Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles

You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotu...

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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles Reviews

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    , but I'm giving a five because there were so many stories here on my new faves list. This was a

    short story collection, and I have to admit I was really pleasantly surprised after seeing some mediocre reviews.

    What stands out about this collection to me is the

    So much speculative fiction and so many weird ideas! There's a lot of weirdness hidden within this collection, and I have no doubt even some of my fave stories will be polarizing - I've alre

    , but I'm giving a five because there were so many stories here on my new faves list. This was a

    short story collection, and I have to admit I was really pleasantly surprised after seeing some mediocre reviews.

    What stands out about this collection to me is the

    So much speculative fiction and so many weird ideas! There's a lot of weirdness hidden within this collection, and I have no doubt even some of my fave stories will be polarizing - I've already seen two one-star reviews for one of my fave stories, lol - but I think

    If you only want my recommendations for best stories in this collection, try the badass sapphic alternate history of Justina Ireland's

    , the speculative character-driven scifi of Natalie C. Parker's

    , the friendship-focused contemporary of Veronica Roth's

    , the weird and wonderful magical realism tone of Brenna Yovanoff's

    , the fascinating characters and stunning setting depiction of Alaya Dawn Johnson's

    , and the saddest thing I have ever read, Bethany Hagen's

    . You'll notice that's a full 6 of the 16 stories in this collection. I am SO. HAPPY.

    Since I mostly wanted subversions out of this anthology, I'm going to put a 🇸🇱 to indicate love triangles that aren't three heterosexual individuals, and a ☀️ to indicate trope subversion or stories I felt did something totally new with the love triangle.

    - ★★★☆☆ 🇸🇱

    This is contemporary following a girl, her brother, and her brother's maybe-girlfriend. This was cute, first of all, and I like that part of this love triangle was simply a guy and a girl who everyone thinks are dating but aren't necessarily at all. Unfortunately, I think I misunderstood and believed they

    dating for part of the reading. I also don't love that the burden is put on our protagonist to deal with her homophobic parents; how, exactly, is it teenage angst to not want to associate with a mother who can't shut up about your short hair? She's the parent. She can deal.

    - ★★★★★ 🇸🇱☀️

    I'M SCREAMING AT HOW GOOD THIS WAS. It's about a badass black zombie hunter girl in the post-civil war era and the white girl who falls for her. And LOTS of trope subversion. Every racist trope, especially the "you're the one good black person" trope, just died a very painful death. Writing style rocked, concept is of course badass - civil. war. zombie. hunters. - and honestly, I'm just so here for gfs murdering racists. Good concept and great story.

    - ★★☆☆☆ ☀️

    This is about... a naked girl and two hot naked boys having to repopulate the earth. Which, trope subversion, yay? I think Carson was going for a subversive feminist little story, and there was one moment towards the end I liked, but... I think the concept was just too fucking messy for this to ever turn out well. It just got cringey.

    - ★★★☆☆

    This is about a girl in Buenos Aires and the boys she meets along the way. I think fans of good contemporary romance will enjoy this a lot, but it didn't do a ton for me. Liked the banter, but the whole sexy-tango-dancing thing is just not me. Also, very weak love triangle and nothing new was done with it.

    - ★★★★★ 🇸🇱☀️

    This is a novella in which our main character, Cass, can see the outcomes of their decisions before making them - until they end up torn between An, their best friend or maybe something more, and Dra, a hypnotizing person they’ve just met. And it is really, really,

    compelling. I felt like I couldn't breathe towards the end. It's more of an urban fantasy story about choices than anything else; I'd argue the love triangle is somewhat immaterial, but it's a great way of conveying the story. (Honestly, the ideal ending to this one is them all getting together.)

    - ★★★★☆ 🇸🇱

    Bi girl falls in love with another girl while giving her and her boyfriend kissing lessons. Cute, cute, and cute. Nothing new with the love triangle, maybe, but I really enjoyed reading this.

    - ★☆☆☆☆

    Listen, I'm sorry, but it is laughable how terribly this was written. The constant ellipses. The obvious reveals. Everything. God, it was just terrible.

    - ★★★★★ 🇸🇱☀️

    Oh my god, this was so beautiful? It takes a story about a love triangle and turns it into a story about genuine friendship. So much trope subversion.

