Anno Dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history. Acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching back, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her. Thomas Flood fits in. A would-be Kerouac from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy to his friends is biding his time night-clerking and frozen-turkey bowling in a San Francisco Safeway.
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It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive.
What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. By day, he is a hunter, stalking the infected monstrosities through the abandoned ruins of civilization.
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Sep 21, Shanny rated it really liked it. I really love the visuals Katie Salidas creates with her writing; her descriptions were wonderful, and I really liked the flow of the book. I liked the first book in this series, but I didn't love it because the main character really annoyed me, and she continued to annoy me in this book, but I see some hope for her in this book!
She makes some seriously damaging decisions in this book, that cause lots of problems for her friends. She doesn't think before acting, and although her intentions are I really love the visuals Katie Salidas creates with her writing; her descriptions were wonderful, and I really liked the flow of the book. She doesn't think before acting, and although her intentions are good, her actions generally cause problems for herself and her group, so it is difficult to like her, but as I said, she is learning that she needs to think things through, so I liked her a bit more in this book.
I loved all the action, and once the main plot started evolving I enjoyed a lot of the story.
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The romance definitely stepped up a notch in this book, and Lysander and Alyssa have some really sweet moments, and they definitely have a couple of spicy moments. In Hunters and Prey, Alyssa runs into some trouble, and ends up dragging her human friend, Fallon, into the vampire world, which is dangerous because a group of hunters is set on exterminating vampires, and a faction of these hunters has their sights set on Alyssa and her group of vamps. So, Alyssa needs to help rectify the trouble she caused by bringing Fallon into the vamp world, and she also has to deal with being hunted.
I like that the book has a bit of gore, and that I can see the characters growing. I still wasn't love with the side characters; they all seemed rather dull, and I could have done without some of the scenes of Alyssa going feeding because it felt a bit repetitive to me. This book kept me interested and entertained till the end, so I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Katie has done it again in the next chapter in the life of a young vampire named Alyssa! When I began reading the new book by Katie, Hunters and Prey, I was a little bothered by the similarity between the way Alyssa chose her victims and how Nicholas Cage's character in Ghost Rider punished his victims. Nicholas punished 'bad' people by making them feel the pain of their victims. In Hunters and Prey, Alyssa chose her 'blood source' by taking blood from only those who had harmed others in some way Katie has done it again in the next chapter in the life of a young vampire named Alyssa!
In Hunters and Prey, Alyssa chose her 'blood source' by taking blood from only those who had harmed others in some way, and the victims felt the pain they had imposed on others. But as I read more into the book, I found it would not have worked any other way and I give her kudos for that. It gave Alyssa a compassionate side as a vampire. In Hunters and Prey, Alyssa, breaks a rule by making herself known by entering a 'cafe she frequented as a teenager with her best friend Fallon.
This sets the stage for the rest of the book. She finds she has to be rescued more than once by her beloved Lesander and the clan. Especially when her daymares about an old nemesis from Immortalis Carpe Noctem, becomes real. I have to say once again, it was a book I could not put down, and am looking forward to the next chapter in Alyssa's adventures as a new vampire. Katie breathes life into her characters and as a reader, I found myself enthralled in the world she created in Hunters and Prey.
I hope Katie keeps Alyssa around for a long time. Katie has added a extra treat at the end, a preview of the next book in the series, "Pandora's Box". This book is a must read! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The second installment of the Immortalis saga, picks up after the Peregrinus clan has clashed with enemy vampire Callisto and the corrupt religious sect, the Acta Sanctorum. While hunting, heroine Alyssa encounters their enemy Santino, thought to be dead, and becomes haunted by visions of him.
Her fears are soon realized, and Alyssa finds herself the protector of her mortal friend, Fallo The second installment of the Immortalis saga, picks up after the Peregrinus clan has clashed with enemy vampire Callisto and the corrupt religious sect, the Acta Sanctorum. Her fears are soon realized, and Alyssa finds herself the protector of her mortal friend, Fallon, in a life or death struggle with the evil mastermind behind the Acta Sanctorum, Quentin.
Alyssa then discovers that Quentin has been engaged in some not quite so saintly experiments involving vampire blood that has created an army of bloodthirsty zombies. Santino, distressed by his master's unholy army, joins forces with the Peregrinus clan and together they battle Quentin and his ghouls.
