*Screams* GAAAAAAAAAH I’ve been waiting all month for this week, Champions! Because we FINALLY get to read my (so far) favorite book in the series, Between Floors.
I’m not supposed to push through the boundaries of reality without supervision. I’m definitely not meant to drag a cop Between with me.
But stuff happens, you know?
Hi. I’m Pet. Well, not Pet, exactly. I am a pet.
Nothing too hard; I just cook and clean for the Behindkind who took over my house. Easy. But now one of my owners has gone missing. He’s fae, so it shouldn’t worry me, but if there’s something out there that can kidnap fae, I don’t wanna meet it.
Good thing I’ve got another two owners and a spare cop up my sleeve…
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! As you can probably guess–and is confirmed early on in the book–the missing fae is Athelas, my favorite character after Pet. This is SUCH a good book, I cannot wait for the Saturday discussion! (June 22) And, as usual, it’s available on Amazon to purchase or read via KU.
But without further ado, some words from W. R. and myself!
Kitty: We are finally about to read Between Floors, but I will forcibly keep myself on target. Let’s start with a fun question! Due to JinYeong being Korean, there’s lots of pieces of Korean culture presented in the books–language, food, and otherwise. Did you have to research that, or was that something you already knew before starting the series?
W. R.: In a sense, I had to research, but mostly the stuff included in the Between books is stuff I learned because of learning the Korean language. It’s no fun just learning the words when you learn a language, and I wanted to learn about the culture, too. So I watch Korean tv shows as well as dramas, and use Youtube—a LOT. Everything I learn gets put back into my books in some way (including, but not limited to, my violin). With the Korean language in particular, it’s helpful to my memorisation and learning to use it through JinYeong. The more I learn about Korea and Korean, the more you guys will learn through the City Between series.
Watch out when I start learning Russian…!
Kitty: How do you balance Pet’s relationship with Zero, JinYeong, and Athelas? It seems like befriending her goes against their instincts and yet all of them are starting to reach out to her in very different/unique ways.
W. R.: The relationships with each of the Troika are very hard to balance! Each one is a different kind of relationship to Pet, and each of the Troika thinks of their relationship to her in an entirely different way. Whether they are right or wrong in their thoughts remains to be seen… And yes—it definitely goes against their instincts! For Zero, there’s a warring sense of human as well as fae instincts, which might make things harder for him, but Athelas has his own share of reasons for not wanting to befriend Pet in any meaningful way. He’s quite amused and sarcastic about the other two doing so, but he doesn’t seem to realise his own danger quite as clearly. JinYeong…well, JinYeong likes to be the one doing the prodding, not the one being prodded, so his instincts are also against a relationship of any kind. There’s also the issue of humans smelling like food to him (which would be off-putting to me as well, quite honestly) so he doesn’t tend to think of humans as friends or lovers—or even, sometimes, people. Luckily for Pet, she doesn’t smell like food.
Kitty: Okay, that’s all for now, Champions. NOW GO READ! WE MUST TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK ASAP!
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And that’s it for now! Thanks for reading, Champions, enjoy the book!