Friday, April 19, 2013

{Review + Giveaway} Exposure: (Twisted Lit #2) by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Published: January 18th, 2013 (Merit Press)
Pages: 223
Rating: 3/5
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
? [Description from Goodreads]
I’ve never read Macbeth (no, I really haven’t- don’t hurt me) so I can’t say whether Exposure follows the story well or not. As a story, though, Exposure does pretty well. It’s a fun, quick read, with a bit of humor, but nothing that should be taken too seriously. It’s cliché at best, but I was surprised and a little pleased at the ending.
Some of the character’s relationships confused me. Take Craig and Skye, for instance. He gets in with the popular crowd, virtually ignores her for the rest of high school, and yet she’s still completely enthralled with him. Um, back up a second. Girl, if he’s not going to give you the time of day, he’s not worth it. In that respect, Skye seemed overly needy and almost stalker-ish. I was a bit confused at how he’s portrayed. Is he supposed to be a jerk or a hero? I’m guessing that’s for us to decide.
Also, while Exposure has its climactic bits, towards the end I felt like the story was dragging. There were many opportune times for an ending, but it just kept going. Don’t get me wrong- I liked where it ended, but I could have used a little more excitement.   
So, while Exposure was a somewhat entertaining read, it probably won’t be all that memorable for me. The story is similar to the countless other fluffy, overused high school dramas, but can still be a fun read if not overly analyzed.  
 Quick Content Review: *may contain spoilers*
Language: Mild (some minor words scattered throughout)
Violence: Mild- Moderate (a guy is pushed into a frozen lake and dies; a girl confronts another girl with a knife)
Sexual: Mild (some kissing; a girl is suspected of getting pregnant)
Other: A character’s parents get divorced; the same character is somewhat disrespectful to her parents. Underage drinking.
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  1. I read it many years ago and just loved the style of writing

  2. I read it back when I was in high school (a long time ago, lol). To be honest, I don't remember if I liked it. Probably not back then because I was being forced to read it, but I would probably like it now =)


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