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An Obscure Magic series, book 1.Forced into a one-week ride along with agents of the XIA, Benny tries to hide the fact that she isn’t quite human.Benny has lived her life in the shadows, avoiding the public eye. Her life as a recipe blogger pays the bills and lets her socialise, but she is about to get the assignment of a lifetime.Her boss orders her into a one-week ride-aAn Obscure Magic series, book 1.Forced into a one-week ride along with agents of the XIA, Benny tries to hide the fact that she isn’t quite human.Benny has lived her life in the shadows, avoiding the public eye. Her life as a recipe blogger pays the bills and lets her socialise, but she is about to get the assignment of a lifetime.Her boss orders her into a one-week ride-along with agents of the XIA, the eXtranormal Investigation Agency. It is the anniversary of the agency, and they need to improve their exposure with the general public.Against her objections, she is paired with a standard set of agents—a vampire, a shifter and a fey. They are willing to work with her, and it is only when she signs the waivers that she learns why. They all read her column.A week doesn’t seem like much time to learn about an organisation that deals with things most folk don’t enjoy thinking about, but it whips past when the assignments go from casual crime to murders that have one pivot point. Benny....

Title : One Part Human
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ISBN : 9781987969009
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 113 Pages
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One Part Human Reviews

  • namericanwordcat
    2018-11-16 10:35

    I enjoyed this new world from Viola Grace with a great heroine with many cool skills.It is a silly start. A food blogger would not be asked to go on a ride along. I am not sure why Grace did this. However, the mystery is good.The romance is pretty thin in this first installment and this is a serial. Bleh. Serial. However, all the paranormal races are fun and the action is fun.The heroine has great parents and friends but the heroes are barely developed. So, this book is a see saw of good and bad but I liked it enough to buy other books in the series.

  • Bookish
    2018-11-28 06:21

    I don't know who these people are giving this book five stars, but let's just say they have an amazingly tolerant ear for sentences. My first reaction on getting into this book was to wonder if it had been written a) originally in some other language and translated by Google Interpreter or something b) written by a computer c) written by aliens studying the stuff NASA has sent out. Everything seems artificial and plastic, like actual human beings are a strange and unfamiliar thing to this author. Her dialogs lack any contractions whatsoever. "Argyle smiled slowly. 'If you are ready, we will go.' Smith moved around and opened her door for her. 'I have been ready to go for an hour.'" It's all so robotic, humorless, and lacking in any human insight or warmth that I really couldn't understand what the author intended. Or what species the author was. Or how she got through high school. I had to stop reading about 40% of the way in. It was unreadable blather.

  • Sandra
    2018-12-05 05:30

    I love Viola Grace/Zenina Masters' writing. That said, she has upped her skills in this new series, and I'm delighted that she has.Benny Ganger is a bitzer in a most delightful way. She has many different supernatural ancestors but looks human. She has been leading a human life working for the local newspaper and writing a cooking blog.Forced into a ride-along with XIA, supernatural law-enforcement, her ancestry comes out when young women's bodies turn up without souls or blood. Her XIA team consists of a vampire, a fey and a lion shifter. All of them are very interested in her. Of course.We have a delightful array of supernaturals including demons, ghosts, succubi, trolls as well as the aforementioned supes. And killer tacos.Really, really looking forward to the next instalment and delighted that Viola is planning a long series.

  • Mara
    2018-12-14 12:48

    This is a note to myself. It's not, nor is intended as, a review. Nope, no way. If I have to judge from these few pages, it's going to be a disaster. A food blogger is called to write an investigative piece for a newspaper. Yeah. Solid. She's hiding as human, but acts as other. Very solid.Cheesy doesn't cover the dialogue, plus it's 5 bucks for a hundred pages...Thank you, but no.

  • Sonia189
    2018-11-21 13:47

    I surprisingly liked this one and had no expectations. This is sort of urban fantasy but what I liked best were the characters. There are flaws but the simplicity of the story has to have some points.I'm intrigued enough about the whole paranormal society and all the species included to read the next one one day.

