Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Comedy
Series: Blooming Goddess Trilogy #3
Publication Date: March 20th 2014
Publisher: Te Da Media
Source: eARC Provided by Author
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?
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.
I’m getting all teary while preparing this post because this is the end of the trilogy… *sobs* Also, Happy Spring Equinox Day!
So… This book and trilogy have been a big journey for me. My Ex From Hell, the first book, was actually one of the first books I reviewed last year when I started in Goodreads. That review is horrible. Nonetheless, I’ve seen this series grow from a seed into a beautiful flower and I am so sad that it has ended, but also happy with the results. I feel unable to deliver a proper review, but here it goes anyways…
Sophie Bloom is once again in the fight against the impending gloom, now being the REAL big thing, the Spring Equinox. On said day she and Kai aka sexy prince of darkness have to do a love ritual to defeat their parents, Zeus and Hades, before they kill every single human so that Earth can be a kind of Gods-Only party club for them without the human casualties. So not on Sophie’s plan. But as the days roll in and only a week is left, Sophie starts to lose her head hearing Persephone inside her head after she got her memories, plus getting weird visions of her destroying the world. Kai is coming and going without actually talking to her about Persephone’s betrayal. And let’s not mention how mother dearest wants to kill her, again. Like Sophie says, good times. The dynamic group of humans and gods (Kai, Theo, Fee, Hannah, and Sophie) must find a way, and fast, to complete the ritual and for Team Sophie to success. Easier said than done.
The main attraction here is Sophie because she’s one heck of a character. I love her and would actually die and come back to life if she and I became real life friends. I love how she developed through this book and the whole trilogy, from being a simple-minded human of sorts to being like a goddess with humanity in her. She would sacrifice herself for others, but her instincts also kick in and in the deep parts of her she’s selfish. But she’s also kind, badass, big mouthed, passionate about those she loves, and stubborn to no end. She’s a strong heroine girls should look up to, like Katniss. Even in the face of love, the love of her life, swoony and drool worth Kai, she could keep her mind in check with her heart in a leach and think of what she had to do. Yeah, she slipped a bit sometimes, but that was okay because she quickly stood up and went straight forward. And at the end, Sophie was amazing, absolutely amazing on how she solved everything and grew confident with herself, which brings me to the next paragraph and what I loved most.
Self-love. And I’m not talking about Narcissism or being an arrogant person. No. I mean about liking every inch and space of yourself inside and outside. We live in a world where we critic everything about us, even I do sometimes unconsciously. We maybe tell ourselves we look ugly or beautiful and a lot of other things. A lot of people, boys and girls alike, dislike themselves, have self-loath and low self-esteem. In this book, by the end, (I’m trying not to spoil) Sophie comes to terms with Persephone and become as one in the sense that they love themselves, how they are, how they behave, and how the look. Because if you don’t love yourself, no one else will. Not in the same way. You have to start by loving yourself so that that same love can go to others. We have to learn to appreciate our faults and virtues for us to grow into better people and love what’s around us in a healthy way. And this book deals with that, and I loved it. What better message can we expect from a Young Adult book when others of the same genre focus on loving to death a stupid guy who’s simply not worth it?
The plot in this book was one of the best. From expected to unexpected, to I didn’t see it to KILL ME NOW AND DON’T LET ME SUFFER. Ahem. The plot was rich in surprises and in keeping the reader entertained through it. It had serious moments, but also the sassy ones the series lives up to. Seriously, this trilogy is so full of sass, and swoon too. It’s action packed, has it melting from love moments, funny, sad tears with mucus running down your face ugly ones too, and infuriating ones too. It’s all a big pack of feels. And speaking of which, by the last few chapters of when the big battle begins, I was running bicycle at home (the ones that don’t move). And while doing exercise I usually read to pass the time and not get bored. I think I made a record in how fast I went from all the tension of the book and anger I felt. I was panting like a dog from the feels and the bicycle, and wow. I’m glad I had a way to release all that because I would have exploded.
