Welcome to the My Ex from Hell blog tour hosted by Xpresso Reads! I’m super excited to tell you guys about this book and the giveaway, so let’s get started by introducing the author!
1. YA Novelist
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter and instructor
3. Sassy minx
Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
My Ex from Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1) by Tellulah Darling
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.
3 1/2 stars
Very few books make me laugh out loud, but this one did it. While my roommate was sleeping, no less. But I couldn’t help it. I sort of expected the sassy humor from the synopsis, but let me tell you – it gets better. Just for that reason alone, this book won me over in so many ways.
Sophie, our main character, has to take a lot of things in stride. I think the part of the book that I had the most trouble with was when Theo (aka Prometheus), Hannah (aka the human sidekick) and Sophie are all trying to figure out what to do with the newly goddess Sophie. The info dumping that takes place goes forever, and it’s a LOT. But Sophie and Hannah are just like “just keep swimming, just keep swimming,” and really take it pretty much in stride. I know that my head was starting to hurt reading that bit, so I don’t know how they managed to not drown. Still, the info got passed on really quick and then we were moving on.
Seriously, this book goes by SO FAST. Almost too fast, in places, but I won’t complain. I love fast books. This one is like THE FLASH. There is this thing happening, then this, then this, and then they’re here and then they’re there and at some points I just wanted to claw backwards and go WAIT HOW DID WE GET HERE but there wasn’t any time because MOVING ON. It was a crazy wild ride. Add in the sarcasm and sass and my head was spinning and laughing all the way through.
Another perk? The romance doesn’t take over the entire book. I thought there was a chance of that, given the blurb, but it doesn’t and that makes me SO HAPPY. Kai and Sophie are trying to figure out a very convoluted love triangle where the third is Sophie’s past goddess self that she doesn’t remember, and it could have gone quite badly. (Actually, I take issue with many plots that involve amnesia.) But, while Kai is the stereotypical bad boy who Sophie has it out for, it doesn’t go as expected. The plot is going to fast and the stakes are too high and there is just too much to do in too little time for them to really get into any cliched problems. Darling knows where the priorities are. She’s also aware that Kai and Sophie had to re-learn who each other is in order to have anything at all. HALLELUJAH.
All together, this book is one heck of a wild ride that I totally recommend for a fun, laugh filled and action packed story!
Luckily for you, I also have an INTERNATIONAL giveaway for a copy of this book! Just leave a comment below with your email and your favorite thing about Greek mythology. Just go ahead and comment!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour for other chances to win a copy of this book!
9 thoughts on “Blog Tour: “My Ex from Hell” by Tellulah Darling – Review + Giveaway!”
I love a book that makes me laugh and they always end up in my favorites list as well as the most memorable. I’ll definitely need to give this one a try! Great review! 🙂
Delighted that you hosted My Ex From Hell today. Thanks so much, Gretchen! 🙂
I like all their names – the gods and goddesses.
I love Greek mythology. The characters are so different and either great heroes, or terrible, and sometimes it takes a while to realize the difference.
I totally agree that this book is hilarious! Sophie’s snarky comments and the banter between her and Theo and Hannah is absolutely perfect.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I love how the gods defeated the titans.
I think there’s some sexual tension going on here