Author: Risa Green
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
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 with The 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.
A copy was provided through NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review
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 Jessica for the most part, if the book had been written entirely in her POV I probably would have been able to at least finish this, but as it was Gretchen grated on my nerves.
She was a bratty, know it all little girl. Selfish and entitled. And it all just really rubbed me the wrong way. After her mother's death I thought she would change enough for me to be able to keep reading, and she did change some obviously, but just not enough. Everything she did was annoying to me, till I just got def up and finally chucked it up as a DNF.
I really don't know if this book would have gotten better if I had kept going after the 25% mark, but for me if it doesn't grab enough of my attention by then, it hopeless. I have a short attention span when it comes to books xD If you like stories that deal with switching bodies and secret societies you should give this one a try anyway, you might end up liking it :)
Would I Recommend it?