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

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  172 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
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 socia ...more
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by Merit Press (first published December 18th 2012)
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Jul 02, 2015 Marla rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a really enjoyable young adult book. It starts with Skye overhearing her new college roommates talking about her. So she tells them the real story instead of having them speculate on what happened. This is also about the guy Skye loves, Craig and his girlfriend Beth who may or may not have murdered their friend Duncan. Sadness, heartache, love, and lessons learned throughout this book. Very well written. I pretty much read this in 24 hours. Couldn't put it down and it's a very fast read. ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Ariana rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Double, double, toil and trouble." Wow! This twisted modern version of Shakespeare's play, Macbeth uncovered the hidden hierarchy present in high school. Who would have thought that it was possible to integrate an everyday high school into one of Shakespeare's tragic plays. Askew stepped up to the plate and delivered another well written twist to one of the most well known plays.

I was surprised at how well the characters in the book was so
Jan 18, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Skye Kingston tends to stay in the background with her camera. She is a photographer. If Skye wants to grab the attention of her crush, Craig, then she will have to shift from the background to the forefront. Skye will also have to get past Craig’s girlfriend, Beth.

While I like the idea of the books in the Twisted Lit series, the books just are not connecting with me. No matter how much I want them to. Exposure is the second book I have read in this series. However, I do have to say that I did
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

I am a huge fan of retellings, especially Shakespeare (or other classics). I just love how a good retelling can make an otherwise intimidating book more accessible to younger readers. However, Exposure just didn't work for me.

As far as things that I like, I was highly impressed with the vocabulary used throughout this book. I am thankful I read this on my Kindle because I had to use the dictionary feature several times. (I really hate admitting that too.) I get giddy when my brain is challenge
Jan 18, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
EXPOSURE is a contemporary young adult novel inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth. Craig Mackenzie, our Macbeth, is on the local hockey team along with Duncan, and his girlfriend Bree Matthews is a cheerleader. The narrator, Skye Kingston, has been friends with Craig since he moved to Alaska and had a crush on him for just as long. When Duncan dies of exposure after a party in the woods, Skye remembers a cryptic conversation she overheard between Craig and Bree. Almost instinctively, she protects h ...more
Making Shakespeare less intimidating to readers is a great idea! This modern day take on MacBeth is no exception. There is tragedy, remorse, guilt, romance, and lessons learned.

The story opens with Skye, a new college student from Alaska, telling her story to her new room mates in an effort to quash the rumor mill about her. She tells a painful story in her own way.

The high school jock, Craig, (MacBeth) has been Skye's secret crush since she first met him. He has a girlfriend though, Beth, a che
Nov 22, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. Besides having a few editing errors, I found this book to be well written and entertaining.

Skye is the voice of this book. At the beginning she has started college, and there are many rumors flying around about her past. So for a bedtime story she finally decides to tell her story to her roommates to shut up the rumor mill. Then she tells the story of the boy she's loved forever, and a high school tragedy
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Exposure is a modern day retelling of William Shakespeare's MacBeth, one of my favorite Shakespearean tragedies. While I loved the play, I felt that this novel wasn't nearly as interesting. Throughout the novel, I felt like Shakespeare achieved new heights in the exploration of the psychology of guilt, but this retelling never adds anything to the narrative, I guess that's not entirely true because rather than focus primarily on Beth Morgan and her boyfriend, Craig (the Lady MacBeth and MacBeth ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
A charming idea turns into a muddled mess. Exposure is an homage to Macbeth. It begins creatively and I was excited to see where it would go. Ultimately, what could have been a fun ride takes a turn into conventionality (plain girl turns into goddess at prom because of hair/makeup/dress, boy realizes he loves her).
Some of the characters were interesting, but most weren't fully developed and there were too many of which to keep track. Also, the writing isn't very strong, especially for a book rif
Jan 20, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
First, a big thank you to the authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes! I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and was super excited to start reading it!

