Release date: March 20, 2014
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.
My Life from Hell starts a week before the ritual to take place on the Spring Equinox. Sophie is healed and training hard for the fight of her life. Her relationship with Kai is more of kissing rather than talking, since both of them are reluctant to talk about Persephone’s betrayal. Sophie is in despair and because she is the embodiment of spring, winter is still present. Add to that, she is having freakish apocalyptic visions of the ritual, which only add to her fears. Tempers run high and she keeps lashing out at people. In a twist of magic, however, she gets to step into Persephone’s shoes (literally) and learns more about her past and why the Spring wasn’t as cheerful as people thought her to be. When there, she gets to see what exactly she was measuring herself up against and how wrong she was about everything. Deeper into the God politics, she learns that even the most nefarious actions can have sincere intentions.
Writing-wise, this book left the earlier two in the dust. The plot was more defined, the story more detailed and the romance contained. It wasn’t really a light read like the earlier ones, mostly because now it was a matter of life-and-death and Sophie’s final enlightenment. The song bit was a bit cheesy, but her realization was very empowering and made up for any of her silliness earlier in the series. Mind you, it was a seventeen year old girl that had these revelations, which makes it even more beautiful, sending out a good message. All this while still not losing her spunk – making quips, drooling over the hot guys, mouthing off to Gods, etc. As for the secondary characters, we get to see more of their backstory too, and their dynamic with each other. I was pleasantly surprised to know that Festos and Kai had been BFFs once upon a time – who would’ve guessed? The ending was beautiful, uplifting and tied up all the storylines in a nice little package. It was a brilliant end to the series.
Received a copy from Te Da Media via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review