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Monday, August 25, 2014
Review: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
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. Literally. 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. Review: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So I had no idea what this book was about going into it, I just thought that the title sounded like a funny book. Once I realized that it had a Greek mythology twist I was really excited and then when it was a Hades/ Persephone retelling I was sold. I liked the storyline and how Persephone is now Sophie and how there are other descendants of the gods as well. Also I enjoyed how lots of of the myths were covered: the labyrinth, gorgeous nymphs, dragons, the oracle and lots more. My only issue was that the middle of the book was a bit slow, but it did pick up again near the ending. I'm mad at myself because I was also approved for book two from Netgalley, but I didn't have time to read it before it was archived :( Oh well I'll get my hands on it eventually. Overall, My Ex From Hell is an entertaining read and I do want to continue the series. I would recommend this novel to mythology lovers.