Book Review: Icon Of The Indecisive by Mina V. Esguerra

October 7, 2013 Filipiniana Sunday, Review 0 ★★★

Book Review: Icon Of The Indecisive by Mina V. EsguerraIcon Of The Indecisive by Mina V. Esguerra
Series: Interim Goddess Of Love #3
Published by Bright Girl Books on 2013 June 1
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 126
Format: E-book
Source: Purchased
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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?

Dear Miss Mina,

Do you realize the kind of dilemma you’ve caused me? You practically shoved me into a corner where I attempted to destroy my brain with thoughts of, 2 or 4, 3 or 4, 3 or 4?

I really really wanted to give this book a 4 but I just can’t. You see, I still have a lot of unmet demands which I kindly enumerated below to refresh your memory.

  • Hannah should be able to see the dwelling of Bathala and his family in the next book. Ford River College is a nice setting but visiting other Filipino mythical places would be AWESOME.
  • I want to see Hannah handling “projects” outside Ford River College.
  • I want to understand why, of all colleges, did these gods choose to go to Ford River?

I am a fantasy junkie, Ms Mina.  And I think that all of the above are important to expand IGOL’s horizon as a fantasy story.  Sure, Ford River is a nice setting for Hannah’s story to unfold. But it gets really boring after the second book. The novelty wears off. And I am starving for a glimpse of Bathala’s realm.

And then, I actually expected for Hannah to start doing projects outside Ford River. Helping non-Ford River College people could have made Hannah more convincing as IGOL. Aside from that, seeing the extent of Hannah’s power would surely make me call for her in times of romantic needs. 😀

I know. I know. I am a miserable nitpick but if it’s fantasy, it’s so hard to ignore details as mundane as why did the gods choose to go to Ford River? Is it the center of student civilization or something? I know right. Yeah, I can be a pain in the ass.

And I guess I might have to give Quin a shake because although I love that the romance has never become a focus of IGOL, I assumed that with Icon of the Indecisive, I will see a significant progress in that department. So Quin also had the hots for Hannah but I didn’t feel that he felt that way. The romance seemed one sided because from book 1 to book 3, no hints (not even a subtle one) were dropped that Quin reciprocated Hannah’s feelings. By the time that he admitted, it was already too late and everything just felt forced between them. There was no transition to their love story and because of that, I have to knock off a star.

Further to that, the ending—though nice in a way—really didn’t work for me because it gave me the impression that both Quin and Hannah are douchebags. Sorry for the term. But really, Hannah is a strong girl but her decision to be with Robbie first was kind of spineless. She didn’t even love the guy. Why prolong the agony? Why not resort to blunt honesty and just tell Robbie to get a move on? It’s like Clockwork Princess Remix.  And then Quin was acting like a dickwad for allowing Hannah to do her thing. Seriously? He permitted Hannah to cheapen him that way? Oh Quin, I love you but you’re getting old and soft.  I am so glad that I love Diego more than you.

I enjoyed this book. It made me laugh. It entertained me. But sadly, it was brimming with so many flaws—unwrapped loose ends, unimpressive ending, ambiguous romance, setting that is more suitable for a contemporary story—that  it was hard to maintain my grip on its goodness.

But no worries, I am still a fan.




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