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Book Review: My Ex From Hell By Tellulah Darling

Book Review: My Ex From Hell By Tellulah Darling

Title: My Ex From Hell. (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1)
Author: Tellulah Darling
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Greek Mythology,
Publisher: Te Da Media
Publication Date: April 1st 2013
Goodreads Summary: 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.

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 romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

My Ex From Hell Review

I don’t think I’ve ever read the synopsis of a book and felt so excited. I absolutely love books that have anything to do with Greek mythology and this book was no exception.

Actually, I liked this book a lot more than other mythology books because it didn’t seem to stray too far away from the original stories and there weren’t too many made up characters. By that, I mean that the families ties were mostly correct and the story was written in such a way that you could believe that this really was based on an ancient myth. Of course, the character Kai (or Kyrillos), son of Hades, was a made up character but he’s sounds like a seriously hot God so who cares.

I actually learnt quite a lot about Greek mythology from this book, like who’s related to who, who’s the God of what and what everyone’s job is, so you could even class this as a semi-educational read.

I think the book summary of My Ex From Hell (above) does a really good job of capturing Sophie’s (the protagonist) personality and gives you a great insight into the book so there’s no need for me to summarise the plot.

The entire book is written from the point of view of Sophie and it’s just so easy to like her. She’s funny and brave and it feels like a real person is telling you the story (if that makes sense). Lots of YA authors are good at portraying the teenage mind but very few of them get it spot on. Well, Tellulah Darling has. I alternated between laughing, feeling some serious butterflies and rolling around in a ball in frustration. 

Although the romance plays a fairly substantial part in My Ex From Hell, it isn’t really the main focus, which allows the characters of Hannah and Theo, Sophie’s best friends, to have more of an active role. I absolutely loved Hannah, she just sounded like such an awesome person and right now I’m not sure which emotion is stronger: the desire to be best friends with her, or the desire to be her.

I didn’t like the character Bethany, Queen-B and mean girl, though I suppose that’s the point. However, what I did like, was the way that she was written. I felt like she was quite an authentic b****, who wasn’t totally OTT, which made me kinda fear and hate her at the same time. The baddie is so well written and Bethany has a presence that really gets under your skin.

I actually found Kai’s character a little confusing. I mean, he’s hot. Like super hot. Like super-God-hot. But his character wasn’t featured as much as I would’ve liked. It’s also pretty hard to figure out what his intentions are, especially at the climax of the book but I suppose we’ll find out more in the sequels. In the meantime you can tide yourself over with brain images of a sexy, bad-ass, flirty, player of a God (who’s also an amazing kisser).

Something else that was a little hard to get my head around was the idea of Persephone and Sophie as two separate people, and yet the same person. You’ll have to read the book to understand what I mean! Although Persephone’s dying soul was moved into Sophie’s body, they’re two separate people. Well actually it’s more like Sophie is her own person but ever since her memories were re-awakened  bits of Persephone have started to filter through. 

My Ex From Hell ended on such a good cliffhanger, I am now desperate to read the rest of this series! This is story is just everything that you could possibly want from a YA book and I highly recommend it!

I’m also loving the look of Tellulah Darling’s other book: ‘Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls’ which looks exactly like my kind of book!

Thanks to Te Da Media for this ARC.

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2 Comments

  1. kimbacaffeinate
    4th January 2013 / 10:48 PM

    This sounds delightful and I adore mythology. The characters sound amazing as does the plot. Awesome review!

  2. Chanpreet
    21st September 2014 / 12:28 AM

    I have this book on my reading list. I really want to pick it up next, but I'm in the middle of two books already. Great review!

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