Thursday, September 1, 2016

As I Descended by Robin Talley

ARC,  370 pages
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Read from: August 24- August 31, 2016
Source: TxLA
For fans of: Retellings, Creepy, LGBTQIA, Diversity, Fantasy, Ghosts, Disability, Stand-alones, YA

     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.


     When I heard about another Robin Talley book I was super excited. I love that she's an #ownvoices author and the books she writes have amazing plots. I mean, really, how can you not want to read a f/f retelling of the classic Shakespeare tale Macbeth like this one?!
     Maria and Lily are school's power couple. But there's still something, really someone, who stands in the way of their perfection.... Delilah. She is the other campus favorite and the only one that's standing in the middle of everything. The only thing they can think of is doing away with her by letting loose the weird shapes and sounds that have plagued their school for years.
     Ok, the main thing that made me want this book was the fact that it was based off Macbeth. When I was in high school, the only Shakespeare I loved was Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. So when I heard this was a thing, I knew it was something I would love. And I was so right. From the prophecy, to the creepiness, and ugh just everything! It was really interesting (and impressive) to see the story told in contemporary way.
     Another thing that impressed me about this book was how refreshing the diversity was. There's is a f/f relationship as well as a m/m relationship and one of those characters has a disability. It was a welcome change from the norm, especially with all that is going on centering diversity in books. This #ownvoices story has already gone to the top of my favorite of 2016 list for the diversity alone. 
     But my favorite thing of all about this book had to be the creep factor. This book really creeped me out y'all. I remember not even wanting to read it while the husband was asleep because I was creeped out to read it alone in the dark. The human brain is so weird though, because the creepier it got and the more scared I was the more I wanted to freaking read this book lol It's so addicting and I cannot wait for the rest of the world to get their hands on a copy!
     The only regret that I have with this book is not reading it closer to Halloween so I could really scare myself lol Besides that, this book was wonderful and beautiful and creepy and weird lol I can find myself talking about this one for a long time. 
Overall, I give this
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