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Opal is a mage who makes her livelihood as a Cleaner, bidding for the right to empty and clean abandoned apartments. While she gets to hold the contents to off, it’s a gamble whether any auction will be worth its price. Bonanza or bust, this time around Opal has emptied the bank to bid on a couple of properties and there’s no margin for error. While she has an advanced degree from the premier magic university, she’s struggling to off her heavy student debt month by month. This month it’s harder than ever, due to a five-month streak of poor luck and apartments full of worthless junk. If Opal doesn’t create her payment on time, a rather ill-tempered gentleman – her father – is going to foreclose on her freedom for good. Opal has only a few days left to create it or break it.And Opal just might be the one getting broken. Her recent acquisitions, and the murdered professor who owned them, have drawn the interest of several massive hitters, including criminals, a competing cleaner, and a couple of rather touchy mum Wage Magic takes put in the globe of the Heartstrikers series (Heartstrikers is such an appropriate name for that dragon clan!). If you haven’t read the Heartstrikers series, which starts with Nice Dragons Finish Last, Minimum Wage Magic contains enough background that it can be read on its own. However, you’ll wish to grab the Heartstrikers series and read them while you’re waiting for the next DFZ book, because you can never obtain too much Rachel Aaron, DFZ goodness, or mum Wage Magic is an enjoyable mix of fantasy and cyberpunk with immersive world-building and believable characters. If you’re familiar with Rachel Aaron, then you know the first books in her series, while chock full of incredibly complex characters and worlds and mesmerizing in their own right, have storylines that only tip at the complexity, hero growth, and world-building to come. Minimum Wage Magic is the first course in a whole fresh feast. Highly recommended for anyone with an appetite for science fiction and fantasy or the joy of amazing storytelling. Rachel Aaron never disappoints.I received this book as a digital Advanced Reader Copy (ARC). My opinions are my own.
This book answers the question what if Storage Battles was mashed up with a globe where ‘gods are real, dragons are traffic hazards, and buildings move around on their own’. Minimum wage magic is a spin off series set in the DFZ (Detroit Free Zone) of the Heartstriker Series. You do not have to have read the prior series to have fun this, it is completely fresh and set after all the happenings of the HeartStriker mum wage magic explores the DFZ in an entirely fresh method through the eyes of Opal a cleaner. She basically bids on troops based on pictures hoping to clean out the items left behind in hopes of making some so the housing can be turned around and rented again.***The Master Key was a sacred object and a Cleaner’s only true identification. It had been created for me by the Spirit of the City, and it could begin any door in the DFZ if the town believed you had a right to be at latest bit was the tricky part. Unlike every other town in the world, the Detroit Free Location was alive. Literally alive, with her own soul, mind, opinions, and, occasionally, off-the-books true estate deals. ***Opal might be a mage but she has struggled with conventional magic. Here style is a bit more slapstick, but hey it gets her by. Or at least it did until she bid on a unit that might have a bit more of a mystery tied to it when she also finds a dead body.I really enjoyed this book. There are mages, dragons, humans and some augmented humans (that’s cyborg right…I think there are cyborgs). Anyway, Opal NEEDS a lot of cash, fast, and she has stumbled onto something that might out large if she can solve the mystery and search the magical treasure.***“I think you’re letting your optimism run away with you again. Even if you’re right, and there is a pot of gold at the end of this wild goose chase, the DFZ is a hundred and ninety-four square miles that move around. The possibility of you finding one mage’s circle in all of that is practically zero…” ***Good thing she has found someone who knows the underbelly of the DFZ and is willing to support her for a that k is another cleaner who usually acts as Opal’s tournament but he might just come in handy and with the deadline she is on, she’ll need more support than her virtual reality assistant. As they work together both learn an appreciation for each other and although there is no smooching in this book, that doesn’t mean in the long term that won’t happen.***“Oh, honey,” Rena said, giving me a wink. “He’s got features. Not surprised you haven’t seen them, though. Nikki likes to hold his cards hidden, but I’d bet he’d present you if you asked nicely.” ***There are a few mentions of The Peacemaker, The Spirit of the DFZ and the Nameless Wind for those of you who have read the Heartstriker series but this is definitely a fresh bag of tricks and those were just gifts for the readers of the other series.I really enjoyed the fresh hero Opal and Nik and how each brought something to this fresh forged partnership. I also enjoyed the premise of the story and what Opal is trying to escape from. This was an entertaining story of trying to search the missing treasure with the clock ticking. I’m looking forward to seeing what Opal and Nik come up versus next as there are more books to come in this world.