I took honors English all through high school and the only Shakespeare I ever had to read was Romeo and Juliet, so I was very unfamiliar with Macbeth.
But, this novel makes me want to pick up the play and read it as well.

I personally thought the story was a great page turner and I stayed up way to late a few nights in a row just so I could finis
Mar 24, 2015 Erikka rated it really liked it
A significant improvement over "Tempestuous"! Better characters, more closely related to the Shakespeare story it is based on (MacBeth), and a much more fluid plot. It seems like the writing duo finally learned how to write together. It also didn't have the awkward language or chapter structure of the first one, and the antics of the teens was much more believable than in the first book. I also liked the Alaska setting--very rare and a welcome change to YA settings. It still wasn't fantastic, bu ...more
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
How I love these books. I feel like for the past two days I've been living on a Twisted Lit cloud. When I finished Tempesteous I started Exposure right away. And even though I didn't think it was quite as good as its predecessor, I still really liked it.

This book, unlike the previous one, had definitely a slightly dark undertone. I mean, it was still kind of cute but with the murder and everything it was darker. Which I thought was great.

As always (so far) with a Twisted Lit book, I really liked
Jun 10, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Skye has mostly coasted through high school on the fringe of every social group. She knows who to talk to & who to avoid in order to make as few waves as possible. Having spent the majority of her high school years in the art room's darkroom developing photos the "old way" while pining after her could-have-been-her-boyfriend acquaintance Craig, Skye never really got to know much about anything outside of her own little world.

All of that changes when she is suddenly thrust into the middle of
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 1/17/13:

Macbeth is one of my favorite Shakespeare pieces so I have been so excited to read this novel. I was happy to see that Askew and Helmes stayed true to play and still managed to create characters that were all their own. Exposure focuses on greed, redemption, and the high school gauntlet. I love that way that these authors are able to take such timeless stories and place them in the realm of the teenager. Not only does
Wendy Hines
Jan 16, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Exposure is the second book in the Twisted Lit Series, with this one being loosely based on Shakespeare's Macbeth. Skye Kingston keeps a low profile. She is a very intriguing person and I really enjoyed getting to know her as the story developed. She has a few best gal pals but other than that, she keeps to herself. She prefers to watch and snap photographs on her camera.

When Craig moved from Alaska to her town, they quickly developed a friendship and they had a great summer. But when school sta
May 16, 2013 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing
Based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth instead of The Tempest, this second in the in the Twisted Lit series is a little darker than its predecessor with themes of ambition, deception, murder, and mental illness, but Exposure shares the clear-eyed wit and literate style that made reading Tempestuous such a pleasure. Both books have loose connections with their source play, which is a good thing because it allows each story to evolve in its own natural but sometimes unexpected direction.

With its unusual
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
2.5 Stars

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 invo
Jan 01, 2013 Bookworm1858 rated it liked it
Didn't like this one as much as Tempestuous-3.5/5

Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After loving Tempestuous, I was eager to check out the next book in the Twisted Lit series. One of my disappointments with Tempestuous was that I did not know the story of The Tempest well enough to be able to spot similarities or differences. I do know Macbeth well though so I was excited to see this "twisted" take on it.

What I Liked: Again I loved the writing style-Askew an
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
Jodi Davis
Read this and other reviews at my blog.

Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of from the center of the action. When a student is found dead at a party Skye attends and she knows who might be involved, she has to deal with the idea of being an accessory to murder. As relationships shift and change around her, Skye starts to really take a look at her life, and she doesn't like what she sees. Can she really change herself now, or
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Skye Kingston has had one hell of a year. It has been filled with murder, intrigue, family issues and romance. She just wants to put it all behind her now that she's at USC studying photography like she always dreamed of. But after her roommates start spreading rumors about her and talking about her while she's there like she's invisible, Skye decides to set the record straight once and for all. So she tells them the tale of Craig, the boy she secretly loved, and his psychopathic ex-girlfriend B ...more
Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

