Monday brings us to only sixteen shopping days until Christmas..... Yikes! Hope you are putting the final books on your Christmas wish lists. Today, I have an interesting and fun little read for you all. I am featuring My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling. This books brings Greek Mythology to modern day. The heroine, Sophie, is actually Peresphone reincarnated. Hades, of course, is plotting to capture her but chooses to send one of his sons, Kai, to capture her. What he doesn't count on is the two falling in love.......things go on and get difficult from there, but you will have to read the book to find out more. Tellulah stopped by today to share her thoughts on the book that changed her forever....what was the book? You might be surprised, read her post and find out. First, let me introduce Tellulah to you all since this is her first time here on Rainy Day Ramblings:
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.
Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
Want to know more about this fun and crazy gal? Stalk her on her website, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads.
Please welcome Tellulah:
The Book That Changed My Life Forever by Tellulah Darling
Weʼve all heard the stories, right? About that kid who saw Star Wars for the first time and her little mind was blown when she fell into this crazy imaginative world filled with fabulous characters who go on an incredible adventure throughout the universe, be- cause sheʼd never seen anything like it? OMG!! Squeeeeee!!! FANGIRL!!!
Hold onto that image.
I was nine. It was a fairly ordinary day, as they usually are when mindblowing things happen. I was at the library, which again, was pretty typical behavior for me. I LOOOVVVEEED the library. Loved its stillness and the sense of lose-myself possibility that existed with every book I pulled off the shelf. I still feel the same way.
So there I was, wandering around this small branch, looking for books. I had started reading at age 3 so by the time I was nine, I pretty much read anything. Mysteries that my dad left around the house, kidʼs books, classic lit, anything that struck my fancy was fair game. I donʼt remember my parents ever telling me I couldnʼt read something, so the only one making decisions of what was appropriate, was me.
I remember really clearly that I was playing with the paperback carousels. Having fun spinning one. When it stopped, I found myself facing a back cover which had two words that Iʼd never seen on a book before: Donʼt panic.
Huh? I pulled the book out and examined the title. The Hitchhikerʼs Guide to the Galaxy. Another huh. I opened the book ... and fell in love.
Iʼd read funny books before and adventure stories. But they were usually serious quests. So a tale featuring a normal guy meeting an alien actor, a depressed robot, and the most fabulous Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Universe, while tangling with Vogon Poetry and hyper-intelligent mice and having to know where his towel was? It was the single greatest story Iʼd ever read!
My head exploded in the best possible way imaginable. I spent years raving about that book. And no one knew what I was talking about. Was I insane? Had I dreamt this magical, wonderful universe? And then, in my early teens, I found The Restaurant At The End of The Universe, thereby proving that I wasnʼt crazy.
Validation was sweet. But what was even sweeter? Getting to spend time with these characters again. I never lost my love of this book. It shaped years of pop culture con- sumption and had a profound effect on my own sense of humor.
So, when I realized that my own daughter was a voracious reader girl, I waited (impa- tiently, as I always wait) until I could introduce her to the story as well. When she was nine, we sat down and read it.
Mind blown, generation the second. And in that moment, seeing the joy on her face and hearing her insistence for just one more chapter, I was so grateful that Iʼd found this book without any expectation and could present it to her in the same way. Without any hype or because of some massive marketing machine.
Just a reader, a chance encounter, and a magical story that changed a girl forever.
Very interesting pick! I remember seeing that book floating around in junior high and being curious but I never read it. I grabbed a copy when the movie came out, but I was so unimpressed with the movie. Don't you hate when a movie ruins a good book? Have you all read these books? What do you think of them?
Thanks so much to Tellulah for stopping by today, and since it is the holiday season she comes bearing a gift. Tellulah is graciously offering a chance to win a copy of My EX From Hell, and she is making it International! So please thank her in the comments. Fill out the Rafflecopter and read the Contest Policies... now Go!
Here is my review:
My Ex From Hell(Blooming Garden #1) by Tellulah Darling
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 teen 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 YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book one of this teen fantasy romance series. Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo and Juliet had it easy.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Te Da Media
Three stars: An entertaining, modernized version of an old Greek tale.
