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Interim Goddess of Love

(Interim Goddess of Love #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Older YA/new adult/sweet romance: College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn't know why everyone tells her their love problems. She's never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she's going to have to take on this responsibilit ...more
Published April 21st 2012 by Mina V. Esguerra (first published January 14th 2012)
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K.D. Absolutely
This is my 6th time to read a Mina V. Esguerra book and I think this is so far, her best.

Here, she tried incorporating Philippine mythology to romance and the result is just astounding! Esguerra took the risk and it paid off well. It surprised me to find a chick lit that is really interesting, hip and not too mushy at all.

This is the story of Hannah Maquiling who is appointed by the sun god, Quin to be the Interim Goddess of Love (think Venus or Aphrodite but only a sub). Then both of them are s
Marta :}
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, romance
The idea sounded very interesting, but the way the author played it was rather simplistic. All these gods seemed so much more like some popular teens rather than important deities. I couldn't relate to any character, even though the protagonist is a psychology major as I am and our personalities are somewhat similar, but her decisions were just eh...questionable at best.
Original post at One More Page

You know a book is good when you go back and reread some most of the book the moment you're done. Sometimes it's just to read your favorite parts, but for others (especially for novellas), it's almost like reading the entire book because you just can't get enough of it and you want to relive the events of the book.

Such is Mina V. Esguerra's newest novel (and her YA debut), Interim Goddess of Love. College sophomore Hannah Maquiling is a scholar in exclusive Ford
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Tina
Shelves: contemporary, fantasy
I recommend Interim Goddess of Love.


I have a sucky history with Filipino-written pocketbooks. Way back in the 90's, I got to read these 100+ pages or so of romance novels by Filipino authors. I was stuck in the province with nothing to do during Holy Week. I asked my aunt if there was something, anything to read. I was given 3 pocketbooks written in Tagalog-English and it was awful experience. Awful in a sense that the authors were trying very hard to inculcate Western cliches into their st
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
An easily enjoyable read with a seriously A+ concept. I wanted more development but at least I'm excited to read the rest of the series to find out what happens to Hannah's goddess endeavors!

First off, I am not on a Mina fan-fest. It just so happened that I am reading light, easy books these days and Mina's books perfectly fit the bill. Interim Goddess of Love is no different. Now, on to the not-so-standard review. :P

The blurb says this:

College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn't know why everyone tells her their love problems. She's never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn't stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn'
Dates read: December 23, 2013 to December 31, 2013 with PRPB.

This is my second read and second review of the Interim Goddess of Love (Interim Goddess of Love, #1).

I felt the same way I had felt the first time I read this book so my rating remains the same.

In fact I appreciated this book more after reading it again. Kasi, I had to ask questions for our group read - kaya naman parang bawat sentence yata noong book - binutingting ko na. LOL.

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Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here.

I'm a Mina V. Esguerra fangirl. I've read and reviewed all of her books and even did and interview and giveaway last year. She's my favorite Filipino chick lit writer and I keep recommending her books to my girlfriends because all of her novels are so light and fun. I knew she was planning to release Interim Goddess of Love in 2012 and I was really looking forward to it, not only because I'll read anything she writes, but because she's tackling a new genre. All of Mina's o
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
This was seriously so adorable. I love love, reading about love and happy endings is seriously my favourite thing to do, so obviously a book about the goddess of love being a college student just trying her best to pair people up is right up my alley, I cannot wait to read the following books because all the characters introduced in this book totally intrigued me.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Yesssssss. I finally read a Mina V. Esguerra book and it feels wonderful and fresh and cute. Interim Goddess of Love has gods as college students, and a goddess of love that has this thing that people ask her love advices all the time. She is gonna try to help this girl to figure out who is this guy who keeps sending her cute gifts.

