Tuesday, April 2, 2013

REVIEW+EXCERPT: "MY EX FROM HELL" (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #1) - by Tellulah Darling

Title: My Ex From Hell
Series: (The Blooming Goddess trilogy, #1)
Author: Tellulah Darling
Publisher: Te Da Media
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Genres: YA, Mythology, Humor
Reviewed by: Books4Tomorrow
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley
My star rating: 5/5


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.


This was a fabulously awesome read! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly didn’t include laughing hysterically chapter after chapter into the early hours of the morning. I started this book before going to bed, thought I’d just read one or two chapters. Two hours later I had to force myself to stop reading as I was keeping my hubby awake with my laughter. Honestly, if you enjoy books by Janet Evanovich and Jennifer L. Armentrout, you’ll be head over heels for Tellulah Darling!

Sophie, the main character who discovers she used to be a goddess, is absolutely hilarious. Actually, almost all the characters made me laugh out loud. I don’t mean you only laugh at an antic here or there, I’m saying you laugh ALL the time while reading this book. The things that happen to this poor girl is sometimes roll-on-the-floor funny, but mostly it’s the superb, snarky dialogue and Sophie’s inner thoughts that had me in stitches. Of course there are a lot of kick-butt battle scenes as well, and a nice big fat betrayal twist at the end, but I enjoyed this story mostly because it made me laugh.

I absolutely adore the author’s easy writing style and the relaxed pacing of the story. Greek mythology galore, an original story, and imaginative world-building made it easy to immerse myself in Sophie’s world. I highly recommend this for all fans of mythology, smart-mouthed goddesses, and those who’ve always wanted a Swedish beauty queen brainiac for a best friend. This series is undoubtedly going to become a favorite with YA readers everywhere!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.




My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling has 37 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.


Hannah made herself comfortable on the floor. “What’s with the hush hush?”
“I was in the forest,” I explained. “And then these things showed up to kill me. Except I’m fine. Which is seriously weird since I should be lacking on the living front. But what’s really freaking me out?”
“This drug trip you’re still on?” she asked.
“I managed to blow the boogeymen into a zillion fragments. One second, I’m scared. Pissed off. The next, I’m the supernova of doom. I’ve never even been good at sports.”
“Huh?” Hannah was understandably confused.
And then it hit me. “Ohmigod. I’m a death machine.” I’d just killed two creatures. Yeah, I’d squashed my share of spiders and mosquitos. But these were, okay, if not human, than human-esque. Ish. Did that make me a murderer? “Theo, I don’t like this game anymore.”
Theo sighed. “It was you or them. Feel sorry for them and it’ll be the last feeling you have.”



Tellulah Darling
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.


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