Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth (Twisted Lit, #2)                 "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?"

Exposure is the the second book in the Twisted Lit series.  With a story full of social climbing, betrayals, deaths, and guilt Macbeth is not a particular bucket of sunshine; however, seeing how the events unfold in this version and that these are modern day teenagers behind one of the darkest plots of Shakespeare, Exposure definitely makes a statement.  As stated this story takes place in a modern high school in Alaska, which is pretty awesome seeing as it is a state that is known to have a regular period of black out time a year creating a perfect setting for psychological thrillers.  When then have Skye Kingston, call me dense but I don't see who she was suppose to be, but she was not Lady Macbeth.  Instead Skye is in love with McKenzie a.k.a Macbeth.  It is difficult to sum up the story because well it was crazy, in the sense that this is a prom and the crazy cheerleader is will to kill people to make sure she and Craig are Queen and King.  I mean really, step back a second and digest that, The would be prom queen is willing to kill for the crown... but then there are moments where that creepy factoid doesn't matter. 

Exposure definitely has its moments, and I believe was closer to Macbeth than the first attempt in this series, Tempestuous.  This is not version of No Fear Shakespeare, but the skeleton of Macbeth filled with original moments and modern day connections.  

3 stars out of 5, thanks NetGalley!

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