Nora in Papertea & Bookflowers writes:
I had a copy of Harmonious Hearts 2015 for a few days now and all I can say is: I’m really glad I read this book.
It is a collection of short stories by various young authors between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one who won a challenge. This anthology showcases the LGBTQ genre’s best up-and-coming-authors.
The stories feature all kinds of interesting, relatable characters of all identities and orientations and take place in reality as well as in magical realms. Which is a huge plus! They focus on the difficulties one has to face, be it the own confusion about the feelings one has or the judgement from friends, family and society, but at the same time they don’t. What I mean with this, they tell the the story of people struggling with accepting who they are, but there is a lot more happening in these short stories.
Here you can read the story of a pirate captain wanting to live a peaceful live from now on and finding love on the way and where she never expected it. Or the son of a priest meeting someone helping him in being more true to himself. Or the story of a girl finally getting the courage to ask her crush out. They tell different stories in different genres, which I find extremely important.
They have an open end or a more more resolved one. They all differ from each other and are all well written and interesting and enjoyable reads.
The stories are on point and mostly have a really good flow to them. I especially liked the story “Ceilings”. I loved the writing style.
This book is perfect for a read in between two books or if you’re suffering a reading slump.
All in all I can only recommend this collection. I definitely enjoyed it a lot.
Read the full review here.