Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book Review: Immortalis Hunters & Prey

Hunters & Prey

By:  Katie Salidas

Publisher:  Rising Sign Books

Publish Date:  December 2010

Format:  Paperback, 263pgs, 5"x8"

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in Immortalis series; Book 1 ~ Cape Noctem

Recommendation:  Yes, especially if you enjoyed the first book, you will enjoy this one. Loads more action and Alyssa is really growing as a vampire.

Book Synopsis:
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.

First Sentence:
Hot blood coursed through my veins as I gulped down the gushing fountain of my victim's neck.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Months since Carpe Noctem's end with the battle with Santino the head hunter for the Acta Sanctorum and miraculously Alyssa and Lysander walked away with their heads on their shoulders.  Alyssa in sow plagued with day mares of Santino coming for her along with the haunting memory of how close she was to death at Santino's blade.  Alyssa has the feeling these day mares mean something... that Santino is alive and stronger than the clan believes, but not one truly believes her.  Alyssa gets spotted by her enemy while feeding and runs.  Not wanting to danger her clan, old habits kick in and Alyssa goes to a human packed place for safety, Cafe Copioh ~ her old hang-out.  She is spotted by her best friend before she could leave, a rule broken by Alyssa that could cost her her live or others too when the new threat is unveiled.

I enjoyed this book more than the first book.  Both the books have been quick easy reads for me and the pages turn so easily and quickly.  We had Alyssa still being the strong headed girl she is.  And not she didn't strike me as whiny as she did in the beginning of the first book.  She has come a long way as a character for me.  And I enjoy her with her mistakes and all now because she does have good intentions behind what she does, she just makes a few errors in quick judgement.  Who doesn't?  She has grown to be a stronger character mentally, and working on physically too.

We meet the Peregrinus clan in the first book, and I really liked them.  And they are here in this book as well.  They are a nice group of people to give more support, one way or the other.  And we have Lysander again. Mmm, he is such a nice man for Alyssa. ;)

This book does have the romance aspect to it as well.  Alyssa and Lysander is a couple working through their different ways, together ~ or trying even though he is the clan leader.  And we have more action as Alyssa finds herself in trouble and their are fights happening.

The story takes a change to it with Santino and the new Frenzy Soldiers that they learn about.  Interesting how things work that people just might need to work together...

I did enjoy this book, and would like to read the next in the series as well.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

The book qualifies for Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011 hosted by Book Chick City.


Anonymous said...

With a killer first sentence like that, no wonder you kept turning the pages so easily! Sounds like the action starts immediately.

Blodeuedd said...

Wow! Ok that is truly one good first sentence. And it sure has me curious about book 1

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I have the 1st on my tbr. Looks like I'll be wishing for the second! So glad it is even better! Thanks!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

StephanieD - :) I really liked this first sentence too! It is one of the most unique ones I read. :)

Blodeuedd - lol. So glad you liked the first sentence as well. :) It is one great unique one for me too.

Melissa (Books & Things) - Oh, I think you will enjoy these for the easy fun reads they are. And you would enjoy book two too. :) Book three is coming out shortly now too!