Hi. My name is Pet.
It’s not my real name, but it’s the only one you’re getting. Things like names are important these days.
And it’s not so much that I’m Pet.
I’m a pet.
A human pet: I belong to the two Behindkind fae and the pouty vampire who just moved into my house. It’s not weird, I promise—well, it’s weird, yeah. But it’s not weird weird, you know?
The City Between series, consisting of five books with more to come, is W.R. Gingell’s most recent series and I think it is her best so far. It’s a great place to start if you are new to her work. I’ve read the first two and am looking forward to continuing.
Unlike her more traditional fantasy or fairy tale-inspired stories, this series is classic urban fantasy. There are vampires, werewolves, fae…and one human pet. Pet (we don’t know her real name) has been trying to get by, squatting in her old house after her parents are murdered there, when another murder takes place next door, and a strange set of investigators move in with her. The “Psychos” as she calls them consist of two Fae and one snarky vampire, and they end up adopting her as their pet.
There are some great fantasy elements, like umbrellas that are really swords, and some spine-tingling action and adventure parts with just enough intensity and mystery, but my favorite thing is just how full of character the stories are. From Pet’s regionalisms (like the author, she lives in Hobart, Tasmania) to Jinyeong’s sarcastic Korean, there are so many little details that draw you in and get you invested in the world and the characters. These are some of the most entertaining and page-turning stories I have read recently. They are also relatively short, easy reads.
You can check out the first book in the series, Between Jobs, on Amazon for $0.99 until the end of January. Flamin’ heck, that is a steal and you will get hooked.
(And just for the record, Athelas is my favorite Psycho, but I ship Pet and Zero.)