Title: Queen of the Clueless (Interim Goddess of Love #2)
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, Philippine Mythology
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.)
In the second installment to Interim Goddess of Love, Hannah will have to face a bigger problem; a problem that doesn't only concerned her because she is the Goddess of Love but also because it involves her best friend.
Hannah is getting pretty good at her job as an Interim Goddess of Love but it's more time consuming than she expected. And now, Sol needed her, not as the Goddess but as her bestfriend. Apparently, Sol's boyfriend, Neil, is a klepto and he's not just stealing from Sol but also to other students at Ford River College. But Sol is having second thoughts about breaking up with him even if she knows the truth.
Hannah, doesn't have a choice but to intervene especially when she found out that there's some mysterious magic involved here. Since her mentor, Quin doesn't support her plans and told her to stay out of it, she's going to team up with the unpredictable Sea God, Diego and the cute mortal, Robbie to solve this problem.
Okay, first of all, I love how Mina combined chess moves in the story. I've been a chess player since I was in Grade 4 so I have a lot of knowledge about the game. It's a strategy game between two individuals and it involves a lot of observation, step-by-step strategy and well execution. And Mina did all the things I just mentioned. She slay me with her sacrifice move and it was well-executed. She thoroughly explained on her Author's Note at the end of the book how the chess games relate to the story so you don't have to worry about deciphering it.
I understand Sol, I do. She was traumatize with her first relationship that's why she's afraid that she will never find someone who will love her again if she broke up with Neil. But what I don't like about her is that, she kept on making excuses for his wrong deeds. I feel like she's consenting him by not doing anything. Stealing is wrong and no matter what the story behind the action is, it shouldn't be tolerated.
I couldn't agree more to Hannah's decision to interfere. Sol was blind-sided to everything and she clearly needed the help of her best friend(even if she doesn't ask for it). Hannah, showed a different side of her in this book. She's not only a great confidant, secret-keeper and match-maker, she's also a true friend who will do the utmost of her ability to keep her friend safe.
Diego stepped up also in here. He showed us that he's not just a bad boy who always picks a fight whenever he have an opportunity, he's also surprisingly helpful to those who forgets their purpose. We also get a glimpse of his past and his sad love story. I never thought I'd say this but, I changed my mind about Diego. He's not as bad as I thought but I'm still on Team Robbie so don't even think that I'd switched sides. I would never betray Robbie. LOL!
This book have more interesting happenings than the first. I also loved it because of the chess games aspect and it has more Robbie exposures. But watch out for the cliffhanger at the end, though, because it will surely make you want to read book 3 immediately.
Overall, Queen of the Clueless is, by far, my most favorite in the series. Read this series now or forever hold your peace. LOL!
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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. 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.