Sunday, April 10, 2016

Complicated Love Triangles Done Right!

A love Triangle in a Romance novel is about as unique as a witch in a book about sorcery. It's over used for a reason, we simply can't put them down. The scandal, the drama! The heightened emotions and angsty scenes back to back because matters of the heart can get messy. Now personally, I can't get behind a straightforward cheater. Not in my literature. I'll read her book, and root for her happiness but my respect for this character and admiration drops significantly. Finding that balance is tedious work, it takes creativity and patience to cultivate it just right. 

A few books I think did the love triangle right. 

1. Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
This book blew me away. It had this subtle under lining love triangle. It was slow building, twisted and dark. I completely saw how this could have come to be. Evan was so perfect and sweet. But Jonathon was mysterious. With his own closet of skeletons, he understood her more. 

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Another one that sneaks up on you. I've never switched teams mid series before. #1 went above and beyond, he was perfection. He was her knight. But #2 had this ability to make her realize she needed no knight, she could save herself. Do you love the one who wants to protect you, or the one who teaches you to protect yourself?

3. Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
I came into this series, rooting for the main characters. But as the story progressed and Barclay became a bigger part of the story I really started to look at Ben as an inferior rival. None of the story actually said Barclay felt any romantic way about the Janelle. But it was becoming obvious he loved her. I wanted there to be a 3rd book exploring this but no 3rd book has been mentioned. 

4. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
When Lena fell in love in book one, I was happy for her. I understood when she moved on after Alex's death to allow herself to love Julian. This was entirely understood. What would YOU do if a love you once thought was dead suddenly came back. I don't know what I'd do.

Matched by Ally Condie
Probably one of my favorite series even if it was a little action lacking. With the main point being "arranged marriage" she was lucky enough to be paired with someone she actually cared for. Only for a glitch to throw it all off course. I could completely relate to her confusion about what's love, what's friendship and what was forced upon her

From Ashes by Molly McAdams
The cover lead me to believe this was another sordid love triangle in which she'll cheat, but it was more complicated than that and I ended up loving it. Loving him. She was still an OK leading lady, but at least I  could respect her.

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