Convince Me To Read (24): As I Descended by Robin Talley

Posted December 10, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 1 Comment

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Convince Me To Read (24): As I Descended by Robin TalleyAs I Descended by Robin Talley
Published by HarperTeen on September 6th 2016
ISBN: 0062409239
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 384

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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.

Jamie’s review

I enjoyed this one a lot but I thought it was missing something to be perfect for me. I can’t tell you what this is because I can’t quite put my finger on it. More scares? A tiny bit better prophecy? Maybe. But I’m not sure that all these things would have made this one a better read for me. I feel like it missed a bit of its spark at the end.

But the things that were good about this one are a mile long. I loved the diverse characters and all their different sexualities. It was great to have such a wide cast of representation. I can’t speak directly for the Latinx representation but I felt as though the culture was explained to me in a way that I understood their heritage and their beliefs without bastardization but please feel free to correct me if I am wrong on that. I also thought the portrayal of disability was well done, understanding the chronic pain and type of mental fatigue it takes on a person made me really understand the hardship some people deal with, understanding that not everyone’s disability affects them the same way.

I loved how ruthless our two main characters became over the course of the story. And how they were balanced by characters that also wanted to strive and achieve but wouldn’t quite go the extra mile. It was so great to see ambitious women but it did suck that some of them were a tad bit evil.

This is a Macbeth retelling, which is my favourite Shakespeare play, so I went in with pretty high expectations and in terms of relating it back to the original text, I thought it did a good job. There were some changes for thematic purposes and it worked SO well for this. I thought it was a really good retelling tbh.

This was a spooky read for me but I’m a bit of a scardy cat so if you’re into that type of book, this is one for you. The opening scene gave me chills and then I waited until the next morning to read the rest. I loved the setting and the tone of the book — it felt so real and as if I was at this creepy ass boarding school.

Overall I really enjoyed this one but SOMETHING was just off about it to stop me from 100% loving it.

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I think Dani will like the ruthless aspects to the two main characters and their descent into evilness. She will like seeing the Macbeth aspects and how they have been changed for this specific story as well. I think she should read it with the lights on though!

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