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Part-Time Gods

Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Detroit Free Zone (DFZ), Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 of this curse is the only way to get my life back. Unfortunately, dragon magic is every bit as sneaky and deadly as the monsters behind it, and just as hard to beat.  

But 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.

©2019 Rachel Aaron (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Even Better than the Original story!!!

By Rachel Aaron
Narrator Emily Woo Zeller

I read this book, but it consumed ME 😍. This series is so much better than the HeartStriker series which is almost unheard of from a spinoff.

Opal and Nik try to live and pay off Opal's debt to her father while dealing with the Bad-Luck curse placed on her. It becomes harder and harder to meet their goal which forces their backs against the wall.

The pace of the story is perfect. Just enough action, a little bit of love, and lots of drama. The futuristic gadgets are believable and well-explained.

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This book takes us to new parts of the DFZ and we get to see some of her lower depths as well as the city's beautiful places.

Opal is not a goodie-two shoes like Julius. She is more like a real person. She has flaws and can be annoying in her decision making.

There is a cameo from Bob (my favorite Heartstriker)

The narrator, Emily Woo Zeller, is excellent!!! Her dragon forces are on point.

My eye roll moments:

A random guy says that if you find this rare statue that he has been trying to obtain for years then he will pay you well... and not even an hour later you happen to find that statue in an abandoned apartment just sitting on a shelf... Really Opal? This is a prime example of book-smarts versus common sense.

Nik's ending in this story was a bit bizarre.

4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟. Great book. I've become friends with the characters. This is for my top Tier books. The story is deep with many layers. I probably finished it in a day. I'll likely reread this one when I miss the characters or need a pick me up.

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A real fight, set to epic proportions

This audiobook came out today; when’s the next installment release?. The turmoil is real, if set to some pretty epic proportions- Not all parents are dragons, but the struggle to gain independence and “freedom” is one most of us face at some point, even, or maybe especially, when the thumb we feel over us is a loving one. Throw in all those who try to help and hinder, and I can’t wait to see how she ends up getting out of the quagmire she just landed in!

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story was extremely repetitive

it needed more variety from first book. her broken magic and issueswith her dad seemed to go on and on

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When's the next one?!

So far this series is a fun rollercoaster ride of insanity. It definitely leaned more to the adult side with one compared to the first but still a safe read for young adults. Opal is a bit of an emotional mess that at times does feel a bit exaggerated but it might be the fact she's horrible at expressing herself in a non violent manner.

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  • Holly
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
  • 07-05-19

The DFZ World continues to be completely immersive

I love the DFZ world from Opal's point of view. My favorite parts were Opal and Nick and the Cleaner business. I also really enjoyed Opal's visit in the woods (no spoilers here!). I greatly prefer this series over Heartstriker, though have not read all those yet. I am expecting a DFZ #3 SOON, what with the abrupt ending.

I l thought the narrator was great (though at first taken aback, naturally, by the voice of a key dragon). In the first DFZ, the AI (artificial Intelligence helper to Opal) pitch was so high and loud that I had volume issues--plus Opal's dragon father was hard to hear. This time around, the volume differences are less noticeable, which is great.

I did get annoyed with Opal a few times, but her behavior was in character and I felt the author did a great job keeping her in character. I vary from some reviewers in that less dragons would suit me, though I thought the author got it just right (we just don't need more, I felt). I feel this is the series to really keep exploring magic.

Great, immersive writing :). Thank you.

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DFZ fan for life

cant get enough of her world. DFZ and the Nice dragon are some of the best new fantasy in ages.

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Wow!

One of the best books yet. A bit more adult than previous works. just started letting my 11 year old listen to second hand magic, don't know if I'll be able to let her listen to this one.

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hoping for more

the end of this book really leaves you wanting more so I'm hoping the nex one comes soon

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Not bad. But worrisome...

I have been following this story after finishing the other story in the same universe. This series and book had me right up until the end. The story is light and cute with fun characters. But the main character, who's pov we have to go through, is starting to grate on my nerves. She doesn't want to be owned which is great and understandable. But she is so unwilling to take help, even though she had been accepting it the whole time from our leading male character. Stubborn doesn't begin to cover it. I had trouble believing this girl's fight with her beau at the end, but just ending it with him after giving her an out, likely a temporary one, because she thought he too, wanted to "own" her. Well if she is really that blind she'll likely never develop the ability to have relationships. And that's what annoys me. she doesn't really come off as that unadjusted or just plain stupid. I think in order to really believe this, the author would have needed to write in more examples of this girl's personal relationships being messed up outside of the obvious conflict with her parents and the very brief reference her friend from college gets. Other than the ending bits, I loved this little story, I just wish the end came together a little nicer.

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cliffhanger!

awesome book, also emotional and sad and a cliffhanger ending. if you liked the first, Read this one as well.