The character of Alyssa grows stronger in this installment. I admired her determination to help her friend, even against the wishes of her clan. It was good to see her stick to her guns and stand up to the formidable presence of Lysander for the first time, proving that despite her love for him she's no pushover. This book is a fast-paced, sexy and entertaining read, with generous helpings of action, blood, and romance. Alyssa gets to kick some serious [ As with the first book in the series, I enjoyed the Vegas setting and how the author uses it in her story.
Trust me, this is not the case. In fights like these, though, survivors may be few, and I need you to be prepared for that. Any one of us could find death. I was ready to cross over when I thought you would be there, waiting for me on the other side. This is one of the good ones too!
Alyssa and Lysander are a fabulous couple! In this book Alyssa knows the evil Santino is not dead. She's having daymares about him. No one will believe her! While trying to get away from him she makes the decision to go to her old job where her best friend Fallon works. Then all hell breaks loose and surprisingly Santino isn't the biggest threat this time! I really enjoy this authors writing, she slips you into her world so easily.
The characters are love able and hate able! This is a great series for any paranormal lover! I'm excited to see what comes new for Alyssa! I was extremely impressed with Mrs. Carpe Noctem, an introduction to the vampires of Las Vegas and her ability to make each character come alive. This book takes us even further into the lives of those now familiar characters, giving them new depth. Just like the first, I had a lot of fun reading Immortalis: How the mighty has fallen!
I liked the twist to the story in this follow up in the Immortalis series. This kept me entertained all the way through the book. I think this should be a very interesting story for future books in this series and I'm interested to see what becomes of the Acta Sanctorum. I didn't think I would, but I liked the fact that Alyssa feeds only on bad guys. I'm not usually fond of vampires killing their meals, but I found this worked for me. I found Alyssa's will to not harm How the mighty has fallen!
I found Alyssa's will to not harm the innocent to be a great characteristic and shows her to be strong willed, not only to her mate, but to herself as well. I would have liked to have seen Alyssa grow a bit more as a vampire ie, training but the author seems to have this in the bag for later and I'm excited to see the vampire that Alyssa could be. Nov 06, Lyn Mckenzie rated it it was amazing. I don't think i could love this book anymore!!!! It was such an amazing read!!!
The way that this was written just compels you to read more making this book such a page turner, it's one of those books that once you pick it up you don't want to put it down but then are gutted when it finishes because thats how good it is. When i read the first book in this series i had no idea where the story would go and i definitely didn't th I don't think i could love this book anymore!!!! When i read the first book in this series i had no idea where the story would go and i definitely didn't think what happens in this book would happen.
It is a surprising book in a very good way, i was enthralled from the first sentence! This is a book that you would need to read the first book beforehand as there is so much in this book that you would not fully understand if you had not. There are many surprises and twists and turns in this book that is filled with action around every corner and the way that katie Salidas writes this book doesn't just pull you in it drags you into the world that she has created and believe me you will love every moment. It is such a imaginative and descriptive book that your imagination just soaks it up making it come alive in your mind as you are reading it and for me, this makes a brilliantly talented writer.
Fallon is such a great character to read about and i think i lot of that is because of her inner strength and confidence, you see her ripped from her safe insulated world and the way that she reacts to that is brilliant. She is such a strong female character and i really do hope we see more of her in the future. You see Lysander in a slightly different light, the fact that not only is he the caring man with a big heart but you also see why he is the leader of the clan, the fact that he will put their needs above his own.
I love reading about him, there is just something completely compelling about him that makes you want to know more about him and his past. You also see how much Alyssa means to him and i do love the interaction between the love of them and how much they feel for each other.
I really don't want to say aanymore and give away what happens in this book, i voluntarily reviewed this book and i am so glad that i did, this is a book and a series that everyone should read, it's amazing!!! Sep 28, Avid rated it it was ok. Forgot that I read the first book in this series and didn't like it. Got this one for free and after a bit realized that his was the sequel. Ok, I guess I'll give it a shot and see if anything improves. The characters still have no depth or development, and the reader is still given nothing to explain why the ancient vampire Lysander even likes Alyssa, the female lead character.