The final book of Rachel Aaron’s Heartstrikers series wrapped up the story neatly... but it also gave a tip of fascinating things to come, so much so that I was mad Aaron wasn’t immediately working on a fresh series set in the DFZ. Well, about a year later, surprise! We obtain Minimum Wage Magic, the first in a fresh series set years after the Heartstrikers finale. Is it everything I hoped for? No—but it’s certainly a step in that e fresh series picks up twenty years after the old one with an all-new cast, so it feels divorced from Heartstrikers despite sharing a setting. This is to ensure the series is friendly to newcomers, and it succeeds in that regard. Opal, Sybil, and the rest of our fresh characters are on an all-new adventure in an all-new DFZ; anything relevant to the old series, including the backstory of the setting as a whole, is explained in clumsy-but-useful exposition. Returning fans will also search a lot to love here as we dig into what it means to be a human living on the roads of the town where nothing is illegal. There’s only one major appearance from an old character, and nothing about that cameo will place off newcomers, though it will delight Heartstrikers ally, I want there was more of that sort of thing. The latest series ended with the Detroit Free Location as a living town where dragons keep summits, streets shift on a whim, and mages have to hold rogue gods from destroying the globe on a everyday basis. For this story, we focus mainly on the road level, encountering relatively small of what makes the DFZ such a special setting. The story isn’t just short, it’s small. This is the only thing holding me back from a excellent ever, seeing that this is only the first in the series, I’m certain things are only going to obtain bigger and better from here. Across five Heartstrikers books, Aaron delved more into the world, developed the characters, and escalated the conflict while keeping the stakes personal. This first entry in the DFZ series feels too little after that, but it also promises greater things to come. Opal and Nik already have me cheering for them, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. Minimum Wage Magic is highly recommended to fans of urban fantasy, as well as fantasy in general, and anyone who loves a well-told story.
This book had some flaws which the rest of the series did not and I think the first problem is that it attempts to shy away from the other series references so no characters similar to Julius's globe are allowed but the book moves right into the central zone of the previous books. It's as if the rich description of the DMZ was reduced to a easy prop in an attempt to not be like the other books. It makes the assumption the Reader knows the DMZ so it feels hollow. I felt as if the plot could have taken put in a various part of this globe and been better for it. While I loved the female protagonist and liked her struggle, Opal's supporting cast was as week as Julius's was strong. I don't remember solider boy's name and after awhile I found it very hard to read his dialogues I didn't feel they were worth reading which created it hard to like him. I also found it frustrating that I could immediately tell what the twist was with her dad within the first few pages but in the amount of pages he was in the book a lot of his hero is shown with some subtle qualities I d like to see more of but unlike some of the other supporting cast I felt he was a fully rounded individual.
