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Title: Queen of the Clueless (Interim Goddess of Love #2) by Mina V. Esguerra
Release Date: February 6th 2013
Published by: Bright Girl Books
Source: Bought / Gifted by author (Thanks, Mina!)
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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.)
Our favorite novice Goddess is back, and she's still getting a hang of using her powers, interacting with confusing, temperamental Gods and just basically trying to learn how to be the Goddess of Love. Now Hannah's caught in a love dilemma involving her best friend, Sol. Oh, and did I mention that she's also trying to catch a thief, who happens to be Sol's boyfriend? You guessed it right, chaos ensues.
Quin, our favorite Sun God, still straight an arrow as ever when it comes to the rules and training Hannah is being such a worrywart, though it's for a reason. I still like how sensible can be, to the point that he becomes a little annoying, because he's right. That also means Hannah doesn't get to have fun. I like how she's standing up for herself, also for a number of reasons. That stubborn streak and spark of feistiness shows there's more to her character than being the usual gentle confidant that she is. Diego took the center stage in this novel, showing more of what the God of the Sea can do. Underneath all the macho facade hides someone who is still capable of caring, someone who has experienced heartbreak just like everyone else. It's a little bit unexpected to see him help Hannah realize a lot of things about her feelings for Quin. Gradually, my impression of this mischievous God is changing. Robbie is still being his cute self and Vida is still being cryptic.
Queen of the Clueless showed more in terms character development and pushes the story further forward. The questions one have in Interim Goddess of Love kept on piling up but some were answered in this sequel, and the reasons we're all looking for as to why Quin, so uptight and responsible God that he is, behaves that way, is revealed. These parts of the story made me love the characters more and made me a step more curious as to what these Gods are really up to and how Hannah really fits in the entire story. This sequel had a more engaging storyline than the first, and made me more emotionally invested in the characters. There were moments when I want to strangle Hannah and knock some sense in Quin. I was frustrated, sad, angry and shocked. But overall, I like how despite her being a Goddess, Hannah was never perfect. She makes mistakes and wrong decisions just like a normal human does and lets her emotion take over once in a while. She over thinks and gets confused and gets hurt too. Also, the introduction of a new character gives the story more intrigue. What role does this person play? How will it affect the already confusing relationships among the Gods and Hannah?
You can feel that the story's almost coming to a close and the cliffhanger ending just builds up the reader's anticipation to the maximum. It made me freak out! What happens now?
A prequel short story, Gifted Little Creatures, a.k.a. Interim Goddess of Love #0.5 is available for online reading on Wattpad. Read it AFTER you've read Queen of the Clueless and it will shed some light to some of the confusion in both IGoL #1 and #2! (I had an AHA! moment after reading it.)
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Diego, the God of the Sea who pretends he doesn't care. Really? Why help Hannah? I love the way he interacted with Hannah in this story more than Quin. Sun God, what is happening to you?
Stunning: Worthy of a Goddess' Praise!
Love the new cover!