Release-Day Review: Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Name of book: Exposure (Twisted Lit #2)
Author(s): Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Publication: January 18th 2013 by Merit Press
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Provided by the kind publisher...

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?

-- My Rating --

-- My Thoughts --

     I absolutely loved Kim and Amy's first co-authored book, Tempestuous (see my review here) This is it's companion novel, and it's based of Shakespeare's Macbeth, my favorite play of all time. Right from the start, I knew this would be darker than the first book, and much more developed. I was right.
     Skye is off into college, but the rumors follow her exotic beauty and her strange ways. But Skye has a dark past, and she is begins to tell her story. High school is a dark, scary place, but is full of new expectations, new experiences, and new feelings. And jealousy is a dangerous thing, especially between friends. Curious, huh? Go read the book. I am not giving away anything more.
     Wow. I didn't expect anything that happened in this book. This is a very dark read, but also a very light one. I don't know how to explain. The emotions you experience through this novel are raw and real, which I loved. The characters are wonderful, all multi-layered and three-dimensional. Kim and Amy know how to give a different voice to every single one of their characters. I started comparing Skye to Miranda, the other heroine in Kim and Amy's Tempestuous. But they were so different, like polar opposites, but lovely and relate-able still.
     This novel was enjoyable, and so different form its first companion novel. I anxiously waiting for more from these two talented authors and their unique characters. This book is unique, intriguing, and completely captivating!


  1. I've heard about Tempestuous, but I didn't realize there is already a companion book! I really like Macbeth, so I definitely want to check this one out. Really great review!

  2. Oh t his sounds right up my alley! I love books that really brings out your emotions and becomes kind of a gritty/dark read. I haven't read anything by this author yet but I have heard of her books so I may just start with this series! :)

    1. It's a very good series. Thanks for stopping by, Giselle!


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