    - ★★★☆☆ 🇸🇱☀️

    This follows three possibly all in love with each other characters, Alex, Tab, and CJ. Each of the three stories has three sections, one for each POV. Mostly, I just found this a bit confusing: the gimmick is cool, but I didn't catch on quickly enough and honestly found it a little too weird. Definitely not a typical love triangle, though - I really liked that none of the characters were gendered.

    - ★★★☆☆

    ...huh. This follows a girl caught between her normal boyfriend and normal life, and a boy she deeply loves. Which is something

    new, I guess, but even this I've seen done before. I have... so many mixed feelings. I

    all the characters and the idea, but I had too many issues to really get fully immersed. First off, our main character here read really similar to Suzette from

    AND the main character of Colbert's Summer Days anthology story. And I suppose I just... found it kind of boring. The non-ending doesn't help; it would've worked if I'd connected with everything more, but since I felt so apathetic towards the story, it did nothing.

    - ★★★★☆ 🇸🇱☀️

    ...holy crap. Um, I'm not going to say anything about this, but I think you should read this to the end.

    - ★★★★☆

    This was a pleasant surprise! It's contemporary about a girl caught between two great guys, each with their own issues and good parts. It's not anything new, but I think I enjoyed this mostly because I genuinely liked both dudes. Another one where the ideal ending would've been them all getting together.

    - ★★★★★ 🇸🇱☀️

    It's a love triangle between a girl, a boy, and a city. And I'm pretty sure half its readership is going to end it like "huh?" but it's still worth reading because HOLY CRAP I LOVED IT. Brenna Yovanoff just knows how to get to the heart of the human soul, and this short story is no exception. Her writing is just... holy shit, I adore it. I loved the picture I had in my head of Las Vegas while reading; Yovanoff just excels at creating mood quickly, and making you care for stories.

    - ★★★★★ 🇸🇱☀️

    This was really really lovely. It's a story about a futuristic Mexico and rebellion. I don't know exactly what I liked most about this, but I think it was probably the writing - just stunning - and the characters, who I cared about so much by the end I was near tears. The story, while occasionally confusing and not necessarily full of huge plot twists, had me rapt with its odd tone and intriguing worldbuilding. Can't recommend enough - in fact, I'd love to read a full length novel.

    - ★★★★☆ 🇸🇱☀️

    This was quite odd; it's a high fantasy story about an antihero, and there's also some high fantasy polyamory going on? I felt that the actual story and worldbuilding was too confusing to truly adore, but I found the writing quite engaging. Maybe worth a reread.

    - ★★★★★ 🇸🇱☀️

    Poly vampires and a whole lot of antiheroes. That was... the most painful thing I've read in my life. I cannot even begin to convey how painful this was. I reject this story and I very much reject this ending. I'm blocking all of you. Fuck. No one asked, Bethany Hagen. No one.

    VERDICT: A collection of weird and fantastic speculative fiction stories that left me

    enthralled. This story collection was so much more than I expected and

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  • Stacee

    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

    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**

  • Melanie

    First off, I did enjoy this, but this collection uses the term “love triangle” very loosely, in my opinion. Some of the stories could have probably benefited from a stricter use of the word. It was so very diverse in race, sexuality, settings, social structures, and more, and I really appreciated it. I honestly felt like the majority of these stories had a queer aspect to them and that brings so much joy to me. A few of

    First off, I did enjoy this, but this collection uses the term “love triangle” very loosely, in my opinion. Some of the stories could have probably benefited from a stricter use of the word. It was so very diverse in race, sexuality, settings, social structures, and more, and I really appreciated it. I honestly felt like the majority of these stories had a queer aspect to them and that brings so much joy to me. A few of the stories even beautifully showcases budding polyamorous relationships, which is almost unheard of in YA! But like all anthologies, this was a mixed bag, yet overall, I really did enjoy reading this anthology for the most part. I also feel like there is a big enough variety that most people will come out with at least a couple five star stories out of the sixteen.

    And I stuck to my Fantasy roots, because my personal favorite in the whole collection was

    by Tessa Gratton, who was a completely new to me author before this anthology! Their story was a high fantasy short that beautifully features an open-minded start of a polyamorous relationship, set in an amazingly unique world, that also features a kingdom that heavily believes in their religion at all costs. This was smart, this was sexy, this was emotional, and this was honestly perfect for me and my tastes. Please, give me more from this world in a full-length version. But I also want to state that Julie Murphy’s

    was a very close second (and so worth everyone’s time to read)!

    But moving on, I'm going to break down each short story with my thoughts, opinions, and individual star rating!