  • Lara
    2018-12-07 10:43

    I started this book thinking it would be a longer short story, as most of Grace's books are. After a few chapters I realized that it was much monger, but was having such a good time I didn't care. The heroine is a journalist who has some magical power. Some time before a magical event occurred and there are now various magical beings. Some of these beings cause problems, so there is a special police force that was put into place to keep the order. Our heroine, Benny, has had her own reasons to stay away from them, but is now assigned to shadow one of their teams for a week as part of the 50th anniversary of the organization's founding.Benny (and there are a lot of women using men's nicknames) has a good sense of humor and doesn't scare easily. I really liked her and her attitude. As the story moves along we realize that there are many secrets and her life has been pretty complicated. However, those secrets are laid out bit by bit.One of the things I enjoyed is the relationship she develops with the, variously hot and gorgeous, men she follows. She clearly experienced some traumatic events in her youth and has developed to be self-confident and has a loving and supportive family. Despite being surrounded by gorgeous men who start to flirt with her, she keeps her cool. That is another thing I enjoyed. Despite the opportunity, and the ability to easily make opportunity, she stays focused on what is important rather than indulge herself. She keeps her desires under wraps. I was soooo glad to have that happen. I am tired of characters who need to stay alert being overwhelmed by their lust in the middle of hunting or hiding out. While the book ends on a wrapped up note, there is clearly more going on in Benny's life that will, hopefully!, require additional books.

  • Jennifer Hanssen
    2018-11-29 05:39

    Another gem from Viola Grace.This is book one of her new series, An Obscure Magic, and I already can't wait for the next book!Benny, a journalist with a food blog, is assigned to ride along with an XIA team for the week to write an article on the XIA agency as she is the only journalist who can pass as human.During her week with the three agents, her secrets are revealed, a dark evil threatens her existence, and she develops an attraction to all three agents.Journey into the imagination of Viola Grace to see if they can thwart evil, if the agents can accept Benny's secrets, and whether Benny will choose the shifter, vampire, or fey agent...or does a choice even need to be made.

  • Coyora Dokusho
    2018-11-22 07:20

    Well, I liked it! Insta-love and all. ... Seriously insta-love. The world-building was more in depth than usual and I really appreciated that, but then there came a point where it felt like she just gave up and just started chucking everything at us because the END WAS COMING!! The only character that got developed was the MC... and the parents. Apparently the love-interests are not.important. Still, enjoyed it and will read more.

  • Andrea Jackson
    2018-12-08 13:21

    Pretty cover, poorly written.

  • AE
    2018-12-11 06:24

    By the end of chapter 9, it became blatantly obvious this was a book not published by an indie publishing company. I'm totally OK with an indie author self-pub'ing all the way, but at one point in chapter 4, I was like, is this really going to possibly go (view spoiler)[menage a trios (hide spoiler)]?? Is she really going have this great secret (view spoiler)[that she reveals so casually by chapter 9 (hide spoiler)]??Honestly, is she really in all that much danger? Isn't she just (view spoiler)[a wee bit too powerful, perfect pixie dream girl for all men capable of defending herself, eating great quantities of food and being a sexy singing good cook, really (hide spoiler)]?Sigh. I'm going to continue, but just lower my expectations here. Sighhhhh. Why does she have to be such an uber special snowflake? Why the I can't tell anyone my secrets (view spoiler)[but hey here are my obvious secrets dangerous attractive men in the XIA (hide spoiler)].All right. I'm just going to say it like it is. This book would have probably been pretty good if it had just gone erotica. Otherwise, not very good at all.

  • Hayley
    2018-11-26 13:44

    What the hell?I like Viola Grace stories - they're usually short and sweet and so I was excited to start reading this full length novel. But honestly, I didn't get to far into it before I dropped it in my DNF pile. It's just so bad!? I don't understand. It's stilted and robotic and so weak - Ms. Grace should still to short stories!

