Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell
Series: The City Between Series #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Publishing Date: 2018
Synopsis: When you get up in the morning, the last thing you expect is to see a murdered guy hanging outside your window. Things like that tend to draw the attention of the local police, and when you’re squatting in your parents’ old house until you can afford to buy it, another thing you can’t afford is the attention of the cops.
Oh yeah. 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?
This is the sixth book I’ve read by Ms. Gingell this year. It’s an urban fantasy rather than a fairy tale retelling which is what the books that I’ve read so far are. I read this in June and am finally getting my review posted. I checked the author’s website before posting this and am excited to see that the second book in the series–Between Shifts–comes out September 30!
I started out wondering a little about this story since the only name we have for the main character, a 17-year-old girl, is Pet. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like a story about a girl kept as a pet by two fae and a vampire. However, much as the fae and vampire don’t want to like her and warn each other not to get too fond of her, they like her cooking, listen to her when she has ideas and save her several times as she also saves them. They don’t think humans are very intelligent which is understandable if we think about the powers fae and vampires have compared to humans. Pet is determined that they will listen to her and treat her as an individual.
The three psychos
She has been on her own since her parents were murdered when she was 13. Whoever murdered her parents didn’t find her in the house and she has squatted in the house ever since. When the three psychos (as Pet calls them) come into the house they don’t find her at first and by the time they do she discovers it’s nice to have someone else in the house to interact with.
The psychos are in the human world looking for a murderer who kills both humans and supernatural characters. Pet helps them in their investigations. Sometimes she seems smarter and certainly understands the human world better than they do. There’s a lot in this book for future stories and I can’t wait!
My Rating: B+
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