Review: “Hunters & Prey” by Katie Salidas
Posted by StephB
The exciting sequel to Immortalis Carpe Noctem.
Rule number one: humans and vampires don’t co-exist. One is the hunter and one is the prey. Simple, right? Not for newly-turned vampire Alyssa. A surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum’s most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the human friend she’s missed more than anything. Now she has some explaining to do. However, that will have to wait. With the Acta Sanctorum hot on their heels, staying alive is more important than educating a human on the finer points of bloodlust.
Published November 23rd 2010 by Rising Sign Books
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read: 8 June 2011
Hunters & Prey picks up (we have to assume) shortly after Immortalis Carpe Noctem left off ~ Post-Kallisto & Acta Sanctorum-battle with Alyssa continuing to struggle between her need for blood and having to kill her victims to keep her existence a secret.
Alyssa, while being followed by someone her clan isn’t even sure is alive, seeks shelter in a cafe where she runs into her best friend, Fallon. Fallon hasn’t seen Alyssa in a while. Once she starts asking questions she shouldn’t know the answer to she finds herself sucked into a world she didn’t know existed.
I rated this book of the Immortalis series 1/2 a ★ higher than the first. For me, this series takes me back to some of the first vampire novels I read where vamps don’t sparkle, they kill. The world Katie creates for us with this series is dark and, you’re not being paranoid, there are people after you. I enjoyed the twist of fate for Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum’s most fearsome hunter. He continues to be a favorite character of mine. For those reasons, I found this books slightly more enjoyable than the first.
However, there are a few things that didn’t work for me. The first is an issue that I battle with when reading many “they don’t know we exist” paranormal/UF books. Some characters seem to be awfully accepting once they discover the things they feared in the dark really do exist. While I have no idea how I’d accept something similar and admit it must be hard to write about such an experience, I don’t always find the character’s reactions or acceptance believable. That aside, Fallon is a likable character and I’ll be interested to see how their friendship changes in future books in the series. The second issue I have is while Alyssa is trying to find a way to feed without killing, she continues to feast on those that “are criminals”. But, does she have much to back that up before diggin’ in? I don’t think so. She doesn’t want to kill humans, but doesn’t mind chompin’ down on someone she thinks is about to or has committed a criminal act. I’m hoping to see some growth in Alyssa’s character in the next book. Time to put her big girl britches on.
I will continue on with the series to see if she does just that. Book #3, Pandora’s Box, is expected 12 July 2011.
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