And now, the best character: ME! Okay no. Well, there was a character based on me… I had won the Sassy Girl Swoony God contest last October, having a paperback copy of My Date from Hell, a T-Shirt, and a character. I absolutely loved her and once again thank Tellulah for doing her. It was awesome <3
In general, just read the trilogy. You won’t regret it. I can say that it is one of the best trilogies I have ever read. On my top ten list of books I’d take with me on a Zombie Apocalypse even. I loved the romance, the great message, the intrigue in it, everything. I feel so sad for this ending, but also have a sense of pride over how Tellulah made this awesome story of love, friendship, family, sacrifice, and loving yourself. Greek Mythology with a twist that’ll blow your wits. Romance that’ll melt your heart and wish for a Kai, even if he’s an asshole at first, at the end he’s so perf. The dynamics between the characters. What else can I say? It was fantastic. I keep hoping against hope that there will be another trilogy with Sophie (maybe there will be). All I know is that Tellulah is one of my favorite authors and this trilogy has my whole heart in it and will read anything by Tellulah.
Just buy the books and feel my feels.
Rating: All the stars of the Universe and all its parallels
Interview with Tellulah Darling!
- It’s been a long journey of hard work since you first wrote My Ex From Hell. How do you feel about this reached goal of ending the trilogy?
It’s an immensely satisfying feeling. Especially since for me, it ended exactly as I needed it to. Or maybe more importantly, as Sophie needed it to.
- What are your plans after this?
I’m busy figuring out my new series. Each book is a self-contained romantic comedy with an overarching fantasy adventure. The world is entirely original and I’m having a ton of fun playing with all the possibilities right now. But what I can say is that it features girls who love boys, boys who love boys, magic, mayhem, villainy, and sass.
- Do you like romantic comedy movies? If so, mention one or more.
I adore them! And I hate that fact that so many are done so poorly. It’s as if because we know an HEA is coming, Hollywood feels it’s enough to have pretty leads where the female is kooky and the male has a dumb secret. Argh! I want to forget that I know what’s coming. So I’d say my favs on that would be: When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, His Girl Friday, and Strictly Ballroom.
- What’s the hardest thing you’ve made as a screenwriter? Might not be as fun as everyone thing it is.
It was definitely my feature film. We fought for every step of that movie. It was a brutal learning process but I came out stronger for having gone through it.
- What character of the Blooming Goddess would you most likely spend with in a weekend get-away to the tropics?
Festos, no question. Probably because the idea of hanging out in the sun and laughing sounds really good right now. Although I wouldn’t say no to Kai.
- What’s the best thing about writing of sassy girls and swoony boys?
Seeing them fight and fall in love. I’m just a giant sucker for that. And to me, there is no time more passionate, awkward, hilarious, and fabulous than teen love. These characters bring me a lot of joy.
- Name of the first book that just popped in your head, no cheating!
Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler. I love the book but no clue why it popped into my head.
- If you hadn’t been an author, what other career would you have pursued?
A jazz singer in the 20s. Surprisingly, it’s not the time travel that would have been the biggest obstacle. J I’m a terrible singer.
- Would you rather be a Greek Goddess or remain as a human? Why?
Ooh. Tough question. Can I have the best of both worlds? Been raised human to a certain point and then have my goddessness unveiled like Sophie did? Yeah, I want that.
.10. Anything you would like to add?
Just thank you to everyone who has embraced Sophie and her wacky gang. It’s awesome and amazing to see my stories travelling the world and connecting with readers. An incredible gift and one I deeply appreciate.
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.
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.
As a thank you for everyone who’s followed the trilogy to its end and anyone interested in joining the fun, we’re having a giveaway at Boricuan Bookworms! The prices are signed paperback copies of the first two books in the trilogy, (1) My Ex from Hell and (1) My Date from Hell, by Tellulah Darling.
You must be older than 13 years old and only enter **ONCE!** Anyone who doesn’t follow the rules will be disqualified and someone else will be chose as winner. Giveaway starts on March 20th and ends March 27th.Open INTERNATIONAL! The winner will be drawn randomly and announced through the blog as soon as possible within that week. Thanks for participating and good luck to everyone! 😀
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