Book Report: Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra

If God was one of us, life would be easier. Tough questions are gonna be answered in a straightforward manner. I’m sure I don’t need to ask and look for signs that could be my factors for a certain decision. What’s more, God might even sit beside me and help me figure out if what I feel is true and correct. In this book, Interim Goddess of Love, Hannah from Freshman Girl and Junior Guy is being given a tough-but-all-too-exciting job to be the goddess of love.

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This is the quote that struck me the most. Guess it reflects my current state of mind.

What Is It About

Hannah has been assigned to be the interim goddess of love by Quin, the junior guy she’s been crushing on (now a senior). Her job is to listen to people’s love problems, and somehow help them overcome the tough stages of it. Her first project is Kathy, who’s been receiving gifts from a secret admirer. As she tries to help the clueless Kathy discover the guy behind the gifts, I also wonder if she can do something about what she feels for Quin.

The Goddess of Love

I’ve read some other books that had almost the theme (e.g. The Espressologist) and there is one thing I noticed. The match-maker, in this case, the goddess could solve other people’s problems just fine and could even bring them the happy ending they look after, but when it comes to their OWN love dilemma, they are just soo helpless. I am not sure if I am missing a rule in this, that maybe you have allow someone else to save you as you try to save everyone else. Although I didn’t see Hannah sweating too much upon helping Kathy about her love problem, I could feel the pressure she’s been put under, being the goddess love. It must have been fascinating though. Not that I would want to be like her, but I want a friend who’s just like her (oh, Nicole, I need you!). I could easily imagine us plotting out a teenage crime of finding out the guys who fancy us and maybe figure out too if we’d give them the chance. But then I am thinking of schoolgirl years, teenage years. The time when love and romance seemed to be less complicated and could always be resolved with a kiss (young love, I’d always think, is wonderful).

Boyband Fever

When I saw the words boy band, I immediately thought of the Backstreet Boys. I’ve been addicted to them since I was eleven, and I couldn’t help but picture Nick Carter (my boy!) as Quin, Diego as A.J. McLean and Robbie as Howie Dorough. I don’t know if everyone else agrees with me though. Quin’s perfection is just so hard to resist, but when Diego was introduced and further described, it became clear why Sol, Hannah’s bestfriend wanted him for her, and I suddenly wanted him to be Hannah’s love interest, too. As for Robbie… well, they already had their moment. But between Quin and Diego, it’s really hard to decide.

In Conclusion…

I’ve read a lot of YA books before, and Interim Goddess of Love definitely has a kick. Not sure if it’s because it brought me back to the kilig moments of my teenage days, the boy band factor, or the fact that Hannah is a goddess and I need to talk to someone like her. Can’t wait to read the next installment, Queen of the Clueless.
You can get the complete set from Amazon (it’s a trilogy) or visit the author’s website at http://www.minavesguerra.com

xoxo,

Beth G.

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