Paranormal is not my preferred genre, but sometimes I enjoy a good urban fantasy. Somehow I heard about a series that I wanted to check out. The City Between is a series set in modern Tasmania by W. R. Gingell. Check out the synopsis for book one, Between Jobs.
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?
After both her parents are murdered, Pet is staying under the radar, still living in her family’s old apartment and going to her crappy job at a local cafe. One day she wakes up and finds a dead body outside her window. After calling the police, she starts noticing 3 strange guys who keep crossing her path — and none of them look especially human.
Soon Pet and the “men” make an arrangement. Pet will cook and clean, and they will let her stay in the house. Together maybe they can figure out what’s really going on in her sleepy town.
There is so much that I love about these books! First, I love Pet. She is like a goofy mutt sometimes, jumping before she looks, fierce in protecting her friends, happy and maybe too trusting. I’ve read the first three in the series, and she has really shown some character growth, but there Pet still holds a lot of mysteries she’s keeping quiet about.
Which brings me to the second thing I love – the pacing. I love that the author has taken the time to plot these books out, revealing just enough to keep her readers from getting too frustrated, but not enough to give them any sense of exactly what’s going to happen next. In book 3, Between Floors, we learn a lot more about Athelas, Zero and JimYeoung, but Pet herself really remains the big mystery to be solved.
What I don’t love is that these series is still not finished! The author keeps the suspense between each book, but it’s not like a terrible cliffhanger. Still, they are addictive. I’m dying to see what happens next, but it looks like I’ll just have to wait. Each of the books seems to take about 6 months to be released, so it doesn’t look like I’ll have to wait forever for answers.
If you’re looking for a fun YA or NA urban fantasy series, and especially if you want some diversity along with those werewolves – I mean lycanthropes – give this one a try. The series is free with Kindle Unlimited.