Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:
a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.
Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.
This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.
Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.
Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …
… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.
All hail, Sophie Bloom, Goddess of Spring and Sass! Really, the best thing in this book was the main character – it has been such a long time since I found a girl who has had oodles of humor and snark. I think the last one was Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall – and I just realized the similarities in their characters! Anyhoo, the story goes like this – Sophie is Persephone trapped in a human body, awakened by the kiss of her (Persephone’s) love, Kyrillos – the son of Hades. Nice twist on the myth there, miss author! But just because they loved each other in her other life doesn’t mean they do in this one, and Kai being a big jerk just complicates things. Theo, her childhood friend turns out to be a Titan who was watching over her all this time. They are my OTP – as friends, of course – because the snark between them has sparks! Add in Hannah, a nerd hottie and Bethany, the popular bitchy girl – and this book is a bundle of laughs.
Sophie’s awakening triggers things around her, and people are starting to get erased. Doubt goes on the two people who came to her boarding school around that time but evidence points to their new guidance counselor. But then there are also these flashes of Persephone’s life and she realizes she was not exactly the frolicking maiden she thought Persephone was. Some dragon-hunting and damsel-saving ensues along with a lot of humorous Sophie monologues. The romance, was well – I am not convinced that Kai is likeable and even Sophie is not. If it is a mask, there can be a consideration, but until then I am more interested in the mystery surrounding her death, her destiny and the clown sharing her brain. This book is a light-hearted fun with Greek mythology thrown in and perfect as a holiday read. Just made my weekend better!