Immortalis Carpe NoctemPaperback
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- Publisher: Rising Sign Books
- Format: Paperback | 346 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 203mm x 18mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 January 2010
- ISBN 10: 0984419608
- ISBN 13: 9780984419609
- Sales rank: 695,784
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.
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By Niina C 10 Dec 2011
Alyssa's life consists of college, work and sitting in a poetry cafe with her best friend Fallon, but it all changes when Fallon stands her up and she has to make way home alone. She doesn't get home, as two men ambush her and abuse her and stab her, as she lays dying about to get raped a man steps in an disposes of the two attackers, he drinks her blood and forces her to drink his.
Waking up in a bathtub, fully clothed, she battles to figure out how come she's not dead, it turns out she's in the home of Lysander, an old vampire who seems as emotionless as marble, he tells her that she's now a vampire as well and that she can never return to the human existence she knew before, because their existence is a secret that cannot come out.
Learning to drink blood and hunt becomes the soul focus on her new immortal life until it turns out there is a vampire in town who wants her and Lysander dead, not to mention there is the Acto Sanctorum, soldiers of Rome who live to kill vampires. Being immortal doesn't mean you can't get killed, and being a brand spanking new vampire the changes of your survival are close to none.
I love this book! It one of the first books I've read on my new Kindle, so I was still in the getting use to phase, but I quickly got into the flow of the story and once I did I didn't want to stop reading. Immortalis Carpe Noctem is a fun, modern look on what it's like to become a vampire for a 25 year old girl who could be any girl around. How would we take having to live on blood, hunt and never see our family and friends again.
The plot was interesting, Alyssa reborn to being a vampire and it's consequences were interesting but we also receive a slightly delusional female vampire who sees herself as the Queen of Vampires, and who's not quite over Lysander - and of course there is the threat of Acto Sactorum, the vampire slayers who have a bread a vampire to hunt on their command, who have their sights on "the Queen of Vampires". The plot is exciting and great to read.
Alyssa is such a joy, she's young compared to the others but in a fresh way, in the beginning I was wondering why her inner dialogue was so apparent, but as we learn vampires can read minds it makes sense that her thoughts are more like sentences at times. She's a fun, young and still yearns for freedom at 25, which gives Lysander, a two thousand year old, young Greek man some grey hairs. I loved the slowly blossoming almost/almost not romance between Lysander and Alyssa, they have this student-mentor relationship that gets spiced with a steamy kiss and they both end up not sure what the heck just happened, and just how to proceed from there.
I'm trying to think of something bad to say about this books, but I can't seem to find any, so that concludes that this is a 5 star book! Gosh, I'm so happy I have Hunters and Prey #2 (Dec. 2010) and Pandora's Box #3 (June 2011) still to read!
If you want a different vampire story, a young one, I'd go for this, it's vibrant, fun and intriguing read to those who's vampires aren't all paranormal romance.