Title: Pandora’s Box
Author: Katie Salidas
Series: Immortalis (Book #3)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Rising Sign Books
Release Date: July 2011
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?
Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkins 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.
I felt a strange prickling sensation across my skin. The hairs on my neck stood on end as if electrically charged. The air around me felt as if it were growing colder, like someone had set the thermostat to zero. A shiver danced its way up my spine, causing gooseflesh to erupt and spread down my arm.My kind can always feel another vampire’s presence. This eerily cold hair-raising sensation felt very similar, yet somehow amplified.I turned to find Nicholas looking over my shoulder. It was if he had appeared out of nowhere. I jumped in place, startled by his sudden appearance, and bit back a curse. His scruffy face was mere inches from my neck, though his blue-gray eyes, a trademark of the vampire race, were locked on the box in Fallon’s hand.“What have we here?” he asked. “Been ordering junk from those websites again, little human?” He folded his arms in front of his chest. Nicholas wasn’t a tall man, but he was muscular and looked very formidable and menacing when he wanted to.Fallon finished sweeping the ash back into the box and replaced the lid. “No, the human has not been ordering junk.” She shot him a taunting glare.Human or not, Fallon didn’t take Nicholas’s crap. Once she learned he wasn’t going to kill her, it became almost a game between those two: an ongoing battle to see who could annoy whom the most. It was fun to watch the two of them go at it, though somewhere in the back of my mind, I wondered if it might one day go too far.“Someone dropped this on our doorstep.” Fallon set the wooden box on the futon and picked up the corner of the cardboard box it came in, showing Nicholas the big red symbol on the bottom. “You’re older than dirt, right? Maybe you can read this.”He opened his mouth as if to make another snarky comment and then closed it immediately. His eyes narrowed and his brows pulled together in deep concentration.That startled me more than the odd chill in the air. Nicholas was always quick with an answer or some kind of quip. For him to be silent meant that this, whatever it was, was not the innocuous present I had hoped it would be, and further confirmed my feelings of unease.“Thanatos?” Nicholas whispered under his breath, as if asking a question rather than making a statement.Fallon and I exchanged confused looks. I shrugged at her and after a moment of awkward silence, decided to ask the obvious question. “Who is Thanatos?”“When did you receive this?” he asked curtly.“It was on the doorstep when I got home from the store,” Fallon replied. “I dunno, probably about seven o’clock or so.”“What was inside the package?”“Just this.” Fallon dropped the cardboard box and handed the smaller wooden one to Nicholas.He took it gingerly, as if he feared to touch the ancient-looking thing.“Who is Thanatos?” I asked a bit louder this time.“Death personified.” Nicholas’s voice warbled, hinting at his own worry.
It is time for the third book in the series..Pandora's Box. In this installment in the series, Alyssa's friend, Fallon, open's a mysterious package that has been delivered to Lysander's home. In this package lies a creature determined to destroy all vampires. The creature starts attacking the vampires demanding they return it's blood. When a clan member is killed, it forces Lysander to admit he needs to return to Boston to retrieve his original writings and see if there is anything listed about this Pandora's Box they have been sent.
I really enjoyed the story with the Boston vampires. Instead of being lone vampires, we find more of a coven community that act more like humans than vampires. They are willing to live amongst them and try to fit in. For Alyssa, this was key. She saw that it was possible to have some semblance to her old life no matter how Lysander chose to live.
We also got to see some witches and werewolves in this book. They live in the community in Boston. The thing I found interesting was that the werewolves are pretty much in charge. They work with the other supernaturals (including vampires). I found this interesting because as much as I love werewolves, vampires have always come off to me as the higher race of supernaturals. Whether or not that is an author's preference or not, I am not sure. I guess I would see it the other way around. The werewolves re unwilling to help at first, but eventually come around. The story with the werewolves can build and I hope to see them in the future books.
Ahhhhh...and of course...we have to have the bad guy!!! This time, it isn't Lysander's maker. Oh no! Instead, her King, Edmond, is here dead set on revenge against Lysander. His reasoning to end Lysander is simple; she loved him more. Nothing worse then a jilted lover dead set on revenge. I don't know that I like the idea, but it worked for this book.
I hope you are ready. This book was fantastic. I loved the introduction of the new characters and how they played a part in this crazy world. Again, the bad guy could have had a better reason, but it's ok. I can live with it. Otherwise, this book was great. What got me the most...the cliffhanger!! I always love a good cliffhanger. I am so dying to start the next book. Katie, you have done it again. This book is a fantabulous addition to the series.
♥♥♥♥ out of 5 ♥.