There's an excessive amount of graphic sex that doesn't move the plot forward even a millimeter. She doesn't stand up for herself and whines a lot. Lysander and Alyssa have the exact. It's not that the argument is unresolved and so they keep debating it; instead they literally say the same words to each other as if the author cut and pasted the argument from scene to scene.
Perhaps I should have counted how many times Alyssa says "she's my friend" in the hopes that those 3 words will finally persuade Lysander to change his mind. The very least the author could have done, if intent on keeping Alyssa on this whiny path, is to have another character acknowledge that she is just repeating herself in a most unhelpful manner. The same can be said for the vampire lore. The description of how vampires feed and then hide the evidence of their kills is repeated nearly verbatim several times. I'm not against clarity, but there's a way to present the same information in a way that references the initial thorough explanation so the reader is reminded.
The explanation does not need to be stated and re-stated at every turn. The plot line was predictable, and the pace was tedious. I will not forget that I've read this book. So I won't accidentally pick up book 3. Feb 10, Promisary rated it it was amazing. Another great read by Katie , this takes place shortly after the battle with Santino , and we learn more about each of the characters, and further into how our main character is settling into her new life as a vampire , along with just who she targets when she needs to feed. We learn that she feeds off those who caused her to have to turn , the scumbags and low-downs who prey on others aka the criminals.
The Aura Sanctorum captures our main character , and her best friend , in order to try a Another great read by Katie , this takes place shortly after the battle with Santino , and we learn more about each of the characters, and further into how our main character is settling into her new life as a vampire , along with just who she targets when she needs to feed.
The Aura Sanctorum captures our main character , and her best friend , in order to try and create an army of mindless killing machines , and they must learn to trust Santino as they deal with this problem together. Thrilling , with just the right amount of steaminess hint hint nudge nudge wink wink. I can't wait to find out more! Katie will never cease to be a page-turning , captivating author for me!
Signing off till book 3 , Promisary. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy. This preponderance of preternatural fantasy can make it more and more difficult to find a truly original spin on the vampire myth. Sparkles, soul mates, daywalkers, and boarding school Despite inappropriate giggles and torturing criminals, Alyssa is angry that she is not able to feed without killing both due to blood lust and the need to kill her victims to keep vampires a secret.
Despite being a new vampire surrounded by ancients, she doesn't back down. If you miss the olden days of skulking vampires and hedonistic human-draining, this series is worth a peak. Explicit sex scenes, mentions of rape. I am going to review this as a series instead of three separate books. Sometimes a vampire book can seem the same after reading so many, and lately I have had the pleasure of reading some wonderful vampire stories that have put an original twist to them. As with this series I am happy to say this series has that something different that I am always looking for in a great book.
Alyssa did not want to turn vampire, but, Lysander, a loner vamp turns Alyssa into a vampire in order to say her life, s I am going to review this as a series instead of three separate books. Alyssa did not want to turn vampire, but, Lysander, a loner vamp turns Alyssa into a vampire in order to say her life, she was being attacked by a couple of guys who were trying to rape and kill her.
Lysander turned Alyssa instead of letting her die. The first book in the series is mainly focused on Alyssa and her coming to terms with this life altering change to from human to vampire, she has an extremely hard time dealing with this and also with the fact they must drink straight from humans in order to stay alive, no animals or bag blood. Now she's whiny about the whole situation, but, you would be too if you were turned into a vampire against your will, and if you want an action packed book, this is the one to read.
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So book 1 off to a great start and on to book 2. At the start of book 2 Alyssa is still having somewhat of a hard time with her change, but I think what impressed me most of all with this author, who by the way is a new author for me, is her writing style, at the start of book 2 Katie Salidas is able to recap book 1 so that you understand book 2 without confusing you totally, and with saying that if you hadn't started with the first book you can easily start reading the second book and understand it with no problems which I might add is a hard thing to do, bravo Ms. Salidas, I really like that in an author that impresses me a lot.
After having recurring nightmares about Santino, a evil vampire hunter. Lysander is adamant that he is not alive and hunting them, Alyssa knows he is, so when she comes face to face with him, Alyssa runs back to the only place that made her feel safe So I really don't want to give away everything, we all know I hate spoilers but I will tell you a few things to keep you in suspense lol, Fallon gets kidnapped to try and have Alyssa fall right into Santino's trap he's set for her, and soon enough Alyssa figures out that worse things lay ahead, worse than Santino.
