~Kindle ⚆ Part-Time Gods ☦ Life in the magical mess of the Detroit Free Zone is never easy When you re laboring under the curse of a certain prideful, overbearing dragon, it can be down right impossibleMy name is Opal Yong ae, and I m a Cleaner At least, I used to be Thanks to the supernatural bad luck that turns everything I do against me, these days I m of a walking disaster Getting rid of this curse is the only way to get my life back Unfortunately, dragon magic is every bit as sneaky and deadly the monsters behind it, and just as hard to beatBut I ve never been one to take her doom at face value Cornered doesn t mean defeated, and in an awakened city that rules herself, dragons are no longer the biggest powers around
More adventures in the DFZ This delightful spinoff series is shaping up to be evensolid than Heartstrikers I m loving it.I binged Part Time Gods in a single day its one of those fun, lighthearted books that function as palate cleansers between heavier fantasy novels The story revolved around MC Opal going to creative extremes trying to shake off a dragon curse laid on her, which was my favorite element of the book It added on to the already interesting premise reminiscent of the More adventures in the DFZ This delightful spinoff series is shaping up to be evensolid than Heartstrikers I m loving it.I binged Part Time Gods in a single day its one of those fun, lighthearted books that function as palate cleansers between heavier fantasy novels The story revolved around MC Opal going to creative extremes trying to shake off a dragon curse laid on her, which was my favorite element of the book It added on to the already interesting premise reminiscent of the show Storage Wars , and gave a muchin depth exploration the DFZ a place entity that has captured my attention since the first Heartstrikers book And I haven t even mentioned the dragons and how much I love their haughty, stubborn personalities the hard headedness between Opal and her father is a really satisfying contest of wills I can t wait to see it played out All the things, people This is a killer series.The only thing holding me back from full praise is the budding love story I have a few reservations The characters are adorable and a total perfect fit, but the romantic tension isn t working well for me The characters are behaving almost unnaturally to avoid that getting together moment and I feel like there s a lot of extremely forced and unnecessary conflict in play to keep them apart plus a dose of uncharacteristic stupidity It s coming across asof a writer s construct to save some of the tension for the next book which I can appreciate , but there was so much clear chemistry between the characters in this book also a good thing that dragging it on felt contrived Hopefully this means the next book will be on fire.Recommendations If you like dragons, fun characters, and books that don t fit the mold, this is my pick for you Heartstikers was awesome containing some of the best omg moments I ve read in ages, but it lacked a little consistency I thought books 4 5 should ve been tightened into a single story This DFZ spin off is so far mucheven, and I m loving every moment Rachel Aaron Bach is among my shortlist of favorite authors for a reason Give her books a try for some fun Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.comOther books you might like Rachel Aaron s talent in creating effortlessly enjoyable and engaging character driven stories with fascinating worldbuilding is yet again evident in Part Time Gods, the second book in the DFZ trilogy.I probably sound like a broken record by now, but Rachel Aaron is my go to author whenever I needed a pick me up There is just something inherently comfortable and engaging about her writing and her stories that allow me to immerse myself into an intriguing world with its compelling characters rig Rachel Aaron s talent in creating effortlessly enjoyable and engaging character driven stories with fascinating worldbuilding is yet again evident in Part Time Gods, the second book in the DFZ trilogy.I probably sound like a broken record by now, but Rachel Aaron is my go to author whenever I needed a pick me up There is just something inherently comfortable and engaging about her writing and her stories that allow me to immerse myself into an intriguing world with its compelling characters right from the start, and it doesn t let go until the end I ve pretty much devoured every single book she s written in nothan 2 to 3 sittings and over a couple of days at the most, depending on the length As Part Time Gods is not a long book, by fantasy standards, I finished this in a day And it was a great sequel.The story of Opal continues with her curse plaguing her every move, the partnership with Nik notwithstanding The plot in this sequel focussed on Opal doggedly determined to find any possible method of countering and working around the curse to gain freedom from her father I have to say that Opal did get on my nerves quite a bit in this instalment, despite understanding her predicament and the reasons behind her persistence Meanwhile, I was delighted when a visit to the chaotic Rentfree district sparked some revelations surrounding the deliciously mysterious and badass Nik True to Aaron s promise, we did getof Nik, but I still want.Now, the characterisation remains excellent in spite of what I said about being annoyed with Opal She is a compelling character The reason for my annoyance was because she is a likeable person, one who I can see myself befriending, but her stubbornness rivalled that of her obstinate father It was a tug of war of draconic proportions and