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.
My Ex From Hell is about Persephone (the Greek goddess) reborn in the body of a teenager who goes to a boarding school and doesn’t know about her mythical heritage.
I KNOW! I FREAKED OUT TOO!
I mean it’s basically the same as my idea for Discordia and it’s coming out on my birthday. Oh fate, how could you be so cruel?
Then I read more than three pages (see I told you it would be a theme) and learned that aside from that one sentence up there, they basically had nothing in common.
For starters, Tellulah Darling’s is actually written. And her pen name is better than mine. AND her writing is better than mine…
I kid, I kid.
I am going to need a bit of your hair though…
For an art project.
Not a voodoo doll.
I should’ve left that last bit out.
And now that I’ve written over 150 words in as many paragraphs, let me start the actual review.
Sophie starts out as a total outcast who has a long history of fighting with the popular girl and always getting in trouble for it. And does she let it get her down? No, she plans the most wonderful prank I’d ever heard. And that’s BEFORE she rediscovers her identity.
I never turned into a goddess when I was an awkward teenager.
As for her friends/ enemies/ random other characters in the novel. There’s one major mythological figure I really liked who doesn’t play into modern stories much, which is a shame really because they’re kind of badass. Another character I forgot existed in mythology and was happy to learn about. And a… you know what, I can’t tell you that. It spoils it.
I can tell you that her enemy is THAT girl and the other member of her triumvirate of friends are all kinds of awesome. I secretly hope she’ll ditch Kai and end up with Theo. Though I’ve told the internet now so I guess it’s not a secret anymore.
If there’s one thing I did not like, it was Kai. (see previous) I mean, I liked him, and I guess he’s got to get some slack for being a god and we all know those Greek gods were bags of dicks, but still. I do not enjoy a character who is in love with one person sleeping with every other person under the sun. Then rubbing it in. Then telling Sophie she’s his. God what a douche.
Especially since even with all that I still hope he’ll change and be the right guy for Sophie.
4 stars. I am eagerly awaiting My Date From Hell.
Hey, Tellulah (may I call you Tellulah?) you got chocolate in my peanut butter.