Rating: 4.5 / 5
Review: I know the topic of love triangles is a little controversial: some people love it, others despise it with a burning passion. I actually am indifferent towards them; they’re usually annoying, but I haven’t really found myself wishing for love triangles to be banished.
This anthology surpassed my expectations. I was really excited to receive an ARC, because a couple of my all-time favorite authors contributed short stories (Renee Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir), and they did not disappoint. I was also introduced to some new authors I hadn’t heard of before, but will soon be checking their work out because I loved the short stories they wrote.
To quickly summarize, I love almost all of the short stories in this anthology, but my top three would have to be:
- Unus, Duo, Tres
- Triangle Solo
- Dread South
Riddles in Mathematics: 3 / 5
This was enjoyable, and a great start to the anthology. I was definitely surprised towards the end of the story.
Dread South: 4.5 / 5
I loved loved loved this story, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The whole story was so unique and really captures your attention from the beginning. I enjoyed reading about the main character, and I genuinely wish this was longer. And the ENDING 😥
Omega Ship: 4 / 5
This was another one of those stories that captures your attention from the start, and keeps you engaged throughout. I was a little confused as to what the main female character did to herself (once you read it, this will make sense), but other than that, it was very enjoyable.
La Revancha Del Tango: 4 / 5
I may be slightly biased because Renee is one of my favorite authors, and she featured an Indian female main character, but this story, once again, was really good. I, along with the main character (Maya), was annoyed at the love interest (Blake) at first, but he eventually won both me and Maya over in the end.
Cass, An, and Dra: 3 / 5
Very unique. This was another one of those stories where you couldn’t tell what the ending was going to be.
Lessons for Beginners: 3 / 5
This was heartbreaking, and I was surprised at how the plot developed. Another plot twist that you don’t see coming.
Triangle Solo: 4.5 / 5
At the end of this story, I developed a slight crush on Connor. It was really adorable how the two of them had a friendly rivalry for winning the affection’s of a mutual crush, and the ending made me laugh quite a bit.
Vim and Vigor: 2 / 5
This was alright, but it didn’t really leave an impression on me when I finished reading it.
Work in Progress: 2 / 5
This was another short story that didn’t leave an impression on me. That being said, it was a unique (how many times will I use that word today) read.
Hurdles: 3 / 5
I got really invested into the main character, though I opposed her “main” love interest. I loved where it ended off, because it’s a cliff hanger and really makes you think about what she would have done.
The Historian, the Garrison, and the Cantankerous Catwoman: 4 / 5
Sigh. Such a great story, and there’s a plot twist at the end that really caught me off guard in a good way. This was highly enjoyable.
Waiting: 4.5 / 5
I love Sabaa Tahir’s books, and I love her for having a South Indian female as the main character. I was torn between the two love interests, and couldn’t predict who she’d pick. I remember flipping the last page of this story and going “That’s it?!” because I wished this was longer.
Vega: 2 / 5
The love triangle involves a girl, a guy, and…a city. Lol, 5/5 for uniqueness though. It didn’t really hold my attention for long. However, this wasn’t one of those stories you read about and quickly forget, there’s a lot going on here and it makes you step back and think, “Wow, that was a little intense…” when you finish reading it.
A Hundred Thousand Threads: 2 / 5
I didn’t quite like this as much as the others, but there’s a plot twist in there that was pretty cool.
Before She Was Bloody: 3 / 5
This was very unique, and it reminded me of something E.K. Johnston or Renee Ahdieh would write. The whole concept of the Moon Eater was a little confusing, but not so much that you’re lost in the story.
Unus, Duo, Tres: 5 / 5
Here is where my heart shattered, and I’ll probably never be able to put it back together again. This short story was by far my favorite. I nearly cried several times throughout, and it hurt my heart so much when Enoch thought he was a monster. I can’t even think about the ending without getting teary eyed again. The author really made me attached to Enoch in like, what, 30 pages? And I was feeling all kinds of emotions while reading this story. I really, reallllly wish this was longer, and deliberately read slowly to prolong the story.
Overall, this was a very good read, and I would definitely recommend getting it once it is actually published. Three Sides of a Heart will officially be published on December 2017.