    - ★★★★

    This was such a good opening story, oh my word! This is a queer short story, set at Christmas/New Years’ time, and stars a girl that has just recently came out to her family. She is struggling with how they perceive her, even though they are really lovely and accepting, and she is struggling to stop feeling so lonely with her unrequited crush, who also happens to be her brother’s best friend. This felt so authentic, and real, and was able to evoke a lot of emotions from me. I loved this completely, and the only reason I gave this four stars was because I never really felt a love triangle! But this was still so amazing.

    - ★★★★★

    Okay, this was an extra good read for me, because I just read and loved

    last month! Well, this short story is part of that world, where an alternate history is taking place after the American Civil War! The blacks and Native children in this world have to go to combat schools to eventually protect the whites from the zombies that now walk among us. And our main character, Louisa, is gifted a girl to protect her, by the boy she thinks she is destined to marry. Louisa, slowfully and painfully, starts to realize her privilege, and then starts thinking about what she really wants from life. Oh, and in case you couldn’t tell, this is also a queer story! And that ending was honestly perfection.

    - ★★

    This was a… very unexpected love triangle for this collection. Basically, an asteroid was going to destroy Earth in nine months time, so a space ship was launched with a bunch of kids so that that they could repopulate a new habitable planet. Well, this story is about how only three of those kids made it out alive and were able to get to the escape pod to land on the new planet. The three survivors are one girl and two boys, and the girl now feels the weight of the world on her shoulders (literally), because she is going to have to repopulate the human race with only her womb. And she has to pick what boy she wants to repopulate with first. This story just… felt not good? Like, it was trying to take a feminist angle on everything, and how the girl should be in control of her body, but it just felt like three hot teens were hanging out and excited to have sex with each other. But if this turns into a full length, NA, polyamorous story… sign me up for that.

    - ★

    I really didn’t enjoy this one. It’s about a girl who just graduated high school and traveled to Argentina alone, to stay in a hostel for one night before her brother meets her. She is still grieving from her dad’s death, and she makes a few book references, and she… likes to salsa dance (all of these just feel so forced and random. But the main character, despite traveling alone and going to a nightclub with people she just met at a hostel, also felt so rude all the time to me. And, I’m still desperately confused as to who was the other point of the love triangle. The dancer? I honestly didn’t like anything about this, I’m sorry.

    - ★★★

    Cass is obsessed with the different paths in life a person can take. She is constantly thinking and analyzing what her choice(s) will lead to, since she can kind of predict and/or see what is going to steam from the choice(s). But the one thing Cass is always certain will be a constantly in her life is An, that is, until she meets Dra. This was a bit weird, and it felt really disjointed while reading, I also didn’t care for Cass not being completely open with her feelings and actions. And the ending really left a lot to be desired. But I loved seeing a genderfluid love triangle point, and everyone used they/them pronouns! But now, after I talked about this with Destiny, I’m questioning if this was just a huge metaphor for Cass’ self-identity because, CassAnDra…. And now my mind is blown, and I’m just unsure how to interpret this! But maybe that’s the beauty of it.

    - ★★★★★

    Our main character is an expert kisser, and gives kissing lessons to other kids from her school. She has a website, and sets up everything online, so her identity remains anonymous until the teaching begins. Ruby only has one real friend, Paul, and everyone is always really surprised to find out that she is the “Kisser Fixer”. And then one day a childhood friend of hers and her boyfriend require her services. This was perfect. Heartwarming, emotional, everything, and had such good representation (queer, body, and race). I loved this so much. This is actually the first thing I’ve ever read from Julie Murphy, and now I want anything and everything by her.

    - ★

    This one just didn’t work for me, probably because it’s about two high school boys lusting over the beautiful new girl they knew in their youth. And even though this is sort of an SFF short, because they live and go to school on a planet that is not Earth, it still read like basic horny teenage boys. And I’m just not about that life. Especially when they are viewing something as lesser until they realize they can use it as a way to get the girl.

    - ★★★★★

    I really enjoyed this. This is about a girl picking between two boys to go to prom with, and then she realizes her value and how friends can love you just as well as any boy ever could. This was so pure, and I honestly just had fun reading it. Also, it’s about girls in a comic club that draw and love their fandom, while also grieving the loss of one of their members. This was just heartwarming, and easily one of the best stories in this collection. And give me all the stories about girls picking their friends who unconditionally love them!

