Why did I take so long to read this book?! I am honestly sorry for judging this book by the cover, because the content was just wonderful. I’m not saying that the cover is bad. I just don’t think it’s as eye-catching as a lot of young adult novels. It’s actually prettier once you take a closer look. But I guess in a way, it was also good that I didn’t read it right away because I was able to binge read the whole series because Tellulah likes to keep us hanging.
My exposure to any form of mythology is limited so I love learning a little on it through this book. It wasn’t much of a history lesson, but it felt more memorable as I attached these gods/titans/etc. with the characters that I grew to love.
Sophie, aka Persephone, had been raised as a human throughout all 17 years of her life. She unexpectedly awakens a part of her inner goddess when the Prince of the Underworld kisses her. She finds out that there is more behind a couple of people she knows. She must also learn to control her abilities, stay alive in the midst of threat, and save the world. It doesn’t help that the said Prince can be so confusing but attractive, and may play a big role in the whole thing.
My favorite characters in this book would definitely be Sophie and her two best friends, Theo and Hannah. Sophie and Hannah practically grew up together while Theo has been with them through many years of boarding school. I personally find Sophie to be a very strong character growing up without much familial influences. She knows how to stand up for herself and fight back. But she also has her own vulnerabilities. I love Hannah for being a hot geek. I imagine her to look stunning, but she’s so nerdy that I can’t help but find her endearing. Theo’s more of a reserved character, but I could see how much he cared for his friends.
Another part of this book that I really loved was the chapter titles. Tellulah used common sayings, expressions or whatnot and changed them up a little. I personally found them amusing. Here’s an example:
Beauty is in the lie of the beholder
This first book sets up groundwork for the start of the series, but it also has a whole story of its own. I like how the identities of the characters close to Sophie were revealed. I think it really shaped up their development in the sequels.
OVERALL, My Ex From Hell is a compellingly awesome adaptation of Greek mythology with a modern twist. This book is so spectacular that it’s one of my favorite series starters ever. Tellulah Darling’s take on the characters and the story make this such a unique and hilarious read. I must warn about the cliffhanger in the ending of this book, although I wouldn’t really consider it devastating. Plus the series has been completed already so no need to wait. I recommend this to anyone who likes mythology adaptations, fantasy, humor, and a sassy female protagonist.
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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