"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.
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?
The YA romantic comedy, Greek mythology fireworks continue to fly in My Date From Hell. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly."
NetGalley. Thanks for the copy. (This is Part 2 of the three posts/reviews I'm writing. I receive a huge copy of all three books plus the short story in this trilogy.)
YA Greek Mythology and Paranormal, My Date From Hell starts off where My Ex From Hell leaves off. Now, the first book is so interesting and addicting that I have to read the second right away. (Thank goodness, these are all published.) So this is where I am. (Usually, I don't read the first book and jump right away into the second. I give myself some breathing room, but I can't resist this time, because of how wonderful and amazing the story is.) I would definitely recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves Greek Mythology Retellings and/or stories which are based on Greek Myths.
The family is reunited (sort of). Most readers know that the Olympians have the strangest relationship and family ever. They are... They have a lot of incest and drama and stamina and bad relationships. Zeus is Sophie's father, and he isn't exactly winning the "Best Father of the Year" title. Neither is Kai's father, Hades. But I want to mention Hades, who has a fun and sharp sense of humor.
The chemistry between Kai and Sophie skyrocks. Now that Kai has been hit by Cupid's love arrow (oh, yeah, it is a great catalyst for their romance), everything is much more hot and steamy. Their chemistry is at the height of passion, and Tellulah Darling writes their passion out very well, pulling it off wonderfully. I try not to smile whenever they look at each other.
Sophie is definitely different from the innocent (okay, not exactly innocent) human at the start of the series. Now that she has met the family and has a whole bunch of things on her plate, Sophie is on the edge of "How much can Sophie take before she snaps?" She is still the same snappy and angry girl, who, at her core, is just looking for someone to love her. Though Kai isn't exactly what she imagined, of course.
The plot starts off with a bang. After being kidnapped by her father, Zeus, Sophie is now trying to find a way to escape from Olympus. Her father is not very fatherly, and he only seeks to find the location of the ritual (complicated story here) and keep control over his domain (another long story). Anyway, the book is a crazy rollercoaster from beginning to end, and Tellulah Darling is the best. She is entirely in control, and she does pull of some great scenes with ease.
Overall, My Date From Hell has great dialogue (very wonderful pieces here, by the way), an awesome storyline, an even better romance (between Kai and Sophie, along with many other secondary characters, though I won't spoil it for any readers), and a crazy family. The Greek Mythology here takes an interesting route and would pique the interest of Percy Jackson fans. I absolutely love how Darling spins this tale. Totally amazing.
Rating: Five out of Five