    - ★

    I’m not sure what would possess this author to think that writing three separate stories, all told in 2nd person, all feeling and sounding like the same person, even though they are all completely different points of view, would be a good idea. But needless to say, this did not work for me in the slightest. The third story was the strongest, but I was too annoyed, irritated, and confused at that point to even care.

    - ★★★★

    This story had so much good packed inside of this short little story. This story heavily talks about being the person your parents want you to be, while also trying to balance being the person you want to be. It talks about parents putting too much pressure on their kids, and maybe even trying to live vicariously through them. It talks about addiction, alcohol abuse specifically, and how we treat people once they come back from getting help. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this story meant a lot to me, and high school Melanie would have been able to connect with this story immediately. My only problem was the ending. I’m not saying that cliffhangers or open-ended endings are the worst thing ever, but I just wanted more. Like, write me this full-length novel, please, Brandy Colbert. I’m honestly begging you. This story was great, the characters were fully fleshed out (which is beyond impressive for a short story), and the writing was completely addicting. This was the first thing I’ve read by Brandy Colbert, but now I want to read everything. I really enjoyed this.

    - ★★★★

    Okay, I really enjoyed this one. Morally grey main protagonist, who is learning the life lesson that not everyone will love you the way you love them, while also being a story filled with monster hunting. Like, sign me the hell up for a full-length version of this. I’m legit only giving this four stars, because this could have been such a beautiful polyamorous relationship that would have given me everything I would have ever wanted.

    - ★

    Okay, this is going to sound horrible and petty, but… she picked the wrong guy. Like, I’m all about how you can’t tell people who to love, but like, no. This story is a perfect example of what I do not like in a love triangle. And that’s why it never truly feels like a love triangle and the girl picks the dude she first laid eyes on first anyways, because… reasons

    - ★★★

    All the different names just being dropped at the start was really off-putting. But this short story does take place in Vegas, which is where I live, so I wanted to enjoy it, but it’s filled with the Vegas stereotypes of gambling, drug use, and addiction. I mean, I know that’s an important and very really discussion for many, but it’s a reality for many people in many cities, not just Vegas. I don’t know, maybe I’m being biased, but I just wish it didn’t feel so bad for me to read. I will say that this book feels very much like Vegas, and the author does a wonderful job teleporting you there. I also feel like this is a type of story that I really like though, and I think the love triangle between that stars a girl picking between a boy she has loved her whole life and a city is pretty genius. And it was a much different read than most in this collection, so I appreciated it.

    - ★★

    This was just really boring to me and I honestly felt like I had to force myself to finish it. Maybe it was because the format was told in messages, but I’m not even sure I can blame the disconnect on that. Basically, the only thing I enjoyed was a Mexico City set in the future. And I can see some people really enjoying the plot twist, but I thought it was really predictable.

    - ★★★★★

    I do think this was the high fantasy polyamorous short story that I was after while starting this anthology. Safiya is Moon Eater’s Mistress and her position is very important among her people. Her blessings mean the difference between everything, while her family also sits upon the throne. Unfortunately, Safiya is also unable to take a male lover named Enver, because she must be dedicated to their God. Yet, her best friend, Farah, has sworn her life to her. But Safiya and Farah both want Enver, and Safiya doesn’t want Farah to miss out because of her and the station that was placed on her. This was so freaking amazing. This was smart, this was sexy, this was emotional, and that first kiss, holy moly, that first kiss blew me away. I loved this. This was my favorite of the collection, and I’d love to have a full length story of these characters and this world.

    - ★★★★★

    Um, this is about undead vampires at a Catholic boarding school who are thinking about a polyamorous relationship. It’s diverse with race and sexuality, the characters were phenomenal, the writing was excellent, and it’s pretty much the only thing I wanted for Christmas this year. I don’t want to say too much, because this story is definitely best to go into blind, but that ending was so damn shocking, but perfect in and of itself. I really loved this one.

    I gave

    3 stars overall, because out of a possible 80 stars (5 stars possible for each of the 16 stories) this collection accumulated 51 stars

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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    is a collection of sixteen short stories about love triangles, of varying natures and sexualities. I honestly wouldn't have picked this anthology up if it wasn't for buddy reading it with

    , because I'm not typically a big fan of the trope, but some of these stories executed it wonderfully! I will say that this collection is a huge mixed bag of good and bad stories, and many of the tales aren't what I consider triangles

    but we'll get there.

    is a collection of sixteen short stories about love triangles, of varying natures and sexualities. I honestly wouldn't have picked this anthology up if it wasn't for buddy reading it with

    , because I'm not typically a big fan of the trope, but some of these stories executed it wonderfully! I will say that this collection is a huge mixed bag of good and bad stories, and many of the tales aren't what I consider triangles

    but we'll get there.

