Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review : Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth

Author: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

Series: Twisted Lit #2
Published: January 18th 2013 by Merit Press
Format: ebook
Source: Received a review copy from the publisher/author in exchange for a honest review

 Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally-charged twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig McKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves — and herself — before they get caught in the crosshairs?

My Thoughts

Exposure is yet another Shakespeare retelling by Amy Helmes & Kim Aksew. While Tempestuous was an enjoyable retelling of Shakespeare's Tempest,Exposure is based on Macbeth.
Macbeth was a compulsory part of my literature curriculum in high school so I did have a vague idea of what Exposure was based on.

So in Exposure we have a Sky a self conscious,wall-flower kinda girl who's fascinated by photography.She's the kind of person who watches from the side lines and doesn't really get involved in much.
I could relate to her on her certain level although sometimes she did grate on my nerves with the way she put up with the way that Craig treated her.
And there's this part where she overhears that Craig may have had something to do with a MURDER-Instead of reporting him or reacting in some normal way she makes excuses for his behavior and blames his girl friend,Beth!What The Fudge?? O.o
And then we have Craig,popular unattainable "golden" boy-The way he treated Sky was appalling,his attitude was sometimes hot and sometimes ice-cold.He was a total wimp-azoid most of the time.
This pretty much sums up my reaction everytime Craig opened his mouth-->

Beth,Craig's girl friend is the cliche psychotic,mean girl with major issues.I was torn between giving her well-deserved slap and sympathizing with her.

“Whoever said it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all was a moron.” 

There were some great moments in Exposure but the main characters were just too frustrating for me to actually enjoy this book.I enjoyed Twisted Lit #1  & had high hopes for this one but I was really disappointed with the Exposure. :(

My Rating

The first book was great and the second one-not so much.What is your experience with re-tellings?
Are you a Shakespeare fan?


  1. It's been quite a few years since I've read Macbeth, so I doubt I would see many of the similarities between it and Exposure. I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you - from the sounds of things, it's probably one I should avoid as well!

    Thanks for the honest review :)

  2. I can relate with Sky, self concious and shy.
    Thanks for the review.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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