I love this line from the book, "The enemy of your enemy is your friend Again another action packed book of this series, starts out great, love all the characters and I loved that Lysander and Alyssa's relationship has vamp up no pun intended lol you can just feel his love for her, and I love the addition of Fallon and Nicholas characters, no spoilers you gotta read it to. So book 2 awesome and now on the book 3. The third book in this series was nothing short of amazing, such originality, more than the first and second , she has introduced more new characters, werewolves All three books are packed with action, wonderful characters, a fantastic plot and story line, and takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride which leaves you wanting more.
If you haven't read any of these books yet I suggest you go right now and grab your copies of this awesome series. You will not be disappointed you did, and hang on to your seat for a great ride. I hope you all enjoy this series as much as I did!!! It is actually up there with the Twilight Saga! I won this as a free book on goodreads. She is still trying to cope. The day from daylight to after the sun goes down is hard because she can't go out in the sun, her skin will burn and her eyes will burn. Alyssa keeps on having dreams about this bad vampire named Santino Vitale and that he is gonna kill her in her dreams, while she is out hunting while her vampire family is at home cause older vampires don't need to feed as much as new vampires she see's him in real life, and he tries to hurt her.
She runs for her life into an old cafe she use to go with her friend Fallon. She told Fallon what happened to her the day she left Alyssa by herself. She kinds of feels responsible for what happens. She helps Alyssa escape to a casino so she could be in a public place and so Santino doesn't find her. Lysander and the rest of the vampires find Alyssa at the hotel room in the casino.
Lysander and Nicholas said she and Fallon have to pay for her now knowing about Alyssa being a vampire and knowing their are other vampires. They tell Alyssa she needs to change Fallon, Fallon and Alyssa both don't want that for her, so finally Alyssa is able to get Lysander to change his mind.
They let Fallon go with a warning if she is to tell anyone they would come find her and kill her. She runs away out of the Hotel room. Santino finds Fallon and kidnaps her and calls Alyssa and tells her to come alone where he is and he will let Fallon know. He ends up holding Alyssa hostage too and Quentin who is an evil human basically drains a lot of Alyssa's vampire blood not telling Santino what he is using the blood for and disapears, while he knows Alyssa has lost a lot of blood and he put Fallon in her cage.
She does resist draining her friend dry. Santino helps them both escape cause he found out what he is using the blood for now that Alyssa told Santino that Quentin stole her blood. He let her feed on him seeing how she wouldn't on her friend. They went back to the cafe. The droids that Quentin used humans and posioned them with Alyssa blood called droids followed them to the cafe and attacked it..
Good things Lysander found them and saw for himself and was able to help with the attack. He was just able to kill the droid they are so powerful and have none of the vampires weakness. Lysander is made at Alyssa for taking off by herself and not telling him or the rest of the vampire family that Fallon was in trouble.
Lysander opens up his house to her after arguing with Alyssa. Read the book and find out what happens don't wanna give away the ending.. Just letting you know it is def. Jan 13, L. This Book was posted first on The Romance Reviews In the vampire realm, humans are considered food, so what happens when the former best friend of a vampire, is the one that saves her from death? Has she just signed a death warrant for her best friend?
The real problem is, can she save her friend from her own blood lust? This is a well-written and gritty vampire ta This Book was posted first on The Romance Reviews In the vampire realm, humans are considered food, so what happens when the former best friend of a vampire, is the one that saves her from death? This is a well-written and gritty vampire tale peppered with not just your average vampire blood lust, but just plain lust.
Up until this very sighting, the vampire clan had thought him dead. The one thing that Santino holds most dear is the human life. Alyssa knows that he will not put humans at risk to kill a vampire. This leads her to one of her old human "watering holes" to seek protection. Forgetting that this would also put her into contact with human friends, those no longer a part of her new life as a vampire, she runs into her very best friend from before the change, Fallon.
