Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: April 1, 2013
Format: eARC, 272 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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 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.
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.
“See, yesterday, I was plain old Sophie Bloom. My life sucked in your typical 16-year-old ways. I was stuck here at Hope Park Progressive School on probation again (“mouthy behavior”), dealing with cliquish poseurs, rampant hormones, blah blah blah.”
Let me tell you, I fell in love with Sophie and this book pretty much from the first page. I found her awkward, mischievous, charming and snarky. Her inner dialogue was hysterical. I giggled my way through the biggest part of this book. The relationships with and interactions between Sophie and her friends were perfect. The characters worked together so very well. They complemented each other wonderfully.
“Then I met a guy. I know that’s the worst cliche ever. But sadly, it’s true. And of course, me being me, he couldn’t just be any bad boy. No. He had to be Kai, son of Hades, Lord of the Underworld.”
“For someone who protested so strongly against being considered human, he did an awfully good impression of a caveman.”
Oh, Kai. I didn’t know what to think about him at first. Sure he was swoony. He’s the son of Hades, he has to be somewhat tempting. I was afraid he would wind up being a total jerk. I was very, very wrong. The more I got to know him, I found I liked him every bit as much as Sophie. The two of them together just made me smile. While they had a very unorthodox introduction to each other in this life, their chemistry and attraction was undeniable. Which, it totally should be, given their past. Sure, there were the tiny little issues of him thinking she was dead and that fact that she was just learning her true identity, but when they collided something magical happened. Or, maybe I should say something mythical. 🙂
“I’m Sophie Amalia Bloom. Longtime human, first time goddess.”
With the help of her friends Theo (Prometheus) and Hannah, Sophie navigates the crazy day-to-day life of being a goddess in high school. Either of which would have been enough of a challenge on its own. Not only does she have an arch nemesis, she’s coming to terms with her history and future, her her new goddess powers and the fact that her best friend isn’t exactly who she thought he was. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the gorgeous god she’s crushing on. The one who just might feel the same way about her as Sophie as he did when she was Persephone. What’s a girl to do?
“Who knew when I was cramming Greek mythology for my English final, I was studying the family tree?”
I’ve never had much interest in books with characters based in/from mythology. I am so very glad I made an exception and picked up this book. I adore this series. After reading some heavier books lately, this was exactly what I needed. The characters were amazing, complex and likable. The storyline was fun and dramatic and utterly unputdownable. It had the perfect mix of humor, drama and romance – just what I want in a young adult book. I’d never read one of Tellulah Darling’s books before now and I’m wondering what on Earth I was waiting for. I love her writing style. It was a breath of fresh air. Big, fuzzy hearts for her and this book!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.