Title/Author: My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1) by Tellulah Darling
Publisher/Date published: Te Da Media, April 1st 2013
How I got this book: received it from the publisher through NetGalley
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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 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.
Guys, you must know by know how much I love Greek Mythology. So whenever I see a spin on the classical tales pop up I immediately get excited and NEED TO READ IT. So of course I couldn't resist giving My Ex From Hell a try!
I'll be completely honest with you and say that while My Ex From Hell is not one of my favourite retellings, it did entertain me. I mean, it took some time to get used to Sophie and her friends and their way of talking. A lot of it was Sophie's way of talking and her inner monologue. She annoyed me a bit at first, mainly because she was giving mythological creatures she came across her own name and then sticking with it and sounding stupid in the process. I don't really have a high tolerance level for stupid, so that put me off a bit. But after a while she started taking everything a bit more seriously and I started liking her more.
And I did really like the friendship between Sophie and Hannah. Hannah is awesome. She's a scientist and watches the gory animal shows that I always make the boyfriend turn off because I can't look at animals devouring other animals (I know it's natural, I just don't want to watch it). She's often the voice of reason, but has her own quirky side and I liked her.
I also like the idea behind the story, of Sophie being the human version of Persephone. And Sophie gets some kickass powers! I just wished that we'd gotten to know a little more about what exactly had been going on BEFORE. Sophie can't access her Persephone memories and there are people who KNOW and who won't tell her what happened and it was majorly frustrating! I mean, I was frustrated and I didn't get why Sophie didn't just make them sit down and tell her already. I mean, seriously, it's her past. And also: I want to know.
My Ex From Hell is a pretty lighthearted view on Greek Mythology, filled with mean girls and a love interest that I'm not sure how to feel about, but I'm guessing that's exactly how Sophie feels as well. It took me some time to get into the story, but I did end up enjoying it in the end and warming up to Sophie! It ended on a cliffhanger and I'm interested to see what will happen in the sequel!
My rating: 3 stars
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