by W.R. Gingell
Series: The City Between #2
Narrator: Zehra Jane Naqvi
Length: 6 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.4x
There’s a body beneath the skip bins. Fae on the forklift. A vampire in the manager’s office. And there’s definitely something skeevy going on in the locker rooms.
Hi. I’m Pet. Well, not exactly Pet. I am a pet.
I was meant to stay out of it, but somebody’s gotta do something when humans are being killed by Behindkind creatures.
Lucky for me, my owners are just as dangerous and inhuman as the bad guys...
Gads, this was good, but it ended on a cliffhanger and if the third book doesn’t release on audio, I will have a tantrum.
Between Shifts by W.R. Gingell is the second novel in the City Between and I loved the quirky characters and murder-mysteries. Urban Fantasy fans will love the downunder setting and unique worldbuilding.
Pet, (whose real name none of us know, because the Fae and vampire living in her home, don’t name their pets) is continuing to learn and question everything about her housemates, their rules and the supernatural world. She is snarky, smart and tends to get into trouble.
On a shopping trip while trying to vex JinYeong, Pet discovers a dead body behind the mart. We soon learn we have a Lycanthropes on the loose. Not to be confused with werewolves because those are from fairy tales.
JinYeong a Korean speaking vampire is perplexed when Pet understands him. Apparently since the last book she has been studying the language just to annoy him! These two remind me of siblings. Like almost touching the other until one is left screaming and Mom wants to pull her hair out. I love it.
Our friendly detective wants some help with a series of similar murders, and the three Psychos refuse until Pet finds herself mixed up. This was an exciting case as both Pet and JinYeong go undercover.
The series is refreshing and I love the Between and Behind. The Between sort of mirrors our world. Pet can see it, but has been warned not to enter alone. I love all the snark, interaction and developments between these characters. Pet is taking care of something and I loved that thread from beginning to end.
Zehra Jane Naqvi is fantastic as narrator, although I do have to speed her up to 1.4x or 1.5x because it would make me crazy otherwise. She nails the characters from personality to tone. I have no idea if her Korean is correct, but it sounds authentic.
Fans of urban fantasy looking for an original storyline and fresh look at Fae, Were and Vampires should grab their earbuds and listen.
Between Shifts ends with a nail-biting cliffhanger. I want book three on audio…STAT.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
You are not allowed to have a tantrum. LOL, just kidding but there have been a few books I have done that with myself.
Hmm… this one sounds so good! My main problem is that I never really read books from the perspective of the pet/animal because I don’t usually like them? But it does sound good so I am not sure whether to take a chance or not DD:
Okay, you have my interest!! This sounds great, but I’m going to wait to see if book 3 comes out in audiobook before I commit… I don’t want to be stuck like you! O.o Thanks for the review.
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
Oh no, I hate a cliffhanger ending and it must be even worse if you don’t know whether you’ll be able to listen to the next installment! I have my fingers crossed!
Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
Oh gosh, I hope the next book comes out on audio for you soon! The series sounds pretty amazing.
you’ve definitely got me wanting this series but now that I see the cliffhanger I may wait until there’s more to read. 🙂
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
I am really liking the sound of this series, Kimberly. I am going to have to try to get my hands on it but I will probably want to wait for the next book to be released because of that darn cliffhanger.
Oh, wow. This sounds like a unique series. I am going to have to check it out.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
Oh I’ve really been enjoying urban fantasy though I”m still new to the genre. I love snark and this sounds great but that cliffhanger makes me nervous! I’m going to need that 3rd book before I make a commitment. I have trust issues with cliffhangers!
IN a way I like cliffies, but at the same time I HATE them 😉
Angela @ Simply Angela
This sounds so different I have to try it. Although I’m not a massive fan of cliffhangers.
Anne - Books of My Heart
This one sounds unique, not the usual types of characters. I’ll be interested to see how you feel as you go along. Wonderful review!
I am tempted to try this series, but dang it a cliffhanger. Ugh! I hope the next book releases soon for your sake.
The book is out. I am just hoping we get the audiobook. I guess it depends on how well the first two audios sell…
As I have book 1 I need to read it now!
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
Cliffhangers are the worst! Especially, if you don’t have the next book in hand! This sounds like it was a great story! I love snarky characters 🙂
Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures
This sounds great. I like the review. Great job. I have book one on my TBR from your first review. Though cliffhangers always irk me especially if the next one isn’t out and I can’t move on. I hope the audio comes soon for you. Thank’s for sharing!
Oh that sounds pretty good. This is going in my wish list for sure.
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
This sounds like so much fun. I love spunky characters that can make me laugh and Pet sounds like she might be one of those! I hope they release the audio same day as the book. I hate changing formats. There is a series I’m dying to catch up on and the ebooks have been released but none of the audios. It’s frustrating. It would be even more so if the book ended on a cliffhanger like this one!
Oh, that is funny that she tweaks his tail by learning his language. It does sound like a great series.
Pesky cliffhangers. I am glad you are loving this series.
AHHH, I need to read this series!!
Tyler H. Jolley
I must have missed the first review. What kind of animal(?) is pet? This sounds like a really fun series!
Hi Tyler. I posted the review to book one on Monday. Pet is a human girl. We don’t know her name and she has just turned 18.
Tyler H. Jolley
That makes much more sense now. I went back and read Monday’s post. Thanks for the info!
Sounds fun! I do love some good snark. Sorry about the cliffhanger though – those are rough!!!
Oh no a cliffhanger! I do get impatient when that happens. Great review and thanks for sharing.