My Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: October 31, 2013
Format: eARC, 288 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Sophie Bloom’s junior year has been a bit of a train wreck. After the world’s greatest kiss re-awakened Sophie’s true identity as Persephone (Goddess of Spring and Savior of Humanity), she fought her dragon-lady guidance counselor to the death, navigated mean girl Bethany’s bitchy troublemaking, and dealt with the betrayal of her backstabbing ex, Kai (sexy Prince of Darkness). You’d think a girl could catch a break.
With Zeus stepping things up, it’s vital that Sophie retrieve Persephone’s memories and discover the location of the ritual to stop Zeus and Hades. So when Aphrodite strikes a deal that can unlock Sophie’s pre-mortal past, what choice does the teen goddess have but to accept?
The mission: stop media mogul Hermes from turning Bethany into a global mega-celebrity. The catch? Aphrodite partners Sophie and Kai to work together … and treat this suicide mission as a date. Which could work out for Sophie’s plan to force Kai to admit his feelings for her–if she doesn’t kill him first.
Add to that the fact that BFF Theo’s love life and other BFF Hannah’s actual life are in Sophie’s hands, and suddenly being a teenager—even a godlike one—seems a bit like … well, hell. Whatever happened to dinner and a movie?
The YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology fireworks continue to fly inMy Date From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book two of this teen fantasy romance series. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly.
Sophie and friends are back in the second installment of the The Blooming Goddess series and this time they have a whole new cast of mythological friends with them. Aphrodite, Zeus, Hades, Apollo, Hephaestus (Festos) and Artemis join Kyrillos (Kai), Prometheus (Theo) and our other favorites in a new story filled with the same snark, drama and romance as the first book in the series, My Ex From Hell, had. I was every bit as entranced with this story as I was the first.
“Had Kai come with a medicine label it would have read: take sparingly. Side effects may include full body tingling, inability to catch a breath due to tightening ribs, and wonkyheadedness.”
Kai is amazing in this book. He’s even more swoon-worthy than he was in the first book. His true feelings for Sophie are starting to shine through, though neither of them are quite ready to make the jump, even with Aphrodite around, flinging arrows at unsuspecting people. Sophie handles all the ups and downs, the mythological nightmare she’s facing, with the humor and attitude I have come to expect from her. There were lots of laugh out loud funny moments in this book as well.
“The ritual is us declaring our love. Not having sex.”
“No, no, no. It’s one thing to have sex. Fleas have sex.” I was gesturing madly in agitation by this point. “Love is supposed to involve choice. You can’t force people to fall in love and then hinge saving the world on it. Who does that?”
“Get over yourself, Sophie, because like it or not, not only am I not going anywhere, I just made it my personal mission to get you to fall for me so hard, you won’t know which way is up. And I won’t need an arrow to do it!”
Sophie gets some pretty disconcerting news in this book: in order to save the world, she and Kai have to admit their love for each other. She was all prepared to have sex with him in order to save the world, but love? She’s not sure she can go there. She’s not even sure she likes him. (Ok, she totally does, she’s just not ready to admit it.) But, Kai’s also keeping secrets. Who will take the jump first? Honesty when it comes to love is scary, especially when the fate of the world hinges on it.
“I, the queen of being in her head, was mindless, thoughtless, and speechless. I was overwhelmed with Kai in the best way possible.”
The plot of this book is so fantastic and action-filled, I don’t want to give anything else away. You really just have to read it for yourself. Get wrapped up in Sophie and Kai’s back and forth, the ridiculously adorable crush shared by Theo and Festos, the rise of the idol Bethany and all the godly Drama. (Yes, Drama with a capital “D.”) I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the characters and get as sucked in as I was. The story is unique and littered with pop-culture references that were just plain genius.
“Goddesses aren’t half as challenging as humans. You drive me nuts and I still can’t stay away from you.”
To say I’m anxiously awaiting the third book in this series would be a gigantic understatement. This one ended with quite a cliffhanger. Whether you like mythology or not, if you enjoy a great contemporary young adult book, you HAVE to pick this series up. You will not be disappointed. With humor and heart, Tellulah Darling knocked it out of the park again!
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.