Sophie is sick and tired of always being the one who is in trouble, especially when it comes to her ongoing feud with the school's popular girl, Bethany. Bethany never gets caught and she seems to have everyone wrapped around her little finger. Sophie decides to go big by plotting a wicked revenge. Sophie intends on breaking up Bethany's little make out session scheduled for midnight on Halloween with some hot guy she just met. A little vodka, laxatives and a jimmied lock on a bathroom door ought to do the trick. Sophie will go in Bethany's place and check out this guy for herself. Little does she know that in doing so she is setting her feet on a path that will completely change her life as she knows it. What will happen to Sophie?
What I Liked:
- Books that incorporate Greek mythology into modern day are always fun, and I love seeing how authors revise the classic Greek tales for today's teens. This book brings us a new version of the tale of Persephone. Sophie is the embodiment of Persephone who was murdered in Hell sixteen years ago by an unknown assailant. Her spirit was captured and placed in a human body by Prometheus before she expired. Before she was attacked, Sophie was engaged in an elicit love affair with Kai the son of Hades. Hades sent Kai to retrieve Sophie not expecting the two to fall in love. Things definitely get complicated as you fast forward to sixteen years later and find Persephone as a naive teenager. I like that this story borrowed from the original tale and that it was also unique and different. If you are a fan of Greek mythology retellings give this book a try.
- The book is filled with plenty of humor and snark that will make you laugh and smile. I admit it did take awhile for me to get used to Sophie's sarcastic voice, and at times she is a bit over the top. However, I am not the target audience and I am certain that teens will appreciate her hilarity. I did enjoy the humor for the most part.
- I enjoyed the secondary characters, Hannah and Simon, Sophie's two best friends. Simon is the reincarnation of Prometheus, and he has taken it upon himself to watch out for and protect Sophie. He is smart and kind despite his tragic past. I like that he has overcome his past even though it still haunts him. Hannah is a beautiful geek who proves that brains and beauty can go together. She is the brains behind the trio, and I think she was my favorite of all the characters.
- The world building was well done and I had no problems picturing the school or the confines of Hell. The boarding school setting was fun, and I know that there are many readers out there that enjoy a boarding school setting.
- Normally I am not a fan of mean girls, but I found that I actually enjoyed the banter and the plotting between Sophie and Bethany. Bethany is the typical popular girl who rules the school and can do no wrong, but when the adults aren't looking she is cruel and calculating. I liked that Sophie stuck it to her, and yet Sophie does the right thing when Bethany is in danger. Their wicked banter and interactions were a highlight for me.
And The Not So Much:
- The pacing of the story moves incredibly quick at times and this doesn't allow for things to be fully fleshed out and explained. I think slowing the story down and taking time to detail and explain further would greatly enhance the read. The whole plot with the dragon/guidance counselor was a bit weak because of the speed.
- Kai's character was underdeveloped. I kept waiting for further revelations regarding his past and his intentions, but he remains a mystery. He is introduced as this sexy, powerful son of Hades and I was expecting big things from him, but instead he is a fizzle and a flop. I especially wanted more on his relationship with Persephone.
- I was frustrated that so many things were left unanswered, especially when it comes to Persephone's life and her demise. I was expecting to get some exciting answers by the end, and instead I got nothing but a dreaded cliffhanger. So frustrating! At least, the second book is out so I don't have to wait.
My Ex From Hell was a fresh and entertaining modernized version of the Greek mythological tale of Persephone. This is a book that brings Persephone to modern day with some originality, spunk and snark. If you are one who enjoys Greek mythology retellings and lots of humor, give this little book a try.
"How would big boobs help you save humankind? Unless you're planning to poke out Hades' eye with your diamond hard nips."
"I even stayed focused, only taking the occasional thousand glances or so out the window."
"Because when you've been around forever, you have to find something outside yourself to believe in or go mad. I believe in humanity. I believe in you."
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.