5 out of 5 Stars!! heh heh heh, like we expect anything less from this author. For reals.
Expected publication date is April 1st, 2013!!! Mark your calendars!
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.
Now because Nadia and I could not agree on who should write the review we are both doing it. Dogs and a bone. ALSO! We would like to thank the awesome Tellulah and Te Da Media for the ARC, y'all rock! And now the goods...
Me first, me first, me first!!!!
Kelsie's review (because she fights dirty and it not above acting like a five year old on a sugar rush):
SQUEEEEEEEAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! RAWR you guys I LOVE this book! So funny and filled with awesome sauce!
First you have Sophie who is a feisty little booger. She acts her age, but isn't super annoying. She has these moments of maturity that are so surprising and show so much depth and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER CHARACTER GROWTH. *heaving* Sorry. Just a little excited. Let me preface something before I continue to hardcore fangirl-it. I LOVE mythology. Especially Greek, so if you are writing about it you can bet your bottom Drachma I am going to read it. Ms. Daahhling does an awesome job with it.
After reading it I had to call Nadia, who was waiting patiently for me to catch up, bless her heart, and we jabbered on about it for a good hour. Here's a little of what we gushed about. First off, the humor is so spot on. I had plenty of LOL moments. But there is also a balance here where it tones down to be a bit more serious. Not, beat you over the head with dark emotions, because yikes, but a subtlety that you don't recognize until you are a couple pages down. It is a real talent to be able to balance these moments and transition seamlessly with them. The dialogue is flippin' fantastic. Now this could be because Ms. Daahhling is a screenwriter as well and let me say you can tell. She is dah masta. Legit in the extreme. It has such a flow that it's never stunted unless it is intended. It's also realistic which is greatly appreciated by former and current teenagers everywhere.
The characters! Holy Hades (pun intended-you'll see ;) I gots crushes on 'em all! Especially Theo. I have a special place for Theo. I want to cuddle him and spoon him and tell him everything is going to be ok. Kai on the other hand I want to shake him and kiss him and kick him in the shins. Dude is frustrating. And he does it on purpose. He is also hilarious and pulls no punches. I love his interactions with Sophie. I am intrigued by him to say the least. I cannot wait to see more of him and I kinda dread it at the same time? I haven't sorted my feelings for him out yet. Which probably has to do with Sophie! (Awesome segway, I'll take my compliments on the comments section.) Sophie, Sophie, Sophie. You are one confused sixteen year old. And you know what? That's ok! Cause you're sixteen! And you share memories with a vapid, mirror loving Goddess! Sophie is strong, a little immature, dramatic to the max, smart, and so funny I was rolling. Her life is turned upside down, which is ok since it wasn't that great to begin with thanks to FEEELIIIICIAAA (her "mom" is hell on high heels). She finds out that she is/was the Goddess Persephone, but is human. She has her powers though which is badass. She wields pollen-y plants peeps! Watch out allergics! Use the power of Claritin! Anywho! She handles everything like you would expect a sixteen yr old too. She also has moments of depth that sneak up on you and you're like whoa there Joey from Dawson's Creek, where'd you come from. What is so exciting about her is her potential. She's going to be a fun one. Then there is her awesome nerdtastic sidekick Hannah. I want a Hannah. She is pretty kick ass in the brains department and refuses to be forgotten because she is human. I am Human, hear me roar! Ya she's pretty kickass. Then there is Bethany. I have to admit it, y'all, I loved her too. She is shallow as hell and meaner than a junkyard dog, but she also is formidable. She could so easily be written off as a Regina George, but she's not and that's cool as hell.
I'm going to stop here so Nadia has stuff to say too, but I am super excited for this series. Brava Ms. Daahhling! Keep on truckin!
Nadia's review (Because she let's Kelsie think she's getting her way, when really it's what she wanted all along hehehe)
Funny Kelsie should mention that she pronounces her last name like that, cuz in my head I give it a good ol' Southern twang pronouncing it like Durlin'. Kelsie and I already had this convo, but I couldn't resist adding it in here. Anyways! Back to the review.
