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Author: Katie Salidas
Publisher: Rising Sign Books
Pages: 752 Pages
Series: Book 1-3 of Immortalis Series
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition... that's the hard part.Join Alyssa as she stumbles through the world of the "Unnatural" in the first three books in the Immortalis series.Book 1: Immortalis Carpe NoctemRescued 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.Book 2: Hunters & PreyRule 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.Book 3: Pandora's BoxAfter a few months as a vampire, Alyssa thought she'd learned all she needed to know about the supernatural world. But her confidence is shattered by the delivery of a mysterious package - a Pandora's Box.Seemingly innocuous, the box is in reality an ancient prison, generated by a magic more powerful than anyone in her clan has ever known. But what manner of evil could need such force to contain it?When the box is opened, the sinister creature within is released, and only supernatural blood will satiate its thirst. The clan soon learns how it feels when the hunter becomes the hunted.
My Review of Immortalis:
The cover on this book was so pretty. The vampire looked so fierce and ready for action. The colors were so vibrant and jumped out at you too. For a major cover lover like me it was great to see. This book was an omnibus of the first three books in this series which are Immortalis Carpe Noctem, Hunter's and Prey and Pandora's Box.
In the first book we meet Alyssa who is enjoying a night out as a normal UNLV student. She leaves a coffeeshop and is unfortunealy attacked and pretty much left for dead until Lysander steps in. We learn that Lysander is a vampire and he turns Alyssa. Alyssa spends most of the first part of this book learning how to deal with being a vampire. In learning more we learn more about Lysander and how he became a vampire. Lysander tells Alyssa about Kallisto who was his maker. I have to say I love the way the author stated vampires came about. I am a hge mythology freak and this twist was awesome. The story continues and we learn about the Pereganeus clan and I loved them also. They just all seemed like such as great group and really considered themselves family. Eventually there is a battle between Alyssa,Lysander and the clan to take down Kallisto. The book wraps up with Kallisto defeated but the vampires still in danger. This leads us into the next book.
In the next story called Hunter's and Prey. In this book we learn more about the Acta Sanctorum and one of it's main hunters Santino. Santino made an apperance in the first story but is more prominent in this book.I liked that this book showed more of Alyssa and Lysander's relationship building and their amazing chemistry. I really started to fall for them and root for everything to turn our right for them. I also love that we learned that Santino wasn't all bad and we got to see his vunerable side. We also got to see more of Alyssa and Fallon in this story. I liked that the author showed how true their friendship really was and that it could withstand anything. Fallon was still there for her no matter what like a true friend should be. It was also great having the banter between Fallon and the vampires too. I also liked that the author was able to show what Lysander thought was impossible in that vampires could get along with humans and Alyssa didn't have to give up everything she once knew.
After this we had the final book in this omnibus which was Pandora's Box. I loved this book the best ot of the three as I love the Pandora's box tale anyway from my love of mythology. I loved the athors retelling of this tale. It was amazing to see just how easily a human could be tempted into opening the box after seeing it through the eyes of Fallon. She truly couldn't resist it. The opening of this box causes some major twists and the plot that I truly didn't see coming. I was shocked and amazed by it. In this book the clan sets out to find out who sent them this box and how to recontain the evil that was released. It turns out the evil that wa trapped in this box was the first vampire. In the clan's travels they are lead to a new location and meet some other vampires and some werewolves. I loved how in this book the vampires and werewolves all worked together. We again got some amazing backstory about the vampires orgin and learned more about the first vampire. I liked seeing the budding romance between Fallon and Aiden. I was happy to see her getting a chance at love without having to give up her humanity. Alyssa again showed how much she had grown and how powerful she could be. I also liked seeing Santino again and seeing him evolve and come into his own. The love between Alyssa and Lysander was even better in this book as I felt he really started to see her as more of his equal. I felt my heart break at the end of this book though with the way it ended. It was a cliffhanger that I didn't see coming and was a great lead in for the next book.
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Author: Katie Salidas
Published: April 3,2012
Publisher: Rising Sign Books
Series: Book 4 in Immortalis Series
Source: Bewitching Blog Tours
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
It’s a desperate time for rookie vampire Alyssa, and her sanity is hanging by a slender thread. Her clan is still reeling from the monumental battle with Aniketos; a battle that claimed the body of Lysander, her sire and lover, and trapped his spirit in a mysterious crystal. A Soulstone.
Unfortunately, no amount of magic has been able to release Lysander’s spirit, and the stone is starting to fade. Weeks of effort have proved futile. Her clan, the Peregrinus, have all but given up hope. Only Alyssa still believes her lover can be released. In despair, Alyssa begs the help of the local witch coven, and unwittingly exposes the supernaturals of Boston to unwanted attention from the Acta Sanctorum.
The Saints converge on the city and begin their cleansing crusade to rid the world of all things “Unnatural.” In the middle of an all-out war, but no closer to a solution to the dying stone, Alyssa is left with an unenviable choice: save her mate, or save her clan.
This book again had an amazing cover.The crystal was so pretty and mesmerizing. This book picks up where the last one ended. We find that Lysander has gotten trapped in the crystal along with the evil the were tyring to contain in the pandora's box. I was so invested in this series and Alyssa's relationship that I felt her despair. That speaks to an author's amazing writing skills when a book can make me feel the characters pain. I loved that the witches more of a role in this book too. It was great to see all the supernatural creatures working together for the greater good. I cried in parts of this story and laughed out loud at some parts. I couldn't wait to see Alyssa and Lysander reunited.. Overall this was a great series and this booked tied everything up nicely. I love to see happy ever after in my stories and I got it. This was a great read and a must for vampire lovers out there. You will get it all in this book with the romance,fighting,friendships and great plot. I highly recommend this whole series.
About the Author:
Katie Salidas is a Super Woman!
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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