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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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Soho Teen
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Bee
This review was originally posted on my blog: Istyria book blog.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss. Thank you!*

This book so utterly unique and engaging, that it haunted me when I wasn't reading. I thought about it the whole time, eager to go back to the book and find out more. Not many books can do that, but this one can. And I am so glad that it lived up to this expectation! Actually, it exceeded my expectations. I've never read anything from Risa Green before
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Mia
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Honestly, I think Projection was great. It was well written, and interesting, and engaging, but it was missing something. I'm not really sure what that is, but it's the thing that makes the reader force all of their friends to read it, because they need someone to share all of the feels with. Maybe that's the problem; I didn't get any feels. I didn't really care about the characters. Yeah, they all have their little sob story, but they don't have very strong personalities, there isn't really any ...more
Meg
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
If I had expectations for this books going in I think I would've been disappointed. However, I didn't. I found this book while roaming through the isles of Book Con this past May. The cover drew me in right away and I thought it looked awesome.

Projection is the story of two girls, one whose mother was murdered. The two girls are best friends who end up discovering this unique ability that can be traced back all the way to ancient Rome. They use this ability to try to figure out who killed the g
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Jan Wollet
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Greek mythology meets mystery, liked more than I thought I would.
Jojobean
I like this book and it was a quick read.

The story alternates between ancient Rome, 2 years ago from the present day and the present day. There are 4 main characters. Amphiclea who is in ancient Rome; Gretchen in the 2 years ago from present day and Ariel and Jessica in the present day. However Gretchen, Jessica and Ariel are in all chapters that don't have to do with Ancient Rome and the povs change usually after an Ancient Rome chapter. With these three Gretchen and Jessica are best friends a
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CJ
ok to good - not exciting
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publicist in exchange for a honest review.

Green’s debut novel Projection is a clever and unique addition to the Young Adult genre.Projection is a paranormal/sci-fi sleuth novel (on the light-side) set in three time periods that will appeal to a lot of readers.

The book opens to Rome 249 A.D., introducing readers to Gemina, her best friend Amphiclea, and Gemina’s teacher/a philosopher Plotinus. Gemina believes her husband is cheating on her. Plotinus
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Brianna Maddox
** I received an ARC copy from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.**
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I will write my full review later. I was seriously surprised at how good this book was!
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The book begins with the back story of two characters- Plotinus and Gemina. The story is first set in Rome 249 A.D. Gemina is married to Castricius who is the Senator of the city or town. She is trying to find out if her husband is cheating on her and stealing her money (which her father gave her) to this other woman. Th
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Brittany
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA Fans
How I Came To Read This Book: I received a free ARC from Edelweiss.

The Plot: The book sort of takes place in three time periods. It opens in Ancient Greece, where a noblewoman named Gemina suspects her husband is cheating on her. The philosopher she’s a patron of, Plotinus, suggests a ‘soul switching’ tactic of the Freaky Friday variety. Flash forward to the future, when Gretchen is graduating from middle school. The night of her lavish graduation party, her mom reveals ‘wonderful things’ are ab
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Tonyalee
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
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,
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Katie
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it

Expected Publication Date: September 3, 2013.

Favorite Quote from the Book:

‘Our trust and our faith shall bring justice…This is the promise we solemnly keep.’


MY THOUGHTS:

Judge the Book by its Cover:

While I think the girl and overall design is beautiful, the book’s cover holds no relevance to the story. In fact I believe that it is just a typical pretty YA cover designed with the intention to sell more books when it’s published. It’s okay but not one of the best.

Things that Made Me Happy:

I absolut
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Jenea
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Projection was one of those book that I read the blurb before I started reading, which is something I tend not to do, so I wasn’t sure whether after reading it if it was going to be something that I would enjoy or not. It ended up being pretty good, so I am glad that I gave it a try. Gretchen is 13 years old when her mother is murdered, and after she learns some secrets that her mother was hiding. She sets out to find out her is behind her mothers murder and learns a lot more.

There were two mai
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J.N.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Many thanks to SoHo Press for giving me the chance to read and review this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

Projection was a refreshing young adult book to read. It explored a topic that I had never thought about before, and I liked all the historical references (though I have no idea if they are based on fact or not). It was an interesting concept--being able to "project" into another person's body.

The book had a good start, but honestly I didn't care for either of the main characte
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Kimberly
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery, chic-lit
This book is a great new addition to the YA genre. Like many other YA books its appeal expands to older readers as well (I definitely qualify as an older adult). I started reading the book on red-eye airplane trip from the west coast to the east coast. Although my plan was to sleep most of the way, I had a hard time putting the book down. It is a combination of murder mystery, contemporary sci-fi, and teen chick lit.

Gretchen’s mother is murdered the night of her eighth grade graduation. Her mot
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Katherine Paschal
Gretchen and Jessica were best friends and top of the food chain when they graduated 8th grade. Ariel on the other hand was an outcast, someone who no one wanted to associate with. Something terrible happens to Gretchen and it changes her world, making her and Jessica have a falling out. Time passes and events are set in motion that have been paused for a long time, and all three girls must get over their anger and past hurt to stop what is coming.
I thought the beginning of this book was great.
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Brytani
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Projection by Risa Green provided a new look at Ancient Rome. I really enjoyed this book and I won it as a Goodreads Advanced Reader's copy. This book looks at Ancient Rome through both modern day and snip its from Ancient Rome.
This book is about a 2,000 year secret, an unsolved murder and three girls who risk their souls to find the truth. Gretchen Harris starts as an 8th grader, who's mother is murdered the night of her graduation party. This story takes place in Delphi, California, where ther
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Jennifer Kuo
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Got this book as part of Goodreads Giveaway.

