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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  44 reviews
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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
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 6th 2019 by Bare Ink
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Jan 07, 2019 added it
My favorite thing about J Mercer's books is that she isn't afraid to write complex characters. There are no saints in her stories, but they are all the more to love for that. Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah feel like people you know, with qualities that are both admirable and aggravating. The cruise ship setting also mirrors the emotion of the story: the giddy hopefulness of teenagers getting their first taste of the wide world as well as the itchy frustration of being confined to close quarters--and to ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I received this book for free from the YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Can the kids find out who is stealing from the other passengers?
Triplicity by J. Mercer is an excellent book by this refreshing new author. I loved it from the very beginning to the end. It’s not like a conventional book either, and it’s fabulous. She captured the cruise pretty well. We have three points of view to go from: Navy is
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Isaiah, Jesse, and Navy as they adventure to Alaska on a cruise, with their families and each one hiding a secret. As the three get to know each other, things start to go missing. Each one falling under suspicion, can the three of them find the real thief before the ship docks one last time and things get worse? 

While I figured out quite early who the thief was, I loved how each character was complexed and their backstories were extremely intriguing... some were heartbreaking and others wer
T.H. Hernandez
A teen cozy mystery at sea. When three strangers meet on an Alaskan cruise, the only thing they have in common is their relative ages. But when passengers’ property begins to disappear, they find themselves caught up in the mystery, first as suspects, then as amateur detectives, trying to figure out who really did it to deflect suspicion from themselves. Each of the main characters have their own goals for the trip: germaphobe Navy wants to experience her first kiss, cowboy Isaiah wants to conv ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Triplicity is a young adult mystery by J. Mercer, that takes place on a cruise ship. I was completely intrigued by this idea. I love the idea of a story taking place on a cruise ship, and I hardly ever read young adult mysteries. Most mysteries I read are adult, so I knew this was going to be a cool book. And it was! Triplicity is something than I am used to reading, but it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed this nov
Kate A
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
There is something quite compulsive about this book once you start reading it, from the blurb you know that you are looking for a thief so there is the mystery element, what I hadn’t expected was to feel so invested in the characters. It ended up that I wasn’t that bothered about ‘whodunnit’ but how things were going to be left between Navy, Isaiah and Jesse.

I think what I loved the most about these characters were that they were flawed but also lovable. The author managed to show all the differ
Candyce Kirk
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Triplicity was described as a book for fans of Kasie West and Jenny Han. As a big contemporary fan, that definitely caught my attention. I've never read a book that takes place on a cruise ship and the element of theft and mystery had me interested.

I have to start off by saying that I love this author's writing style. I flew through this book, because it was very pleasant to read. Triplicity is told through three POVs: Navy, Jesse and Isaiah. All of them have their own problems going on
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book read this month! A great mystery and romance, but just the right amount of each. The characters are great and interesting, their motivations are fascinating, and they keep you guessing. And I love the setting. I definitely recommend it.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Triplicity” is a mystery, romance and “finding yourself” type of YA book all in one. I assumed the romantic pieces early on and was pleasantly surprised by the twists the mystery angle brought in throughout the book. Many of the characters are likeable with some thrown in that make you want to tip your head because you don’t know what to think of them, but that makes the book even more a literary picture of lives around us.

The three main teens in the story are complex and raw which makes you f
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE these characters and the way that their lives intertwine over the course of an Alaskan cruise. The conflict starts on page one and doesn't let up until the very end. Fantastic read!! ...more
Christine Antosca
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-book-tours
#★★★★★ for Triplicity, a Young Adult Mystery by J Mercer where three unlikely characters become friends when they are all connected through thefts happening on a cruise ship.

I really liked how Mercer connected every one of the characters in this novel when at the beginning they were nothing but strangers. We were taken through their journey of each day on the cruise and the sections were broken down by which character was talking at the moment, but done in such a way that it wasn’t confusing but
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. J Mercer made me fall in love with the characters right from the first chapter. I wanted to keep reading to find out each of their stories, starting with who would get that first kiss. The story became more complex with each chapter and I read the whole book in one sitting as I didn't want to put it down. Thank you for creating this fun and intriguing story J Mercer, I can't wait to pick up your next book! ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Triplicity by J. Mercer and I have to say that I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who wants a fun, short, enjoyable read to keep them occupied for a few hours. It didn’t have me on the edge of my seat but it definitely kept me interested.

Triplicity is a book about 3 teenagers who make friends with each other while on a one-week cruise. The story follows Navy, a preacher’s daughter with a semi-attentive mother, an intense fear of germs and a headstrong attitud
Caitlin Audet
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I haven't read a whodunit in quite some time so the blurb for Triplicity easily caught my eye, especially since I really liked mysteries when I was younger. I was intrigued with the setting for the story being a cruise ship, having so many people around to mask who was doing what, but also being a place where you were trapped with no where to go. This heightened the drama when something did take place because it was so difficult to figure out s
Paula  Phillips
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it

For me, I have to admit I struggled to finish this book as it was too much on a slower pace than I tend to read and I found the book itself too busy with the different characters tales intertwining and at times I was a tad confused on what was happening and more importantly which teen character was who and even at points found myself going is this character a guy or a girl ? Is he straight or gay? I found it hard at points to distinguish. However, this story was very much if you love character d
Lelia Taylor
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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The nature of a cruise ship is to seat strangers together for meals and, based on my own experience, that can be awkward and the people at a given table bent on not enjoying each others company or it can be the source of some real friendships. In Triplicity, it’s the reason three teens are thrown together; in a normal world, they’d be very unlikely to pal around with each other.