To be honest, my favorite part were all the gods. Quin, Vida, and Diego were so fun to meet and to get to know just a bit in the first book. We also get glimpses of
Dear Mina,

WHAT IS BITIN? Haha! I totally like this book especially the touch of Filipino mythology (really awesome). This book should have a manga version! I can imagine the panels already esp the mythology tales asdfghjkl it will be so beautiful! I just wish I can draw!

Not to sound like a demanding fan but WHEN IS THE NEXT PART? Bitin na bitin!

New Crazy Fan,
Another one that's long been in my TBR, way before this review went up ( <-- written by a friend whose recs I trust, so I'm referencing it), but I brought it along on a trip, and finally found the time to get to it. I'm blown away by the concept—Philippine gods and goddesses in high school, and in awe by just how much the author is willing to ~spread her wings. While I must admit I was missing some things from this first installment, I'm sure to still be reading the next ones because the answers ...more
4 stars. Originally posted on My Book Musings.

With Interim Goddess of Love, we are introduced to the main characters who play pivotal roles for the next three books: Quin, the sun god; Vida, the moon goddess; and Hannah, the interim goddess of Love. Diego, god of the sea, is also introduced, but while he does play a meaningful role here, I felt that he was more of a secondary, supporting character to the first three.

What can I say about gods? They're gorgeous, and they can do whatever they want.
Janus the Erudite Artist
Enter the Interim Goddess of Love. Meet Hannah, a typical college sophomore and scholar at Ford River College… or so she though, until she chances upon meeting Quin, one of the hottest guys on campus. Surprised and somewhat flattered by the attention this hunk has been giving her, Hannah finds herself hanging out with Quin on a daily basis, until finally Quin reveals the real reason behind it all. Quin is the Sun God, and this god wants Hannah to work as the Goddess of Love. Although a little do ...more
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Actual rating: 3.5

(View this review on My Library in the Making.)

I've been meaning to read Interim Goddess of Love since January of last year, and now I'm mentally kicking myself for waiting this long to read it. I sure had been missing out! This book is very cute, fun, and light, but that doesn't mean its plot lacks complexity. There are so many aspects to this story aside from what is indicated in the title, and to mix all that in less than two hundred pages makes this a gripping read—not to m
I knew that when people thought of love they thought of moments. Whether or not a marriage worked out, or if they stayed together after graduation, or if they did go to the big dance together, the story's end mattered less, and the highlights in between mattered more. Those are what lingered, and what people can go back to, even when they had nothing left.

This was so short and cute and intriguing. This is the story of Hannah, who was just appointed to be the goddess of love, and her job inc
Phoebe Andamo
This book reminds me of shoujo animés. The heroine acquires a power of some sort, helps other people, and has a love story. The setting is their school Ford River which is divided to "Rich Kids" and "Scholar Kids".

I like the mythical story intertwined with the regular people. I think the author took a great shot of writing the plot. She can incorporate different characters and stories in the series. And what's more exciting? She can put unexpected things from the other world.

It is stated at the
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wait, there should be a sequel, right? Because that was such a bitin ending. More thoughts later.


I am not a big fan of mythology and I must confess that I often confuse my Roman gods and goddesses with their Greek counterparts. However, reading this charming novella containing Philippine folklore is something refreshing, not to mention close to home, and not at all a turn-off for someone who doesn't dig mythical creatures like me.

I must say though that this isn't exactly my favorit
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was really cute! There were some moments of infodumping and awkward phrasing but the story was adorable and I want more (good thing I have the other two books on queued up!). I really liked Hannah and all her glory. I thought she was a great MC because we saw her grow as a person, a character, and a goddess all at the same time but she didn't really realize or acknowledge it throughout. It was nice to see a character unaware of how much they had changed until it really mattered because most ...more
Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this book so I'm giving it a neutral rating. Mina Esguerra has got all the right ingredients for a good YA novella: a good theme and a young girl's voice telling the story; a sprinkling of traditional Filipino myths; the popular set in the campus with god super-powers; some romance; etc. I just thought the author could have written more; but on second thought, it might have been an overkill had there been more love missions. So see, I can't even decide if I ...more
Celester Mejia
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Originally posted here]

Mina V. Esguerra is back, now with her new book, abbr. IGoL, and she is back with a bang. Contrary to her past novels, IGoL is not just a contemporary romance. It is also a YA book (her first! And I’m pretty sure that it’s not gonna be the last as it’s only the first book in the series!)