The overall premise was good, but sadly the execution was not. We are introduced to two main characters Jessica and Gretchen. They discover how to swap souls and they do so to find out who murdered Gretchen's mom.

Interrupting their story are a few chapters dedicated to who first started/discovered this ability, set in Ancient Rome. These sections are more tailored to adults, since they deal with issues like adultery and gender equality. Of course, eve
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Ornella (Nyx)
May 12, 2013 marked it as never-finished
Shelves: arcs, stand-alone
I'm sorry to report that this one was a DNF for me. I love books about astral projection and ancient civilizations. This one had both, plus a secret society! It should have been a winner by all rights.

As most of you know, characters are huge for me and in this case Gretchen just wasn't doing it for me at all. I could have excused it as her being so young but I just really couldn't stand her. The whole book seemed to childish even when we were in the middle of a murder investigation. I liked Jess
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PrincyJessie
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Greeek Mythology, thriller, never ending suspection, friendship, love

WOWWWWW Projection! This book was a thriller read when i picked it up I saw the cover it was cool but then when i read the description I got to borrow it. I am a personal fan of the greek mythology and when i read this i wasn't disappointed.
Gretchen = She is a complex character, I love her friendship with Jessica and her eager to find the truth is very very good. I love how she came to not trust Ariel and then to the last wor
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Veronica Vannoy
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh geeze..where do I begin. First of all, I am so glad I was able to finish this book. The first few chapters were... just... I was like..nope..no way in hell I would be able to finish it. The names were just terrible.. too long, too strange, Amphiclea...really da hell is that? I'm sorry, but the Author shouldn't have made the first chapter what she did.

The main story was told by 3 teenage girls in present day, but the first chapter, and a few other chapters were told by people from A.D. times.
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Stephanie
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Projection is a nice twist on a teen mystery. It has an okay background on the Oculus Society's secret. As well as a (partially) stereotypical grudge between main characters(view spoiler).

However, the main plot behind it all is well thought out and entertaining. I definitely enjoyed reading it. The only thing is I wish it would have been out sooner, so I could really enjoy the "teen girl drama" that I would've d
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Venus Smurf
I won this as part of a giveaway, and while it was definitely aimed more at a YA audience, I still enjoyed it.

Without giving away any spoilers, the book is essentially about a group of girls who learn to switch souls. There wasn't quite enough focus on the difficulties they had while in each other's bodies, and there were times when I felt the characters weren't developed quite as well as they could have been, but overall, the story moved along at a nice pace and had enough twists to keep me in
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Laurie
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here is an excerpt from my review: "Gretchen is a typical 13-year-old. She's just graduated from 8th grade, she's totally into cute Nick Ford, and she's looking forward to spending summer vacation with her best friend Jessica. But when her mom is murdered, Gretchen discovers that she's anything abut typical. She's actually descended from a line of Ancient Greek women who, as part of the Oculus Society, protect a very special power: projecting souls. Basically, with a "kiss", two women's souls ca ...more
Lee
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from First Reads.

Once I started reading this book, I realized that it's target audience is definitely girls in the tween-to-teen range, not 36-year-old fathers. That being said, I actually enjoyed reading it. The characters were fairly well-developed, if a little on the archetypal side. The plot was interesting, and kept me reading, even when I had other things to do. I don't want to go into too much detail, because there isn't much you can talk about without giving
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Kanyon
First I would like to thank Soho for my free copy of Projection via Goodreads Giveaway.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and it was very well written. It had such an interesting story line that never failed to keep my attention. I liked the tie-in with ancient Greek world. There are three different time periods throughout the book to enjoy. It was very refreshing to read something other than the average YA novel. I would recommend it if you like teen mystery / fantasy books. Well hon
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Don O'goodreader
Projection by Risa Green is a cross between Freaky Friday, The Mummy and Nancy Drew. Three high school girls set off the solve the mystery of the Oculus Society, a 2,000-year-old secret society of women protecting the power to exchange bodies, and the murder of Gretchen's mom. The other two girls are wild and poor Ariel and Gretchen's BFF Jessica.

All three girls share a common bond that they have lost someone: Gretchen's mom, Jessica's dad, and Ariel's parents.

I received a free copy of this boo
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Ally
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book from goodreads first reads from Soho Teen.
Not the typical type of book I would pick up to read but I was suprisingly impressed with it.There was bits and peices that could have been made better or maybe if this was made into a series of books so that the characters were built up more.I read it pretty quickly because it was an interesting story and the characters weren't boring.I'm not sure who the main character in the book was but I ended up feeling more for Ariel.She was s
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Harmony
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I just finished reading Projection. I had a few thoughts about it. I really liked the philosophical aspect of the book, and the tie-ins with the ancient greek world. There were some flaws in the book, which made it less enjoyable as a whole. Hence the three stars. I felt that the beginning started off kind of slow, but it started to pick up after a couple pages. Then the style of writing was not my favorite. It didn't pull me in like other books I have read. Overall I found Projection to be a go ...more
Trina Duvall
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read-wins
Goodread win-

This book was really interesting. It keeps you engaged until the end. The one thing that stuck out was I didn't really care for the characters much. It also made it to where when I took a break to do other things I kept thinking about the book which made me want to read more. The one thing I feel was very amazing was the three time periods. I am definitely going to recommend if my friends need new books to read.
Lauren K
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Projection is a very interesting book. I usually am not the biggest fan of mysteries, but this book captured my attention. I like how most of the story was in present day, but parts were centuries ago in ancient Greece to help the story make more sense. The writing was powerful, yet soft. There were many strengths in the writing and few flaws. I recommend this book and hope a sequel will come out soon.
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