Review of Immortalis Carpe Noctem

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Book Reviews | 8 comments

Immortalis Carpe NoctemImmortalis Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this copy of Immortalis Carpe Noctem for free via a giveaway. I also have more than a passing acquaintance with Katie Salidas. She and I have been trading critiques back and forth for a few months now on yet to be published works. If anything, I believe that familiarity will make my appraisal of her writing more harsh, but I wanted to mention it. Now that all the boring, official stuff is out of the way, I can get down to the business of vampires.

There’s a lot about the vampires in Carpe Noctem that goes against the popular fancy that has taken over Urban Fantasy. Vampires in this world almost always kill and they need a fairly large quantity of blood to survive. I loved everything she brought back to vampires here, the gritty and not so pretty.

Much of this story focuses on what Alyssa must overcome in order to make the transition from human to vampire. The moral question of taking a life and how to deal with it is the central focus. That’s a point that often goes unmentioned in these transition stories and I appreciated the attention given the topic.

Alyssa is not my favorite vampire ever. She’s a little too stubborn, almost to the point of seeming dumb on occasion. That said, I recognize that the author did a splendid job characterizing her, because there were a few times I wanted to smack the girl silly. Lysander is just the right mixture of protective and brooding. Him, I adored. There’s a lot of depth to his character that is uncovered as the story progresses.

There was one major plot hole that stuck out for me. An explanation early on by Lysander of how to get rid of the bodies of their victims so that “it should remove any traces of our involvement with their deaths.” I just didn’t buy that what he did would prevent a savvy medical examiner from suspecting what happened, but then again, maybe I watch too much Bones.

The Kindle edition I got from SmashWords did have a few strange hyphens floating around in the middle of words where they didn’t belong, like an attempt at line justification gone wrong. They didn’t bother me much, but I did notice them.

Striking out the above because Katie commented below that this issue has since been fixed!

Overall it’s a solid story with a fulfilling ending. Fans of the Urban Fantasy genre will enjoy a good read here.

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About the Author

The youngest of four children, Katie has always had a desire to entertain. Since, early childhood, she’s dreamed fantastical characters and scribbled them into pages of various journals and notebooks. Taking an interest in vampires, she devoured every book, featuring those blood sucking creatures, in any genre she could find.

It was only natural that a love of reading vampire stories, turned into a love to write them.

Katie is also a Las Vegas native, having grown up in the famed City of Sin. She loves to feature it as a recurring setting for many of her stories.

You can find Katie online at her blog Written in Blood or on Twitter as QuixoticKatie.

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!

Katie has offered up one e-copy of Immortalis Carpe Noctem.

THE RULES:

Simply leave a comment for the author. You can ask a question or just say, “Hi.”

With your comment, please leave a method to contact you (email is easiest). If we cannot contact the winner we cannot award the prize.

THE REWARD:

The prize will be awarded in the form of a Smashwords.com coupon code.

Smashwords.com allows you to download the best compatible version of this novel to work with your ereader device or computer.

The winner will be picked by random name drawing and announced on Saturday June 25th.
Good Luck and Happy Reading.

8 Comments

  1. Best of luck with your latest release, Katie. Hope you sell a digital ton (and there are a LOT of digits in a ton, let me tell you).

  2. the book sounds wonderful and i can’t wait to read it.
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  3. Sounds great. A different take on a vampire story. Thank you for offering the ebook!

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  4. Thanks so much for reading Immortalis. I loved your review. And I have to say, Coral is one of my favorite Critique partners, she doesn’t let me get away with anything. =p

    And I have to apologize for the format issues on the kindle version you downloaded. It has been handled. Those pesky hyphens were hiding everywhere. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

    Good luck to all of the participants. Can’t wait to award the prize to one of you!

    Katie Salidas

    • Welcome Katie! I’m glad you got that formatting problem taken care of. It wasn’t awful, but it did stick out, if only because otherwise the formatting was flawless.

      And thank you! You’re one of my preferred critters as well. 🙂

  5. Hi Katie! I recently “discovered” you on a post at KB and your books are on my TBR list! I can’t wait to read your work!

    Samantha
    samantha@redinkrevision.com

    • Thanks Samantha! I love KB though I haven’t been as active as I would like. Good luck with the giveaway!! See you around KB too.

  6. The winner of the Immortalis Carpe Noctem eBook is Tammy!

    Thanks everyone for commenting and Tammy you should be hearing from Katie shortly.

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