AfroBoricua Reads Book Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley

Summary: 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.

My Review:

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Recommendation: Not really
Disclosure: Traded ARCs with a friend. No spoilers

When I first read the synopsis for this book I was excited, a modern day Shakespearean tragedy with LGBT characters? Count me in. Now that I’ve read it, I can tell you it’s more like a B-List horror movie with whiny teenagers and some Spanish thrown in there. 
 Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays and had such interesting characters, the characters in this book had messed up morals from the start before they meet their version of the witches. Lily and Maria pale in comparison to Macbeth and his Lady. None of these characters were interesting to me they were just a bunch of whiny privileged teenagers who were competing for a prize they really didn’t need. I felt Maria was the worst character of them all a goody two shoes who has seen spirits since she was a little girl and an odd fascination with her dead nanny Altagracia. 
I also felt the characters speaking Spanish and the addition of La Llorona felt cheap and misused. The spirits weren’t very scary at all and the stories felt like I heard them a million times before.
I do have to commend the author for this idea though, I just wish the execution of it would have been better. Overall, I wouldn’t really recommend this book, it wasn’t very scary or engaging at all it was just very blah to me.


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