My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
Publication date: April 1st 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
Source: ecopy from Author
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 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 romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.
Yay! Another mythology series that I am completely loving. Mythology is something that always fascinates me and I have come to find that it is one of my very favorite subgenres in young adult books. It just seems to work so well for me. I really liked My Ex From Hell. I thought it was a unique twist on greek mythology while still remaining true to the stories and gods and goddesses. There is a war brimming between Hades and Zeus, and meanwhile Sophie was just oblivious to it all. She thought she was just a normal high school student, but she comes to find out that she is the Goddess Persephone and her soul was transferred into a human body to save it because someone tried to kill her. We don’t know who or why, and to top it all off Sophie can only remember bits and pieces of her former life as Persephone. I hadn’t seen this variation done before and I thought it was really interesting.
Sophie is a spitfire. I loved that she just would not back down; from anyone or anything. She seemed to take all the news about her new goddess status in stride, but she never fully accepted anything unless she could see it for herself. I appreciated her skepticism. Sophie has a great friend in Hannah. She was the only non “greek” at the school in her little group. Cassie and Theo and Kai all had ties to mythology. I really liked the little group dynamic Theo, Hannah and Sophie had, and I thought that the rivalry between Theo and Kai was pretty funny. It is not a love triangle though, which was refreshing. Kai is the son of Hades and he and Sophie used to be an item. I would have thought that Kai would have been a little happier to see her after all these years, but he instead he just had this super arrogant air surrounding him all the time. It was really hard to see what he was actually thinking. But those little genuine moments that he shared, or let slip out, were totally worth it.
The dialogue in My Ex From Hell was witty and snappy and extremely enjoyable. I liked the brisk pace of the story and I liked how funny the characters were. Tellulah Darling has such an inviting writing style. Once I started reading My Ex From Hell, I couldn’t put it down, and I really wished that I had the second book right away so that I could continue the story. The ending had me asking, “why!!” and I need to know what is going to happen next. This is a must read for fans of mythology.
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