THIS. This is the reason we started reading YA. This is the reason we keep slogging through the crappy duds. Because every so often instead of a dud, we get an explosion. And boy did this one rock our Mythological loving world.
It was just so delightfully refreshing. No joke, afterward I felt renewed and refreshed. It completely restored my flagging faith in YA as ridiculous as that sounds. It's so easy to become cynical and bored with a genre, especially if it explodes with authors (both good and bad) as YA has. Not so with MEFH. I completely and utterly devoured this book. I even kept trying to measure it out, like a dehydrated runner with a limited supply of water, only to end up gulping it down.
I completely agree with everything Kelsie said. I don't know if this tells you something, but I literally laughed out loud. I don't think anyone other than Kelsie knows how rare this is for me. Only a handful of authors can make me do that, and Tellulah Darling just became one of them. The dialogue is so dead on. It's funny, witty, and isn't trying too hard. Perfect.
And Theo. So mysterious, brooding, and sarcastic. Still waters be runnin' deep with that kid. His closed off personality makes me want to get in his head, know everything about him, and not stop til I've figured him out. Theo's the type that would totally shove me out and tell me to Fuck Off. And I love him for it! Now, Hannah. I love Hannah. The ultimate Breaker of Stereotypes, she is not afraid to be herself. Insanely smart and loyal to death, you read it just as much for her witty dialogue. I also think she's going to play a bigger role of reminding Sophie of her human roots and keep her grounded as Sophie gets more powerful. Oh and Kai is infruriating! He acts all callous and cool, but you know deep down inside he's shit scared of losing Sophie again. No matter how he denies she's Persephone and she's a watered down version blah blah blah. He's running scared. I got you Kai. I know this is a case of caring too much. Don't get me wrong though. He's a selfish bugger, and boy can I not wait until Sophie breaks into her own and gives him the hell he deserves.
Which brings me to Sophie. She is such a wonderful heroine. She could have easily gotten caught up in this mythological world, abandon her old life, and not come back again as main characters often do. I think that's such a cop out. It's so easy to leave it behind, instead of sticking around and trying to mesh the two world's and make it work. Instead she keeps Hannah involved as much as she can, and keeps her loyalty to the humans. She doesn't dwell on the shitstorm that is her life, she just goes about trying to resolve her problems. She has so much potential and depth. Stuff that would have felled other people, she takes in stride and keeps it moving. I will say though, I think she has a huge coping mechanism of completely ignoring the stuff that emotionally hits her hard. Like her adoptive mother and real mother. That's a huge issue that only gets touched on a couple times in the book. I know it's going to play a bigger role later on in the series, but still. That type of coping mechanism is gonna come back and bite her in the ass.
What I loved most about the book was, oddly enough, Sophie and Hannah's friendship. In so many books, girls have such superficial friendships with other girls. It's almost all about the guys. OR the main character seems to be incapable of sustaining a female friendship cuz all other girls are bitches who're jealous of her beauutyy, and try to compete with her but lose everytime, so she just has close male friends cuz you know, it's like easier without the jealous bitches. End run on sentence lol. It's such a common theme, I don't understand why they do this. Just because a girl has close male friendships, doesn't make her remarkable, it just means you can't relate to your fellow female. Sisterhood and all that. Anyways back to Hannah and Sophie. It's subtle, but it plays a huge role in the book and in Sophie's life. For all intents and purposes she has no family. And yea there's Theo, but he majorly broke trust with her. Not saying she's ungrateful for what he did, but it'll take her time to go back to fully trusting him. (Also can I say that I love, love, love, that her and Theo didn't automatically become closer just cuz of their God heritage) So essentially Hannah is her family and the person she trusts most in the world. Without giving too many spoilers away, the power of their friendship even kept Sophie from getting killed. I love that.
Anyways, sorry about the gushing, but seriously this is a great read. Get out there and buy it!