Reviews: Tempestuous and Exposure


(Twisted Lit, #1)

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Goodreads summary:
Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

What I thought:
I haven't actually read The Tempest, so I can't compare its story line to this one. I can say that this was a very fun read! I was cracking up quite a bit. The authors have a great writing style.

I loved the group of characters, including all the supporting ones. I could connect to some of them and the others reminded me of some people I've known. I would say that Caleb was my favorite though. He seemed very sure of himself and wasn't easily swayed by the whims of others. I liked Miranda too. She is still figuring where she fits in after being demoted in her high school's hierarchy, but eventually she gets there.

My only negative comment about this was the amount of language. There weren't any major swear words, but there was a lot of mild ones and repeatedly. I would have rated it much higher without the language; probably 4.5 stars. Such a disappointment as this would have been a great recommendation to my teenage nephews and nieces.

Content: A lot of mild language.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication date: December 18th 2012 by Merit Press
Source: Received a copy from the authors for review
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(Twisted Lit, #2)

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Goodreads summary:
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.

What I thought:
I really liked the authors' writing style. The way they wrote the high school scene and their characters were realistic, but in places a little dramatic. Makes for some great sarcasm. This one has some suspense in it too. I had a discussion with my husband about the legalities regarding the crime that was committed, which was interesting.

I liked Skye's character. She is kind of a wallflower, but she is also gorgeous and talented. I liked Craig at the beginning, but that faded by the time the book ended. I didn't like the way he treated Skye and I thought he should have redeemed himself more or Skye should have moved on to someone more deserving. I also didn't like how easily he let Beth manipulate him.

This one had a little less language than the first book, but quite a bit of innuendo. Because of this and not liking the leading man so much, it was a little bit of a disappointing read for me. I liked the first book much better.

Content: Innuendo and language
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication date: January 18th 2013 by Merit Press
Source: Received a copy from the authors for review
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