Release Date: 3/2/2010
Website: Katie Salidas
Publisher: Rising Sign Books, LLC
Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition... that's the hard part.
Bleeding to death after brutal mugging, twenty-five year old Alyssa is rescued by the most unlikely hero: the handsome and aloof vampire, Lysander.
His gift of immortal blood initiates Alyssa into a frightening, eternally dark world filled with: bloodlust, religious fanaticism, and thousand-year old vendettas.
With Lysander as her guide, Alyssa will have to learn what it takes to survive in the immortal world. She'll have to find the strength to accept her new reality and carpe noctem; or give in, and submit to final death.
For someone who was nearly raped & basically beaten to the point of no return, Alyssa is able to handle her sudden change pretty well. Now Lysander I just want to smack at times. At first he seemed slightly heartless for a few comments that he made, but after learning more about him you understand why he is the way he is. Centuries of loyalty are suddenly throw off balance by some asshole with a villa, that kind of thing. Though Lysander is trying to show Alyssa the true way of being a vampire, she doesn't quite want to end someone else's life for her well being.
There were a lot of your usual vampire struggles in this book, you know, newly changed vampire doesn't want to kill....maker forcing them too, that kind of thing. But eventhough there were a lot of the "usual" things I really liked the back history that the author gave Lysander. The war between the church and vampires was unique too, I've never before seen a scenario where the church is actually using a vampire to do their dirty work. Not just any vampire, one who is beyond brain washed into actually thinking that he's going to find his place with God if he erradicates the world of the vampire kind. What an oximoron huh? Another thing that I liked was the power struggle that Alyssa is thrown into with Lysander's former other half. Now talk about a bitch with a capital B! She's walking around thinking she's hot shit and no one can mess with her or her "rules". Let's just say she's put in place and leave it at that ;)
Though there were some really great parts about this book, I wasn't head over heels in love with it. Yes I enjoyed the story, and yes I will pick up the next book in the series because Lysander & Alyssa's potential future intrigues me. It could possibly be that this is the jumping off point into a series that's going to go places I've never seen. I can only hope, so look for my review of Ms. Salidas' next book in the Immortalis Series, Hunters & Prey, very soon.