consequences where I feel sympathy for one and empathy for another.Have you ever read a book where an element of the worldbuilding itself can be considered as a character Then let me tell you that the city of DFZ is, in my opinion, the best character in this trilogy The Rentfree district that I mentioned above was one of the craziest things I ve ever read Just imagine that you can live in an area for free or however little you can afford to pay, hence the name, but the buildings are constantly shifting around subject to the whims of the city yes, you read that right You ll never know when you will need to evict yourself to the next available place, but it will happen for certain The atmosphere just screams seedy, chaotic, and discordantly vibrant Those who have read the Heartstrikers series will know what the DFZ has become, and the development of the city since then had been astounding It pained me not to mention too much about it as I do not want to spoil readers who have not read Heartstrikers As far as worldbuilding is concerned, this has one of urban fantasy s finest.Speaking of Heartstrikers, we finally had the long awaited cameo appearances of well loved characters from the prior series These characters had been so well established that they felt so true to the ones whom we knew and loved, even in the several pages where they appeared I had this feeling of exuberant joy and wistful nostalgia all at once.The pacing of these books had been remarkable, giving readers just the right blend of humour, tension, action and contemplative moments to make it a fun and absorbing read The narrative maintains a steady forward momentum either with progressing with some development around the characters, the worldbuilding or the plot The ending of Part Time Gods seemed rather abrupt, and while it was not exactly a cliffhanger, it did leave me feeling a bit on edge about the implications of the events that transpired in the final chapter The next book is going to be really intense and exciting, and I can t wait to read it You can purchase a copy of the book fromUS You can also find this, and my other reviews at Novel Notions. I got quite surprised by Rachel s Surprise release day bitches the other day and I legit dropped everything I was doing and bought the book.I LOVED IT TO BITS This series is a delight to read and everything is perfect with it It even gotdragon than last one but still not enough dragons.I do feel slightly robbed because about 24% of the book is bonus content and not actual Part Time Gods content.This picks up about where Minimum Wage Magic ends Opal and Nik doing their Cleaner busin I got quite surprised by Rachel s Surprise release day bitches the other day and I legit dropped everything I was doing and bought the book.I LOVED IT TO BITS This series is a delight to read and everything is perfect with it It even gotdragon than last one but still not enough dragons.I do feel slightly robbed because about 24% of the book is bonus content and not actual Part Time Gods content.This picks up about where Minimum Wage Magic ends Opal and Nik doing their Cleaner business and Opal trying to fight her dad s curse and her own screwed up magic And all the shenanigans that comes with that The DFZ is such a fun and messy world Also Opal s and Nik s relationship is stepping up its game and I am here for it They re so heart fuzzingly cute together my heart can t handle it view spoiler and my heart is hurting from their parting at the end of the book and I completely blame Opal s stubborn ass for it hide spoiler I also like the prominent role the DFZ is getting because she s really precious and I love her view spoiler Also as soon as Opal went to the Dragon Consulate my heart was screaming for a Julius cameo because I needed his stupid face since book one And nOT ONLY DO I GET BLESSED WITH BOB S PRESENCE WHICH HAD ME SQUEALING BUT ALSO JULIUS AND I WAS CRYING AND SCREAMING I REALLY REALLY LOVE JULIUS OKAY AND THEN OPAL GOES DESCRIBING HIM LOOKING LIKE A BABY AND IM LIKE YES HE IS A BABY HE IS MY BABY AND I LOVE HIM hide spoiler Ahoy there me mateys Those who have been aboard for a while know that urban fantasy and I are not usually friends In fact we tend to be enemies I can t explain why It s just a truth And yet this here be a combined review of the first two books in this urban fantasy series Keep reading to find out why While I try to post no spoilers, ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril.So basically, I can blame two things for reading this series One is the fascinating cover of book Ahoy there me mateys Those who have been aboard for a while know that urban fantasy and I are not usually friends In fact we tend to be enemies I can t explain why It s just a truth And yet this here be a combined review of the first two books in this urban fantasy series Keep reading to find out why While I try to post no spoilers, ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril.So basically, I can blame two things for reading this series One is the fascinating cover of book one that always drew me attention to the book when I saw it It is striking and appealing It made me want to know what the book was about when I saw it Every single time So I would read the blurb, think it sounded interesting, think nah urban fantasy, and then forget about it again See cover Repeat The other influence be this review from Matey Niki Hawkes theobsessivebookseller which finally convinced me to read the dang thing It it she says within this world Rachel Aaron has created a fun fusion of genres fantasy elements dragons, magic , urban fantasy plot and settings, all told with an exuberant