This is a complexity that can bring down the clan, and while there was a reason for her subterfuge, Lysander, her love and the vampire leader, will be angry. His decision is to turn Fallon as well, in order to keep their secret. Since she is not reasonable about this, Alyssa becomes her champion, standing behind her and getting a commitment that her own clan would not kill her. When the new leader of Acta Sanctornum uses Fallon as a pawn to trap Alyssa, she finds that Quentin is even more evil than Santino. He has a twisted plan to build an army of mutant vampires.
Santino is appalled because it puts humans at risk. He is willing to join sides with Lysander's clan to take Quentin to justice, but then all bets are off. This is a dark and madcap story, full of unusual twists and turns. Because Alyssa is such a young vampire newly turned , her blood lust is almost uncontrollable. She must feed more frequently to assuage her thirst, but to keep her strength as well.
She is the mate of Lysander, the leader of the clan. Their relationship is fraught with emotion; Alyssa has control issues, but belongs to the controller. The one thing they have in common is a physical, lustful relationship. Just the richness of Lysander's voice can set Alyssa aflame. Imagine a simple touch. Everything becomes invisible when their lust ignites, their playful biting and actual feeding fan the flames, creating an inferno. This is a story of vampires operating in and around our world, careful to maintain their privacy.
Using only the most heinous criminals as feed, they are able to keep under the radar. Alyssa has changed that in one unthinking moment. Will they be able to continue as they have for thousands of years? In addition, can they collaborate with the enemy to stop a lunatic? The pace will keep you turning the page, until long after dark. Plan your reading time well. This book was received free from the Author. All opinions are my own based off my reading understanding of the material.
Alyssa felt, deep down inside, that her biggest enemy, Santino, didn't perish in the showdown in Las Vegas. He haunts her dreams causing horrible daymares. When she's out feeding and he appears in the shadows, her daymares become a reality. Her flee to safety lands her in Copioh, the cafe she frequented as a human, and right back into Fallon's life; months after Alyssa's disappearance. After divulging her whereabouts to her oh-so-very-human friend, Alyssa realizes not only the rookie mistake she Alyssa felt, deep down inside, that her biggest enemy, Santino, didn't perish in the showdown in Las Vegas.
After divulging her whereabouts to her oh-so-very-human friend, Alyssa realizes not only the rookie mistake she made in informing a human the vampire secret, but also the danger she has just dumped into Fallon's lap. She now not only has to find a way fact to Lysander and the safe house, she has to get Fallon there too. After finally retreating to a hotel in a nearby casino, Alyssa and Fallon are joined by Alyssa's clan, where Alyssa is reprimanded and Fallon is given the choice to be turned.
As the night wears on, the clan is on edge and Fallon flees as soon as she can. When Alyssa gets a call that Fallon is in the clutches of the Acta Sanctorum. Not wanting to upset her clan even more, Alyssa leaves the confines of the casino in search of her best friend, alone and unprepared for what awaits her. Alyssa is still trying to grow accustom to her new self and her character development is slow and thorough, as opposed to quick, rushed, and flawed. She's hot headed, impulsive, and reacts first and thinks about consequences later.
In this installment, Alyssa may just realize how dangerous those qualities are, whether you're immortal or not. Alyssa's personality is likable and even in her weak vampire stature she is still a strong heroine. Lysander shows his softer side even though Alyssa has put not only him but the entire clan, herself, and a human in extreme danger. Although, in Alyssa's defense, Lysander didn't believe her when she said Santino was alive and stalking her so she did what she had to do at the time.
Alyssa's determination to keep her friend safe is very admirable especially since her entire clan finds Fallon to be dispensable if it means that the clan is kept safe. Her rash actions may cause trouble - like fleeing to the cafe that she knows her best friend hangs out in and then deciding it would be okay to divulge the who's, what's, and where's of her life since her disappearance - but she stood up and took the heat, and did everything in her power to protect Fallon. I love how the supposed good guy has to join up with the very creatures he's been trained to kill in order to continue to protect human kind from a mad scientist, Quentin, and his dangerous new creations.
The plot has excellent continuity, is action packed, and doesn't contain any dull or awkward moments. Dialogue between all of the characters is well written and their interactions, good or bad, play out very well. I can't wait to start Book 3 "Pandora's Box. Welcome to round 2 of the Immortalis Series. Last week we took a look at Book 1 and with that said, I'd like to give you guys a disclaimer. I don't normally include spoilers but this is a series, so please I'm begging you read the books that come before.
