Mythology. Have I mentioned it’s my thing?
When some kids were watching Care Bears, I was glued to a children’s book of Greek Gods. And then I’d go watch Care Bears, because let’s be real, they were pretty adorable. And like the Gods, they lived in the clouds.
Tempt me with a mythology based YA book, and I’m going to be intrigued. Have Persephone be an important goddess in that book, and I’m sold.
So, I had to read The Blooming Goddess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling…and share my thoughts with you…and let y’all win a copy.
My Date From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2)
by Tellulah Darling
Blurb: 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. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book two of this teen fantasy romance series. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly.
Other Books In The Series
My Ex From Hell
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 teen 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 YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book one of this teen fantasy romance series. Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo and Juliet had it easy.
A Date of Godlike Proportions
Blurb: There’s bound to be pressure when it takes 2500 years to get to a second date. Which is exactly why Theo Rockman, a.k.a. Prometheus, would rather not go. With his best friend gravely injured and the fate of humanity still on the line, Theo has all sorts of creative excuses to avoid dating swoon-worthy god and love of his life, Hephaestus.
YA romantic comedy gets an epic mythological twist in the free (at select retailers) short story A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book 2.5). Being human hasn’t killed Theo, but this date just might.
Don’t miss My Life From Hell, releasing March 20, 2014. Which is also spring equinox and the date of Sophie’s final showdown with Zeus and Hades in the book.
Muse KJ’s Thoughts
You know how they say one kiss can change everything? For Sophie Bloom, it did. One kiss brought back buried memories, long buried memories, like of another lifetime. A lifetime where she was a Goddess. Except that lifetime is blending with this lifetime – giving her powers, attracting her crazy father who wants to kill her, attracting her ex-lover’s crazy father who wants to kill her, and oh, yeah making it necessary for her to save the world from the most powerful Gods. No big deal, right?
How to put this without sounding stupid? Aw, screw it. There is no way. His voice made me tingle and shiver and warmed me in places that definitely should not have been warm at that moment. Think of every bad romance cliche and you’re getting close. – Sophie Bloom in THE EX FROM HELL
Sophie is sassy, hilarious, and pretty realistic. We see her flaws clearly – including her hatred for Bethany, the popular girl with the school wrapped around her little finger.
My Date From Hell takes off with Sophie in… a little trouble. Reminder: when your dad is Zeus, things can go wrong. Dead wrong.
Son-of-a-bitch, he was skeet shooting his own kid.
If Gods trying to kill you isn’t bad enough, Sophie needs to retrieve her Persephone memories fast – which may mean working with Kai, the Prince of the Underworld (and God) who betrayed her. And if you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Aphrodite is bound and determined to make Sophie and Kai fall in love. Their mission to go do Aphrodite a favor so she’ll help them – just became a date. But how can Sophie love Kai, knowing she’s never going to be half the image perfect Persephone was? After all, she’s part mortal.
The characters are still a strong suit in this sequel. We have Sophie – Persephone who is spunky, determined to save her own hide + all of humanity, and still absolutely in hate with Bethany. Hannah may be mortal, but she has more wit and intelligence than the average teenager – except for when she meets Cupid, the god of love with a British accent. Theo is annoyingly straight-laced, endearingly fond of Sophie and Hannah, and just trying to keep everyone alive. Festos? This creator of evil devices is mostly just looking for the love of his own.
And there’s Kai. The God that will make you want to fan yourself, and slap him simultaneously. Don’t ask me how he pulls it off, because I don’t know. And don’t ask Sophie, because she’s determined to not fall in love with him.
As you can see from my reactions below, Kai has officially become one of my literary lustmuffins. He’s just so darn swoonable. Which makes his infuriating actions somehow all the more adorable.
I’d never treat you just like a queen. Only and always a goddess.
The Date From Hell is an exciting read – I certainly didn’t want to put it down, with action packed pacing to keep you on the toes of your feet. This is one of those reads where I only put the book down to very quickly go add the sequel to my to-read list, and then venture quickly back to these pages to giggle, snicker, and gasp when required.
About The Author: Tellulah Darling
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.
Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.
1 mobi or epub of My Ex From Hell, My Date From Hell and A Date of Godlike Proportions. Open internationally.
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