    - ★★★★★ ←

    A young girl who has recently come out to her family has to face the struggle of being in love with her brother's best friend, who everyone thinks her brother is destined to marry someday. This was such a beautiful and sweet opener to the collection. It had a wonderful example of how parents deal with teens and big revelations: just because someone takes time to adjust to a change, doesn't mean they're

    with that change. I was rooting so hard for the MC the entire time, and was hooked to the very end.

    - ★★★★★ ←

    A young white woman living in the 1800s has to face down her racism and come to terms with the fact that her Attendant is not "less than" just for her skin color. I was

    for this story! I already loved

    (review

    ) by Justina Ireland, and I was ecstatic to read this story set in the same timeframe. I loved the fact that we were actually looking through the eyes of this racist young girl coming to terms with her own ignorance, and more than anything, I was so here for the self-confidence and cool indifference the love interest exuded throughout the entire story, right to the end. I don't think I will ever give anything Justina writes less than five stars.

    - ★★☆☆☆ ←

    A ship carrying teens to a new planet to start a new home for the human race is on a crash course, forcing three of its passengers to escape and to make a new life for themselves on their own - with only one young woman left to repopulate the planet. This was honestly such a bizarre story to me. I appreciated the feminist ideal behind the ending, and the thought that the girl wanted to take her life into her own hands, but the writing wasn't for me, and one of the guys was so cringe-y it was a little nauseating.

    - ★☆☆☆☆ ←

    A college-bound Indian girl from the southern states heads off to Argentina for a quick vacation, where she meets an obnoxious-but-cute British boy and tries her hand at authentic salsa dancing. There was

    going on in this story, and the worst of it was honestly the geek references. I'm a lifelong geek and gamer girl;

    But it was so unbearable in the narrative, it felt incredibly fake, and the whole thing was just a disaster. On top of that, where was the love triangle? All I saw was this girl drooling over some rude British kid while lusting a little over some salsa dancer that probably didn't care to know she existed, seeing as they

    By far and large, the worst story in the collection was this one.

    - ★★★★☆ ←

    A family curse: every time our narrator faces a decision, they see visions of what will happen if they take either path. Throughout the course of the story, their visions start to show a common thread: one path keeps them in a relationship with their familiar and lovely girlfriend, An, while the other path leads them to a love-at-first-sight encounter with a nonbinary stranger named Dra. The idea for this one was so unique, and I adored how totally queer it was. The idea of the insta-love that Cass would face upon meeting Dra was a little bothersome, though, so I knocked off a star for how much I disliked that general "theme". I found it really interesting that their names formed "Cassandra", though, and I kept wondering if the whole story was a metaphor for the narrator's struggles with their gender identity, rather than a literal tale of three people and romance.

    - ★★★★★ ←

    When a highschool girl learns that she is naturally a great kisser, her best friend convinces her to become a kissing instructor. A wrench is thrown into her normal routine when she takes on her first couple for lessons, and develops unexpected feelings for the girlfriend. Oh. My.

    I loved this story so freaking much I can't even describe it. The narrator is a plus size gal and she is so sexy and fun and proud of herself, and I was so here for the idea of this girl accepting her sexuality with pride and letting herself be "out there" with her body. As a plus size girl, I almost never see myself represented in YA, period, but when I do, it's rarely in good lighting, so I was literally clapping throughout this story. I am here for queer fat girl rep, all day, every day. <3

    - ★☆☆☆☆ ←

    Two high school best friends are used to competing, but when the boys both fall for the same girl, things get a little messy. There's a sci-fi twist, but honestly, the writing was so laughably terrible in this story that I skimmed the ending and can't tell you much about it. I remember Garth Nix being a YA

    when I was a kid, and now I can't tell if his writing hasn't held up over the years, or if he just bombed this particular story, because

    It was such a bummer to be so disappointed by this one, since I saw his name on the contents page and honestly thought I would end up loving his entry.

