Wow!...Intense! The strength of Alyssa's control and the depth of her rage will reel you in!
Katie Salidas has done it again! In Hunters & Prey, book 2 of her Immortalis Series, Salidas has continued Alyssa's adventures with an "insiders" look on the trials and tribulations of a newly turned vampire.
As we learned in book one of the series, Immortalis: Carpe Noctem, getting used to the ins and outs of being a newly turned vampire is most definitely not all "candy & glamour". As with any drastic life change, one must accept there are certain things that must be left behind. For Alyssa, leaving behind her best friend was one "rule" she absolutely would not abide by.
When vampire's most vicious enemy decides to pay a visit, Alyssa does the only thing she can think of in a pinch...run to a populated area and hide in plain site until help arrives. Can she help it if she finds herself outside of an old hangout from her human days? Well maybe, but it's too late to change her mind once she opens the door and comes face to face with her dearest friend, Fallon. Imagine the surprise when Fallon sees the face of her best friend for the first time since Alyssa disappeared months before! Needless to say, Fallon is unwillingly dragged into the mess that is now Alyssa's life and Alyssa is stubbornly determined to do whatever it takes to make sure Fallon comes out of this chaos in one piece!
Now, there have been some who've mentioned that while Immortalis: Hunters & Prey is a nice change in that it explores the darker side of what it is to be a new vampire; some also mention that there just wasn't enough to catch a "gold star"...Well, I disagree. Salidas' provides a unique look at the darker side of the vampire with a conscience. Yes, Alyssa's kills to feed. Yes, she feeds from humans, and yes she chooses to justify her actions by hunting only those dredges of society of whom the world is better off without. Does this make Alyssa a self-imposed judge and jury? ...Maybe, I guess it depends on your perception of right and wrong. But at the end of the day, the truth is that vampires feed on human blood to survive and, as with any species, it all boils down to survival of the fittest. And, let's face it! Vampires are undoubtedly bigger, badder, and stronger than any human!
As with Carpe Noctem (see my review here), Salidas has knocked my socks of with Hunters & Prey. With talent apparent, Katie Salidas will take readers on a dark and violent adventure that just might keep you up all night, turning the pages...or quivering in your PJ's...or turning the pages AND quivering in your PJ's! Immortalis Carpe Noctem