Immortalis Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas
Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition…that’s the hard part.
Rescued from a brutal mugging on the college campus of UNLV, 25 year old Alyssa is initiated into a frightening, eternally dark world she never knew existed. The world of the vampire.
Stricken with cravings of blood, and forced leave behind all she knew, Alyssa struggles with the change. And Lysander, her sexy but aloof sire, is the only one who can help guide her.
There’s no turning back now. It’s either, Carpe Noctem, or final death.
Although the character of Alyssa is twenty-five, this story reads like a season of some overly-wrought teen melodrama. It has all the classic elements of a vampire story… thirst, ruling bodies, misunderstanding newborn, the doe-eyed betrayer and the human hunters.
Alyssa is a character that I wanted to like. For me she clings to her humanity for too long. Her relationship with Lysander feels ambiguous at best. Even with the story in first person point of view, I’m not sure if it’s her feels or if they are a byproduct of her connection to Lysander. Hopefully I will understand her motives better in the next book, Hunters & Prey.
The thing I did like a lot about the novel was it took place in Las Vegas. If Los Angeles is the City of Angels, Las Vegas is the perfect setting for the City of Devils. The glamour and glitzes is the perfect cover for vampire killings. I’m sure the desert is holding more than a few bodies.
I also like how Katie Salidas created her own vampire mythos from various sources. I hope in the coming books that she expounds more on this constructed mythology.
I give Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis Vampire Series #1) 3 out 5.