As I Descended

As I Descended

by Robin Talley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062409232
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 277,920
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

ROBIN TALLEY loves Shakespeare and hates being scared. She always covers her eyes during horror movies, and she keeps trying to explain to her wife why she’s sure their house is haunted. (Her wife is not so easily convinced.) Robin’s previous books include What We Left Behind and a Lambda Literary Award finalist, Lies We Tell Ourselves. She lives with her family in Washington, DC. You can find her on the web at www.robintalley.com.


Amielynn Abellera, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory, San Jose Stage, Shakespeare Center of LA, MainStreet Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Chalk Repertory, Artists at Play, LA Women's Shakespeare, and Katselas Theatre Company. She received her MFA degree in acting from the University of Southern California and is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

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As I Descended 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I’ve only read one Robin Talley book before I started As I Descended, and that one holds great personal value to me. I live in India where being with someone of the same gender is considered illegal and LGBT people are highly discriminated. When I read my first Robin Talley book, What We Left Behind, and my best friend saw what I was reading about, he found it in him to come out to me. Which brings me to the fact that I had HIGH expectations going into this book that were because of a) past experiences and b) that this was a Macbeth retelling. “Wicked things this way come.” My Thoughts: 1. I’m not a believer in ghosts – I never have been. When I was a kid and everyone around me thought it would be cool to tell ghost stories, I listened to be a part of the group and not because I believed. I loved how As I Descended had a mixture of those who believed and those who didn’t. I also LOVED how REAL Robin Talley made ghosts seem in this book. 2. To elaborate the last line above, I loved the how spirits were handled in this book. They were this menacing background presence and even spoke in another language. I loved all the ghost stories and the noises everyone heard. THIS BOOK DID GHOSTS WELL. I’ll never believe, but this was still a GREAT story. 3. I LOVED THAT THERE WAS A F/F (and also an M/M) RELATIONSHIP. Equal to that, I also loved the girls (and boys) in the relationship. They were such different people, but the way they were together, the way they were always on the other’s mind made this so much better and the ending that much harder. 4. I ADORED THE MULTIPLE POVs IN THIS BOOKS. I loved learning what each of the characters was like – Lily, Maria, Brandon, Delilah and Mateo. The POV switch was so insightful, and kept the entire thing from being monotonous. I also loved that the *ahem* fatal scenes WERE TOLD FROM THE POVs OF THAT PERSON, BECAUSE HOW DIFFERENT AND COOL IS THAT? 5. Basically, this book EXCEEDED my expectations and I’m going to be adding Robin Talley to my list of auto-buy authors. A fast paced, spirit filled perfectly executed diverse book that I couldn’t recommend more.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I’ve only read one Robin Talley book before I started As I Descended, and that one holds great personal value to me. I live in India where being with someone of the same gender is considered illegal and LGBT people are highly discriminated. When I read my first Robin Talley book, What We Left Behind, and my best friend saw what I was reading about, he found it in him to come out to me. Which brings me to the fact that I had HIGH expectations going into this book that were because of a) past experiences and b) that this was a Macbeth retelling. “Wicked things this way come.” My Thoughts: 1. I’m not a believer in ghosts – I never have been. When I was a kid and everyone around me thought it would be cool to tell ghost stories, I listened to be a part of the group and not because I believed. I loved how As I Descended had a mixture of those who believed and those who didn’t. I also LOVED how REAL Robin Talley made ghosts seem in this book. 2. To elaborate the last line above, I loved the how spirits were handled in this book. They were this menacing background presence and even spoke in another language. I loved all the ghost stories and the noises everyone heard. THIS BOOK DID GHOSTS WELL. I’ll never believe, but this was still a GREAT story. 3. I LOVED THAT THERE WAS A F/F (and also an M/M) RELATIONSHIP. Equal to that, I also loved the girls (and boys) in the relationship. They were such different people, but the way they were together, the way they were always on the other’s mind made this so much better and the ending that much harder. 4. I ADORED THE MULTIPLE POVs IN THIS BOOKS. I loved learning what each of the characters was like – Lily, Maria, Brandon, Delilah and Mateo. The POV switch was so insightful, and kept the entire thing from being monotonous. I also loved that the *ahem* fatal scenes WERE TOLD FROM THE POVs OF THAT PERSON, BECAUSE HOW DIFFERENT AND COOL IS THAT? 5. Basically, this book EXCEEDED my expectations and I’m going to be adding Robin Talley to my list of auto-buy authors. A fast paced, spirit filled perfectly executed diverse book that I couldn’t recommend more.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
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.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say how much I enjoyed the diversity in this book - gay, straight, bi, undecided, the mixture of races and financial backgrounds. It's an exclusive boarding school, after all. And what a perfect creepy setting for a retelling of Macbeth. If you're going to mess around with Ouija boards, be careful what you wish for - because you may just get it. After Maria, Lily, and Brandon attempt to make contact with spirits using a Ouija board, their lives descend into a dark spiral of revenge, regret, distrust, and redemption. I thought the author did a wonderful job at creating believable characters who, as teenagers, don't always think about long term effects of their decisions or see much past their own goals and desires. The dialogue is exceptional and humorous at times. And the supernatural elements - fantastic! Eerie, look over your shoulder, make sure the windows and doors are locked kind of moments. I'll never look at fog over a lake in quite the same way again. Something that didn't quite ring true for me was during an investigation when police chose not to followup on information that the injured person was seen earlier that evening with someone, even though one of the students overheard them call it a 'criminal investigation'. Lily's transformation seemed a bit sudden and Maria's thinking and actions occasionally flip-flopped, which was a bit confusing. As I Descended is a captivating read that would appeal to supernatural/horror fans and one I'd recommend. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed a good Shakespeare retelling, so imagine my excitement when I learned this was Macbeth. First off, I was about 20% into the book and immediately knew I would love it and that I needed to slow down. It's so amazingly creepy that it left me feeling itchy when I was done with whatever section I was in. That creepy feeling never went away. The cast of characters is small and large, if that even makes sense. The events of the book effects several people and how things start to unravel is hypnotic to read. It's all so perfect and intricate, I struggled with trying to pace myself. Yes, this is horribly vague. Yes, I know it's not a very good review. Yes, I definitely think you need to read it. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**