Book Review: ‘My Ex From Hell’ by Tellulah Darling

I have mixed feelings about this book. I mean I must have enjoyed it because it was extremely hard to put down.

What I liked:

– Sassy, smart, likeable heroine check.
– Interesting love interest, minus insta-love syndrome check.
– Greek mythology and monsters galore check.
– Great side characters check.
– Humour check.

What I found unsettling:

– This novel didn’t seem able to settle on it’s target audience. I felt like it was written for a younger YA audience eg 13-15yrs due to the writing style, but at the same time some of jokes and things referenced a younger audience wouldn’t be able to interpret.
– There was a lot of ‘telling’ at the expense of ‘showing’ the reader things, this book just didn’t feel well edited (a clumsy tense switch early on, lack of character depth or tight plot-line etc).

So, as someone in my twenties I enjoyed this title, but I think a teenager would like it more (if they could understand it all). Having said that I’m pretty sure I’ll still pick up book 2 just too see a certain god get his just desserts! Yummy. 🙂

The roundup:
A great fluffy read, lots of fun, but not a serious work of YA fiction a la Richelle Mead. Suitable for older fans of Rachel Hawkins.

This title was provided to me by Netgalley for a fair review.


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