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Estelle: My Ex from Hell by Tellulah Darling

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah DarlingMy Ex from Hell by Tellulah Darling ( web | tweet )
Book 1 in the Blooming Goodess series.
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Te Da Media
Pages: 272
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: greek mythology, boarding school, secrets
Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher (Thanks!)

Summary: Sophie is just your normal teenager trying to get through school with the bitchy head bee and her best friends. One memorable night leads to a kiss and a discovery of her past: she’s actually Goddess of Spring and the key to a struggle between the Underworld (hi Hades!) and Mt. Olympus!

I can’t be the only person who sees Greek mythology and thinks of this guy:

Hercules Hades Disney

Right?

Before I launch into one of my favorite Hercules songs, I should say that I don’t normally read paranormals. But every once in awhile I’ll crawl out of my comfortable cocoon of contemporaries and try something new. My Ex From Hell‘s title was so catchy and who couldn’t get behind a name like that? We have ALL been there.

Sophie, a ballsy teenager, known for pranks especially when it comes to the bitchiest girl at her boarding school. On the night of one of her biggest jokes yet, Sophie’s world as she knows it changes when she kisses Kai, the hottest boy she has ever seen, and she starts to see visions. Her friend, Theo, (someone she now knows she goes way back with) fills in the pieces and bam, there is it. She is actually a goddess, caught in the middle of a war between the Underworld and Mt. Olympus.

I’m always curious about the amount of time a character takes to get used to outlandish news like this. Huge! Crazy! Unbelievable and when they just sort of go with it and don’t question it all too much, my investment in the story starts to wane. Unfortunately this happened here. Darling has a great premise but the voyage into the world of the Greeks happens so fast; I felt like I was getting whiplash. (Even her best friend, Hannah, was pretty ho-hum about the news.)

It did help that Sophie was funny and quirky and for a kind of insta-love/hate plot, she and Kai had some intense chemistry. (I wanted more of them!) Every now and then, I would get caught up in the tone of the characters though. Sometimes the story felt so juvenile and then there would be a line or two injected in there about foreplay and sex and I would be like WHOA. These ARE teenagers.

Maybe it’s just a personal preference but I need a dose of reality in my fantasy. While I’m glad to have read My Ex Goes to Hell (and I think it could make an awesome Disney Channel movie), I’m not sure I’ll pick up the rest of the series.

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April 16, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Alexa Y. - Hercules has always been one of my favorite Disney films. I love Greek mythology because of it (most likely, anyway) and I enjoy the soundtrack of that film a LOT. (I’m still obsessed with Go the Distance). I even used to play the game on PS1!

Anyway. I read this book last weekend. It was pretty cute, even if I did think that the balance of contemporary and mythology could have been done better and a few things felt too rushed. My review’s coming up at some point, so there will be more detail on that there. I did like it enough to be entertained though 🙂

April 16, 2013 - 2:27 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Who put the glad in gladiator?? Love this review, Estelle.

April 14, 2013 - 6:11 am

VeganYANerds - And now I want to watch Hercules!

I really like the sound of Sophie and while I too don’t read too many non-contemps, I think this might be a book I’d like!

April 13, 2013 - 11:25 am

Estelle - I am way tempted to dig out my DVD and watch this. Zero to Heroooo.

April 13, 2013 - 11:25 am

Estelle - I’m going to have to check that out! I haven’t heard of it + there are never enough quirky characters to go around. 😉 Have a good weekend Kelly!

April 13, 2013 - 11:09 am

Kelly - I really enjoyed Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls, so I was pretty excited to see a new series from the same author. The things you liked about this – the quirky protagonist and great chemistry – are things I loved about SCIGtGG so hopefully I enjoy this one too!

April 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

Bookworm1858 - You’re not the only one-I love Hercules! It’s actually one of my favorite movies of all-time and my most favorite Disney film. I quote it all the time.

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