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.
When I started reading this book, I was not in the best of moods. I was tired, sore, and had a massive headache. Reading this book at that time was a huge mistake on my part. I thought this was going to be a cute light read, and it was, but nobody warned me about how funny it was going to be. I was laughing so hard that headache just kept getting worse, but I couldn’t stop reading! This is one of the funniest books that I have read in a very long time!
Sophie’s conversations with her two best friends Theo and Hannah were responsible for most of my uncontrollable laughter. They talk to each other the way real friends do, and it was hilarious. Sure they cared about each other and had a few sentimental moments, but most of the time they were either entertaining on another at someone else’s expense or making fun of each other. All of this was done in a very friendly way though. If a girl has to find out that she is humanities only hope for survival, Theo and Hannah are the people you want on your team. They are useful and they know how to have fun when you aren’t in immediate danger.
Sophie’s inner monologue was also hilarious. She handled the whole “You are the daughter of Zeus” thing rather well especially considering she only has a few memories of her life as a goddess. She should have been curled up in a little ball somewhere, wetting herself, but instead she handles the news like a pro and meets every challenge that is thrown at her head on. She was far from that annoyingly perfect heroine. I mean the girl though of some very creative ways to torture/kill Bethany, the school’s resident mean girl, but that’s what I like about her character, she is that cool snarky girl that we should all want to be friends with.
Theo is Sophie’s male BFF, and he is still somewhat of a mystery for me. One moment he is sarcastic and making Sophie laugh so hard that she almost wets herself and the next minute he is very serious and mature. I’m not sure which personality is his dominate personality, but I like him all the same.
Hannah, Sophie’s best girl friend, was fantastic! She is a nerd who is trapped in the body of a six-foot tall, blond-haired, big boobed supermodel. No matter how many times I have read the story of the just above average looking girl who is best friends with the gorgeous chick, I have never read it this way. Hannah both loves and hates how pretty she is, she knows she has a look that causes most guys to become idiots, but she wants to meet a man who appreciates her bod and her brains!
Now on to our leading man, Kai, the son of Hades. First let me say that I completely understand why he turns Sophie and almost every woman he comes into contact with into jelly. He is handsome, tall, and apparently has a voice that is so swoonworthy it should be considered illegal in at least twelve states, but he doesn’t do it for me. I like a guy who is unapologetically himself whether he is super nice or a charming jerk, and I really do like the character of kai, but he won’t be added to my list of favorite leading males just yet. He spends far too much time pretending that Sophie has no effect on him. Even when he hits on her or kisses her, he acts like he only did it to prove a point when it is so obvious that he likes this girl. even though Sophie is Persephone, the goddess that he loves, she isn’t at the same time. Sophie is a lot mouthier than she was before she was stuffed in a human suit and had her goddess memories wiped clean. She is similar to the woman he loves and looks like her, but they are very different. I just want him to admit to himself and to Sophie that he likes the differences because it is very clear to me that he does. As soon as he mans up and gives in to the awesomeness that is Sophie, I am sure that Kai will become a favorite of mine.
Before I end my review, I want to talk a little bit about the way the Greek mythology was handled. The extent of my Greek mythology knowledge comes from Disney’s Hercules. I am aware of some of the more popular stories, I know a few names here and there, but I am basically clueless. However, even with my limited knowledge, I can tell that this novel was written by someone who truly enjoys This subject. All the different legends were seamlessly woven into the story. I learned a lot, but never felt like I was in a class on Greek mythology, it always felt like these things happened to the characters.
Overall, this was an incredibly funny, interesting, romantic, and fascinating book. Lucky for me, I get to read the next one very soon, but I am not looking forward to the fact that the third one is not out yet so be prepared to listen to me whine about that fact in my next review!
Because of violence, mild language, and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.