YA feel without any unfortunate YA tropes or issues If you re sick of the same old stuff, let this author give you a breath of fresh air So I added it to the list Then the day came I am a mood reader who didn t know what I wanted to read Then I discoveredPrime reading which just happened to have minimum wage magic as one of the books I could borrow So I did and I loved it I loved it enough to immediately buy book two and read that one as well I am irked that I have to wait for book three.So what is the series about Well the books are set in a future Detroit after magic has returned to the world following a very long absence The city is the most magical one on the planet Basically anything goes well except for not paying rent Should ye fall behind, yer unit gets sold to the highest bidder, a Cleaner, who gets to empty the place for the next tenants in exchange for the authority to keep whatever the previous owner has left behind Very much not a glamorous job.One such Cleaner is Opal Yong ae who is a freelance mage trying to pay a debt on a fierce timeline I won t get into the whys and wherefores of the debt because of spoilers But let s say that her latest job turns out to be different because of the dead body in the apartment and not much else of real value Trouble ensues And it was fun.Part of the fun comes from the character of Opal herself She be a bit of mess She is smart, thrifty, and clever but cannot control her magic very well Instead of control she uses blunt force Force that causes magic to backfire on the user Ouch She has an AI mental wellbeing assistant that cracks me up And a run of very bad luck so that she might not make her next very near payment But she be determined.The other part of the fun comes from the wonderful world building The city is sentient and kinda confusing It likes to move buildings and streets around and redesign itself It also has a working relationship with the dragons of the city Then there are the other gods And mythical creatures And mages And cybernetic folks And yet for me, I think the appeal of this was following a silly but awesome human in a very cool urban fantasy world.I liked how everything was wrapped together I liked that the romance to come was present but didn t override the plot I liked the light, playful feel of the writing despite the high stakes and action The plot twists in the book were both unexpected and plausible The slow unveiling of Opal s past was well done And I even loved the ending that I did not see coming even though hints were there This book was everything I wish urban fantasy always was.So what about book two Well the second book picks up about a week after the first one Opal is still trying to track down money only there be major logistical problems Plus Opal makes several bad choices that don t help I actually think book two was even better than the first The stakes have ramped way up and the consequences to Opal s actions are intense.The romance does come into play here but I actually thought it was sweet and yet did take an unexpected tangent I loved the complexities of all the relationships in this one and thought they were fairly seamlessly integrated into the plot I loved watching Opal s stubbornness get in the way Though I also loved her sense of honor Even the ending was excellent despite the cliffhanger because it wrapped up the second book s plotline while setting up part of what book three will be about.Now this series apparently is a spinoff in the same universe as the Heartstriker books even though the author did set them up to be read independently I am not sure if I want to read the other series or not I only wish that I had book three of the DFZ series right now Ifurban fantasy was like this then maybe I would like it better Arrrr Side note Any suggestions from the crew about urban fantasy recommendations where romance is not the focus Be aware that I have tried the Dresden Files and Kate Daniels series and wasn t enthralled 4.5 rounded up Such a great read I never really got into the Heart striker books but really love this series. I am so happy to be back in the world of the DFZ So it was a happy surprise that the author did a surprise release Opal has literally been cursed with bad luck, and she is working to find a loophole She s working with Nik, her partner in Cleaning, to make enough money to payback the debt to her family Opal is a great character She wants independence and she s not obnoxious about it and has her reasons She s also stubborn and determined This book focuses on Opal and her strained relation I am so happy to be back in the world of the DFZ So it was a happy surprise that the author did a surprise release Opal has literally been cursed with bad luck, and she is working to find a loophole She s working with Nik, her partner in Cleaning, to make enough money to payback the debt to her family Opal is a great character She wants independence and she s not obnoxious about it and has her reasons She s also stubborn and determined This book focuses on Opal and her strained relationship with her father The best parts of the book dealt with him, the rest was good but those parts truly shined The dragons are easily the most entertaining part of the series.My only cons with the book are the characters can get really preachy in explaining their motivations It s a minor complaint for sure, but sometimes it takes me out of the story Note the book ends at 75% on the kindle The rest are backads and previews of the authors other books I looked at the table of contents and was glad I did The ending of the story didn t really feel like the ending It s not really a cliffhanger, I would