Genre: Classics


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Review: Macbeth #killingit by William Shakepeare and Courtney Carbone

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Review: Macbeth #killingit by William Shakepeare and Courtney Carbone
Macbeth #killingit
Courtney Carbone, William Shakepeare
Series: OMG Shakespeare
Genre: Classics, Comedy, Retellings, YA
Publication date: January 5th 2016
by Random House BFYR

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Macbeth, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!

A prophecy from three witches.
A social-climbing couple committing a murder most foul.
A cover-up that spins way out of control.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉

tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.
-A copy was provided by Random House Children's Books for review-

I know that I have already review a few of these books, well actually all of them so far, and they are getting harder to review. I can only say how fun they are so many times. Macbeth is one of stories that I really enjoyed reading back in the day when I was in school, so I really liked getting to read it in this format. What’s even better is that the Macbeth movie comes out Friday. Yup, that’s right, December 4th and it looks pretty good. I can’t wait to see it. So, if you haven’t read Macbeth, you should check out the movie, then pick up this book when it comes out in January to see how entertaining reading in this format makes a dark story.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Macbeth, it’s a story about power. Macbeth who starts off seemingly a pretty decent person is swayed by the idea of power. That and his crazy wife. His guilt doesn’t stop him though. He will do anything he has to, murder anyone he has to in order to be King and stay that way. Of course, the rightful son to the throne won’t just sit forever. Revenge will always find its way.

Emoji’s, group texts, and especially photo posts made this really great. It’s such a horrific story that it really helps to have the humor. One of my favorite parts was a quiz that Macbeth posted. We all know how all those FB quizzes always get you right? So anyways, after reading this I am more excited to see the movie (you can check out the flixter page for it here) and to read the real Macbeth again. That’s about all I can really say. I feel that this was a really short review, but the point is, it’s a short fun and quick read. I would hate for my review to end up longer than the book itself.

3.5 Stars
3.5 Hot Espressos

Review: A Midsummer Night #nofilter by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Review: A Midsummer Night #nofilter by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 11/25/2015 • 1 Comment

Every time I have read one of these books I can’t help but smile. They are great fun!! I have actually never read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have read little bits, but never the whole thing. Of course, I knew what the story was about, but reading it in this way made it so much fun. Once again, I have to say that these books are amazing because they make learning about these stories entertaining, and in my case, want to read the real thing.

Text and social media are such prominent things today that this is such a great way to write a book. Especially books that some may find boring otherwise. Or have trouble understanding the language since we all know that Shakespeare can be a…

Review: SRSLY Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

Review: SRSLY Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

Posted by on 06/30/2015 • 6 Comments

This book was all sorts of fun!! Another book from the OMG Shakespeare line and it’s full of OMG’s WTF’s and tons of emoji’s to make the story interesting. Like the previous book I reviewed, YOLO Juliet, it’s not a replacement for this classic, but a fun way to get people interested who might not be to begin with. I vaguely remember reading Hamlet in high school and I liked it well enough, but this made me want to pick it up and read it again. This tells the story well enough, though not completely. It’s a good start for those who don’t get Shakespeare, or find the writing hard to follow. I mean, it really is like another language. But so is this. A language that is modernized in…

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 06/23/2015 • 5 Comments

I admit, I loved reading the original Romeo and Juliet in school, but I know that for some people it isn’t something they enjoyed. I think that this was a fun way to get people interested in the basics of the story in a modern way. I thought the group texts and messages were entertaining. I especially loved all the emojis in it. I do have to say though, this is not a replacement for the original, but it was fun to read.

Everyone knows how the story goes. Star-crossed lovers ending in tragic death, but this book tells the story in a less morbid way. This is a kind of hard review to write since it’s not a typical book. I do think that for kids in school who…