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{March 27, 2013}   {Review} My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

15749326From 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 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.


Unfortunately, this book isn’t for me.  It’s a very interesting take on the Persephone myth, but in all honesty, I felt it moved a little too quickly and the humor was a little too forced for my tastes.  It’s a very well written story, and the plot is there, but overall, I thought that it jumped forward too fast and didn’t necessarily fill in all the gaps or feel real, as it were.  Sophie finds out the truth about her heritage alongside her best friend, and neither are really phased by the power and mythology aspect staring them in the face, and I found that to be a bit unreal.   Likewise, I wasn’t a fan of Sophie, or her ex, Kai, and seeing as they’re the main characters, that made it hard for me as a reader.  Sophie’s humor and the way she tells the story just rubbed me the wrong way, but in all honesty, I think that teen readers will really enjoy her.  While my older self found her a bit juvenile, I think teens will love her humor and biting remarks, which is why I think this novel would be a great read for younger teens.  Likewise, while Kai is not really my style, and I didn’t care for him in the least, I can see where teens would swoon and really enjoy him.  Overall, this one novel might just be a little too young for the likes of me, and that’s okay.  I personally, can only give it two and half stars, though.

2.5 stars

Te Da Media has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.


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