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Sunday, August 23, 2015

[REVIEW] Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra

Interim Goddess of Love

Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Series: Book 1, Interim Goddess of Love trilogy
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
Published: April 21st 2012
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Older YA/new adult/sweet romance: College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn't know why everyone tells her their love problems. She's never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she's going to have to take on this responsibility -- but for all humanity.

The Goddess of Love has gone AWOL. It's a problem, because her job is to keep in check this world's obsession with love (and lack of it). The God of the Sun, for now an impossibly handsome senior at an exclusive college just outside of Metro Manila, thinks Hannah has what it takes to (temporarily) do the job.

While she's learning to do this goddess thing, she practices on the love troubles of shy Kathy, who's got a secret admirer on campus. Hannah's mission, should she choose to accept it, is to make sure that he's not a creepy stalker and they find their happily ever after -- or at least something that'll last until next semester. (As if she could refuse! The Sun God asked so nicely. And he's so, well, hot.)


My thoughts

Very light and fluffy. If you're looking for a short and feel-good book, Interim Goddess of Love will definitely satisfy your craving. This is my first Mina Esguerra book, and one thing is for sure: I will definitely be reading more from her.

Interim Goddess of Love is entertaining and filled me with good vibes because it's quite simple and drama-free. The plot is pretty much straightforward and there's not much conflict. The story revolves around Hannah taking on the job as the replacement for the missing goddess of love, and how she works on her first "project" (as she calls people with love problems). And of course, because she's a newbie with this goddess stuff, Quin, the sun god (and her recruiter), needs to train her.

Now, I really liked this book because it's so Filipino. (The author's a Filipina. Duh.) It's published in English, yes, but the characters and the story are not Westernized. It retained its Filipino spirit without sacrificing the quality of the writing. It didn't feel forced or awkward. And the infusion of Philippine mythology! Okay, confession time: I'm not really familiar with Filipino myth, especially The Legend of the Sun and the Moon, which is actually a big part of the story. *hides in the corner and wears the cone of shame* BUT this book is written so well that even though I have little knowledge about it, I didn't feel confused. There's no info-dump, either. Mina Esguerra found that perfect balance between informative and entertaining. And kudos to this book for introducing Filipino myth to young and modern readers like me!

As for the romance, I don't know if I want to ship Hannah and Quin. Sure, Hannah likes him, but I sense no chemistry at all between them. And Quin is this distant and all mysterious popular guy in the campus. What's with your half smiles, Quin? Huh. I'm not that impressed. I think I liked Robbie more, with his good and gentlemanly manners. But hey, I'm not closing my doors on Quin. YOU STILL HAVE TWO MORE BOOKS TO REDEEM YOURSELF, DUDE.

Like I said, Interim Goddess of Love has no complicated plot that will overload your brain cells, but I liked it because of its enjoyment factor and entertainment value. Plus, the local myth lessons. It's a light and fun read, and it's really nice to indulge in simple and cute stories once in a while.

I also reviewed books 2 and 3, Queen of the Clueless and Icon of the Indecisive here.
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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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