I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Just this once, can I give a book six stars?! Please?!
I was not the biggest fan of Kai in the first book. I liked him and everything, but I really wanted him to give in to the feelings that he had for Sophie. Well, I got more than what I wished for in this book!
Kai and Sophie have such a cute, passionate, and genuinely friendly relationship now. somehow Bethany, the resident mean girl has hooked up with the Greek god Hermes, and he has decided to use her supernatural hotness and beauty to bleed the world dry of all its money and turn everyone into her mindless slaves. Not to mention the fact that Sophie is still without all those Persephone memories that she desperately needs to save the world.
Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on who you ask, Aphrodite is willing to help Sophie regain her memories if the gang ensures that Hermes’ plan to make Bethany famous fails.
This would be when a whole lot of adventure and cuteness begins. Kai finally gets around to telling Sophie that the fate of humanity hinges on the two of them declaring their love for one another. So Aphrodite orders them to treat their mission, to find Hermes and persuade him to drop Bethany like a bad habit, as a date.
Because Kai and Sophie are a little stubborn, they get a little boost in the romance department in the form of a couple of cupids arrows, but instead of the arrows causing them to fall madly in love, it forces them to feel a constant need to be near each other.
I know that plot might sound a little cheesy, but trust me when I tell you that this book manages to be wonderfully romantic without ever resorting to melodrama or clichés.
Kai and Sophie had a genuine attraction for one another before the arrows ever came into play. That was obvious in the first book and it is even more obvious at the start of this one. After they get shot by the arrows, they are still themselves, they don’t believe that they are in love, they just REALLY want to be together. this combination enabled the author to fill the book with some extremely romantic scenes, but add some humor at the same time. They faced some very dangerous obstacles in their quest to find Hermes, but the effects of the arrows made it almost impossible to complete certain task. When Sophie’s feelings got hurt because another chick flirted with Kai, she couldn’t help but let him know and he couldn’t help but comfort her. It was both cute and hilarious to read about them battling a monster while also managing to keep their arms around each other. Lol
Sophie and Kai spent a ton of time with each other during this novel (Thankfully), but they were not alone all of the time. Sophie’s besties, Hannah and Theo were right, and a couple of new characters were seamlessly added to the group.
Despite what we have been told, Cupid is not actually a cute, pudgy baby with wings. He is in fact, a gorgeous, blond, hottie with a British accent who developes quite a crush on Hannah. Sophie also finds her snarky soul mate in Festos, a Greek god who shares a very complicated past with her other best friend Theo. They fit in perfectly with the gang, and were a source of several fits of laughter for me.
Somehow this book managed to be effortlessly romantic, tear enduringly funny, heart breakingly sad, pulse poundingly suspenseful, and “some other adjective that I can add the ‘ingly’ suffix to the end of” original. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series and had high hopes for the second instalment, but the second book blew the first one out of the water for me! My Ex from Hell got a well deserved five-star rating from me, but because I loved this book so much more, I wish I could somehow give it six stars. When I first started reading, I used to occasionally go back and reread my favorite parts, but that was very rare. Fast forward a couple of years, and I never do that anymore. No matter how much I enjoy a story, I write my initial thoughts down right after I finish it and then move on to the next book in my list. suffice it to say, I immediately went back and read over my favorite parts of this book when I finished because I enjoyed it that much.
I am not a reader who is difficult to please. I review honestly, but when it comes to ratings, it is rare that anything gets less than a three because I usually enjoy whatever I read well enough to honestly give it that score. I was like that before I started my blog, and I’m that way now. It is, however, difficult for a book to become a favorite if mine. I’ve read hundreds of books, and have maybe twenty favorites, but I am always on the lookout for a new book to join that list. Sadly nothing has measured up in the past year, and I was starting to get a little antsy. That sound that you just heard was my huge sigh of relief because after a long dry spell, I have finally found a new favorite!
This book had a heck of a cliffhanger and those don’t usually phase me. Even when I really enjoy a book, I have no problem waiting patiently for the author to finish the next instalment. My philosophy is, “There are plenty of good books that I can read in the mean time.” But I think I might lose it while I wait for the next book in this series to come out! It’s not that this cliffhanger was any worse than others that I’ve dealt with; actually, I have dealt with worse, but I love Sophie too much to have to wait a long time to continue with her story! Thank goodness the author was nice enough to ensure we didn’t have to wait too long. March needs to get here already!
I hope my intense desire to read the next book doesn’t deter anyone from reading this one now though. Sure it will be tough to wait for the next one to come out, but I’m kind of enjoying the anticipation, and thankfully I can gor back and reread all of my favorite scenes as much as I want. 😀
Because of mild language and sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.