Book Review: My Ex From Hell

Book Review: My Ex From HellMy Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
Published by Te Da Media on April 1st 2013
Pages: 272
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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.

Over the years, I have read plenty of Persephone myths. Some are okay. Some I really liked. My Ex From Hell takes the cake. Surprisingly laugh out loud funny, My Ex From Hell was pure bliss, with a few hiccups mixed in.

From the first sentence, My Ex From Hell and I hit it off. Sophie was a truly unique character with more sass and spunk than I could have ever hope for. Rounding out her group are: Hannah, the beautiful Science geek, Theo, yea, I am not really sure how to describe him, and Kai, the hot brooding guy, who I still haven't made my mind up about yet. Like Sophie, I really loved our secondary characters. They added a nice balance to Sophie's constant snark. Plus with Kai, I never knew what was going to happen.

My Ex From Hell gets major points for being a laugh a minute, fast-paced read while throwing something new into the ring as far as the Persephone myth goes. I simply sat down with My Ex From Hell, and the next thing I knew, it was over. While I loved many, many aspects of the read, to be honest, I also had a few problems.

Sophie. Okay, I love your snark. Seriously, you are amazeballs. But is there anything else to you? With Sophie, first hundred pages or so of her snark were bliss. I loved her zingers against Bethany, our resident mean girl / cow (her words, not mine), but after a hundred pages, I really began to question Sophie's depth. Sure, she is loyal and will help her friends out in a jiffy, but overall, part of me really felt Sophie was a bit one dimensional. And sadly, that goes for all the characters. They all seemed a little cookie-cutter, only there to fill a specific purpose, and once that was done, they were out of the scene or the book had moved on to something else.

Final Verdict:

After reading more blah books than I can count lately, My Ex From Hell was just want I needed. A cutesy, funny read with just a touch of romance. Plus, a great twist on the Persephone myth. This one is going on my keeper shelf.

Will I read the next installment?

Yes! I think there is a lot of potiental with The Blooming Goddess series. There are still a lot of issues that need to be resolved, and I really want to know what the deal with Kai is.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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