Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles


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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Three Sides of a Heart reinvents the love triangle with sixteen different stories, in with a wide spectrum of genres, and race, sexualities and genders. We have stories where the person has to choose between two people, or stories where there is no choice made, or stories where all the three people are in love with each other, or stories where one LI is eliminated so that the other two can live happily ever after. The stories are truly diverse and only about a third of them have some form of heteronormative storylines with a twist. For the rest, they involve at least a bisexual protagonist, and/or have gay/sapphic romances included. There is a story where the love interests are the same person, with different persona. There is a story involving a polyam ship among vampires, or a story with a polyam ship involving an empress who was not meant to be a ruler but ends up becoming one. There is a story where one of the love interests is genderfluid, and one where the genders of the three people involved is not specified. Another where one of the love interests is not a person, but a city. Basically, it is all different kinds of stories, with distinct storytelling styles, and diverse material, but the common theme of the love triangle. The book starts off with a sweet love triangle, Riddles in Mathematics where a brother-sister duo both love their childhood friend, and has hints of the Hayley Kiyoko’s song Girls Like Girls (without the abusive bf), and that kinda had me hooked in the book! While I really can’t go into each and every one of the stories, I would like to mention a few. Work in Progress was an unusually written story, with the genders of the trio not specified and the story actually being mini-stories of the same three characters but in different settings like space fantasy, high fantasy, contemporary, etc. and it doesn’t really have a conclusion. Just the idea that their story is told and retold across in different times, making it a timeless story that is much more about deep friendship. It is also one of the (probably) polyam stories. Another story, The Historian, the Garrison and the cantankerous cat woman is distinct because it is from the point of view of one of the love interests in the triangle (which is not a polyam ship) and delivers a nice gut punching twist in the end. I loved that it kept me on my toes and then made me gasp because I really couldn’t have seen that coming, and neither did the one who had to choose between the two. Dread South has me excited to read Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation because I think this short story is set in that universe and this little taste has me wanting for more. A Hundred Thousand Threads challenges the old new exciting girl trope with a blind central character and both his love interests being different personas of the same girl. While most of the stories in the book were amazing, some didn’t exactly impress me. Some were just playing on the old choose between the two love interests – one who excites you, one who interests you. Some were just two people chasing the same person, and that person has to decide to go with their head or their heart. And some stories did not really have a conclusion, or a forward movement to the plot – just present a setting where an unusual love triangle is presented. These were kind of why I could not give this a full five-star rating despite being an amazing collection of stories overall
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Never in a million years did I think I would willingly read a book about love triangles, but this had too many awesome authors to skip. My favorites were the stories from Sabaa Tahir and Bethany Hagen. Both felt properly fleshed out with excellent characters and fantastic endings. I could have easily read more of either, but was quite satisfied with the story as it was. The rest of the stories were good, but nothing else stood out to me. Several felt rushed and underdeveloped. Overall, a good collection of stories with several diverse characters and unique situations. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
Now this might be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really have a problem with love triangles. Knowing a book has a love triangle doesn’t immediately turn me off the book, so I came into this anthology excited to see how these authors executed this divisive trope, but I wasn’t necessarily looking for a complete reinvention or trope subversion. That said, some of these bring a fresh new take to the love triangle that was a lot of fun to see. Average rating: 3.77 Stars Stories I was most excited for: Riddles in Mathematics by Katie Cotugno; Lessons for Beginners by Julie Murphy; Hurdles by Brandy Colbert; Waiting by Sabaa Tahir Favorite Stories: La Revanacha del Tango by Renée Ahdieh; Cass, An, and Dra by Natalie C. Parker; The Historian, the Garrison, and the Cantankerous Catwoman by Lamar Giles; Waiting by Sabaa Tahir; Vega by Brenna Yovanoff, & Unus, Duo, Tres by Bethany Hagen Least Favorite Stories: Triangle Solo by Garth Nix; Work in Progress by E.K. Johnston; & A Hundred Thousand Threads by Alaya Dawn Johnson