This book is probably one of my 2012 favorite reads so far. I mean, there’s so much about it that I know I should love, beginning with the little touches of Philippine mythology throughout
Erleen Alvarez
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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With a good dose of romance, adventure and Philippine Mythology, Interim Goddess of Love by Mina Esguerra is a light and fun read that is certified un-put-downable. A great start to an awesome series.

Aside from studying and doing her student assistant duties, sophomore Hannah Maquiling also have an "extra-curricular" activity that made her college life a little more interesting. You see, she's the Interim Goddess of Love and she has a responsibility to
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A uniquely Filipino brand of mythology told from the perspective of Hannah Maquiling, a college student, a responsible daughter, and presently, the Interim Goddess of Love.

Story-wise, I love how Miss Mina had incorporated Philippine folklore into the story. Sure, Philippine mythology is totally different from the more famous Roman or Greek, but it's none the less colorful, and without the complicated sexual relations among the gods. *snicker*

I also li
Joyce ☘ clutteredbooks ☘
This is my first time reading a romantic novel written by a Filipino author. I got it for free from thanks to a Litsy friend.

- The story had a definite Filipino air to it as the writing felt like I was just meeting a friend for coffee and she monopolized the whole conversation with her talking about this interim goddess. But instead of speaking in Tagalog, she's talking in English. The story flowed pretty much like that.

- It alternated between ridiculous, cute and relatable. Jus
This was really cute. I love the idea of reincarnated (?*) gods on a college campus and for a book that's only a little over 100 pages, this packs a lot of story without ever feeling forced, rushed, or unfinished. The transitions between scenes are a little abrupt sometimes, but that might be because of the formatting on my kindle. I'm not quite sure what I ship yet, but I love the balance between romance, friendship, family, and personal growth. Hannah has a very witty and enjoyable way of phra ...more
Miss Susan
novella about a filipina girl temporarily filling in for the goddess of love who's gone ghost for some reason (you get some hints, i imagine we'll have the full explanation by the end of the trilogy). it's a fun light read, i can't recall at all what inspired me to pick it up (saw it on my kobo and gave it a shot but idk where/when i bought it) but good move past me. 3 stars
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Because, though I'd seen and felt just a fraction of all the love in the world, I knew that when people thought of love, they thought of moments. Whether or not a marriage worked out, or of they stayed together after graduation, or if they did go to the big dance together, the story's end mattered less, and the highlights in between mattered more. Those are what lingered, and what people can go back to, even when they had nothing left."

I loved this whole mythology twist especially since it comp
Biena (The Library Mistress)
I've always been fascinated by myths... Roman and Greek mythology, that is but I've never believed in, even thought of looking into Filipino myths, the only epic I know is Biag ni Lam Ang and I've already forgot his story. My only connection with Filipino stories is that artsy fartsy shirt I bought years back just to dodge the possibility of bumping into my ex whilst strolling around the mall.

So, this goddess thing really got me. But what really caught my attention is the original goddess of lo
It is quite annoying when you’re so glued to a really good story and you don’t have the next installment yet, so you end up lapping up what little background story you can get your hands on. This is a YA novel that I won’t hesitate to recommend to young adults who think that there are no good Filipino authors worthy of their time. ...more
Shaniqua Lizardo
Best romance novel I've read all sem and most enjoyable Filipino publication I've read so far. <3 Was originally going to rate it three stars, but we met the author today and she was delightful so I'm bumping it up to four. Also, it brought my YA romance novelist dreams out of the closet and actually got me interested in ebooks--two things which I never thought would ever happen. So yay. Until Book 2! ...more
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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "I

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