have liked to see it continued I am eagerly awaiting the next book If you want to read a fun, funny, and unique urban fantasy with lovable characters, this is a great series But start with the Heartstrikers Nice dragons finish last A good sequel with cool cameos from Heartstrikers Bob, Peacemaker, mentions of Amelia Why four starts well, Opal s stubbornness irritates me and I m not partial to romance subplot It changes nothing, though I ll buy any DFZ Heartstrikers related book Aaron writes as soon as it s published. This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartPart Time Gods is the follow up book to Minimum Wage Magic, which was storage wars in a magic city where someone seemed bent on killing the main character This DFZ series is set in the same world as the Heartstrikers series, after the events of the last book You don t have to have read the Heartstrikers series to enjoy time in the Detroit Free Zone DFZ , but it is great to see some cameos of characters I liked from that series cough Bo This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartPart Time Gods is the follow up book to Minimum Wage Magic, which was storage wars in a magic city where someone seemed bent on killing the main character This DFZ series is set in the same world as the Heartstrikers series, after the events of the last book You don t have to have read the Heartstrikers series to enjoy time in the Detroit Free Zone DFZ , but it is great to see some cameos of characters I liked from that series cough Bob cough and see what the mortal spirits are up toYou you mean you weren t sent to save me Sorry to bruise your ego, but I m not actually entirely sure who you are, the dragon said cheerfully I was just cutting through because the vending machine in the employee lounge next door is the only one in the building that sells the right brand of sunflower seeds I keep telling my brother to stock , but he s all Bob, you are the greatest, most powerful, most handsome dragon in the world Go buy your own sunflower seeds Can you believe itOne of the coolest things about this series is the setting The DFZ is a city run by a magical God, it has buildings that move and change If you default on your rent, then your place goes on the auction block, for someone like Opal and her newly acquired partner, Nick, bid on it against others, for the opportunity to make money on anything left inside and clean it up for the city to rent out again.Opal has a few problems in her life right now She tried to outwit a dragon, who just happened to be her father long story and ended up with a huge loan to pay off to him She was doing really good at it too until said Dragon put a curse on her to make it even harder for her to make the money to pay him back Dragons Now with the help of Nick, a cybernetically enhanced human with a questionable past, Opal is trying to find a way to not default on her load so she can be free from under anyone s controlWhat was I supposed to tell him That I d gone on a journey of self discovery through a never ending forest and received a magical potato from a dead Shaman who was also a satellite body for the god of the DFZ Even I thought that story sounded fishy, and I d been thereI do like Opal for the most part She has a lot of magical power potential and has tried her entire life to do anything with it but unfortunately most of the time it just ends up blowing up in her face Girl also has some HUGE daddy issues, probably to be expected when you know you were named Opal because you are seen by your father asa pretty stone of little worthOpal has a huge chip on her shoulder and she is going to prove to everyone that she can do it all on her ownWhat in the world did you do to make Yong so mad The Dragon of Korea normally loves mortals Seriously, last I heard, he had two hundred of you death bound critters scampering around his lair That s the dragon equivalent of being a crazy cat lady, you knowOpal has a lot of things to overcome in this book and her own stubbornness might be one of them Growing up with a Dragon as a father, I can see how why Opal has such a huge stubborn streak, but it definitely isn t helping her in a few instances in this book Seriously she paints herself in some huge corners and it got a little frustrating.Good news is there is a smidgen of a romance happening between Opal and Nick It has a few kinks in it but I liked the start up of a possible relationship between them We also get some time talking with the Spirit of the City and we get to see some of the motivations of a god walking among the people The downfall is this story doesn t wrap up at the end, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger and will have to wait until the next book to see how all of the events play out I enjoyed Minimum Wage Magic just a littlethan Part Time Gods, just because of the situation Opal was in, how laser focused she was on the tree she missed the forest Still a lot of things happened and I have some big hopes for the next installment Narration Emily Woo Zeller did a great job with Opal and the rest of the cast I really liked her portrayal of the story and she lent some authenticity to Opal s Korean heritage I liked her enough to look up her catalog of work to see what else she has done I look forward to listening to her narration of The Bride Test and The Poppy War as I ve already got those in my library.Listen to a clip HERE A truly messed up heroine, dragons, and a city which is a God Darker than its prequel, but still fun I was wondering if the DFZ was going to make my ghost work off everything I d promised her or if she d let me pass on to the afterlife unmolested.