The mystery here is pretty light and attention is focused more on personalities but that’s okay. The interesting thing,
M.M. Silva
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book after winning a drawing when I attended J Mercer's Facebook book-announcement event. I'm so glad I won! I'm typically a one-trick pony when it comes to books (mystery), and even though Miss Mercer is primarily a YA author, this was a mystery that I LOVED. The characters were authentic, and I was able to get inside each of their heads, as Mercer brilliantly jumps from character to character like a pro. The pace was perfect, the lovables were lovable, and the creeps were creep ...more
Kay Hubert
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Story for Any Age

J. Mercer hit all the nail on the head with this book. It was a totally original story of three teens on a cruise, none of whom really wished to be there, and how their lives became entwined in adult issues they weren’t prepared to handle. However they all rose to the occasion, perhaps not quite as an adult would, but succeeded in their own ways. The characters were portrayed to be quite believable, and I found I had to read Triplicity in one fell swoop. J. Mercer is d
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won the Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the characters and the J. Mercer's writing style very much. The plot was OK. I thought the mystery of the theft on the cruise ship was fun and could have been developed more. But overall I think this is a wonderful book for YA readers. ...more
Ellie Mitchell
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review coming mid February (Blog Tour:
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great young adult read.
Lynn Stevens
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Told in multiple points of view, Triplicity moves quickly and is a fun read. Jesse, Navy, and Isaiah meet on the first day of a seven day Alaskan cruise. Each one has extra baggage they bring abroad. Jesse’s mom sent him and his father on the cruise so she could move out. Isaiah desperately wants to prove to his grandmother that he’s not who she thinks so he can go back to the one thing he truly loves: the ranch. Navy’s almost seventeen, and she’s never been kissed. She really wants that first k ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is really good. I liked the story line very well. What could be better then reading about young teens on a cruise ship through Alaska? Add in a mystery thief, and not knowing if any of the teens are hiding the truth that they are one. Navy talks about being almost 17 and never having a first kiss, she hopes that she will have one on this week cruise. And wants it to be romantic and everything. She spends the better part of the book wondering about two guys. I wondered throughout the bo ...more
Elizabeth Soule
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Triplicity by J Mercer drew me in right away with an engaging voice and vivid characters direct the plot seamlessly. I was not sure if this book was suspense or just a variety of YA drama, and it took me at least half the book to decide. In the end I really enjoyed it, although I’m rating it 4 out of 5 stars because for suspense the stakes were not quite high enough, and for drama it did not reach the level of emotional intensity that I was hoping for.

The story is told with a rotating point of
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ya-na
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 2/8/19.

An enjoyable read from a new-to-me author!

Triplicity is told from the POV of the three teens, Navy, Jesse, and Isiah. Some of their sections are longer, but quite a few are short, keeping the action moving and often letting us see the same scene from multiple viewpoints. Each chapter is a day in the cruise ship's itinerary, which was pretty neat. Even though the characters go off ship for sightseeing, though, most of the book's action takes place on
While on an Alaskan cruise, three teenagers meet each other, each with a different motive. During the trip, passengers start to report that some of their items have been stolen. The crew start to look for a thief among the passengers. Navy, Jesse, and Isaiah keep a lookout for the thief, especially after one of their own is accused of being the thief.

Isaiah came off as creepy. It was very rare that he did not come across as creepy to me. He was always so fixated on Navy’s hair. He also kept comp
Stéphanie Louis
This review can also be found on my blog: https://phanniethegingerbookworm.word...

# What I liked

First of all, I really liked the fact, that Triplicity was perfectly realistic. It is written in the point of views of our three main characters, Jesse, Navy and Isaiah. They are all teenagers and currently on a cruise ship with their parents or other members of their family. All of them had their flaws and weren’t the typical mainstream teenie characters that are perfect and can do anything! Sometime
Stephannie Tolitsky- Swoonworthybooks/EnticingJourney
I really enjoyed this book. I have been on many cruises myself and the author captured the cruise atmosphere pretty well. There are three points of view: Navy is the girl on the cruise with her mom and soon to be stepdad. Isaiah is a cowboy that lives on a ranch during the summer times and is trying to convince his grandma that he isn’t gay so he can return to the ranch. Jesse is here with his dad while his mom is home moving out of their house at home.
Navy is caught up in a love triangl
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book! It had a slow-ish start, simply because the story had to introduce the three main characters and a few other less important characters.

Navy, Isaiah, and Jesse are spending a week on an Alaskan cruise. Each of them has some secrets, and then there's a theft on board the boat. Nobody really thinks much of it after the first, because it's just an old lady's purse that has gone missing. But as more thefts happen,
Triplicity is an odd mix of an almost slice-of-life story and a suspense novel. As I followed the three teenagers on the cruise I continually wondered where the story was trying to go. We get a dash of a romantic triangle, misplaced blame for a thief on board, and lots of family drama. With so many different trains of stories running through, I felt like the there wasn't really an end goal.

I didn't always find the three main characters very engaging, and there were many times I flat out didn't l
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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. 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 ...more

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