Friday, September 6, 2013
Friday Feature: Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller (Review)
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?
Right away I sympathized with Autumn. Her father was killed in a car accident she blames herself for, and her mother is in a coma from a different accident that Autumn also feels responsible for. Basically, Autumn hates her life and the guilt consuming her. All she wants to do is get out of New Jersey and go somewhere where no one knows her. But what's worse is that she's afraid to get close to people because everyone she loves winds up dead or in the hospital. So while she puts up a wall and pushes people away, she believes she's doing it to protect them.
She has mixed feelings about this cruise to Bermuda she's taking with her sister, Jessica, because her mom planned the trip before she fell into a coma. But Autumn also wants to get away and forget her problems. Only her problems follow her. Joey, the guy who is so in love with her that he follows her everywhere, manages to get on the cruise as well. Autumn thinks the cruise will be just as bad as her life back home, but she's wrong. It's worse.
As they enter the Bermuda Triangle, Autumn wakes up in a different reality each day. And each one is worse than the last. More accidents, more death, and more heartache. And she has to learn from it all or risk becoming a permanent victim of the Triangle.
I won't spoil the book for anyone. I'll just say that it's packed with emotion. Autumn is put through so much, and I couldn't help rooting for her.
Just for fun: Do you believe in the mysterious powers of the Bermuda Triangle?