Sunday, April 6, 2014

Series Review: My Date From Hell (Blooming Goddess #2) and My Life From Hell (Blooming Goddess #3) by Tellulah Darling

Sophie Bloom’s junior year has been a bit of a train wreck. After the world’s greatest kiss re-awakened Sophie’s true identity as Persephone (Goddess of Spring and Savior of Humanity), she fought her dragon-lady guidance counselor to the death, navigated mean girl Bethany’s bitchy troublemaking, and dealt with the betrayal of her backstabbing ex, Kai (sexy Prince of Darkness). You’d think a girl could catch a break.

Yeah, right.

With Zeus stepping things up, it’s vital that Sophie retrieve Persephone’s memories and discover the location of the ritual to stop Zeus and Hades. So when Aphrodite strikes a deal that can unlock Sophie’s pre-mortal past, what choice does the teen goddess have but to accept?

The mission: stop media mogul Hermes from turning Bethany into a global mega-celebrity. The catch? Aphrodite partners Sophie and Kai to work together … and treat this suicide mission as a date. Which could work out for Sophie’s plan to force Kai to admit his feelings for her–if she doesn’t kill him first.

Add to that the fact that BFF Theo’s love life and other BFF Hannah’s actual life are in Sophie’s hands, and suddenly being a teenager—even a godlike one—seems a bit like … well, hell. Whatever happened to dinner and a movie?

The YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology fireworks continue to fly in My Date From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book two of this teen fantasy romance series. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly.

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First line:
Despite the lack of clearly marked exits, I'd figured fleeing Olympus was going to be a straightforward "blow-this-joint" operation.
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Source:
ARC from author
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Rating:
4 stars out of 5
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To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?

Good times.

Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.

It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.



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First line:
Of all the Prince of Darkness' powers, his best were his bone melting super-kisses.
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Source:
ARC via Netgalley
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Rating:
4 light vines out of 5
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My Date From Hell is an excellent continuation from My Ex From Hell. Tellulah conveniently includes a summary of the main characters ("Cheat Sheet to My Life Thus Far") that you can skip if you hate the summarizing that occurs in the first few chapters, or you can read it to refresh your memory of what happened in My Ex From Hell. After that chapter, the story jumps in right where it left off. Sophie is stuck in Olympus with her father trying to kill her. After she escapes that with her life (barely), she and her gang go on a mission to remove the memory block on her mind. Aphrodite only agrees to help if Sophie and Kai go on a date. Lots of action, tons of flirting, and heaps of kissing ensue.

My Life From Hell picks up a few months after My Date From Hell ended. The very end of the book (and the series) was perfect. I got really confused in the middle though. I didn't know if Sophie was transported back in time or if it was an enchantment (it was an enchantment, fyi). My favorite part was the understanding of Persephone's life Sophie came to. She didn't find that Persephone was a spoiled girl who everybody loved like she thought. Persephone turned out to be deprived of love, or at least real love. The gods have a twisted sense of love.

Sophie is awesome. She's spunky and sassy. She won't let anybody define who she is her sharp tongue and quick temper make her a very entertaining character. The conversations her and Kai have are hilarious. Sophie does tend to make Kai out to be the bad guy most of the time. He defends himself though, and makes Sophie see his side of things. In that way, I think their relationship is perfect. Pierce and Hannah are also really cute together. I wish we got to see more of them. Sophie and Fee's interactions are awesome. Their minds are so similar it's scary ;)

The Blooming Goddess trilogy is the best Persephone retelling I've read. So go read it now. Right now. Before you forget how awesome I told you it was.

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