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Part-Time Gods

(DFZ #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,022 ratings  ·  323 reviews
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 impossible.

My 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 more of a walking disaster. Getting rid
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published June 9th 2019 by Aaron/Bach
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Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Part-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
TS Chan
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
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
Maja Ingrid
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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 got more dragon 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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
More adventures in the DFZ!! This delightful spinoff series is shaping up to be even more solid 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
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up. Such a great read! I never really got into the Heart striker books but really love this series.
The Captain
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Wow, this second audiobook was stronger than the first and I am loving the world and characters. Opal is determined to meet the outrageous new terms of her loan even if it kills her. Together with Nick, a cybernetically enhanced human with a questionable past, she sets out to meet the deadline but to do so she’ll need to find a way around the dragon’s bad-luck curse.

Opal is clever and tenacious. When she discovers she can’t break the curse, she looks for loopholes. She and Nick are breaking rule
Maria Dimitrova
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Getting into the second book was much easier. Most likely due to starting it immediately after finishing Minimum Wage Magic but to me at least the pacing was much better.

Part-Time Gods takes place in a weeks period but so much happens that sometimes it's hard to keep the timeline in mind. Opal and Nick are a great team and watching them tackle Opal's curse was a hilarious experience. Each of them brings an unique set of skills to the table and together even an ancient dragon's magic doesn't sta
“It’s not for eating!” I cried. “That’s my magic potato!”

Opal's crazy frantic humor really gets me in this book.


Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
**2.5 stars**

Live look at my face while reading this book.

I'm adding a half star just because Julius and Bob made an appearance.

This series is about a spoiled rich girl and her overbearing father and the lengths they go to one up each other. I know I'm supposed to like Opal because she's "fighting for her freedom" (rolls eyes) but she's really throwing a temper tantrum to get her daddy to notice her.

I couldn't STAND HER, because you see, she's JUST LIKE HER FATHER. She's a proud know-it-all w
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
Tore through this in a day - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Opal's relationship with her father really intrigues me. You know what, I'm kind of her dad's side, and I love that I don't feel like the author is telling us Opal is necessarily right to be furious with her father. Obviously he's done really controlling things to her, but... I see where he's coming from. Maybe it's because I'm Asian too, and my dad and I have definitely had clashes over him trying to make me do things he thinks is better for
Zel Polev
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I nearly rated this 2.5-3 stars for how it ended. Why? because it just kind of ends and then there's sample chapters from previous books. In fact according to my e-reader 25% of the epub file is basically advertisement for Ms. Aaron's other novels. Which means my 4 star rating is a very salty 4 stars because I feel gypped out of a quarter of a book despite it being a fun read.

I think the world that Rachel Aaron created would make an amazing setting for a hacked together Shadowrun-esque tabletop
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - Loved it but...

Sigh. Almost perfect. But the father annoyed me (again only it was much more), and Opal was REALLY stupid, and there was drama for the sake of drama. So I hated those three things, but the rest was so good I don't want to bump it down any.

Wish Opal used her brains some though, and the one thing was just too much. :/ But despite those issues, it was still a great book and I love the series and I want more.
Blodeuedd Finland
I actually enjoyed this one more than book 1, I do like when they keep on getting better!

Opal is having a hard time. She works as a cleaner, that is she buys the right to clean out places and sell the stuff she finds. But her dad cursed her so she has bad luck.

First, I found myself liking her dad, and that is so bad. He is a dragon, and he is not a nice, person. But I do feel that deep down he does care, but he is a dragon and dragons can not care for humans. Yes, I totally like her dad. But he
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Opal vs Dad, round 2

The writing in this series is so different and refreshing. The story is well developed. I just can’t believe that i only discovered the Author and the Heartstriker series last year.

This sequel was about growth and development. Opal grew and matured as a magic caster (possible mage/priestess); her relationship with her father grew as she finally started to understand him; her relationship with Nick grew as she finally saw just how much he cares for her and she cares for him.
Michael Campbell
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every bit as fun and enjoyable as the first but with a great deal of added depth and development for all the major characters. These really are a delight to read. Nothing about them stands out as amazing, but everything about them is great.

Opal in particular, is a well rounded character, but the ball doesn't stop there. Her parents, Nick, the god of a city, and even her AI, all have added depths. The world is so fascinating and only seems more so as the world building expands.

I also like the wa
laeaurra flamehawk-mitchell
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story. Abrupt ending

Love the world. Great story. Like the characters. Had a bit of whiplash when I hit the end at 88%. Cue the next reel. -1 star for ending.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Short review due to lack of time!! >.<

Docking half a star because of Opal's stubbornness growing to superbly irritating levels in the final chapter, because I really didn't gel with the ending of the book, and because I predicted most of the twists. Opal should have seen them coming, too, if it wasn't for her ridiculous stubbornness bordering on obstinance.

For me, the ending was far too abrupt, and probably could have done with another chapter just to sort out the pacing issues somewha
Fun and engaging as always, I devoured this in less than 24 hours. I enjoyed the storytelling and the interesting world of the DFZ. The touch of romance was nice as well. However, I spent the majority of this book feeling so frustrated, purely for the situation that the heroine was in. And then to have it all end with a cliffhanger?! Why, Rachel Aaron, why would you do that to me, I mean all the readers?! Being a non-masochist, I don't enjoy feeling super frustrated for extended periods of time, ...more
This series continues to be amazing. I'm not writing a full review, but don't sleep on Rachel Aaron's work! ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Part- Time Gods is the sequel to Minimum Wage Magic and continues the further exploration of the DFZ that began with Minimum Wage Magic. I was excited about this title and after finishing it, I can only say that Rachel is really having a LOT of fun with her first sequel series.

The plot actually begins almost immediately after the events of book 1 and we see Opal trying to figure out what she can do with the curse that has been inflicted u
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In the second book of the DMZ series that follows Cleaner Opal Yong-ae, she's formed a partnership with fellow Cleaner Nikola Kos, but she's still under a curse from her father that stops her from making money. All of which is a problem, because she owes him a lot of money to pay off a deal that would leave her independent of him. But he's not going down without a fight, and not only is the Dragon of Korea becoming personally involved, the escalating conflict between him and Opal has attracted a ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2019-release
7/10, rounded down.
I love this universe 5-stars worth, but this book is clearly a bridge - getting the author from one great story to the big finale. There's the hustle, the budding romance, the false end, the complications, the hope for reconciliation, the rock bottom moment, meeting the right mentor, the new career, and mastering her own power. What there's not is a full blossoming of her potential or an actual reconciliation or a happily-ever-after. Those are clearly all on the horizon. I'm guessing this will b ...more
Nancy O'Toole
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Part-Time Gods is the second book in Rachel Aaron’s DFZ. The series focuses on Opal Young-ae, a young Cleaner who desperately wants to make it on her own but is stuck under a curse set by her own father. During the novel she, with her partner Nik, formulates a plan to thwart the curse, but will brains and stubbornness be enough to defeat dragon magic?

One of the things that makes the DFZ series so appealing is the two leads. Both Opal and Nik are flawed but likable characters, and easy to route f
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