Book Review | The Devil’s Triangle

The Devil's TriangleTitle: The Devil’s Triangle

Author: Toni De Palma

My Review:

I finished The Devil’s Triangle, and I’m not yet sure how to feel about it. It started off so strong. I was extremely intrigued with Cooper and his judgment in front of Lucy, Saint Pete, and an unknown male figure. The whole idea that they were letting him go back to a new life for a month to try and redeem himself by finding Grace was interesting and original. I even really liked reading about the first bit into this new life. The reveal of the details were well written and kept me engaged. But then he met Grace and I felt like it went down hill from there.

Actually, it wasn’t meeting Grace that caused it to spiral down for me. I actually really liked Grace and reading about Cooper chipping away at her indifferent exterior. But then the wall came completely down and we find out this huge secret about who she really is. And man, I didn’t like it at all. And this is where I go into spoiler mode.

It turns out that Grace and Cooper used to be an item. Then Lucifer, or the devil as so many people know him, decided that he wanted Grace for himself so he split Cooper into two people, sending the ‘new’ Cooper into the life that killed him to begin with. Did I lose you? It’s a lot less complicated when written out in a chapter in a book, but that is what it boils down to. The reason this bugged me was there was no indication as to why Lucifer would choose Grace. There was nothing special about her. She was a typical teenage girl. So why her? At one point near the end Cooper finally asks himself that question and I was hoping that there would be an answer, but no. He just gets killed again. It just didn’t seem realistic that Lucifer, the devil himself, would choose her over any other girl in the world. There just needs to be something fantastic about her to help justify it to me. It’s the whole basis of the story and has nothing to back it up. Not to mention the idea that he’d be judged on the life that wasn’t really him. How is that right? It just kind of ruined it for me, but I suppose young adults wouldn’t be as particular about it.

On the plus side, the POV is from a male character which is great. There really aren’t many YA books like that. The high school setting is very believable with accurate drama and tension between the characters. And the set up for the next book is decent. I’m hoping that the next one will explain more about why Lucifer chose these two to screw with. It’s the only way I’ll find the second book tolerable.

*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*

 

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Comments

  1. Maria Iemma says

    I thank you for the review however this is not the kind of book that I like to read. I like mysteries (cops etc) and romantic books and this seems to be neither of those.

  2. Soozle says

    Thanks for the review! TThe title caught my eye and I thought perhaps it may be something I would like to check out as I love reading supernatural sort of novels but this does not sound like anything I would enjoy…

  3. cylina williams says

    Interesting title, not sure if I would choose to read it but I do find it neat that its the point of view of a male character. Thanks for the review

  4. Nena Sinclair says

    I enjoy reading this type of book, but it sounds like this one is a big let down. Definitely geared toward a younger reader, it seems.

  5. says

    I’m glad there was a good setup for the sequel, but I feel like first installments have to be able to stand on their own to some extent, or else there won’t be anyone around to care about the sequel when it does come. Sounds like this is a good premise that could have used a little more editing/development.

  6. Starr Greenwell says

    Thank you for the review on this book. The title may have drawn me in, so I appreciate the background.

  7. ANN*H says

    It is a interesting title but I dont usually read paranormal sort of books like this one . But I have a friend who would love this book. Thanks for your honest opinion of the book sounds like it started out great and fizzed out abit.

  8. Crystal W says

    I get disappointed in authors who choose to develop the male leads and then leave the female character as a flat and uninteresting. I don’t know if they want girls to think she’s just like them ..ordinary? Don’t authors know that a strong interesting female character is a good thing (Hunger games got it right in my opinion.) I probably won’t pick this one up as it seems I’d be frustrated at this author for doing so.

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