Classics Carnival: Review: Mac/Beth by Michelle Ray

Title: Mac/Beth
Author: Michelle Ray
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Michelle Ray has reimagined Shakespeare’s Macbeth and set it in Hollywood. Mac/Beth follows Beth DeAngelo and her boyfriend Garrett Mackenzie (“ship” named MacBeth), as they navigate their rise to fame and their own guilt.

Classics Carnival: Tantalising Trailers: The Royals

PREMIERE MARCH 25th in the UK

Inspired by Michelle Ray’s Falling for Hamlet

Title: Falling for Hamlet
Author: Michelle Ray
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: July 2012 (PB)

Sometimes love can make you crazy.

Meet Ophelia, high school senior, daughter of the Danish king’s most trusted adviser, and longtime girlfriend of Prince Hamlet. She lives a glamorous life and has a royal social circle, and her beautiful face is splashed across magazines and television screens. But it comes with a price–her life is ruled not only by Hamlet’s fame and his overbearing royal family but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go.

Classics Carnival: Review: Brightling by Rebecca Lisle

Title: Brightling
Author: Rebecca Lisle
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 2 Jan 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Thrown out of the Knip and Pynch Children’s Home, Sparrow is an orphan accompanied only by her loyal cat Scaramouch and a single clue to her real family. Sparrow travels to the town of Stollenbach where, lost and afraid she is taken in by Gloriana, a strange and colourful street girl. Sparrow thinks she has found a home in the ‘nest’ – a hideout for homeless girls run by the beautiful but menacing Miss Minter. Sparrow is taught to make matches and stay quiet but all is not as it seems. And what does the vicious Tapper want with Sparrow? 

As Sparrow uncovers a web of strange and suspicious secrets she finds herself at the heart of an undercover smuggling trade with a price on her head. Kidnapped, beaten and locked in the coal cellar Sparrow’s dream of finding a family seems impossible.

A wonderful re-imagining of OLIVER TWIST, Sparrow’s adventure realises the dark secrets of Dickensian London with a fantastical twist for younger readers.

Classics Carnival: Spotlight plus Give-Away: A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher

Synopsis from Goodreads

As a young child Eponine never knew kindness, except once from her family’s kitchen slave, Cosette. When at sixteen the girls’ paths cross again and their circumstances are reversed, Eponine must decide what that friendship is worth, even though they’ve both fallen for the same boy. In the end, Eponine will sacrifice everything to keep true love alive.