Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
Also in this series: My Date From Hell
Published by Te Da Media on 6/14/13
Genres: Fairy Tales Legends & Mythology, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
My content rating: YA ((Talk of sex, but none actually shown))
Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:
a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.
Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.
This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.
Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.
Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …
… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.
My Ex From Hell is a YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book one of this teen fantasy romance series. Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo and Juliet had it easy.
- I wasn’t totally on board with Kai and Sophie. I really wanted to love Kai (and to want Sophie to love Kai), but I just wasn’t totally there. He was a typical bad boy – the guy who sleeps around and acts all cool and mysterious – but I just didn’t get much more from him. I like my bad boys with a side of “heart of gold” and I didn’t get that from Kai. I’m still hopeful that we’ll get to know him more in the next book, though, so I can get a proper swoon on.
- Snarky humor. Sophie is one of the snarkiest characters I’ve read in a long time, and I loved her! The humor in this book reminded me a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – fun and relevant and sarcastic. Sophie gets in a lot of trouble, but she didn’t come across as unlikable (at least not to me). Instead, I totally wanted to be her friend!
- Friendship. Speaking of being Sophie’s friend, I loved the friendships in this book! Sophie’s best friend Hannah is perfect – both brainy and good looking (a combination that isn’t often found, especially in the “friend” character). She’s great fun and takes getting pulled into the world of Greek gods and goddesses remarkably well. I loved that it was Sophie and Hannah’s friendship that pulls Sophie through some difficult situations (rather than her strange relationship with Kai, which could have been the only focus). Theo is another great character – and is also an amazing friend, who obviously sacrificed a lot for Sophie (or for Persephone, depending on how you look at it). Sophie has a great support system helping her through her crazy life!
- The mythology. Okay, you’re not going to get hard-core accurate mythology from this book (Persephone’s story itself is changed up a bit – at least it seems to be thus far, but we haven’t gotten the full story yet!), but you will definitely recognize your favorite tales – with a twist! I really loved the mythology in this book and thought that it was incorporated in a fun and unique way.
You’re not really supposed to take My Ex From Hell all that seriously. Is it cutting-edge fiction? Not really. But is it great fun? Definitely!. I give it 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.
Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.