Staked by J.F. Lewis

Void City, Book 1


Synopsis: UNREPENTANT. UNIMPRESSED. AND TOTALLY UNDEAD.

Being undead isn’t easy. All Eric wants to do is run his strip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he’s got business troubles (his best friend is souring on their co-ownership of the Demon Heart) and relationship troubles (his girlfriend is pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath). And then there’s the memory loss: He can’t recall who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. But when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now he’s got a pack of born-again lycanthropes out for holy retribution–and his head. It’s almost enough to put lad off his appetite. Almost.


Review: I had this book for a long time and thanks to Vanessa, I took it off from my infinite TBR pile. I admit, I was a little anxious to get into it as we can read a lot of conflicting reviews. But I always think we need to try a book before having an idea about it.

Eric is a vampire working in the slums of Void City. Tabitha, his girlfriend of the moment is always annoying him so he could transform her into a vampire. But none of his relationship with a vampire never worked and he therefore categorically refused to do so, until one day, when he accepts and his life is turned upside down by this choice. Well He did not need it to attract more trouble between a pack of werewolves who is after him as they accuse him of killing the son of the Alpha, its losses of memories and a legendary weapon… Well he will be very busy.

My main concern was in relation to these two main characters, Eric is not really interesting except for his abilities. Well he is not entirely uninteresting, but many aspects of his personality annoyed me a lot. He does not care about anything or only when it really touches him personally, he does not pay attention to the others’ feelings and talk to people as if they were nothing. At the same time, he has principles he doesn’t want to break. Tabitha is an interesting character, well, I finally found her much better when she finally decides to take her life in hands. She is totally submissive to Eric and does everything he wants… I had a lot of trouble to understand her. Especially how she manages to fall in love with this vampire, as he is so mean with her. But the story will bring her some qualities and the confidence she didn’t have before.

However, I really appreciated Greta and Marilyn, both women have strong personalities and are completely unique. Although Greta is ready to do everything Eric could ask, she doesn’t hesitate to tell what she thinks.

It was difficult for me to get into this book but ultimately the more we advance, the more we appreciate the story. This is a rather unique writing style and I struggled to get into it. After that, I do not know if I can attribute the causes to the translation, but I wonder what will happen with the second volume. Indeed, this one starts a lot of things and the end is quite surprising. I am curious to learn more too. But I think I would read it later in English to see the differences. It will help me to know if I continue the series or not.

 

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