Minimum Wage Magic was a whole lot of fun, and I expected nothing else of a Rachel Aaron novel! Her work would likely appeal to fans of Ilona Andrews, as this book is a fast-paced urban fantasy novel with perfect globe building and a powerful heroine at its though Minimum Wage Magic takes put in the same globe as her Heartstriker series (start with Nice Dragons Finish Last), this series has an entirely fresh cast and is set twenty years after the previous series. You could read Minimum Wage Magic first, but I would still suggest reading the Heartstriker series first. If you read Minimum Wage Magic first, that will mean some spoilers for the huge picture items of the Heartstriker series, mostly regarding some reveals about that all that’s out of the way, Minimum Wage Magic follows Opal Yong-ae, a young woman whose barely making a living given a not good streak of poor luck. She lives in the independent town of DFZ (previously Detroit), where almost everything is legal and life is dangerous but full of opportunities. Despite her expensive degree in magical art history from one of the best schools out there, Opal works as a Cleaner. A Cleaner is… well you know that TV present about people who create a living biding on the contents of storage lockers? That’s essentially what a Cleaner does, only for houses and apartments in the DFZ.Opal’s got a problem. She desperately needs to her method to freedom (read the book to search out more), but her poor luck means she keeps buying lots full of nothing but useless junk. Take the most latest one. All she finds are a bunch of papers and a dead body… but just maybe some of those papers could prove valuable, as one looks to be some sort of highly complicated spell involving all sorts of expensive ingredients. Finding them may be Opal’s only possibility at making her usual, the globe building was excellent. The DFZ is a put like no other, ruled over by a sentient spirit that arose out of the town itself. The town owns itself and rearranges buildings as it sees fit. The series combines urban fantasy with near-future science fiction elements, so you’ve got both mages and cyborgs. It’s a delightful melding.Opal was an enjoyable protagonist, and I appreciated her smarts and her grit. She’s willing to live rough and dive through dirt if it will let her freedom. I appreciated the gradual reveal of her background too. Of course, happenings in Minimum Wage Magic also create her question where she draws the line — what won’t she do? Where does she draw the line? Finally, Minimum Wage Magic is about her learning to work with someone else and allow other people in. She ends up teaming up with another Cleaner, and while there’s not much romantic content in Minimum Wage Magic, I’m assuming there will be a slow burn romance plotline. Look, he’s a sexy guy with a mysterious past. Assuming he’s the love interest isn’t much of a leap.Opal’s Korean, and I can’t speak as to how well that aspect of her is portrayed. On other representation notes, Minimum Wage Magic does acknowledge queer people exist (this is something I now watch for in all books I read), but… I wasn’t thrilled that the only queer hero was a woman who created the straight protagonist uncomfortable by flirting with her. It felt a bit like the “predatory lesbian” stereotype.With that one quibble, I really enjoyed Minimum Wage Magic, and I can’t wait for more installments in the series!
The globe building and plot was really well done in my opinion. My largest gripe is that for a globe of magic, we actually learn very small about it. In both this fresh series and the latest the MCs have been horrible at magic. It would be amazing to see if the author has the ability to actually make a special and interesting magic system instead of just tip that there is one. Also steming from the MCs ineptitude for magic, it's not fun reading about underdogs who realistically wouldn't be able to keep their own. Opal had to constantly be saved by someone else, and she is so unskilled in just about everything that I can't ever see her actually being able to rise to the occasion. Most of her useful input came from her AI and if she didn't luck out in befriending the one person in the town that doesn't have a AI, even that usefulness would have been moot. I genuinely love Opals hero I just want she had something strong about her wether it be her magic, mind or body. But so far all have proved to be very average. Even with her damsel in distress complex I really enjoyed the book, and I look forward to reading the next one.
This book is Aaron's follow-up to her Heartstriker series of booksabout the "Nice" dragon Julian and his Merlin/wife Marci (who donot come on scene here).Some years after the happenings in that series, Opal Yong-ae is a "Cleaner"in the DFZ (the town once called Detroit). When people can't theirbills, Cleaners bid on the possibility to their property and hopefullysell it for a profit (it's theirs to do with as they want as long asthey clean up the affected true estate, which is all the town cares about).You've seen the reality shows about bidding on abandoned storage units?This is a bit like that.Opal is a bit of a mage, though not a very amazing one by conventionalstandards. Instead of carefully planning out spells for the desiredeffect she tends to Green Lantern her method through things by imaginingmagical crowbars and the like. It's not elegant, but it helps obtain herthrough the wards that even rent-delinquent locations tend to have in the e's also on a bit of a losing streak, having gone from making a reasonableliving Cleaning to being in debt up to her eyeballs. In fact, if her latestbid doesn't pan out, she will have to go crawling back home, worse thandefeated. But it doesn't pan out. And there's a dead guy in theapartment. And with all the trash, there's some kind of papers that maybe spells. And her main competitor (dangerous if simple on the eyes) issuddenly making nice. And people are trying to slay them both..This is another fun book from Aaron, and largely avoids the over-explainingof her magical system that slowed down the latest few Heartstrikers books.I think there is a lot Opal doesn't know about herself and suspect sheis not a "bad" mage at all, but something else entirely.
