[Book Review] Persephone, stuck in boarding school

Book Review: My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

exfromhellI don’t always read YA books, but when I do, they usually have something to do with Greek mythology. So when I saw this book’s premise, I had to give it a read:

When, in the middle of a revenge prank, Sophie ends up kissing a handsome stranger, sparks fly and she gets flashes of a past life as a Greek goddess. Oh, and the guy she’s kissing may or may not be her ex from her time being a prisoner in Hades, the Greek underworld. Oh, and the Olympus Powers That Be may want her dead.

Just another day in boarding school.
And being set at a boarding school, this book delivers that dose of teenage drama and high-school politics. Popular bully Bethany just won’t give Sophie a break, the principle is out to get her, and Sophie’s adopted, absentee mother is quite happy to remain as absentee as possible.

Good thing for Sophie that she has her friends to count on: the snarky Theo and the gorgeous ubernerd Hannah. Then there’s bad-boy Kai who runs hot and cold and who’s also, apparently, Sophie’s soulmate from her past life.

This is one of those books where I can’t tell if it’s terrible or great. Some of the things that bothered me were also the things that made it impossible to put the book down. Everything is so over the top, but in a story about Greek gods feuding, over-the-top kinda is the modus operandi.

Sophie is a smart-talking rebel who’s suddenly saddled with a whole lot of mythological baggage and an extended family with an even more extended agenda. Flippant and headstrong, she is more happy about her newfound powers (and gorgeous flowing locks) than terrified, immediately seeing the potentially to crush her school nemesis. An idea that is, thankfully, quashed by her friends’ rule-setting that says she can’t kill humans.

And yet her larger-than-life snarkiness is also the thing that keeps the dialogue rolling and fun. I’d much rather read about a character that goes all out than one who, perhaps more in line with reality, locks herself in her bedroom and hides under the covers.

I enjoyed the romance with Kai, which was nicely ambiguous. The friendships in the story mattered. And a mystery was just starting to get unraveled when the end punched me with a cliffhanger.

Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yeah, if you’re getting this book, you better get the next one too, because that cliffhanger is a doozy.

Canary Verdict:

(A super fast read, even if you end up not liking it.)

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