Tuesday, December 25, 2012

My Feelings For You Died of Exposure

Expected Publication:  January 18th, 2013
Exposure (Twisted Lit # 2)
By: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
Merit Press
ISBN-13: 9781440552618

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?


     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 Beth covering up the accidental homicide of Duncan, captain of the hockey team and how it almost destroys them all.  Who is really to blame and will Skye and Craig ever get their happy ending?  This has all the set-up of a Macbeth re-telling and the lines are clear cut as to who represents what character from the original play.  The only one without any real place in things is Skye, a shy photographer for the school newspaper, who is secretly in love with hockey heartthrob Craig (a.k.a Macbeth).  Honestly, Skye came across very pathetically to me.  When Duncan dies, she overhears Beth telling Craig that they need to cover up their part in it.  Even after they find out that he died of exposure and didn't drown, still neither of them comes forward to confess what really happened.  And yet Skye is still making excuses for him and blames everything on Beth.  Oh yeah, she also doesn't tell the authorities that her classmate was probably MURDERED and she knows who did it!!!   All because she 'lurves' Craig so much and he's really a good person.  Honest, he is!  *Gags*  I thought that I would like this as much as the first book in the Twisted Lit series, but by the end I was so disgusted with all of the main characters that I hoped they all would get locked up in prison.  Overall, a very good book if you enjoy abusive relationships, where the female has no sense of self-worth.  It does get a star for the fact that it managed to keep me reading just to see if anyone would even get punished - they didn't, at least to my satisfaction! :(

VERDICT:  1/5  Stars

*received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book's expected publication date is January 18th, 2013.*

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