Welcome to the reading discussion for Between Jobs! Before we get started, a reminder that today and tomorrow are the last days you can enter the giveaway for the MBRC stickers! Okay, now on to our talk!
This book introduces you to our rather mysterious narrator, Pet, and her Three Psychos/owners–Zero, a fae from a noble family; Athelas, a fae who serves him; and JinYeong, a sulky vampire.
Between Jobs cemented Pet as one of my favorite characters ever. She’s so funny and will sass off to her “owners,” but she also has a sense of self preservation so she never goes too far. She has a very good grasp on the psychos’ boundaries, but in a very realistic/human way.
I most enjoy her interactions with Athelas–but that’s because he’s the only one who lets her try to go head to head with him in games of wits, and he’s also the only one who will share any information with her.
Her interactions with Zero are interesting/amusing as well, but mostly because it seems like he really wants to treat her like a little dog, but it’s also fairly obvious he’s more concerned about his “dog” than either Athelas or JinYeong.
And speak of the vampire, that brings us to JinYeong! He doesn’t seem too impressed or fond of Pet, but he also seems to be the most willing to interact with her–for the sake of food, anyway. I love JinYeong as a vampire because he still has that flair of elegance vampires have, but the way he’s sulky, demanding, and much more emotional than Zero or Athelas is a fun change from the way most vampires are depicted in urban fantasy stories.
In all honesty, I don’t have too many theories for Between Jobs. I think there’s going to be romance, but at this point it doesn’t seem like there is a strong contender.
There are a lot of mysteries wrapped around Pet–possibly even more than Zero and the others. Why didn’t she reveal herself to the authorities when her parents died? I’m about 98% certain it’s wrapped up in her need to stay in the house, but if she’s not a fae, why would she feel that drive? (They state again and again she’s very obviously human, but there’s a few spots where she can do things normal humans can’t–like see the sword.)
Obviously there’s something to do with her parents’ death–is it tied to the serial killer Zero and the others are tracking, or is it something different entirely?
The other big mystery to me is the homeless man Pet sees. It seems like he might have abilities similar to Pet’s, but that’s hard to confirm. What role does he have? Can he identify the serial killer Zero & Co are tracking?
So perhaps I have more questions than theories with this book.
Comment below with your thoughts and theories, but I do have a couple of other questions for you to ponder:
- Who is your favorite character, and why?
- Do you think there is significance to Pet’s ability to stumble out of Between on her own?
Reminder: Try to keep things spoiler free in the comments for now–when we get to the 4th book we’ll let it rip with the secrets, though! 😉