I don't want to spoil anything but I will be referencing back. Now that my little PSA is said and done let's get down to business! An old enemy returns, bringing a new foe with him. Can the clan manage to outwit the Saints ad keep Alyssa out of trouble? Katie follows up Carpe Noctem with a whole new set of challenges for out favorite couple. One of my favorite things about this book is that Katie jumps right into the story. She gives a refresher without the overkill of review that some writers struggle with. This is how you build a series!
In my review of the first book I mentioned Fallon briefly, she is the obligatory annoying best friend. I will tell you that by the end of the book I don't hate her nearly as much as I did. But to me she is still just a tad self-centered and pushy. Fallon becomes a driving force in the plot once Alyssa is forced to out run Santino and ends up back at the coffee shop. Once Fallon spots Alyssa she's like a dog with a bone about what is going on.
Alyssa should grow a back bone where Fallon is concerned, but now the damage is done. The relationship between Fallon and Alyssa also puts strain on the deepening relationship between Alyssa and the clan, including Lysander. Nicholas is still holding a grudge but it's nice to see everyone else trying to manage Alyssa's expectations with some grace. The realism of these interactions really help to keep the story grounded.
The trials Alyssa and Lysander go through are a perfect example of keeping the characters real. I loved when Lysander proved his points while still pointing out that the situation Alyssa is fighting so hard against was of her own making. Alyssa never wanted to be turned but I feel is starting to accept that it was the only way. The reappearance of Fallon just shoves in her face what she thought she made peace with. It's interesting to watch Alyssa struggle with the human motives that are so recent.
The action scenes keep you guessing and Katie by no means guarantees anyone's safety. It's nice to see more interaction with the big bad Santino, even if it isn't always civil. This is defiantly a step up from the first book and to me that's a great sign. Book 1 was your introduction into this world. Now that you have the background Katie takes you right into the heart of what todays problem is without the problems being over used and predictable.
It was refreshing to see all the characters grow with this book. New situations cause new problems and Katie's characters handle then beautifully. Bottom line, must read if you have started the series, if you are looking for a paranormal to pick up this is one worth your time. After the fierce battle with Kallisto and the Acta Sanctorum, newborn vampire Alyssa is trying to adjust to her life with Lysander and the P clan. She is haunted by dreams of Santino, the Saints most feared vampire hunter and is certain he is again on the hunt.
Her fears play into her ambivelence about her need to feed and kill to survive and her struggle of acceptance. When confronted by Santino while feeding, Alyssa seeks refuge at Cafe Copioh, where she runs into her best friend, Fallon. It's After the fierce battle with Kallisto and the Acta Sanctorum, newborn vampire Alyssa is trying to adjust to her life with Lysander and the P clan.
It's impossible for Alyssa to come up with an appropriate explanation for her absence and when Santino tracks her down, Fallon is dragged into Alyssa's new reality. As in Immortalis Carpe Noctem, the strength of this series lies in Salidas's examination of Alyssa's attempt to reconcile her new lifestyle with her with human morals.
This is emphasised in this installment by involving Fallon in the plot. While I am dubious about some aspects of this idea, I think it was mostly handled well. The scene that has Alyssa and Fallon trapped by Quentin was particuarly effective. The Acta Sanctorum remains an interesting foe, Salidas has stepped it up by introducing a new nemesis and the raging zombie hybrids are truly scary.
To be honest I found it difficult to embrace Santino's shifting perspective but it will be interesting to see where Salidas takes it. Salidas has a real talent for creating a visual scene of her imagined world. She intergrates her imagination with the real world effectively. The pace is taut and the dark edge adds a frission of excitement and horror to the story. What disconcerts me the most in this installment, is the timing.
It's not clear if its been days, weeks or months since Alyssa was turned and it has an effect on my reaction to both her character and some of the events. For a newly turned vampire, surrounded by vampires who have decades and even centuries of life on her, Alyssa's petulant demands to be treated as an equal by Lysander and the clan are annoying. While much is said of Alyssa being a magnet for trouble, every situation she finds herself in is because of her own choices.
I would have liked to have seen some more maturity in Alyssa's character between the last book and this, however if the timeline was clearer I would perhaps not be as critical of her behaviour.