Thursday, October 03, 2013

Review: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling (and Giveaway)

From Goodreads: 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. 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 Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling was a humorous blend of contemporary and Greek mythology. Even better, the characters were likeable and there was a strong display of friendship throughout the novel.

I think Darling did a good job of creating strong female characters. I found Sophie to be snarky and amusing, and liked that Hannah was a proud geek. Although I don’t understand why there was such a focus on Hannah’s beauty (since it wasn’t really important to the story), it’s nice that Darling made an attempt to show that beauty and brains aren’t mutually exclusive.

Another thing I liked was how obvious it was that Sophie and Hannah cared about each other. They had their very own rituals as best friends, and didn’t keep secrets from the other person. For example, when Sophie found out that she was a goddess stuck in a mortal body, she told Hannah right away. At no point was Hannah kept in the dark simply for being a human. In fact, Sophie even urges Hannah to accompany her when she goes to kill Delphyne, the dragon appointed to guard the oracle of Delphi, because she knew it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Hannah to see a dragon.

Though it could have been a tad more serious at certain points, My Ex From Hell was a fun read overall. 

My Ex From Hell was released in April 2013 by Te Da Media. 

Comments About the Cover: It’s a bit too plain looking for me. 

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the author for free via Xpresso Book Tours.  

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  1. This sounds as fun as I thought it would be. Thanks for the review, Z! I need to read this one so I'm really glad you liked it!

  2. I like the sound of Hannah and Sophie's relationship. Lack of communication and secrecy can really test my patience as a reader sometimes, so I'm glad to hear you don't really get that problem with the two of them. I didn't realise this had mythology in it! You've made me quite curious about this now. Lovely review, Z! :)

  3. Thank you from one Canadian girl to another for hosting My Ex From Hell on your awesome blog today! :)

  4. Sophie sounds like my kind of gal! Thanks for being a stop on the tour, chickie!

  5. I thought this was cute and fun, but it got old for me when I hit the halfway mark. Not sure if I'll pick up the series.

  6. I do love snarky and hilarious characters but I've read quite a few Persephone books that I dont think I'll be picking this one up anytime soon.

  7. I would love to read this book!!

  8. How did I not know this book dealt with Greek mythology? Fail. This sounds like an entertaining read, and I love that Sophie doesn't keep secrets, that's always one of my pet peeves in books! Glad you enjoyed this one for the most part Z!

  9. This sounds fun! The cover isn't eye catching at all, I agree.

  10. haha, how fun! I think this is the first I've heard of this one - a blend of contemporary and Greek mythology? Love that. It's not often that I get to read humourous books, so I'm all about that.

  11. I spent so much time reading Greek mythology in Uni that I'm still extremely fons of it, although I'm a bit tired of it as well. I love when friendships, especially female, are done so well in books and I'm very curious about this one.
    Great review.


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