Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review: Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes


3 Stars: An Entertaining Read
Series: Twisted Lit #2
Hardcover: 272 Pages
Publication: January 18, 2013 by Merit Press


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?

Another humor-filled Shakespearean retelling from Kim and Amy!

Frankly, if I found out the guy I'm crushing on was involved in an accident that resulted in someone's death and didn't tell the proper authorities, I would fall out of love right there. I'd also go tell the authorities. Because I'm a goody goody like that. On the other hand, I probably wouldn't be crushing on the guy who lets his bitchy girlfriend boss him around. Skye has a bigger heart than me here. She wants to save Craig from the mess that he's dragged himself into, and she stays quiet about what she knows for his sake, waiting for the right moment to help him. Craig isn't a bad guy at heart, and he's lucky to have a good girl like Skye by his side.

Past the small detail of Craig's wimpiness, I enjoyed reading this story. I'm not familiar with Macbeth, as it wasn't on my high school reading list and I never got around to reading it on my own time. Nevertheless, I do know that Craig's girlfriend really fits the role of a modern-day Lady Macbeth. She'll do anything to climb the social ladder--even murder. She's psycho, and I'm not sorry about what happens to her in the end. Just that Skye had to get involved with her to protect Craig.

Like Tempestuous, Exposure is filled with stereotypical characters. From cheerleaders who see Halloween as an opportunity to show off as much skin as possible to dumb jocks with equally dumb senses of humor to strange artists with unique personalities and the crazy, daring environmentalist, this book has them all. Normally, I like to think that stereotypes shouldn't exist and that all people have different sides to them--like Craig, the jock and artist. However, that would be a perfect world, and such stereotypes do exists. And playing with stereotypes leaves a lot of room for humor to come out.

This is a quick and highly entertaining addition to the Twisted Lit series. If you enjoyed Tempestuous, you'll love this one as well. I hope to see more twisted lit books from Kim and Amy!

An ARC was provided by Merit Press for review purposes.

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3 comments:

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with retellings, the badly done ones just seem to ruin it for all the rest. I've never read a Macbeth retelling though, and I really liked Macbeth when I read it in high school. Great review, I'll keep this one in mind next time I want something light and fun.

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    1. Awesome. This is a fun read that I would recommend people. Just keep in mind that I haven't read Macbeth and don't know how this retelling compares to the original plot!

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  2. Well, i have read both books. But I have not reviewed Exposure yet, though I loved it. Macbeth is my favorite Shakespearean play and i loved the twists Kim and Amy added.
    Might write that review soon
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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