July 11, 2013

Shorts: Queens and Icons

It’s been a while since I read the first book in the Interim Goddess YA novella series, Interim Goddess of Love. When the second book was released sometime last year, I didn’t read it right away (although I did get myself a print copy) because (1) I had other books lined up in the meantime, and (2) I remembered how it took me some time to warm up to Hannah, the Interim Goddess of Love herself. But then the third and final installment was released into the wild last month, and I was looking for something really fun and fluffy to read at the time, and so I thought that, perhaps, it’s time I reintroduce myself to Hannah – and Quin, and Diego, and Robbie. This time around, maybe we could finally bond.

And I think we did. Once I was finally settled with who (or what) she was – college student slash interim goddess – everything else came naturally. And by that, I meant that I no longer had to question why the local deities were college students, why the goddess of love would possibly go AWOL (and why that’s even possible), why another god had the power to choose a mortal to temporarily take her place, etc. etc. Once I had those initial questions settled, I was able to appreciate Hannah more – both Hannah, the Human and Hannah, the Interim Goddess.

Queen of the Clueless (Interim Goddess of Love, #2)
by Mina V. Esguerra

Summary from Goodreads:
If you've been feeling neglected by the Goddess of Love lately, don't worry -- Hannah Maquiling, college sophomore, is in training to take over. The Original Goddess is missing, but Hannah is Interim Goddess now, and she should figure out how to solve humanity's love problems soon. Quin (God of the Sun) is still her mentor, still really hot, but apparently isn't as honest about his other earthly relationships as she thought. It's frustrating, and enough to make her check out possibilities with Diego (God of the Sea) and Robbie (Cute Human).

In the meantime, she's decided to spend some of her precious training time helping to break up a relationship, instead of putting one together. Why? Because the girl in question happens to be her best friend Sol, whose boyfriend is stealing not just from her, but from other people on campus. Sol didn't exactly summon the Goddess, but this is what power over Love is for, right? Surely it's not just about matchmaking, but ending doomed relationships too. (Even when it's not what people want.)

As with all middle books, Queen of the Clueless left questions lingering in my head. I liked how Hannah was able to deal with her friend Sol’s creepy boyfriend, despite her own apparently confusing love life. There were the little moments with the three hunks – Quin, Diego and Robbie – that gave all manner of feels. At the end of the book, though, it was still Robbie who I found most endearing. Yes, the human – because I am always in favor of a guy who will love the girl more than the girl loves him.

Book Details: Digital edition, free from the author; Paperback from Summit

Icon of the Indecisive (Interim Goddess of Love, #3)
by Mina V. Esguerra

Summary from Goodreads:
College student Hannah Maquiling, also temporarily working as the Goddess of Love, has had enough of everyone asking for her help when it comes to relationships. It's her turn to find romance! She deserves it, after serving as matchmaker and confidant to everyone else in Ford River College for the past year. She's had a crush on handsome senior (and God of the Sun) Quin forever, but he's destined to fall in love with an extraordinary mortal woman, so she's figured her chances with him have pretty much dropped to zero.

It's not like she doesn't have any options for a classic college romance though. There's Diego, God of the Sea and Quin's best friend/enemy. And regular guy Robbie is stepping up, making sure she knows how he feels about her. How hard can it be for a goddess to find someone to love, and be loved in return?

I read Icon of the Indecisive right after the Queen of the Clueless – why put it off, right? For the final installment, everything falls squarely and properly into place – as they ought to. And this finale was what I imagined it would turn out to be and more. Hannah’s star shone brightly and beautifully, I imagined that if she were real, I would be in awe of her. And while the ending may not be what some fans are expecting, I thought it was just perfect.

Book Details: Digital edition from Amazon

Need I say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Interim Goddess series? They reminded me a lot of my favorite Sweet Dreams novels back when I was in high school, albeit with a twist of local mythology and with a college setting. So when you need something light, fun and fluffy, this is definitely the series to get. :)


dementedchris said...

You really do feel Hannah come into her own in the third book, ano? Reading your reviews made me recall what I liked about this series. Book 2 was definitely Robbie's book ;)

Monique said...

CHRIS: Yes. I wasn't decided on which guy I liked the best for Hannah, but after reading Book 2, I knew it was Robbie. :)