  • Tracy
    2018-11-17 12:22

    This was a train wreck. The writing was cold and emotionless. I felt like I was reading an instruction manual. There was no feeling what so ever. Words on paper nothing more or less. I can't believe people spent 5 bucks on such a short an awful ebook - and they rave about it giving it 5 stars. I'm not sure we all had the same book

  • Melanie
    2018-11-20 10:48

    3.5 stars. It looks like this is going to be a good series, it's just a pity that it's only about 100 pages long. However, there's a lot packed into this book and all of it is interesting. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next.

  • Lburt
    2018-12-08 10:25

    DNF! So this book is just well boring to say the least, maybe it would have picked up but half way though and nothing is happening. Plus Benny is just too prefect. She barely flicks her wrist and is solving huge problems left and right that the so called professionals can't figure out. Ugh!

  • R *is for Relentless*
    2018-11-24 13:29

    mfmm polyamorous. good story, probably would have rated it higher if the three parts of the story had been marketed as one complete book. Not technically a serial because there was an "ending".I liked the characters and the premise of the story. BTW I did buy all three books in the series.

  • Simone
    2018-12-09 12:35

    This book was too much, the main character has all the powers because she is part every supernatural being that ever existed, three love interests, one of each kind and what it doesn't have it's a plot. I'll give 2 stars just because I finish it.

  • Theda Joffe
    2018-12-02 12:44

    Really enjoyedReally enjoyed this book . Characters are fun, intelligent and I am looking forward to reading more in the series.

  • Vannessa
    2018-11-22 13:30

    I actually really enjoyed reading this book. It was my first time reading anything by this author and loved the idea of the multi-raced woman, part human, lots of parts of other creatures and beings. Benny has been living her life mostly as a human; her looks ensures she only needs a little glamour to hide what she really is. She works as a journalist and blog writer and seeing as she looks the most human is assigned to working with the XIA, the eXtranormal Investigation Agency, to celebrate their anniversary. She follows a team of three, a lion shifter, a vampire and a fey and eventually joins in to help them solve supernatural crimes and situations. They have no idea what she is, but they have a feeling that she is not completely human. Only when a girl is killed, drained of blood but with no wounds and her soul missing, does Benny need a bit of extra help from her parents. Parents, who are nowhere near human and end up shocking the XIA agents a bit! Turns out Benny is in a lot of danger and together the team have to work out how to stop her from ending up with the same fate as the girl they found! Definitely going to be a series I will read more of!

  • Laurie Stewart
    2018-11-17 06:38

    I thought this book was seriously fun!The magic is interesting, the characters fleshed out enough to be interesting but leaving some room for more books to reveal more. I've read several in this series, and it's a cool idea to have each book about a different community member, with the others as supporting characters in each other's books.THe length is a little short, she could have fleshed out some scenes, or added more to fill out a few more pages, but I still loved it enough to get 4 more in the series right away.

  • Angel Ludwig
    2018-12-14 09:35

    Interesting worldAuthor has a tendency to overload her heroes / main characters with powers, but the world and story are entertaining enough to keep me reading. Though I do wish she'd take a punctuation refresher (Otherwise, the editing is pretty good).

  • Brandi
    2018-11-27 12:46

    Great story.I enjoyed this story. I can't wait to see what happens next. The plot and romance kept me invested in the story. I would recommend reading this book.

