Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth (Twisted Lit #2), by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

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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?

If you're familiar with the story of Macbeth, it will come as no surprise that this book is filled with drama, tension, angst, and death.

This was a fun retelling of a story that's been around for hundreds of years.  And did you know that Shakespeare based his play on the16th century tome, the Holinshed's Chronicles?  I just discovered this little nugget of information! 

I really like how the authors made a well-known tale of madness and murder their own: there's still crazy shit going on, but it's re-worked into a novel that doesn't require excessive study.

I do have one minor problem with the book, however:  I hate it when the word literally is used inappropriately.
My heart literally performed a double-twisting back somersault in my chest.
No, your heart is NOT twisting itself around your arteries or dancing up a storm.

MY heart hurts when authors use terms incorrectly.  Writers, please Please PLEASE remember that literal and metaphoric descriptions aren't interchangeable.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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