Friday, January 17, 2014

Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else) by C.E. Wilson Review

Title: Othello
Series: Shakespeare for Everyone Else
Author: C.E. Wilson
Genre: Young Adult/Horror
Pages: 209
Price: $0.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

Shakespeare’s work features some of the most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.

While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is (thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a wider audience.

In this retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic play featuring one of the worst villains in the history of literature, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Othello, the second in her Young Adult series Shakespeare for Everyone Else.

When Archer decides that he’s had enough of Orion and Devony running what he thought was going to be his school he takes desperate measures to ruin everything. Through lies and betrayal, deceit and deception, Archer will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and he doesn’t care whose lives he has to destroy in the process.

Can anyone stop one of William Shakespeare’s most villainous characters in this YA retelling of the epic tragedy of Othello?


I was drawn to C.E. Wilson's Othello for the sheer uniqueness of the retelling. Not only is it amazingly well done, but the author made Shakespeare impossible to put down. While I've always wanted to read the Shakespearean classics, I've always struggled to get interested in his work. Wilson turns a classic story that teens have been forced to read for centuries into something they actually want to read. I highly recommend this book to young adults and adults alike.

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