  • Jillian
    2018-11-19 09:27

    I was misled about this book. I'm not sure if it was the cover or the description, but for some reason I really though the protagonist was some kind of cyborg/humany being and that the agency she was shadowing were policing unauthorized cyborg populations. I don't know where I got turned around. Anyway, I was wrong. It didn't affect my opinion of the book, it just made it a bit harder to follow at first.Benny has an interesting family tree, combining many species culminating in her. Because of her heritage she has a unique set of powers that she tries to keep restrained. She looks human and lives a mostly human life as a journalist. Her boss assigns her to work with a group of XIA agents, whose purpose is to patrol magical beings and prevent violence and/or species-related-issues. As she works along side three very hunky men, they begin to discover that she is more than she appears.This book was fine. It wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. There is literally NO world building. I have no idea where this takes place or what kind of dimension they live in. Is it the future? Is it a fantastical world? Is it a planet in a different solar system? No clue! I know that there are a lot of magical beings, very Men in Black, but without the clear setting. I sometimes wondered if I had missed a prequel or something. The information was provided so sporadically and without clear descriptions that I was rereading passages several times to keep up, particularly when discussing her family. I understand that some authors try to slowly give information in order to build some suspense or avoid information-vomit. However, this was not done elegantly here.The dialogue was a little stilted, but conveyed the point. (view spoiler)[ This is obviously leading to a reverse harem type of fantasy, where Benny will take all three men as lovers. I'm still unsure about whether the author will turn it into an erotica style or lean towards paranormal.(hide spoiler)] I did like the team of agents and I actually liked Benny, as well. Her family life was interesting and I liked the side characters. It was the overall story that left room for improvement. It was a bit jumbled, hard to follow at times, and had no backstory or depth. It was a really fast read and unfortunately not worth the $5 I spent. I don't mean I hated it, I just think based upon the size, quality, and simplicity it should be a .99 deal if anything.

  • Beatrice
    2018-11-24 10:47

    3,5

  • Mary B. Grove
    2018-11-25 09:36

    not consistent or believablePros - interesting magic and family, wild magical and supernatural race mix. Cons - 1. incredibly stilted dialogue. The reviewer who said 'normal people use contractions' was absolutely right. Some of the dialogue sounded like it was translated from German, or some other much more formal tongue, and given the subject matter, the overly formal speech was especially grating.2. The insta-relationships. The immediate sexual teasing, seductive behavior between the 4 leads was ungrounded in anything. No explanation of differing race sexualities, no talk of Benny's heritages, no reason why these professionals would immediately start flirting with her. It gets explained (sort-of) later, but makes no sense at first.3. One of the first things we're told about Benny is that she's had to hide what she is her whole life, so the ridealong with the XIA agents is terribly dangerous for her. Okay, that makes sense, except that the author immediately has Benny contradicting herself. One moment she's afraid of being exposed, the next she's spilling everything to these XIA people and bringing them to meet her parents and family. So why all the initial angst about Benny being outed? What makes this fear even less believable is that everyone else in her family is now saying, "We desperately needed to hide you before, but now you've got no choice but to deal with everyone finding out, and it will be good for you, so don't worry." Even more inconsistently, despite the big fuss she made at the beginning of the book, Benny now seems completely unconcerned that so many people know her secrets. Sorry, but having lived in hiding all her life, a person can't just flip a switch and turn all that habitual caution off....yet Benny seems to do just that. It makes no sense and neither does too much else in this story. So far it seems like a pastiche written more perhaps for the magic and sexual pairings than to carry the plot of the story.

  • Joseph
    2018-11-23 05:18

    I'm confused by this book. Not in a "I don't get the plot" kind of way, because that's very easy to follow. It's everything else. (view spoiler)[So you have this protagonist who's a news paper reporter/food blogger? Or something. And she gets assigned to do a ride along with supernormal cops, because of course when you want someone to ride along with cops, you send your food blogger. Not, say, a journalist who specializes in...stories involving people. At all. Of any type. And she's got some deep dark secret that she has to hide from the world, because she's posing as a human! Only she's not, at all, in any real capacity. Her dad looks like a demon. And nothing she's doing is illegal...at all. The only reason she gets in trouble when she's forced to out herself is by using her "demonic powers" to warp the wills of the cops shes' riding with. Which, at the end? Totally ok! And there's an exemption so she can hook up with them! All of them! And they're super down for it, because hey, reasons (hide spoiler)]How on earth did this get 3.6 stars? The writing is stilted at best, the logic is damn near non existent, and there isn't any sex. If it followed through on the heat that this book tries to sell, I could see it selling as porn, but it doesn't even have that going for it.

