by Risa Green
Published by Soho Teen Release date : September 3rd 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Mythology, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
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When 13-year-old Gretchen Harris's mother is murdered at Gretchen's 8th Grade graduation party, everyone in the town of Delphi, California, suspects a power struggle within the Oculus Society: Delphi's version of the Junior League. Gretchen's best friend, Jessica Shaw, might even hold the key to finding the culprit withThe Plotinus Ability: the Oculus Society's jealously guarded secret power to trade souls, which hinges on a kiss. Gretchen's hope at finding the murderer ends in tragedy when Ariel Miller—the class outcast—stalks Gretchen and Jessica and surreptitiously films them exchanging a kiss to test if the Plotinus Ability is real, not knowing their motives. The ensuing YouTube video ("Popular Girls = Secret Lovers") goes viral, Gretchen's and Jessica's lives are further shattered, and they vanish from Delphi.
Flash forward two years later: Ariel is suddenly the most popular junior in town, but wracked with guilt over what she did to Gretchen and Jessica. When both girls reappear after their mysterious absence, Ariel finds herself pawn, suspect, and key player in their scheme to bring the murderer to justice.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In every book, there is always that one thing that stands out. Whether it be the Characters, the romance, the plot or the writing. In Projection, it is defiantly the writing. That’s not to say that anything else in the story isn’t mention-able, or even good. Because they are. It’s just that the writing stood out for me.
The story flips between POVs throughout the book. We start off being introduced to Amphiclea and Gemina, two teens in Rome in 259 A.D. Then Gretchen, Ariel and Jessica present day- but goes back to Amphiclea and Gemina throughout the novel. Complicated, I know. But there is a distinct difference between ALL the different POVs. Each and every “voice” is different and unique. There are two different stories here. The one with Amphiclea and Gemina and the one revolving around Ariel, Gretchen and Jessica. But they go hand in hand. And both stories are crucial to understand everything that is going on.
After the death or her mother, Gretchen is desperate to find out who killed her. When Jessica learns about the true, hidden secrets behind the Oculus Society and shares what she discovers with Gretchen, the two try to “trade souls” in order to find out more about what happened. Ariel; whom both Jessica and Gretchen dislike, caught this moment on film and posted it on YouTube. After three years, Gretchen and Jessica move back to Delphi, after being abroad at a boarding school and trick Ariel into helping them find the killer.
First of all, the characters. I honestly thought both Ariel and Gretchen were immature bitches. I couldn’t fathom why Gretchen thought a 13-year-old GIRL could strangle a grown woman and WHY.. It isn’t logical. She was so hung up on the simple fact that the girls didn’t like each other and she wanted to get back at Gretchen for not inviting her to a party. What? As for Ariel; she is the perfect example of how MEAN middle school girls can be. However, I find it rather difficult to believe she would harbor so much guilt, after three years, about what she did to Gretchen and Jessica. But I guess it’s possible. Jessica; well I honestly don’t have much to say about her as a whole. She was just THERE. Well, OK. There were some things that made me pity her. But that’s it, really.
I really liked the idea of trading souls. It was just the SOUL. Imagine inhibiting someone else’s body, having their voice, their freaking TASTE buds but your MIND and SOUL are your own. Pretty fascinating. I really enjoyed the story with Amphiclea, Geminia and Plotinus. I was looking forward to getting back into that story vs the mystery on who killed Gretchen’s mother.
Speaking of; the mystery behind who DID kill her was pretty awesome. I had my suspicions– and they were OUT THERE– but I never thought the story would have taken that kind of turn. Well done 🙂
Overall- I liked it. While I didn’t care for the three girls; Jessica, Gretchen and Ariel, I loved the story with Amphiclea, Geminia and Plotinus, the plot and the writing. It’s different, original and pretty fascinating. I recommend it.
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