Sunday, January 29, 2012

Blog Tour Review: Immortalis Series by Katie Salidas

Immortalis Carpe Noctem 
(Immortalis Series #1 )
Publisher: Rising Sign Books, LLC.
Print Publishing Date: March 2, 2010
Author: Katie Salidas
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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: 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 newfound 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.

Started: 2/1/12 Finished: 5/1/12

I started this series in high hopes of witnessing and reading all about a kick-ass heroine. And sadly, I was disappointed. To say the least, Alyssa is weak and not the heroine I expected at first. She was pathetic at times. Especially when she’s facing her enemies. As much as she’d love to be courageous. She was just naïve and stupid.

I’ll give the author some credit and say, yes. The plot was okay and the writing was great but it was all backed-up by a weak protagonist. I liked how it started out even though it was a terrible situation for Alyssa that nearly killed her. It was written fabulously well and along the way that fabness went away.

The first book of the Immortalis series could have been better. It might be great to some people but for me it wasn’t something as grand as I thought.

For its dramatic start, okay plot and great writing. I’ll give this installment a 2.5/5 stars in hopes that the next books will be better.

Hunters & Prey 
(Immortalis Series #2 )
Publisher: Rising Sign Books, LLC.
Print Publishing Date: December 10, 2010
Author: Katie Salidas
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Becoming a vampire saved Alyssa from death, but the price was high: the loss of everything and everyone attached to her mortal life. She’s still learning to cope when 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 friend she’s missed more than anything.

Alyssa breaks vampire law by revealing her new, true self to her old friend, a fact which causes strong division in the group that should support her most: her clan.

Worse yet, her revelation entangles Fallon in the struggle between vampires and hunters and The Acta Sanctorum is ready to attack again, with a new army of hybrid creations: the Frenzy Soldiers. If Alyssa hopes to survive and keep her mortal friend safe, she’ll have to be willing to make a deal with the enemy, and regain her clan’s support. It will take everyone working together in a precarious truce to fight against the Acta Sanctorum’s new threat.

Started: 7/1/12 Finished: 10/1/12

This was much much better! The writing style of the Katie improved and her hard work can be seen. But like before Alyssa annoyed the living hell out of me. She’s just annoyingly foolish. She’s brave but entirely foolish! She nearly got herself and her clan members killed countless times. I hope Katie wrote her to be that way because she has plans for her later on. But seriously, Alyssa annoys me.

Aside from that, the plot in this one was way more stern and better. I loved reading how it all went and it was actually exciting. Great job Katie!

Overall, a great turn of events in this installment but still a weak protagonist. I’m waiting for her to grow out of it. Until then, 3/5 stars for part 2 in the Immortalis series. 

Pandora's Box
(Immortalis Series #3 )
Publisher: Rising Sign Books, LLC. 

Print Publishing Date: July 12th 2011
Author: Katie Salidas
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After 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.

Apparently powerless against the ancient evil, the clan flees Las Vegas for Boston, with only a slim hope for salvation. Could Lysander’s old journals hold the key? And what if they don’t?

And how welcome will they be in a city run by a whole different kind of supernatural being?


Started: 11/1/12 Finished: 15/1/12

Definitely getting better with each book. Alyssa here isn’t that naïve and is sort of easier to tolerate. The events rolled in quickly and there was action already. I’m kind of sad about how Salidas ended this installment. But I know for sure there is more to this series.

I’m hoping Alyssa and Fallon become more established characters and Lysander stop being just a stereotypical hero in the story. I’m getting tired of the tall, dark, ancient and handsome types. They’re pretty much the same. =.= What do I expect from a vampire series! (slaps self).

The beginning was a little annoying but as the story progressed so did the action and the characters and I’m pretty sure after awhile I think I’ll start liking this series more and more.

Thanks for the organizers for allowing me to read and review these books. I’m grateful. <3 

Author Bio:

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

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.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting and reviewing the Immortalis Series :).

    BK Walker


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