Carpe Noctem

Rated 4.20/5 based on 18 reviews
Bleeding to death after brutal mugging , twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by an unlikely hero. The cold and aloof vampire, Lysander.
By saving Alyssa, he unwittingly thrust her into a dark world filled with blood lust and thousand-year old vendettas.
Now, she must find the strength to accept her terrifying new reality or die by the hands of Lysander's enemies. More

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Review by: Cyndi Goodgame on Feb. 01, 2014 :
I was hooked. It was good. Lysander keeps you guessing all the way through and you can't help but like him more as the story evolves. He has his issues, but so does Alyssa.

Great first book in a series.
(review of free book)

Review by: KayMarie Jones on Oct. 24, 2013 :
Excellent! This book really explored the turn from the perspective of the new vamp. It was very believable and really draws you in. It's really well written, and gets you cheering on the main characters, even when you know they are making a mistake, because you see that you would probably do the same. Try it. You'll be hooked.
(review of free book)

Review by: natalie berry on Jan. 06, 2013 :
Alyssa's having a very bad day and it's not going to get better. She's lost her job, probably about to lose her apartment and does the same thing all the time. Where's the excitement?
A bad decision has devastating consequences and she becomes a vampire. She's sired by the deep and brooding Lysander, a millenia old vampire living on his own in Las Vegas. Both their lives were crawling along until they met each other and realized what they'd been missing.

Behind every love story there has to be a bad guy though and their are multiple ones in this story. Poor Alyssa's awakened into a dangerous new world and she has to learn the rules quick.

Easy read with some very dramatic moments. Death and violence is in abundance as they are afterall, Vampires.
No noticeable editing errors and the language was current.

Alyssa a like-able character who you identify with. She yearns for more but isn't sure whether she can pay the price for those choices.Her relationship with Lysander can be abit frustrating but it never was going to be easy with him being her sire.

Overall an enjoyable fantasy series
(review of free book)

Review by: Catrina Barton on March 13, 2012 :
Hi Katie! Been a while, huh?

I'm so pleased I finally got to read the full first book. I was really bummed when I only critted the last few chapters on CC.

I love how you set up the introductions in this book and how it flows into the second book. I miss seeing your posts around CC and I'm glad I got to read this book in full. You did an awesome job of setting things up to really captivate the readers.

(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angel4492 on June 04, 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 here 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 enjoy 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. I look forward to reading 'Hunters & Prey'.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RAVENSWOOD PUBLISHING on May 25, 2011 :

Even though this wasn't really a story I hadn't heard before it was still a well-written supernatural novel. The heroine is smart, and at times humorous. The pace was good and the Katie's writing skills are phenomenal. I will definitely read more of her work in the future.

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kia Zi Shiru on May 22, 2011 :
I loved the book, well written, good story, sexy chars (I can not count the amount of times I yelled that she should just jump his bones, luckily no-one was at home). It was an intruiging read and I read it in a very short time, probably 2 days or so, only because it was in the middle of the night and I could no longer keep my eyes open ;)

If you like sexy vampires and strong (though human-ish) female lead chars, this is totally worth the read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ann cooper on May 17, 2011 : (no rating)
I enjoyed reading this book. it had mystery loven and action
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: yolandi on May 10, 2011 :
Cant wait for the next one
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: zoeysmom on May 05, 2011 : (no rating)
I liked the premise of this book very much. It had its own twist to the usual vampire story and was a good read. A little too tidy for me and the characters kind of predictable but I still enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heidi Hafner on April 21, 2011 : (no rating)
Katie Salidas is, or I should say was, an unknown author to me. I have begun to follow numerous authors on twitter in the past months, but Ms. Salidas began to follow me first. I found her to be an excellent conversationalist, willing to chat at the drop of a, eh… tweet. She’s known on twitter as @QuixoticKatie… the name alone intrigued and caused me to watch her stream and what she posts.

Generally, new authors email me or tweet me to request that I read and review their books. Ms. Salidas never did this. She has promoted her books herself and with the affection that she whips up in her following. One day, I caught a random tweet where she was promoting, “Immortalis Carpe Noctem.” I browsed the link a couple of times, but honestly, I didn’t care for the cover. This is the truth. I did it… I judged a book by it’s cover!

I’m not sure exactly how the conversation came up but Ms. Salidas offered me a one time opportunity to download one of her books to read and review. I chose “Immortalis Carpe Noctem” because I really wanted to start the series at the beginning. Go figure.

I’m really hard on storylines. I have to tell myself that I have to read past the first couple of chapters, because quite honestly what I do is read the first chapter and if I’m not gripped in the storyline right there, I lay the book down and don’t pick it up again.

“Immortalis Carpe Noctem,” is written in first person and it is all the experiences of a young college aged woman who decides to walk home by herself in one of the roughest cities in America, Las Vegas. Of course, reading Alyssa’s point of view, she took us through her walk in the dark and introduced us first to her attackers who intended on raping, mugging, and killing her. They succeed at nearly killing her by stabbing her as she attempted to free herself. However, during her scuffle with her would be attackers, an ancient vampire named, Lysander, arrives just a little late to her rescue. Instead of taking her to a hospital to receive life saving skills from a doctor, he chooses instead to drain her further and then give her his blood thus turning her into a vampire.

