Review: My Life fom Hell – Tellulah Darling

  • Title: My Life from Hell
  • Author: Tellulah Darling
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Why: Had to finish the series
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?

Good times.

Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.

It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.

Review: I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not a big fan of Young Adult. For all that there’s often a romance story woven in there, the fact that it’s a romance between hormonal, often whiny teenagers and the knowledge that there will be no sex is enough to divert me to adult romance instead.

With that said, this series has proven that there is an exception to everything. Maybe YA just needs humour and snark to make it properly readable, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series from start to finish, and this last book in the trilogy is definitely the strongest of the three.

We pick up a few weeks or months after where My Date from Hell left off, with Sophie pretty much healed from her injury and nowhere near resolving her issues with Kai, mainly the fact that she remembers she was about to betray him when she was still Persephone. They’re still crazy about each other, but Kai – in true bloke fashion – refuses to talk things out, even though they know they have a ritual to complete very soon, and the fate of the world depends on it.

I’m not going to say too much about the plot, except that it was much less messy than in My Date from Hell. No hopping back and forth all over the place and getting confused about what on earth’s happening now – instead we spend the better part of the book in Hades’ Underworld, with Sophie being trapped in Persephone’s body and experiencing what things were like back when she was still the goddess, and the goddess alone. We discover that all the gods have issues with each other, they all have hidden agendas and they all have ways in which they deliberately annoy or upset each other. Even Kai and Persephone.

I must say that that latter fact bugged me a little bit. In previous books we got glimpses of the fact that Persephone was a bit of an uptight bitch, far more concerned with her image than anything else. She had her own hidden agenda, and fully intended to use Kai to achieve it. Yet we are supposed to believe that she did love him, in her own way, and I can’t fully reconcile the two. Maybe I’ve not spent enough time with manipulative women to really know how devious they can be, I don’t know.

Aside from that, the section with Sophie-as-Persephone was very good. It’s a brilliant way of letting her look at all the gods with new eyes, and surprising them with her own differences, which drive home that she’s learned so much simply from being human.

On the downside I wasn’t too sure about the fall-out between Sophie and Hannah, and I didn’t really like how Hannah was pushed to the sidelines a bit, since she’s a fun character. Still, these are minor gripes in an otherwise very strong book, and certainly didn’t bother me enough to knock the rating down. Overall a great finish to a really fun series.

 

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