Book Review: Queen Of The Clueless by Mina V. Esguerra

October 6, 2013 Filipiniana Sunday, Review 0 ★★★★

Book Review: Queen Of The Clueless by Mina V. EsguerraQueen Of The Clueless by Mina V. Esguerra
Series: Interim Goddess Of Love #2
Published by Bright Girl Books on 2013 February 6
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 116
Format: E-book
Source: Purchased
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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.)

Dear Miss Mina,

First and foremost, thank you for this.  Queen of the Indecisive was a breather after working my ass out finishing 7 novels in 10-12 days.  This was an easy read with a lot of humor that the wrinkles I got during the past days were instantly erased.  I liked the first book but I fell in love with this one what with the toe curling scenes and awkward moments you’ve thrown my way.

I am very grateful that you answered a lot of my questions and granted some of my wishes.  I loved that Hannah’s project in this book was Sol.  That made things more complicated than it is. God knows how I love complications. And oh my golly.  You literally creeped me out with Neil Prado.  It’s like he was endowed with a dark version of Venus’ charmspeak prowess which seriously repulsed me. Way to go.

Speaking of Sol, I was really hoping that she would at least end up with Diego Simon ya know? Diego is perhaps my most favourite character in the IGOL series.  He had the loudest voice of all with his recklessness, impulsiveness and plain bad boy attitude. And I couldn’t help fangirling about him in this book. Can you please make another novella featuring Diego Simon and his would be love interest? Pretty please because I want to read more of him.

Although I am crazy about Diego, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t notice Robbie. He is such a pleasant character and I adore his crazy thoughts. Dammit!   They were so delectably outrageous that it was difficult for me to tell him that Hannah already belongs to Quin. Nonetheless, I still want a happy ending for him in the last book. So you better give him that, Miss.

I appreciated that you put more substance into this book as compared to the other one. You expanded the Filipino mythos here which is the main reason why I was glued to this series like a second skin. And the fact that you ensured that romance didn’t eclipse the overall story made me a happy camper.

Really, the only thing that made my heart sink while reading this book is there’s a lot of Quin but there’s so little of him. If you know what I mean.

All in all, this is an excellent second book and my favourite as of now.  I even welcomed the cliffhangery ending which I deemed is necessary to gear up the stage in book 3. But before I’m gonna end this letter, remember my other unmet demands.  And don’t forget about Diego’s story. Look into that please.

Until next time.

Sincerely,

Charlotte

 

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