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: t
Viviane Crystal
Jan 16, 2013 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing
Skye Kingston is a phenomenal photographer, even though she is only a high school Senior in a small Alaskan town. She’s smart and initially not a popular gal, but she’s made a good friend in Craig. Soon Craig has moved into the popular group of students as a result of his superb hockey skills. Beth latches onto Craig and definitely views Skye as an unwelcome addition to their group; in fact, she is just plain nasty to Skye. As Skye is a serious student and spends a great deal of time on developi ...more
Stacey B.
May 10, 2013 Stacey B. rated it it was ok
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "When I develop pictures in a darkroom, it's almost like painting with light." (p. 21)

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Unfortunately, I have never read Macbeth, so I cannot compare this story to that at all. I was looking forward to reading this as I enjoyed Askew and Helmes' first book, Tempestuous. This one sort of similar, but I didn't like it as much. The last third or so of the book is definitely the best part. I feel like the beginning could have used a little bit more involvement, may
Jan 17, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-tbr-list, e-arc
Okay, so here's the truth, I don't remember MacBeth. I remember something about "Bubble, Bubble toil and trouble" and I recognized the three witches but they weren't anywhere near the mean ugly witches in Shakespeare's story. But, that's the thing about this story, it's a big switch up on the original tale. Skye is a very tall, creative and pretty, though she doesn't know it, red head. She takes pictures for the school newspaper, her favorite subject being the star of the hockey team, Craig McKe ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Ramie rated it really liked it
All of my reviews can be found here:

Exposure is the second book in the Twisted Lit series. This time they're taking on Macbeth. If you missed the point of the series - it's to totally shake up a Shakespeare tale, twist it into something youthful and modern ending up with something only very loosely based on the original.

Skye is pretty, tall, and popular enough amongst her own crowd. The problem is that her crowd isn't very popular in the wilds of Alaska. She'd much r
Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews

Ok, so I don't remember anything about MacBeth except "out damned spot!" and "double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble!" So I had no idea what to expect when I read this book. I have no idea if this story has anything to do with MacBeth, except, of course, for the three witches, and you could have knocked me over with a feather after I read two scenes with them in it BEFORE I realized that's who they were. Duh! Oh, the damned spot wa
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Jan 16, 2013 Michelle (Much Loved Books) rated it really liked it
When I was contacted aboutreviewingExposure it was with a request for Tempestuoustoo. As soon as I finished reading Tempestuous Iimmediatelystarted reading Exposure. The writing by both Kim and Amy had me hooked and wanting more oftheirwork. The protagonist for Exposure is aphotographer Skye, who works for the school news paper. While Skye has a friend, Craig, high up on the social ladder, she herself is at the bottom.

When I began reading Exposure I instantly liked Skye, she felt like a real pe
Jan 18, 2013 Books rated it it was amazing
After I finished reading Tempestuous by the same authors, I just couldn’t wait to read Exposure. I was immensely impressed by the writing style of these two ladies with their first Twisted Lit novel, so naturally I had high expectations of Exposure, and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Admittedly, I haven’t read Shakespeare’s Macbeth, so I can’t draw any comparisons to his novel, but on its own, Exposure is – in my opinion - a literary masterpiece. There were so many things I loved about ...more
Audrey Wilkerson
Exposure. Too little, and you’re overlooked. Too much, and you’re vulnerable. Skye Kingston belongs in the “too little” category. With her old-school camera, she records the history being made at her high school without being a part of it. Unbeknownst to her, though, her senior year was going to put her more front and center than she ever expected.

Based loosely on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this is the story of a boy, Craig MacKenzie, a relative newcomer who dates a power-hungry hockey cheerleader n
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Kim Askew is co-author of Twisted Lit, the Shakespeare-inspired series of young adult novels published by Merit Press. Anyone But You, Tempestuous and Exposure are available in hardcover and e-book wherever books are sold.

A contributor to the anthology The May Queen, Kim's writing has appeared in literary journals and other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, SoMa Literary Review, and
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