At first, my thought was that this was just going to be another vampire love story. It wasn’t really. Actually, this author went one-step further. This whole story is Alyssa’s first hand experience of becoming a vampire and learning how to live as one in the twenty-first century. She has rules she must abide by, new senses to discover.

Ms Salidas kept with many, if not all, of vampire folklore. Her vampires can’t take sunlight, they live off of human blood, and of course they all have fangs.

So, what is my opinion of this story? I usually love any story that involves vampires. However, this story really didn’t have anything that different to it that would make me Oooh and Aah about it. There was no love triangle or for that matter a love affair. We do see Alyssa begin to fall for her maker, Lysander. They do have sex together… but aside from learning, what it would be like to experience vampirism first hand it was an okay start to a series. I am interested in reading the rest of the series. I feel there is great potential for Alyssa and this first book has laid a good foundation to springboard into the next book of a series. I would love to see what kind of a person Alyssa turns out to be.

This book was an awesome start to what I hope to be an excellent series. It definitely is worth the read. Let’s hit me with your next book, Ms Salidas.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Carol on March 27, 2011 :
Vampire urban fantasy. Excellent value at the price. Begins well with the description of the initial attack on Alyssa then slows down during the phase where she is acclimatizing to her new condition. It picks up again when the action-adventure gets moving so that the last half is exciting. The romance element is a sub-plot in the style of books which are primarily urban fantasy rather than paranormal romance.
There is a sequel but this first book is complete in itself.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: missmye on March 13, 2011 :
I echo what everyone below has written. This was a good book, I enjoyed reading it and it was definitely value for money.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tweezle on March 10, 2011 :
My only exposure to a vampire novels has been the "Twilight" series, so I'm coming from a "newborn" point of view. I have never read an adult novel up to this point - not even "Dracula" (does the movie count?)

"Immortalis Carpe Noctum" held me captive from the first page. Written in first person, it allowed me to climb inside Alyssa's head and experience her struggles and disappointments, thoughts and fears and her heartache of never being able to return to her life. All of this on top of her inner struggle gave this book a real feeling, making this a fantastic read.

I really took to Alyssa's character, and adored Lysander. He's was a gorgeous vampire that has a heart and conscience that ended up getting him into some trouble. This created an exciting storyline that kept me on edge and made for an exciting ending.

I'm really looking foward to Katie's next book in this series. Her writing style is captivating and her characters are ones I really want to get to know more of. This is definitely a must for this summer's reading list. It's great for the paranormal lover, but is also just a good story that would satisfy most.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sarah on March 10, 2011 :
When Alyssa is walking home alone late at night she is brutally attacked by 2 muggers. Lysander rescues Alyssa but she is so badly injured that she is almost dead leaving Lysander no option but to change her into a vampire or watch her die. Waking up to discover she has been turned into a vampire comes as quite a shock to Alyssa - she had no idea that vampires even existed. While trying to come to terms with her new life Alyssa also has to deal with a powerful vampire mistress who isn't happy that Lysander turned her without permission and the Acta Sanctorum - vampire hunters. Will she survive long enough to learn how to use her new abilities?

I first heard about Immortalis Carpe Noctem when I saw it was going on a tour arranged by UK Book Tours, it wasn't a book seen before but it sounded interesting and I couldn't resist signing up to read it. I'm glad I did as I've discovered a new author who I will definitely be keeping an eye on in the future. This book is the first in the Immortalis series and I'm looking forward to reading future books as they are released.

I really enjoyed watching Alyssa deal with being turned into a vampire - she has been introduced to a whole new world without having any choice in the matter. As Lysander says in the book "Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that is the hard part" I'm sure Alyssa would agree with this statement! I've not really read anything that covers the issue of being turned without prior knowledge of what is happening and goes into as much detail as this book did. I thought Katie Salidas did a great job of showing how hard that must have been for Alyssa. She had no choice but to leave behind her old life, for their safety she could have no contact with her friends and wasn't able to return to her apartment. Not to mention having to come to terms with needing to drink blood to survive.

I found it quite easy to relate to Alyssa and understand what she was going through. She did complain a fair bit at the beginning but I think that was to be expected in the circumstances. Lysander was a great character but at times he didn't make things easy for Alyssa. He wanted to protect her but didn't always manage to explain his reasons to Alyssa which led her to feel suffocated by him. I enjoyed watching the 2 of them interact with each other though and I really liked the Peregrinus - a travelling group of vampires who were friends of Lysander.

The action in the story was good but a little predictable in places, there was a good twist towards the end though. Overall Immortalis Carpe Noctem was an enjoyable start to a new series. It's one of those stories that crosses the lines between paranormal romance and urban fantasy so I think fans of either genre would enjoy this book. I'm looking forward to seeing what Katie Salidas comes up with next
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Denise on Feb. 08, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. The charactor were believeable. The author put her own spin on the vampires in this story, which was really good.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Adams on Feb. 08, 2011 :
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the developing relationship between the two main characters and am interested to see how that relationship develops in the next book. Definitely gives a new spin on the world of vampires!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathy Mercon on Jan. 29, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait for the next installment
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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