Today we are excited to participate in the blog tour for My Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling. My Date From Hell is a young adult fantasy/mythology book that was released October 26, 2013.
About the Book
My Date From Hell
Pub Date: 10/26/13
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Mythology
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 inMy 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.
Don’t forget to pick up the first book in the series, My Ex From Hell, as well as a digital short (now free!) A Date of Godlike Proportions. And 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.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Can Tellulah Darling do what so many authors fail to do — write a stellar sequel that matches (or surpasses) a first book in a series? The answer is yes, yes she can. I’ve been waiting to read this book since the moment I put the first one down. I’m a sucker for a Hades/Persephone story and this is definitely one of my favorites. So why did I wait so long to pick it up? Because, I am dumb, that’s why. Sometimes the best way to read a book is to put a deadline on it.
This book starts off with a short little summary that basically gives you everything you need to know about Sophie and the first book. I’d tell you it is enough to go on if you don’t read book one, but I’d hate for you to miss out on such a great book! Seriously, that short chapter gives you so much insight into the story and Sophie’s personality.
Sophie is just the best. Tellulah Darling is a fantastic writer with whit and spunk who breathes so much life into her characters. But, Sophie is and always will be my favorite. She is just the girl I want to hang out with on a Saturday night (or any night of the week, I’m not particular).
First let’s talk logistics – obviously the writing is great. Tellulah (awesome name, don’t ya think?) just hits the high points and has this fabulous way of packing so much into a concise amount of space. It’s really refreshing to see writing like this. The pacing is great, you are dropped right into the action from the very beginning and it never lets up. The characters are just perfection (seriously, can these people exist in real life??) and the dialogue (inner and outer) is just the cherry on top of the icing of gooey goodness. They SOUND like teenagers, without losing the mythology.
I was happy that we finally started getting into the romance of things — Sophie and Kai are starting to become fond of one another and we finally get to see what is underneath his outer layer of pretentiousness. Oh and there is swooning, lots of swooning. I just love swooning. The best part is that Kai and Sophie don’t have to have sex to save the world (seriously, THAT would be a lot of pressure), but fall in love. Hah. I’m pretty sure I’d handle it just as Sophie does – with an incredulous quip and lots of attitude. This line says it all:
“The ritual is us declaring our love. Not having sex.”
“No, no, no. It’s one thing to have sex. Fleas have sex.” I was gesturing madly in agitation by this point. “Love is supposed to involve choice. You can’t force people to fall in love and then hinge saving the world on it. Who does that?”
“Get over yourself, Sophie, because like it or not, not only am I not going anywhere, I just made it my personal mission to get you to fall for me so hard, you won’t know which way is up. And I won’t need an arrow to do it!”
Sophie is dealing with being compared to “perfect Persephone”, and that’s hard folks. It was nice that she started to come into her own during this book, as well as see that her friends (and Kai!) value her for her, and not just the goddess that is buried within her.
We get some new characters in this one (Aphrodite, Festos, Pierce, etc.). I love that even the side characters have spunk and a compelling story line. Also Sophie finally meets Demeter, the mother she wondered why she had yet to meet. And of course we get an ending that is maddening, because, well… I NEED MORE. Most people want the spring equinox so they can get rid of winter. I just want it so I can have the third book in my hand.
About the Author
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.
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Now comes the fun part! Today’s giveaway is open internationally! The prizes include (1) e-book copy of My Ex From Hell & My Date from Hell. A big thanks to the author and YA Bound for this chance! Be sure to follow the directions on each entry, as they will be verified!
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