One thing that I love is mystery and romance. (Wow. Shocker.) So when I see a book that offers both of them, I jump on it. Triplicity by J. Mercer is a good example. The description of it immediately drew me in, which you can read below.
Publication date: January 6th 2019
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.
Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets.
*For readers of Kasie West and Jenny Han.*
WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Interesting, right? It gave me high hopes for the book. But, did it meet it’s expectations? Not 100%. While a good book, It definitely didn’t make it onto my favorite reads list.
The book swims around three point of views – Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah. And out of those characters, only one of them were truly likeable (to me, at least.) And that was Jesse! While he wasn’t perfect, like most people, I truly did feel for him. Oh be still my beating heart. Neither Navy nor Isaiah deserved to be around him. (#TeamJesseDeservesBetter.)
Despite all of that, the plot itself was definitely interesting. Though I tried my hardest while reading, I wasn’t able to figure out who the thief was until the end reveal. (And I pride myself on things like this, smh.) And one thing I can say about that is this – it frustrated me to no end. It wasn’t the thief themselves that frustrated me, but rather the circumstances around it. I know I just said I didn’t like Navy, but #NavyDeservesBetter.
And the final thing. The thing that I was excited for the most : the Romance. The romance in this book is in summary a weirdly complicated love triangle. And might I say, kind of annoying. Jesse and Isaiah “battle it out” for Navy’s affections (and the chance to take her first kiss) and instead of loving it, I rolled my eyes instead. It was all very predictable. When I read Navy’s point of view I wanted to hear about Jesse, when I read Isaiah’s point of view I wanted to hear about Jesse, and when I read Jesse’s point of view I wanted him to stay very far away from everyone and *gasp* be happy.
Overall, I did enjoy the book and it wasn’t a chore to pick it up and read.
My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Keep reading to learn about the author and enter a *giveaway*!
J. Mercer grew up in Wisconsin where she walked home from school with her head in a book, filled notebooks with stories in junior high, then went to college for accounting and psychology only to open a dog daycare. She wishes she were an expert linguist, is pretty much a professional with regards to competitive dance hair (bunhawk, anyone?), and enjoys exploring with her husband–though as much as she loves to travel, she’s also an accomplished hermit. Perfect days include cancelled plans, rain, and endless hours to do with what she pleases. Find her on Facebook @jmercerbooks or online at www.jmercerbooks.com.
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