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.
<iAdd 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?
My Date from Hell takes over from where My Ex from Hell left – Sophie is a prisoner at Olympus, being drugged by her own father to reveal the location of the ritual. Not having her memory seems to work, though getting tortured by the Hades-Zeus alliance is on the cards. After somehow managing to escape and getting back (two months later), she realizes that in her absence, Bethany has managed to use her newfound popularity mojo to her advantage and is on the verge of brainwashing the world to her ideology. She has to be stopped, and the gang is not the only one who wants to do it. Things reach divine level when even Gods are invested in it and the Gods have their own power games, in which the gang get ensnared. Add to it, Sophie needs her memories back and approaches another God, Festos who is super invested in helping the gang. Amazing adventures and hilarious love-arrow effects happen, some of which don’t make sense, but are fun to read.
Since Kai and Sophie’s love is paramount to the ritual, Aphrodite has them struck with love, literally, making them almost like sappy co-dependent couples. That part was a little annoying to get past, but Theo and Hannah’s love stories made up for it. The central focus of the plot, however, is that Sophie can’t get out of her goddess-past’s shadow – which is revealed to be even more dark at the end of the book. She sees all these gods who adored Persephone and feels like she can’t live up to their expectations, being human and all that. Even her snarky exterior can’t hide her insecurities within, and Kai has his own share of baggage – which basically makes their relationship complex. They both don’t want to fall for each other, but since that ship has sailed, they make do with going on a date for the greater good. Comparing it to the earlier, the writing was a bit disappointing, the plot was sort of confusing mid-way but the romance and snark was definitely amped up. Good read, but could’ve been better had it not been focusing on Kai and Sophie being glued to each other. 3.5 stars