Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling Review

My Ex From Hell (Book One in The Blooming Goddess Trilogy) by Tellulah Darling
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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 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 romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

 Who should not read this? Anyone looking for in depth characters, deep storylines, serious plots, tighty constructed stories. You won't find it here. But if you want some fun, you've come to the right book! Who should read this? Anyone looking for fluff, snark, and a whole lot of fun. From the very beginning, Sophie is hilarious. She is witty, snarky, and doesn't sit around doing nothing. Not her, she goes after the mean girl locking her in a bathroom and stealing her hookup. Only the plan backfires on her and her world  changes forever when it happens. I love, love, love when the Greek Gods like to stick their noses in the human world and try to destroy it. Sophie is Earth's only hope for salvation. Too bad she hasn't got a clue.

This novel isn't really anything new when it comes to the Greek Gods mixing their fingers in human affairs. There is a boarding school involved with portals to the world of the Gods. The school is warded heavily so no one with the intention of harming Sophie can enter. Creatures we've seen before, teachers turning into dangerous monsters. All things borrowing maybe a little too heavily from Rick Riordan but not so much that it hurts the story. The romance is heavy and what really sets it apart is the snarky wit and dialogue.

As I read this book, and it is laugh out loud funny, I knew there were some plot problems, but it is so much fun you can't help loving it. Sophie has a less than stellar adoptive mother who is a socialite that sent her to Hope Park Prep school from first grade. Hannah is her best friend from first grade, Theo from second grade and they know each other inside and out. So when Sophie suddenly discovers she's the human reincarnation of Persephone things get really weird. She doesn't remember her ex boyfriend or most of her life as Persephone. Sophie goes from one dangerous situation to an awkward one to another dangerous one and so on throughout the book, kind of making it up as she goes on. 

The greatest thing is that every character, Sophie, Theo, Hannah, and Kai are all snarky and the quips just keep on going. Good thing you don't have to keep count. They keep the story moving forward and the action is quick, the story never lags with the brilliant conversation. I got bogged down just a little with the Persephone story line, whether Sophie is a goddess and immortal or not, what powers she has and what it means for her and Kai. But I didn't let it trouble me too much. I'll definitely be reading the next in the series. This is a great Spring Break or Summer read! So for a fun time read My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling!!

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher for review. This in no way influenced my review. I was not compensated for my review.


  1. ah a light read....might just check it out

    great review

    Le' Grande Codex

  2. OoOO I love witty dialogue!!!! I saw it around but didn't care enough to really read it!! But,, ,I love the snark and I alaways look for something light after a bunch of heavy books!

    1. This might be the snarkiest book I have ever read!

  3. Oh sometimes I just love a book like this. Full of fluff and fun! As long as I know what I'm getting, it can be the perfect read... especially after reading some of these dark dystopians! Perfect contrast. So need to add this one to the wishlist! :) Great review!

    1. I know I was supposed to feel a sense of danger, but I really didn't. It was all fun. And of course, a kick butt heroine, you know she helps. And her ex boyfriend is a god. Lots of fun.

  4. I requested this one when I was striking out with a lot of books in hopes that a light, fun book would get me out of my book funk. Thanks for pointing out the plot problems and now I have a much better sense of what to look for when I pick this one up.

    1. Do not look for literary masterpiece. But lots of fun, fluff, almost over the top snark fest! You got it. You might have to read it in pieces. You'll love what Sophie does to the mean girl!

  5. I'm totally okay with some fluff! The characters really sound great and this sounds like a very fun book. I'm totally okay with the plot issues if I'm still having a lot of fun when I'm reading.

    1. Yeah, as long as the characters are fun, I can always overlook plot issues. They usually get worked out in another book. So I loved the characters, this was a win for me!

  6. I am much more likely to read a book that is fun and fluffy and full of snark vs. a book that is one of those hot contemporarys that rips your heart out and stomps all over it. This sounds like such a fun read and I am such a sucker for sarcasm and snark. Bring it on. I wish I had gotten this one. Sorry I have been AWOL. We are all getting over a stomach bug and it is hell catching up!

  7. I read another book by Darling and I thought it was very light and funny so I'm looking forward to check out this book too.


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