Title: Triangles [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kimberly Ann Miller
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: June 18, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A bit choppy and ridiculous at times, but still a decent read.
About the Book: A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?
In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.
Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life–her father’s death years ago, her mother’s medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her–seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she’s gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they’re a happy couple… a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying “Happy Anniversary”… and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship’s doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she’s warned that these “alternate realities” could become permanent.
She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?
Triangles is one of those books that starts out with a lot of potential and seems interesting, but then takes a slight turn south and leaves you wanting more, and not exactly in a good way. Although it was a light and fun read, it was a bit choppy and ridiculous at times and I couldn’t really connect or care for any of the characters at all. I could’ve used more background and discussion about the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, as I felt like Miller barely glossed over what was supposed to be a key plot point. Instead, I felt it focused more on Autumn deciding which boy she wants to be with, which didn’t really interest me.
I feel like the whole alternate reality aspect of the book was underdeveloped and I really wish there was more focus on that, because that would’ve been pretty cool. I mean, clearly, Autumn figured out what was happening to her, yet she still acted like she didn’t know what the hell was going on every time her reality changed, and constantly went back to what happened the previous day, despite evidence that things were different. I guess, given that she’s still young I can understand her mindset, but still, she’s not THAT young and I just didn’t like the way she handled everything.
As for the characters, yes, Autumn did bug me at times. She can be pretty bratty, mean, and self-centered; but she has a lot of pain and guilt pent up inside her and she’s had to deal with a lot of crap in her life, so I gave her that. I actually thought she was going to annoy me a lot more than she did, and it was only how Miller handled her actions and reactions to what goes on in the Bermuda Triangle that really got on my nerves. Oh, and I really didn’t like the way she treated her sister. The guys weren’t so great either. Joe was a bit too clingy for my taste. He eventually grew on me and I saw that he really does care for Autumn, however, there was one part of the story (during one of Autumn’s alternate realities) that really, REALLY turned me off from him completely. I mean, I know he wouldn’t really be like that, but what he did was just selfish, irresponsible, and unbelievable really, given the circumstances. Marcus was a total douche, too. He’s pretty much a spoiled rich kid who knows he’s hot and uses & loses girls like gum.
Triangles definitely isn’t a terrible read, although it wasn’t as good as I was hoping for. It’s short and I did find myself flying through it to see what would happen next, but I wasn’t engrossed or anything. Probably my favorite aspect of the book was how Autumn came to terms with what happened to her parents, even if the ending was kind of coincidental. The idea was interesting and the setting was different, but the story itself was a bit too mediocre for my taste.