Review: “Immortalis Carpe Noctem” by Katie Salidas

Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis #1) by Katie Salidas

Explore the emotional upheaval that is the transformation from human to vampire.

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.

Kindle Edition
Published March 2nd 2010 by Rising Sign Books

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read: 21 May 2011

Immortalis Carpe Noctem was a dark introduction into the life and struggles of twenty-five year old, Alyssa. While walking home one night she’s brutally attacked and on the verge of death when Lysander saves her.

Lysander is an ancient vampire and he saves her by turning her. He “knew she was far too injured to survive if {he} left her. {His} sloth in attacking [the men that attacked her] would be the cause of her innocent death, and {he} couldn’t allow it. She did not deserve death, so {he} granted her immortality.”

While she struggles to learn about the life she’s been brought into, she also begins to fall for Lysander. When she initially tries to act on her feelings, he pushes her away. Not because he’s not attracted to her, but because “everyone {he} cares for -everyone {he} brings into this life- dies.”

The struggles she faces while adjusting to the need to drink blood, the smells and pulses of the humans around her were very well written. Taking a life for blood isn’t something Alyssa’s comfortable with having to do. But, she knows it’s required to survive. She slowly uses it to take down those that would do others harm.

The definition of the title ~ Immortalis (Latin) immortal| not subject to death; eternal| everlasting| perpetual; imperishable ~ Carpe Noctem seize the night ~ explains exactly what Alyssa’s trying to do … adjust to her life as a vampire while seizing the night.

While her story is interesting, there were times where I felt she was a bit of a Wendy Whiner, but who knows how you’d react in her position. Hard to say. I really enjoyed the journals Lysander kept throughout his immortal life. I have no doubt I would do something similar in that case. What a great way to track what could be a very long and interesting lifetime.

I enjoyed learning about the history of Lysander’s family and the battle with the Acta Sanctorum – the ‘Saints’. “Their church promotes the hysteria that all supernatural beings, and anyone else who might be considered different, are unnatural. They see us as nothing more than monsters. They use fear to allow them free rein to kill whomever they please, to rid the world of what they deem evil.” Santino is a very well written baddie.

The downsides: There was some repetition throughout and words which are inappropriately hyphenated (ex: to-night).

Overall, this was a nice debut to a dark urban fantasy series. I recently started reading book two, Hunters & Prey and am enjoying it. Looking forward to book three, Pandora’s Box which is expected 12 July 2011.

**Review also posted @ Smashwords

About StephB

USMC wife ~ bibliophile ~ gadget addict ~ furry baby mama

Posted on June 7, 2011, in 3✰, Author ARC/Freebie, by Steph, Dark Urban Fantasy, Immortalis, Katie Salidas and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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