Very short compilation of ideas that are very basic. Helpful for those who are considering simplifying for the first time. There's a lot to be said for the ability to appreciate what one has, rather than mindless accumulation of material things. I think this is the true joy of a minimalist lifestyle. For me, there is a satisfied medium between the two points. I've always been wise, but I do have fun spending as well.
I haven't able to properly use this application in over 3 months. At first, it wouldn't let me to input my total wages for the month. Now it tells me my birthday is not a valid date. It's a amazing concept for an application in reducing the use of paper but seriously obtain some programers that can fix primary problems with info input systems
Fresh dob calendar modernize is broke and won't accept date that is set. Uninstall reporting Application and reinstall will fix it as well as the can't connect message. Also note tap year on calendar and you can scroll a list to the year you need. This is more then likely much easier for our disabled mates out there. I know I always forget the / / between the numbers helping my son do this otherwise this is a amazing application fast easy to use and definitely much easier then that phone reporting nonsense
Since I did the make batter I don't like it because I cannot report my wages, first it was with the birthday I uninstalled it and reinstalled it. it's birthday section now works, but it doesn't recognize my acc any more and there's no method I can report my wages for the month. I just give up.
All- To place a DOB with the fresh system, touch the box for date, then when year will present up, touch and keep the year for 2/3 seconds, then you can scroll down to the year and choose the date. Still, it's a stupid move without letting everyone know.
HINT #1: There is a smallish year number at the very top of the date picker dialog. Tap that number to bring up a scrollable list of years. Tap your birthday year and then you are guaranteed to have less than 14 taps to go to narrow it down to your specific birthday. HINT #2: For white screens, crashes, etc. just uninstall and reinstall the application (old settings are apparently incompatible with fresh app). P.S. 3 out of 5 stars in spite of this grief, as it still beats sitting in line at my local SS office. :@)
Not good app! I have added my bank info 3 times and now I can't even obtain past a login screen. Now they have my private info and I have data shared with them. I think the company is legit but their application is being managed in Romper Room style.
this application is worthless and useless it does not let you to link your bank acc and when you do Lincoln it tells you that your acc has been linked with you can't use the application to access funds you have to have a minimum balance which is not said in the requirements it's just a very deceptive application and I will never use this application and I would recommend that no one you did it's a lot of false advertisement and they use your bank info to send you unsolicited ads I'm amazing never using this again
this application is a joke i used it one time and for 3 weeks it said my acc is only 2 dollars the latest two alone ive worked 82 hours, when i got ahold of them they say well its a fresh week as you work the balance will go up and ive been told this everyweek of the 3 weeks its said 2 dollars. dont use it cause its a one time evidentally just crazy to portray an application and features that doesnt work and customer service doesnt know how to fix anything or support you obtain it fixed.
I've had it 2 days and hate it. I thought I could replace my other related application with this one. However it wont even allow me log in. It says my credentials are wrong. I spent 30 minute on the phone w/my bank and they aren't wrong. So this application sucks. I need and this application epically fails.
I had to uninstall this application after the latest modernize because the calendar that is now used to enter the DOB would not enter the date in the correct format. After reinstalling, the application works fine. However, I personally prefer to enter the DOB manually over the calender as it is much quicker. Scrolling to search the correct date takes too long, even after changing the year to the one needed.
What's with the date? I can't place my son's actual birth date in. Used to be able to type it in but the fresh method doesn't work. If it is a glitch I'll wait but I will probably have to go in to submit wages. Worked amazing before the update. Who's bright idea was it to change it? Ugh
Cant bypass the birthday part. Completely useless. Before modernize it always had an problems with the social security enter part and would only work sometimes. Now it doesnt work with the birthday entry part. This application needs to be uninstalled then reinstalled after modernize then it will work.
Reinstall to use date picker, not good code review... Can't enter birthdate with regular keyboard, the date picker that pops up enters a date apparently fine, clicking next says the format must be mm/dd/yyyy which it already is. making this entirely useless.
I typically don't review apps, but I had to create an exception. This application is not functional! What use to take me 5 mins or less to do, now takes me an hour or more, because I have to obtain on the phone and wait to talk to someone. I tried the wage reporting line and that never works out for me either. FIX THIS APP, PLEASE! It would create things easier for everyone.
