***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey
Genres: comedy, paranormal, Romance
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In this fantasy-comedy Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at once is now what gets them into trouble.
The prank Hym and Hur have come up with must first be agreed upon by Death, who happens to be a rambunctious, difficult character. Once agreed upon, the prank is set in motion. Hym and Hur soon discover Death had tricked them into a contract with dire consequences for all of us.
During their attempt to break the contract, Hym and Hur try to save the relationship of an earthbound couple, knowing they are truly meant for each other. A good deed that will bring Hym and Hur even more trouble.
Hym and Hur is a short story that makes for a quick and entertaining read. Hur obviously delights in doing good for others, while Hym can’t help himself but play slightly meaner practical jokes. Together, they balance each other out. It was interesting trying to read a short story after all of the novels I’ve been reading. It felt like it jumped around a lot because in each chapter, you’d be in a different setting. There were a few times it actually confused me and I had to think about it for a bit. To be honest, it would have been nice to have seen the story fleshed out more. All in all, it was a fun little read to see how they’d outsmart Death. And Death was quite the character himself.