Saturday, September 8, 2012

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

Interim Goddess of Love
(Interim Goddess of Love #1)
by Mina V. Esguerra
Summary from Goodreads:

"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.)


Enter the Interim Goddess of Love. Meet Hannah, a typical college sophomore and scholar at Ford River College… or so she though, until she chances upon meeting Quin, one of the hottest guys on campus. Surprised and somewhat flattered by the attention this hunk has been giving her, Hannah finds herself hanging out with Quin on a daily basis, until finally Quin reveals the real reason behind it all. Quin is the Sun God, and this god wants Hannah to work as the Goddess of Love. Although a little doubtful and intimidated by the task at hand, Hannah does her best to learn the ropes, and soon finds herself on her very first assignment, that’s when things start to get all crazy…

Let me put it right out, that this is my favourite among Mina Esguerra’s books! Yup, I’ve read them all. Interim Goddess of Love is not the typical contemporary love stories that the other books Ms. Esguerra has written. There’s the mix of mythology (which I am absolutely in love with), and a setting on the YA world (my preferred book genre). So yes, those alone already made me love this book, but the storyline itself made it even better.

Hannah is like every heroine from Mina Esguerra’s books; she’s strong, independent and definitely has character; nothing like a good sense of woman empowerment to make me eager to read on. I found it very fitting that Hannah took on the job of being the goddess of love, while taking up a degree in psychology.

Now let’s talk boys. Honestly, even though she’s the one doing the whole “love connection” thing, I expected Hannah to have formed a love interest here, but right now I guess it’s too soon to tell. There are potential guys to pair up with her of course, there’s Quin, Robbie and then there’s Diego. Hello, Diego! *wiggling eyebrows* Is it obvious who I’m rooting for? And even if they don’t end up together, he’s still my bet. Even better, I can have him for myself. Ha ha ha!

Interim Goddess of Love is a little slow on development of events, but I can understand the flow since the oh-so-wise sun god, Quin, wants Hannah to learn things slowly but surely. I like how things where set in place. Each part of the story is like a piece of a puzzle that once you’ve completed, you get to see a beautiful picture in the end.

However, this isn’t the end, is it? Hannah’s journey has only begun and I am all the more excited to read about her adventures… even misadventures. Plus I still have a lot of unanswered questions, and since I know this is a series, I need them ASAP. Yeah, Quin, I’m as impatient as Hannah, so sue me!

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