    - ★★★☆☆ ←

    When a highschooler reunites with her childhood comic book fangirl friends after working through the loss of one of their club members, she is ecstatic to find her place again - until she ruins it by abusing her former best friend's trust to utilize the other girl's father's scientific tools to make a decision between the two boys who have asked her to prom. I don't like Veronica Roth's writing much anyways, but I really tried to enjoy this one, and just... couldn't. I thought it was so ridiculously cringe-y that she used her best friend's father's stuff just to decide between the two boys - neither of whom had a built-up backstory worthy of me caring even the tiniest bit about who she chose - despite knowing that it would get her friend in major trouble if they were caught. She then blamed the whole thing on her anxiety and, as someone who suffers from major anxiety issues, it felt

    to me, watching her brush off her harmful decisions on her mental illness! The only reason I gave this 3 stars was because I adored the ending, but overall, I thought this story was a disaster.

    - ★☆☆☆☆ ←

    Multiple stories of three childhood friends, with each section switching perspectives, and each story fading into the next. The writing style behind this one was unique, for sure, and could work well for someone who's looking for something unusual in their reading routine, but man, it did not work for me

    It took me an unfortunate amount of time to realize that the little mini-sections were switching narratives, because it's all second-person (as in, "you" are the narrator) and there's no indication at all given to let you know the perspectives are changing. Then, when I realized it wasn't one cohesive short story, but was several

    short stories combined into one? Well, that was the moment I just sighed and accepted the fact that I was 1-starring this entry.

    - ★★★★☆ ←

    A young track star is forced to choose between two boys: one, her current boyfriend, is widely loved by her father, appreciates her affinity for running track, and encourages her to pursue huge, Olympic-sized dreams. The other is her best friend's brother, recovering alcoholic, who skips classes and wants her to run away from everything with him. This story wasn't perfect, but it offered this incredible and candid look into the pain that comes with choosing between what your heart wants, and what your mind needs. I only wish the opening had been more solid, but I won't spoil that for you.

    - ★★★★☆ ←

    Imagine a world in which Alfred falls in love with Batman, while Batman leaves Alfred for Catwoman. Our narrator is "Alfred", the Historian, who's in charge of keeping things in order for the Garrison while he gallivants about, fighting monsters and sweeping the Cantankerous Catwoman off her feet. I was actually a little bored in the beginning of this one, and thought the writing could use a little more polishing, but by the end, I was hooked. I positively loved how morally grey the Historian was, and was delighted by the unusual circumstances that came with the end of the story.

    - ★★☆☆☆ ←

    A girl must choose between her best friend - currently doing a stint in prison after being caught with meth - and her new co-worker - the sweet basketball player who's head-over-heels in love with her, despite knowing she's emotionally unavailable. I wasn't in love with this story from the beginning, but I thought it had some potential, until it became evident that she wasn't getting over the bestie, despite the fact that he was treating her like complete garbage. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that I thought the bulk of this story set an

    unhealthy example for young readers learning how to navigate relationships.

    - ★★★★☆ ←

    A girl is in love with two things: her childhood best friend, and the city they live in. When he says he wants to leave, she's left to face a shockingly tough decision. I actually really enjoyed the idea of this one - it showed the side of a young woman who's mature enough to recognize that sometimes, we aren't actually choosing between the person we love and another person or thing, so much as we are choosing between the person we love and

    My only problem with the story was that it portrayed such a stereotypical and negative view of Las Vegas, and I feel like that's a bit hurtful and tired for people who live in the city and have to face those assumptions and cliches everyday of their lives.

    - ★☆☆☆☆ ←

    A girl writes letters to her cheating lover, but who he thinks he's choosing over her isn't quite who

    seems to be, either. I thought this was nice enough writing, but the plot was so boring and predictable that I couldn't bring myself to give it a higher rating. Once it was confirmed (more or less) that I had, in fact, guessed the "twist" from the very first page, I skimmed the rest to see if it got any better, and sadly, it did not.

    - ★★★★★ ←

    Being a leader comes at a price, and for this young woman, it's being forced to give her body to a god, rather than the girl she loves most in the world. This story was so beautiful and incredible. I adored the poly rep, and how flawless and

    it felt. The love shown in the romances here were so pure and wholesome, and I just wanted to bask in them for a while. I would absolutely love to read a full-length story about these characters, and I'm certain that Tessa Gratton will be a TBR author for me after this entry.

    - ★★★★★ ←

    Two vampires in love face an unexpected set of circumstances when one of them falls for the new girl, and learns she has a secret of her own, too. Oh my god, you guys. I won't spoil, but... this one wrecked me. I was literally a blubbering mess of tears by the end. It was so unexpected and beautiful and heartbreaking and

    . I desperately need to read more by Bethany Hagen ASAP, because she made me feel things for these characters in a few short pages that many authors don't manage to do in 400.

