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:

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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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Estelle’s Shelve It: 1/6/2013

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Oh howdy! And happy new year!

Sorry for the lack of v-log tonight, but it’s a busy weekend! Hope you are wrapped up in some good reading, and finding time to relax. Monday begins the first full week in awhile for most of us, I’m guessing? We will need the books to get through! Here’s what’s happening on my bookshelf.

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From NetGalley:

15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins + Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe are two books I requested from Flux Books, the publisher of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children — a book I absolutely loved from last year. So I have high hopes for these two reads. (Doesn’t Riptide remind you of Blue Crush?)

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling is actually part of a series (not normally my thing, but I didn’t know + I am willing to take the chance with a title like this one.)  Release date for this one is in April.

From used book store shopping:

Man, oh man. Discovered a small used book store near my job and the YA section is so small, I’m shocked I found anything. Especially these.

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, a book raved about by Magan.

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky, pretty much a miracle that the store had this title. I had just gotten through reading Anatomy of a Single Girl on my way to the book store + there this beauty was. (I gobbled it up in two days.) If you haven’t checked out this author, you really have to. (My review for Single Girl will be live on Wednesday, and it’s out in bookstores on Tuesday!)

All You Never Wanted by the great Adele Griffin. I really really enjoyed reading this one last year, and hey, it was 5 dollars and in perfect condition!


And in case you missed it on the blog this week:

Our official happy new year with bookish resolutions!
Review of The Julian Game by Adele Griffin.
Review of Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder.
Review of Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy.


Well, that’s it for me! Anything exciting happening with you guys? Hope you have a fantastic week! Thanks again for stopping in!