You Read What? Book Review: My Ex From Hell

Author: Tellulah Darling

Publisher: Te Da Media

Date Published: April 1st 2013

Format: E-book

Source: From the author for review

Synopsis:

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.

Literally.

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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 6

Cover:

My Ex From Hell

I think the cover was a little too simple. If it was one on a shelf (physical or virtual) it wouldn’t stand up against other books in terms of garnering attention.

The Writing Score:  2 out of 5

Recommendation: A MUST READ

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating:  2 out of 5

Review:

The synopsis sounded awesome and having read Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls (the author’s first book), I was excited since I really enjoyed that one.

That wasn’t the case with this book which I found to be difficult to finish. Darling’s signature humor was evident in the table of contents and the first chapter but after that, it was fell flat. The book was stuffed with pop culture references and other forms of humor that seemed to be bursting at the seams instead of adopting the “timing is everything” mantra or “less is more”. The writing felt very childish and was written as if it was by a “teenager” versus writing for teenagers.  The pacing was way off and I felt like moments were either not needed  or it wasn’t taking the time it needed to flesh out a scene (including descriptions of surroundings and characters). There was a lot of telling instead of showing which might be the reason why I wasn’t attached or felt anything for character. I related to no one or liked anyone.

This is sad given how much I enjoyed Darling’s last book. The last book was a humorous contemporary where the plot wasn’t complex since it followed the typical rom com work up. This book had too much going for it and suffered from what I liked to call “Spider-Man 3-itis”. There was too many characters and too many obstacles/villains. Essentially, the plot was too big/complex and there were places in the book that could be done without while other places needed to be expanded in more depth than in width.

The idea however is interesting and the take on the Greek mythology unique. A lot could’ve be done with it but the execution was off.

P.S.

I was really happy that this story took place in Canada (Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, British Columbia). We need more YA in Canada. 🙂

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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