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READ PDF õ Part-Time Gods Ø 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 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. First of all, if you like this book, don t even read this review Second of all, if you are thinking of reading it, just read it I read this I m not sad, or mad, or anything else There s things that are okay, and things that aren t, but sadly, I don t think I ve found my next new series This remains firmly in Prolematic Land, sub category New Adult Aaron s take on the genre is a Korean human protagonist, Opal, who was raised by a traditionalist dragon Literally The world was reformed with First of all, if you like this book, don t even read this review Second of all, if you are thinking of reading it, just read it I read this I m not sad, or mad, or anything else There s things that are okay, and things that aren t, but sadly, I don t think I ve found my next new series This remains firmly in Prolematic Land, sub category New Adult Aaron s take on the genre is a Korean human protagonist, Opal, who was raised by a traditionalist dragon Literally The world was reformed with magic 80 years or so ago, and now new little gods have arisen, particularly the goddess of the new Detroit Free Zone Opal moved to DFZ to attend a prestigious fine arts program and has made a bargain with her dragon father from her freedom pay back the money spent on her education and she won t have to go home to the compound At the end of the last book, she discovered her father was playing dirty by putting a dragon curse of bad luck on her, so in this book, she s going all out to make money as a Cleaner turning over abandoned evicted dwellings, with friend and business partner Nik, part cyborg.It s an interesting idea one can see where Aaron took the idea of wealthy, traditionalist patriarchal parents of any culture and extrapolated it to the extreme Opal sees herself as fighting for her personal freedom, to not be part of a dragon hoard, while her adopted father sees himself as protecting her Unfortunately for me, Opal is so very, very twenty Whatever degree she had, whatever happened before the story, she seems very sheltered In this story, she shares a little bitabout her time in college, just because one of their jobs takes place on campus, but for the most part, Rachel feels very much here and now kind of person that isn t given to a great deal of introspection or empathy She s so used to being outward opposition directed that she spends little time on the inner, and she s frequently a myopic, selfish ass Such an ass, in fact, that she is willing to view spoiler continue to crash the gold based economy to win her independence She sees it as a fight between her and her father After we ve all seen what it means to wreck the world s economy, we might disagree hide spoiler So your mileage will probably vary depending on how much you enjoy this type of character and focus.The plot commits not one but two of eye rolling youth tropes First is the Fake Date, where the female dresses up for some non date date reason I m going out with a man that doesn t interest me and there are no other clothes in my closet, in this case, literally This is followed by the Drunk Episode, where said female does something completely stupid because she was drunk I hate both of these tropes for many, many reasons, but mostly because it s not owning their shit Again, your tolerance for this will certainly vary.My other problem with this is the romance Spoilers ahead This is the book where that comes together, and after it does, Opal screws it up Remember what I said about that empathy problem Yeah, it s displayed in full force here She is completely unable to recognize understand what someone else s feelings might be, so she reacts exactly like she does with her father and blows up and runs away Oedipal much Which then leads me to think, gosh, this Nik character has kind of been this unfailing, super supportive, emotional and physical rock this entire time Actually, so was that guy Linus in the Hailey Edward s book Like these are crazy powerful men who are sort of bad boy, but not really, and who are just crazy attracted to these women, wait for the women to notice them and make the first move, and basically just treat the women with dog like devotion I m not even exaggerating.This is what passes for romance Geesus, even at sixteen I was grossed out by that attitude.So The stuff I liked I like that Opal is Korean, brought up in a number of major Asian cities, so she s multi lingual and presumably, culturally literate Opal is trying very hard to work on what she perceives as independence, and she s not afraid of doing hard work to get there She is persistent and focused I think there was a sort of fight the patriarchy speech in here somewhere that was kind of empowering The DFZ character is intriguing, and there s some interesting soliloquies about how to make oneself into something better There is a little bit of humor that cracked me up The magic potato waseye rolling, but another dragon s comment on Opal s father was rather funny 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 know There you have it Will I read the next I dunno Depends if I can read it for free, and if my library will start doing curbside drop off But maybe not it s spring, and the garden is calling.Two and a half quarantine reads Rounding up because Well, maybe I should go the other way, Idk 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 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.