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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  80 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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Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 31, 2012 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 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
Jan 18, 2013 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
Oct 31, 2012 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
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
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It takes a lot of guts to take on such a well known Shakespearian play like Macbeth and I don't know any people who've taken it on. Macbeth is a complex story all by itself, so I have a lot of respect for someone who can take on such a difficult story. Sure, you can distill the story down but it's hard to capture its intricacies. Kim Askew and Amy Helmes did a wonderful job of taking a huge project and making it seem so easy.

Exposure is a beautiful novel, all on it's own. It tells the story of S
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Exposure is a modern day retelling of the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. I have read the play but it was a while ago so my memory is really hazy.

Kim has created a fresh new take on the play, she has stayed true to the story while giving it a ya spin. I thought the story was okay, I have a feeling that I would have liked it better if I wasn't in a weird mood about reading the book. I mean it was Shakespeare, so of course eerie, but it wasn't a supernatural tale and I guess I wasn't in the m
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Exposure is an engaging young adult story about self-discovery and courage to own up to one’s mistakes.

This is book 2 of the Twisted Lit series by Amy Helmes and Kim Askew, and is actually a modern take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. However, you don’t really need to have read Macbeth beforehand to understand the whole story. Just imagine Macbeth being set in a modern high school setting and you pretty much get Exposure.

This is the second book from the Tw
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
(This review will be available on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl at the end of September).

First off, I just want to say that although this is the second book in the series, this book can be read as a standalone since it involves a whole new cast of characters, plot, and setting. Saying that, this book is a retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth. To be honest, it's been about 11 or 12 years (maybe longer) since I read Macbeth, so I won't be comparing this to the origi
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Exposure is the second book in the Twisted Lit Series (see my review of Tempestuous, the first book in the series, here). It’s a retelling of sorts of Shakespeare’s Macbeth which is truly the only one of Shakespeare’s tragedies I enjoyed, so I had high hopes for this novel. While I did enjoy Exposure, I didn’t quite like it as much as Tempestuous. Here’s why.

What I liked:
This is one of the rare times where I liked secondary characters better than main characters. I really LOVED the interpretatio
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
Article first published as Book Review: Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes on Blogcritics.

Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy for review

Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes is the second installment in the Twisted Lit series. It is also an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The prologue offers a unique introduction into the story, while the protagonist is a smart twist to Shakespeare’s most tragic play. Set in Alaska, Askew and Helmes pull the reader in
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was contacted about reviewing Exposure it was with a request for Tempestuous too.  As soon as I finished reading Tempestuous I immediately started reading Exposure.  The writing by both Kim and Amy had me hooked and wanting more of their work.  The protagonist for Exposure is a photographer  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 l
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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In the second book of the Twisted Lit series, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes brings an interesting adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. I'm not much of a Shakespeare fan; I don't know much about most of his work. When I read Exposure I tried to do my homework by reading at least a summary of Macbeth. To be fair though, I read their first book and I can say reading Shakespeare isn't really a prerequisite. I just wanted to know if it would have an effect on my r
Jan 18, 2013 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
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Kristin (Young Adult Book Haven)
My Thoughts:

I was really interested in reading this book after reading the first book in this series, I really enjoyed it and thought it was just a plain fun read. But, unfortunately I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, it had some great and unique aspects to it but, it just felt like not a lot happened in this one. I have not read Shakespeare's Macbeth but, I had an idea of what happens in it and it was definitely fun to look up stuff about it and see how it compared to the book.

Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Dwayne Wojtowicz
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway.
Picture it: Scotland, the late 1500s to the early 160os. A brave Scottish general receives a prophecy from a threesome of witches that one day he will become king of Scotland. Consumed by greed and desperation, and urged to act on it by his wife, this general kills the King of Scotland and take the Scottish throne for himself. He becomes paranoid; thinking that other will find out what he did. The guilt wracks him. He is forced to commit more murde
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
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
Viviane Crystal
Jan 16, 2013 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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Once again, Kim Askew and Amy Helmes have taken one of Shakespeare’s plays and turned it on its head, making it their own. The authors of Tempestuous have tackled the “Bard of Avon’s” Macbeth, or as we suspicious folks in the theatre community like to refer to it, “the Scottish play”.

The book begins with shutterbug, Skye Kingston trying to put a tumultuous senior year behind her as she starts college at USC. But then the rumors begin to fly about her and she decides if she’s ever going to get an
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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 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

My short yet reasonably sweet summary...

Camera loving high school girl overhears too much? Prom king...cheerleader...murder?

My thoughts after reading this book...

I am sighing from contentment at the end of this novel. It was a lovely circle of Skye's senior year. Skye is a photographer, a loner, a bit of a Geek and in love with popular about to be Prom King...Craig. Craig started out being Skye's friend but ended up as Mean Girl Beth's captive boy toy. Beth is t
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Kim Askew is co-author of the Twisted Lit novels, critically-acclaimed, Shakespeare inspired young adult fiction, published by Simon & Schuster.

Kim's writing has appeared in newspapers, literary journals, and other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, SoMa Literary Review, and Elle Magazine, as well as the anthology The May Queen.

She wrote her Master's thesis, on Henry James, at

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