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Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley (a really spooky contemporary retelling of Macbeth)

As I Descended
Robin Talley
Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Reviewer: Ella

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.
Review copy provided by Harper Teen via Edelweiss - thank you!

There were good things about AS I DESCENDED by Robin Talley, but the whole time I spent reading it, I was waiting for it to get better. It delivered an extremely creepy modern day Macbeth retelling but slightly lacked in other areas, like the ending but overall was an interesting read.

I really like Shakespeare (ROMEO AND JULIET is my favourite play!) and I really enjoyed Shakespeare's MACBETH when I read it last year. I think AS I DESCENDED really ticked all the boxes that a book retelling another story has to tick while at the same time giving it a completely new spin on the story at the same time.

Robin Talley's writes character growth like a pro. The characters at the beginning of AS I DESCENDED are completely different and almost unrecognizable by the end of the book. Talley writes so well that you don't actually notice the slow dip into madness that the characters have taken until you've finished the book and looked back on it.

The writing is flawless AND SO CREEPY. I started reading this book late at night (...not really a good now that I think about it, ahaha) and didn't stop until I'd finished the whole book. The hours flew by while I was reading and I couldn't have stopped if I'd wanted too.

I did feel like the ending of AS I DESCENDED let it down. The pace of the novel was quite slow (which I liked), but then when it got to the end, EVERYTHING HAPPENED REALLY FAST AND STUFF WENT DOWN AND THINGS HAPPENED AND THEN IT WAS OVER THE END. I found this rather disappointing as questions I had weren't answered or explained which was frustrating.

Overall, slightly disappointing in some places but ultimately I definitely recommend this to fans of Macbeth and Shakespeare in general!

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Ella is a teenage girl that is completely and utterly mad and uses it to her advantage as much as possible. Wonderland Freak, Book Fanatic and Liquorice Eater Extraordinaire are just a few things that sum up her awesome and amazing personality. She overuses the word 'frabjous' and is more then a little convinced that she's secretly a fairy. She was once a coblogger at Bookwyrming Thoughts. You can find more of her madness over at her blog Once Upon a Bookish Time.