  • Tricia
    2018-12-07 11:44

    One Part Human has its pros and cons for me. Pros: The family is freaking awesome, the ending reminds me of a scene from Mulan, which is hilarious, the magic is cool, and the plot is too.Cons: The way Benny suddenly spilled everything without even breaking a drop of sweat. Umm... what? I get that there is some kind of insta-flirt/love thing with all THREE agents. By the way, these agents do not seem that professional in this sense -- I was hoping for something along the lines of "Hitman" bad asses, but got something else. But I guess even the "extranatural" (I do like this term) got to goof off and be normal most days. Yet she doesn't mind that several people outside of the trio find out, and she does it kind of accidental like, or is it on purpose, I couldn't tell. Later it seems like it's on purpose though. She wasn't nervous at all about "spilling the beans". This story reads like a comic book, the dialogue is ... good, but something is off about it. I don't know. It seems kind of too ... I dunno too something. I do like this book, enough to read the second one, but if it focuses on the insta/love between the three agents, I probably am going to drop it. If it is it better be marked as erotica instead, and I hope the dialogue sounds more natural.

  • Valerie
    2018-11-16 11:33

    I was sad that one of my favorite (auto buy) authors was cutting back on books that I had looked forward to getting on the 1st and 15th of every month to write a new series. I should not have been. This new world made me remember what started my love of Viola Grace/Zenina Masters books. She has written literally hundreds of books and I enjoy all her series, but her Nexus series was what really got me hooked. The first story in the new series "Under His Claw" is actually a short (big surprise) written for another series "Alphas" that do not share the same world, are multi-author and Zora and Regick only make a brief appearance in "One Part Human". It is so great to get a longer book finally with real character development that doesn't feel as rushed as her other series are feeling these days. I love all her series, but the endings especially have been feeling more abrupt lately. I can see why...she is really feeling this new world and the people in it.Benny who is only one part human is a great character to expand on, and with three possible mates of different species I can see this new world expanding nicely.Cannot wait for the 'Two Parts Demon" to come out and play next.

  • A
    2018-12-01 09:19

    Benny is a recipe blogger who is tasked with riding along with three agents of the XIA, the eXtranormal Investigation Agency. It is the anniversary of the agency, and they need to improve their exposure with the general public.These are the male protagonists of this story —a vampire, a shifter and a fey. The book progresses rapidly as it becomes apparent that someone is targeting Benny due to her unique blend of ancestry that has resulted in her containing a hotchpotch of magical skills. This book is actually the second in what seems to be a new series penned by Ms Grace. I think I have read most of this authors works but I must admit that her style can be a bit grating at times as the reader is often left with a feeling that some part of the emotional development of the book has passed by unnoticed. Often the female protagonist is a know it all with a slightly irritating smug attitude, as is the case in this book. There is very little development of feelings between the h and the three H; suddenly they seem to accept that they are in a relationship. Saying that, I still come back to the next offerings of this author month after month and I will most probably come back and read the next in this series. I much prefer this style of cover BTW.

  • Jonel Boyko
    2018-12-04 08:38

    Grace is one of those authors who makes a story fun and entertaining while also creating an in-depth story that will keep you hooked to the pages from cover to cover. Her vivid descriptions bring this novel to life in an unparalleled manner. The world building allowed me to walk alongside the characters as the exciting plot unfolded. The characters that Grace has created for this story are fantastically developed and so very real. I love the differences in personalities, yet how the team meshed together seamlessly. I won’t say to much about them as it will spoil the story for other readers, but take it from me, this cast definitely made the tale shine.This story may have been short and sweet but it was well worth reading. Grace’s seamless writing and intrinsically entertaining world building has created something that must be read and that launches this series with a flair that won’t soon be forgotten.

  • MJ
    2018-11-28 05:35

    Even though I mostly enjoyed this book, it was too short. Lots of parts of the story happened as if more had happened among the characters. There's a girl, Benny, who is a very special snowflake. She has this illustrious, impossible family tree (with one of everything in it) but goes by as a recipe reporter. She is sent on a ride along with paranormal police officers. It was actually only a few days, but the three officers are already endeared to the girl and she, who is not supposed to let on about her lineage, easily lets two of the guys lick/suck her blood. She blabs everything and their three day relationship reads like a two book relationship. The fantasy on fantasy aside, it was fun enough to read, but I won't be continuing the series since I think it's going to go deeper into the three dudes with one girl, special powers, blah blah.