Book Review: My Date from Hell by Tellulah Darling

My Date From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #2)

Title: My Date From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2)
Author: Tellulah Darling
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mythology, Young Adult, Adventure, Humour
Publisher: Te Da Media
Publication Date: October 2013
Pages: 288
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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?

My Review:

Sophie Bloom never expected to be held captive by her birth father. But then again – the never thought he’d be Zeus, Greek King of the Gods. But somehow Sophie finds herself breaking free from her fedora wearing, suit clad all-powerful bio-dad. Together with Kai, son of Hades and lover of Sophie’s former self, Persephone, they must somehow work out how to uncover Persephone’s memories and stop Zeus and Hades. If only that was all – they also have to stop the teenage megalomania Bethany from taking over the world thanks to a magical tattoo’s powers and somehow fall in love with each other. I suppose it’s a good thing they also have Aphrodite helping on the romance front or not…

Sophie is one of those characters I can’t help but like. She’s smart mouthed – probably too much so as it always seems to be getting her in trouble with tenancy to talk first and reap the consequences of angry gods later – but she’s also a lot of fun. Not much can get this newly reincarnated goddess down. Not even the devilishly handsome Kai. Together they’re a match to be reckoned with – that is if they can get their hormones in control. Sophie’s friends Theo and Hannah are supportive in all the right ways but I like they also have their own stuff going on. Theo’s former beau makes an appearance (who knew there would be hipster gods?!) and Hannah finds her feet beautifully after being thrust into a world where the gods are real.

This is a great second instalment in this series. Now all the preliminary stuff is taking care of we really get into the adventure and blossoming (or should that be blooming?) relationship between the characters. Sophie is starting to get the hang of being a goddess and only has to occasionally come to terms with jealousy of her former self’s relationship with Kai – someone Sophie isn’t even sure she wants to love… but doesn’t want him not to love her. She’s delightfully confusing and I think she manages to confound herself more than she does anyone else.

I love books with an adventure/quest side and this one doesn’t disappoint. We get to see more gods and goddesses along with their powers during this book. I thought it was a great to witness Sophie’s reactions to places and people she’s met as Persephone and doesn’t recall. Getting to know Kai as she travelled was another highlight. I loved finding out that he is every bit a match for Sophie and her sarcasm.

Tellulah Darling’s writing is just as sassy and witty as in her previous books, littered with pop culture references and feisty characters. I love how many references she manages to slip in. Having a Dance Dance Revolution game having memory retrieving capabilities? Who thinks of that?! I found myself amused from cover to cover with the antics and cheeky dialogue. There is no doubt that I’ll be reading the third and final book in the Blooming Goddess trilogy. I just have to find out what happens next to Sophie and Kai!


Thanks to the author for the review copy.

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Book Review: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Title: My Ex From Hell (Blooming Goddess #1)
Author: Tellulah Darling
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Humour; Mythology; Urban Fantasy;
Publisher: Te Da Media
Publication Date: April 2013
Pages: 272
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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.


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 romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

My Review:

In the past year I’ve read a few retellings of the Persephone myth but I think My Ex From Hell would have to be my favourite.

Snarky, sneaky and oh-so sarcastic Sophie Bloom has enough drama trying to keep herself out of trouble without adding a gorgeous greek god ex without adding a past life and magical powers in to the picture. But when a prank on a mean girl goes wrong, Sophie finds herself thrown into a world she’d never believed existed.

I love Tellulah Darling’s style. She manages to write characters that I’m interested in, fabulously snarly dialogue, a plot that intrigues with many twist and turns and throws in hundreds of pop-culture references at the same time.

“Our story starts back on Mt. Olympus sixteen years ago,” he began.
“Nice try,” Hannah interrupted. “I may only know Mythology 101 but those gods predated New Kids On The Block.”

Greek Gods, magical powers and a NKOTB reference? Seriously.. I’m in love.

Sophie is one of those character that I think you’ll either hate her and her egocentric teen attitude or you’ll love her cantankerous nature. I thought she was a good character to have leading the drama and action in this book. She’s not fearless nor is she super self-sacrificing like many heroines I read about. But she’s got an element of real to her that I found endearing and enjoyable to read.

The supporting characters are an interesting bunch. Interesting in terms of I’m not quite sure what to think. Ky – the Ex that the title refers to – is a bit of a cad and his motives are murky from the start. BFFs Theo and Hannah, the chocolate to Sophie’s peanut butter, are the kind of sidekicks that every teen goddess wishes she could have. Loyal, intelligent and desperate to help Sophie’s cause – these are two that I really enjoyed reading about. And what novel set at a boarding school would be complete without the Queen B who is just as dangerous as any lord of the Underworld. I would have loved to have seen more of the mythological gods but considering the length of this book – there’s a lot going on and any more characters would probably be a little too much.

This is just the start of Sophie Bloom’s journey into goddess-hood and there is still so many unanswered questions and mysteries. I’m hooked on Tallulah’s books and will definitely be reading the second book in the series, My Date From Hell, when it comes out next year.


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Book Review: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling

Title: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tellulah Darling
Genre: New Adult; Contemporary Romance; Humour
Publisher: Te Da Media
Publication Date: October 2012
Pages: 244
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.

This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”

My Review:

At times this book was crass and crude (the title character manages to have meaningless sex in a parking lot in the first chapter) but it did have its sweet moments to balance out the sex and swearing.

Seventeen year olds Ally and Sam have been friends forever – their mothers met at a mothers group back in the day. When Ally’s boyfriend of two years dumps her for someone else she approaches Sam to help her get some game. Sam, master seducer that he is, decides that is his chance to change the world. To create a girl who has sex like a guy and makes none of the messy relationship blunders that the fairer gender is so prone to making.

Needless to say it doesn’t exactly go the way either of them were expecting.

There were a lot of things I really liked about the book. It tapped into the teen flick vibe perfectly. Ally is a She’s All That girl especially with respect to the make over… just remove the glasses give her some clothes with shape, get rid of the ponytail and she goes from eco-warrior Hipster to dazzling man-eater. Sam is a player without a cause who leaves a trail of one night stands in his wake. But he does have a redeeming quality – his life long friendship with Ally. I loved the banter between the two. And if I’ve learned anything from TV and movies it’s that if a guy is nice to kittens then he must be a good guy (so I suppose that’s another point in his favour… ). The alternating point-of-view chapters were well done – there’s minimal overlapping of events which keeps the story pace going and it was great to see the thoughts of both the characters during the novel.

Other characters in the book were fun to read too – Ally’s cousin Rachel and her boyfriend Ian who were retro college students were my favourite of the supporting characters with their advice and drama.

This book was fun to read and I thought it managed to perfectly capture the sex-crazed teen movie vibe perfectly.

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