Queen of the Clueless
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Date Published: February 6, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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About the Book:
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.)
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We continue from where we left off from the end of the first book (Interim Goddess of Love). Hannah continues her training, under the tutelage of Quin, as the interim Goddess of Love. She's slowly getting the hang of her goddess powers, but of course, extrinsic factors also come into the mix.
I still appreciate the inclusion of Philippine mythology into this one. I especially liked that heartbreaking tale about the first woman and the God of the Sea. On the scene where Hannah learned about Diego's tale, my mood dampened a little. Surely, the aggressive and unpredictable God of the Sea deserves his own happy ending, too. (Miss Mina, ahemm... *hint* *hint* *nudge* *nudge*)
So then, the questions begs to be asked, "Should I switch to Team Diego?!" Hmmmm... But Robbie~!
Moving on, as I read through this book, I got a wee bit frustrated. This is probably the reason why I rated this book only three stars out of five.
I got irritated with Hannah because she seems to be way in over her head when she decided to take on Neil. I mean sure, I get it that you proved that you can actually handle being the Goddess of Love with Kathy Martin, but that was just one successful project! And Quin has had a millenia of practice in doing his job so he surely knows best. At the same time, I was worried for Hannah because Neil has power over her. If I were Quin, I'd keep an eye on Hannah 24/7 because I have a hero complex! But that's just me. Heh.
I also got frustrated over Quin because I was rooting for him and Hannah to get together since the first book, but what the hell?! He remains stoic, aloof and indifferent to Hannah's feelings! Actually, I get that Quin was getting a little bit affected by Hannah and her antics in this book because of the little things that he does, like flashes of lightning, anyone? It was subtle but I noticed it.
The second to the last frustrating thing in this book is Hannah's first kiss: Diego Simon. NOOOOOOOOO!!! I was hoping it would be Quin! They were so cute during the first book! If it was Robbie, I'd have been a little miffed but would have conceded since Robbie was such a nice guy, but it was Diego! Granted, I know he did it to awaken some of Hannah's goddess powers, but still! It was her freaking first kiss! (On the up-side, she still has her remaining goddess life to kiss Quin.)
And the most frustrating thing in this book, which made me want to claw my eyes and pull all of my hairs out: the ending. IT WAS A CLIFFHANGER!!!
You know that frustrating feeling you get when you're too engrossed in a book and you want to know what happens next but you've already reached the ending page? I almost threw my tablet out of frustration. True story!
On the up-side, the frustrated feeling that this book brought me simply means that the author was successful in making me hooked on her book (kudos to Miss Mina!), and that she was able to weave such an engrossing story.
Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adultnovellas. Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novella Fairy Tale Fail won the 2012 Filipino Readers' Choice award for Chick Lit. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in e-publishing.
When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series "Author at Once" and #romanceclass for writers and publishers.