I haven't been able to use this application in 6 months. I use the number to report wages and now it says that I reporting the wages for the wrong person. That I need to call my local social security office. Well my local social security office is closed. So what do I do now??
I have been trying to sign up for active however when I obtain to the bank information the application freezes and wont go to the next screen. I contacted help almost 2 days ago and no one has gotten back to me. i also tried their help chat but no one answered me I waited 10 mins and left. very disappointing.
Recent Modernize makes it impossible to enter a valid date of birth. Even if you scroll one month at a time all the method back to 1964, the application will still not accept the date format, and there is no method to edit it. Right now it is not possible to use the application at all on an android device system. In addition to fixing the date field so the application actually works, it would be nice if the application remembered who you are so info does not have to be typed in fresh every time.
This application use to be a godsend for me because it used to work correctly 100% of the time. But with the latest modernize and change in the method you report your birthdate you now will keep an error notice saying that the format is incorrect, despite being entered in by selecting your birthday off a calender and them entering the format for you. Guess it's back to the horrible automated phone system for me where I have to race through the spelling of my latest name before it decides that it can't understand me.
The application makes you scroll through a calendar to enter birthdates. I had a hand cramp after scrolling back several decades. No option to enter numbers. Then I had to look up a number. The application created me begin over from beginning. Then at the end ot failed & sent me to website. Both physically painful and useless. Can I give it 0 stars?
They added the email reminder system that I had suggested, and the SwiftKey keyboard problem seems to be resolved now. The only issue I've had lately was the date picker, and it was fixed by removing and reinstalling the app. I think they really wish this application to be helpful, and it is.
Will not accept, has error message, very stressful when it is mandatory to report wages. Please fix as soon as possible. I have used this application a lot of times and it has worked amazing in the past. I have uninstalled and reinstalled and it still doesn't work correctly.
I started using this because my work recommend it but every time I test to use there customer service help staff sucks they take a hour to answer and disconnected me because I didn't answer in 2seconds when they can take there time I use this service because my mom was in a wreck and I need early to for some bills
As a company we've been pushing this program on our employees since before I came on as the HR Manager. I didn't feel comfortable pushing a financial product that I hadn't personally used before on my employees. I've been trying to register for over a week now and it keeps telling me it is unable to connect me and that cs will call shortly. Still no calls, still no access, the company even told our booking department that everything should be up and running. we're reconsidering this relationship.
This application sucks. You can't add a prepaid card, but theyll problem one of there own. stupid. The live chat is a computer. It does respond. It has lots of problems with issuing and paying bills. Dont waste you time just wait to payday if you can.😩😢😥
this application is the worst, i would not recommend anyone to use. they never respond ur calls the chat people only ask u what they can support u with and then never answer to your question. when u call you are on keep forever and when u finally obtain someone they tell u to send in your timesheet and your time will upload to their website in 4-6 hours. which is a lie. dont even waste your time.
Birthdates are too difficult to enter, then when I finally obtain to the end, it says, "Unable to process your request. We could not search a match for the info you entered." I call a rep, a spend the whole morning on hold, they pull it up just fine but say to go to the local office to fix it. I go waste the entire afternoon at the local office, they pull it up just fine,but say to call the call center. Government inefficiency at its best.
This application is a waste of time. I haven't had the issue of entering my birth date as I read most people are having. It won't allow me enter social security number. I can type symbols but it won't accept numbers. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling to be able to type in one number but it won't accept any others. Just symbols. Turning my phone on and off didn't work either. What is the point of the app?
Haven't able to use the application for 3 months now! It will not allow me input the social security numbers IT asks for. I hate calling in as it is time consuming and the automated system is a pain and really relied on the application to report in every month. Uninstalling. so done with this.
Really if you wish people to us this application then obtain it fix. Can obtain all but one information in and it won't allow me do it. So really not satisfied with this till you obtain it fix/big work out it. Then I might us it and or give it 5 stars
Well first was saying I wasn't me then they fixed that but the income part got all messed up. Some how they got that I created 3 times the amount I actually created and it messed everything up. It took over 2 months and almost weekly visits to the local office to obtain it finally fixed.
