Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Carpe Noctem (Immortalis #1)

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.


I have to say that I really enjoyed this story. It's about a girl named Alyssa who was turned into a vampire in order to save her life. When Lysander, a loner vampire, comes across a couple of guys trying to rape and kill a young woman - he decides to save her life instead of letting her die.

I wouldn't say that this is the "typical" vampire book. A big portion of this book has to do with Alyssa grieving her human life and coming to terms with being a vampire. These vampires don't feed from animals or drink bagged human blood - they feed directly from humans in order to stay alive. Not surprisingly, Alyssa has a hard time dealing with this. She also has a hard time accepting the fact that she is "dead" to anyone who has ever known her as a human. Alyssa is a little stubborn and immature at times, but it is understandable. Everything is new to her, she is scared, and Lysander doesn't exactly make things easy for her.

Lysander is the quiet, brooding type. He doesn't show much emotion at all, besides for losing his patience with Alyssa on quite a few occasions. He has been on his own for a long time, and he's just not used to having anyone else to take care of. As much as he gets frustrated with her, it is sweet to see her melt his cold exterior a little bit.

There is not a ton of romance in this book, that's something I would have liked to see just a little bit more of. There is however, some passion and a lot of sexual tension. There's also quite a bit of action in this book. I really like the character of Lysander, though he is still a bit of a mystery to me. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, and hopefully finding out more about him! I would put this book in the paranormal romance/urban fantasy category, and I'd recommend it for adult readers who want a little something different in their vampire stories!

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  1. Thanks for sharing today - I look forward to reading this one.

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