    Averaged out, I gave this collection 3.25 stars, which I feel perfectly comfortable with lowering to a 3-star rating overall. While there were a few major gems that I loved, most of the anthology was lackluster or downright

    I honestly wish I could pluck out the stories I 5-starred (and 4-starred, even) and put them in their own bind-up and give it to all of you, but since I can't, I'm having a hard time deciding how strongly I should recommend it. I guess I'll just say YMMV, and if you do read it (or already have), let me know your thoughts!

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was an okay collection of short stories, although some of them I found really confusing. There were a couple of good ones in here though, with the best ones being ‘The Historian, The Garrison, and the Cantakerous Catwoman’ by Lamar Giles, ‘Vim and Vigor’ by Veronica Roth, and ‘Unus, Duo, Tres’ by Bethany Hagen. I’ll do mini reviews for each below.

    ‘Riddles in Mathematics’ by Katie Cotugno

    - 3 stars –

    This

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was an okay collection of short stories, although some of them I found really confusing. There were a couple of good ones in here though, with the best ones being ‘The Historian, The Garrison, and the Cantakerous Catwoman’ by Lamar Giles, ‘Vim and Vigor’ by Veronica Roth, and ‘Unus, Duo, Tres’ by Bethany Hagen. I’ll do mini reviews for each below.

    ‘Riddles in Mathematics’ by Katie Cotugno

    - 3 stars –

    This was a contemporary short story about a girl who had recently come out, and had unrequited feelings for her brother’s best friend/sort-of girlfriend. There wasn’t really much in the way of romance really though, as it was more about Ro’s unrequited feelings.

    ‘Dread South’ by Justina Ireland

    - 2.5 Stars –

    This was a steampunk/zombie story, about a racist white girl who developed feelings for a black zombie hunter who was paid to protect her. There wasn’t really much in the way of romance in this one either though, and I really didn’t like the racism.

    ‘Omega Ship’ by Rae Carson

    - 2.5 stars –

    This was a sci-fi story about a girl and two boys who find themselves the last surviving humans after their ship carrying the last of humanity crash lands on an alien planet. This would have been an okay story apart from the main character being extremely selfish, and I felt sorry for the two boys being stuck with her.

    ‘La Revancha del Tango’ by Renee Ahdieh

    - 3 stars –

    This was a contemporary story about an American girl who meets an irritating English boy in a hostel in Buenos Aires, and they go to a club where they dance. This was pretty poor for a love triangle though because I’m not really sure who the third wheel was in this story!

    ‘Cass, An, and Dra’ by Natalie C. Parker

    - 3 stars –

    This was a bit of a weird paranormal story about a person called Cass (whose gender we never find out), and their relationship with a girl called ‘An’. Cass can see the future, and keeps choosing the path which leads them to stay with An, until a third person ‘Dra’ keeps popping up, who makes Cass question their relationship with An. I found this to be quite a weird story though, and the ending was a bit of a non-end really.

    ‘Lessons for beginners’ by Julie Murphy

    - 3 stars –

    This was a contemporary story about an overweight girl who gives kissing lessons, who develops feelings for a female client who happens to be her childhood best friend. This story was slightly different in that the main character wasn’t at the centre of the love triangle.

    ‘Triangle Solo’ by Garth Nix

    - 3 stars –

    This was a sci-fi story set on Mars, in which two percussion players (who hate playing the triangle) compete over a girl. This was an okay story, but nothing special.

    ‘Vim and Vigor’ by Veronica Roth

    - 3.5 stars –

    This was a story about a girl who couldn’t decide which boy to go with to prom, but it was the backstory of her friendship with three other girls that seemed to take over this story, and I liked who she chose to go with in the end.

    ‘Work in Progress’ by E. K. Johnston

    - 2 stars –

    I honestly have no idea what this story was about. We got three points of view from 3 teens on board a spaceship that had been taken over by rebels. Then three points of view of the same 3 teens spending a summer by a lake. Then yet another three points of view of the same 3 teens in medieval times? And then it just ended? I’m confused.

    ‘Hurdles’ by Brandy Colbert

    - 3.25 stars –

    This was a story about a girl trying to choose between her boyfriend and home, and running away with her best friend’s older brother who she had a secret crush on. The ending was so annoying though as the story just seemed to stop without any resolution.

