
Posted August 7, 2010
Alyssa sits and patiently waits for her friend to show up at their favorite hangout. When her friend is a no-show, Alyssa heads home on her own. Taking a shortcut, Alyssa walks home in the dark, only to be brutally attacked by some evil thugs; her futile attempts to defend herself only increase their blood lust. With her life draining away, Alyssa hopes to be rescued but doubts that help could arrive in time. When Lysander hears fighting nearby, he takes pity on a young mortal and grants her a second chance at life; he turns Alyssa into a vampire and takes her under his protection. Glad to be alive but resentful about the changes, Alyssa wonders what price she will have to pay in the long run, to be vampire. How can she reconcile herself to a lifetime of feeding off of humans and never again being able to see her loved ones? Had Alyssa's savior made a terrible mistake? Feeling smothered by Lysander's strict rules, Alyssa becomes defiant as she tries to reconcile herself to her new way of life. Just as Alyssa is coming to grips with her immortality, she is dealt a crushing blow; the Acta Sanctorum, a deeply religious, ancient group of vampire hunters and one of Lysander's old rivals will stop at nothing to destroy them both. Alyssa needs to make a decision and quickly! If she hopes to survive, Alyssa will have to let go of her past and embrace her new life as a vampiress.
Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, Immortalis: Carpe Noctem (literal translation - Seize the Night), does just that! This story instantly grabs the reader's attention and vividly entertains from beginning to end. Instant chemistry and an emotional bond pull Alyssa and Lysander together. They struggle to accept one another and fight the strong attraction between them as their enemies threaten to tear them apart. A mixture of fantasy, erotic romance and suspense, this paranormal novel takes fiction and makes it feel like fact.
Compelling characters, a fast-paced storyline and the age-old struggle of good vs. evil make for an exhilarating read; fans will hunger for more! Katie Salidas is a very gifted writer; she has a very promising literary career ahead of her. This novel contains some graphic violence and explicit sex scenes; these elements are essential to the plot and are very well written. I have absolutely adored this novel and I cannot wait to read book 2 in the series! I highly recommend this book to paranormal, fantasy and vampire fans; if you are looking for something new, you really need to give this book a try!
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