Useless. I have to call the center every month now. The first month the application worked but now at the end it says it can't search the info I submitted. I tried three various socials, the two who create the and the kid receiving it, and not one social and name matches what they have in their system and mind you, we've had SSI for 4 months now. SSI is awesome for families and people with a difficult path but the application sucks just as poor as sitting in the waiting rooms.
I tried several times to link my bank information and it kept saying too a lot of banks and now I'm missing 50 dollars off my check. not showing where it went too. which I'm beautiful postive this application had a hand in it. so ya are 50 dollars richer. also tried to obtain support and no one responded back.
application is amazing to use but the info takes forever to modernize then when you tey to obtain your hours uodated they give you various answers all the time. Only dome reps will check your info and if everything is there they instantly modernize and others just dont take the time and tell you oh tomorrow and the next day they tell you the same thing. Customer service is horrible
I would not, as an employee, recommend using this service. I left an employer that I used the service with and went to another employer that offered it. I had linked my direct deposit to the card when I switched employers. Instead of being able to modernize my information, to link it for early withdraw, I have been battling with their CS and IT for over a month now to obtain it updated so I don't have to wait for a fresh card and worry about an interruption in my receiving my paycheck. I Went in today because on the 4th they finally escalated to their IT, and now I have no access to my old card, no available funds, nothing but it asking me to enroll for the card. If I do not have this problem resolved I intend on filing complaints with the BBB and following up with a civil lawyer for the stress this has been causing me over simply updating my acc info and now, possibly, not having access to the acc that the will be deposited to on the 10th. The CS that works their "chat" feature are rude, have no idea what is happening, constantly close the chat when you ask a question or immediately close it after answering(if thats what you can call it being told that they can't).
The application works unbelievable but you guys need a more up to date system or something. I have to constantly send proof of payment and time sheet to obtain PayActiv updated and they still haven't updated it yet after sending my time sheet TWICE
Downloaded app, verified all information. and hold being told that I need to reverify all info all over again and I wont obtain any hours till it's done. But when I do, it tells me it's already done. So I reached out to the Customer Service Chat, and it says I've connected with an agent. It keeps showing that the messages have been viewed but no response to anything I say. Extremely disappointed. I'd give negative stars if I could.
This ap is a total waste of time an space... I learned after funds were misssing from my acc that my company does not work with them (I now know why) please thourghly investigate these apps b4 you them I may have not even tho I thought I did... Despite whatever the application will auto answer 2 this review this application is total BS an I am done.. amazing luck if you go further after reading this review remember I warned an told you so.
I've used PayActiv now for about two years, they have serviced me very well. I have required to contact them 3 or 4 times each time they were professional and kind making sure all my problems were taken care of. Also I search their services very convenient and helpful, I can't say enough about them. I would love to know what they're mission statement is! My tip is don't expect them to break out a magic wand and fix all your problems, work with them and they will do whatever it takes for you.
Have not been able to use this application for months! When I go to enter the birthday it is supposed to be month/day/year. I set it like that and hit submit then the application switches to a various format that is not accepted. Totally frustrating. I have restarted my phone countless times. I have uninstalled and Installed the application several times and no luck. Totally bites. So looks like monthly office visits for me with three children in tow. :( :(
When entering the date of birth instead of just inputting the numbers a calendar pops up. I have to literally go back to my birthday 32 years ago, one month at a time 😡. Can't imagine if I was 60! To top it off, after all that hard work, there's an error notice saying your birth date isn't in the correct format. I gave up & just reported via the telephone
The fresh calendar modernize for the mm/dd/yyyy format for the dob is showing up as an error. When I go to use the calendar because of course we don't have a choice to insert it ourselves anymore, it doesn't wish to function correctly. PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM! THANKS.
Not good modernize I attempted to go back month by month until I got to the the right month 11 79 and it still would submit. I have no time to go to wait in that long boring office to print off wages and obtain it in time so I have to take off work. This modernize is garbage.
I tried this application a few times, then it wouldn't let me to report (something about an error). I had to report and was desperate, so i reinstalled this application and it allowed me to submit. I test this application again...with my fingers crossed!! Now do not install this app!!!!!!