Blog Tour Stop: Review Immortalis Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas
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Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis #1)
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- ISBN-13: 9780984419609
- Publisher: Rising Sign Books
- Publication date: 1/1/2010
- Pages: 346
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: 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 newfound 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.
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 sexy 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 freakishly powerful vamps with unrealistic lives (well if vampires were real and had lives).
3.5 out of 5 Controllers
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Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write. And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale… Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.
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