    ‘The Historian, The Garrison, and the Cantakerous Catwoman’ by Lamar Giles

    - 3.5 stars –

    This was a fantasy story about a girl who moved to a town infested with monsters, and fell in love with the resident monster killer. Unfortunately, he started seeing another girl though, thus the love triangle. I loved the little twists in this story though.

    ‘Waiting’ by Sabaa Tahir

    - 3.25 stars –

    This was a contemporary story about a girl choosing between a boy who she kissed once before he went to jail, and the boy who was left behind to pick up the pieces. This one was pretty good, and it wasn’t clear who Ani was going to pick until right at the end.

    ‘Vega’ by Brenna Yovanoff

    - 2.5 stars –

    Didn’t like this one as I didn’t really get it. There was a girl, her male best friend, and his brother, but not really any romance to speak of.

    ‘A Hundred Thousand Threads’ by Alaya Dawn Johnson

    - 2 stars –

    Didn’t get this story at all. It was told through emails(?) or messages or something, and I just couldn’t follow what was going on at all.

    ‘Before She Was Bloody’ by Tessa Gratton

    - 3 stars –

    This was a high fantasy story about a girl who couldn’t have a man that she desired because of her position as the ‘Moon Eater’s Mistress’. This was an okay story, but also quite confusing.

    ‘Unus, Duo, Tres’ by Bethany Hagen

    - 3.5 stars –

    This was a vampire story, about two male vampires who are in a relationship, when one of them is attracted to a new girl at school. This was actually a pretty good story, although the ending was not happy unfortunately.

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    2/5

    Wow, I did not expect to dislike this book because usually I am a huge fan of short story collections. I only truly liked, maybe 3 or 4 of the 16 stories and most of them were unmemorable.

    This short story collection is supposed to be about love triangles but more than half of them didn't really even have a love triangle in it??

    I am filming a solo video review for this and sharing my ratings for each, individual story.

    So bummed I didn't enjoy this.

  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)

    I'm going to throw a shit fit if at least TWO of these stories don't end in a threesome/triad/open relationship/thing along those lines.

    Why two? Because arbitrary choice, that's why.

  • Lauren

    You think?!

  • O.R.

    Love triangles - I need to write YA because it sells the best but I have no idea how to keep anybody interested with my lame plot. Let me introduce two hottest guys in love with the worst type of girl imaginable. Poor girl has no idea which one to choose. No worries! In YA men don't mind being played around. Even if they're brothers.

  • Gillian Berry

    my personal faves:

    This was a contemp story with an equal helping of feels and fluff, with an f/m/f triangle and a newly out lesbian MC adjusting to her new reality out of the closet. Really cute and feelsy.

    Thank god for Renee restoring my faith in the world with this funny, bantery story about an American girl who is staying in a hostel in Buenos Aires and the cute boys she meets there. She angry flirts with one about

    my personal faves:

    This was a contemp story with an equal helping of feels and fluff, with an f/m/f triangle and a newly out lesbian MC adjusting to her new reality out of the closet. Really cute and feelsy.

    Thank god for Renee restoring my faith in the world with this funny, bantery story about an American girl who is staying in a hostel in Buenos Aires and the cute boys she meets there. She angry flirts with one about things like tango and Tolkien and guysssss this is what I CAME HERE FOR. I wish this was a full book so we could get some more travel porn, but I totally loved this one.

    About a girl who is a hurdles star, under enormous pressure from her coach dad, who has a cute and supportive track star boyfriend, but has always had feelings for her bestie's brother, who just got back from rehab. The conflict in this book felt real, even if I KNOW I'm old because I kept saying SWEAR TO GOD, GIRL, IF YOU RUN OFF WITH THE TEENAGE ALCOHOLIC I AM CALLING YOUR PARENTS

    That was fucking BOSS. I don't want to say more than that because DAMN, other than this story is the one that truly used the short fiction form the best. It is and can only be a short story, and it's awesome. It's got this Buffy-ish set up, with supernatural demon-y things and the Scooby Gang that battles them, but...yeah. It's not fluffy, but it did make me say "WHOA" out loud so PROPS, MR. GILES, I TIP MY HAT

    I really liked this one, and thought it would be even better as a full novel! (Alas, my preferred ship did not sail lol). The setting, of a teeny tiny shitty California town, was unique and well done, and I really liked the MC's voice.

    This is set in a futuristic Mexico City! Yay!

    I really liked this one! Gave me my first real OT3 feelings. And it was about vampires, which should have annoyed me but ended up being wonderfully angsty. I was all about this one.

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