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As I Descended by Robin Talley
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Dec 03, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: retelling, horror, supernatural, youngadult, ya_with_adult_appeal

Robin Talley does a really great job of reworking 'MacBeth' in our modern world. She didn't just copy+paste the story, she reinterpreted it to work with modern young adults and the hierarchy that exists in high school. That doesn't mean she had to hold back on the horrific aspects of the Scottish play.

MacBeth is my favorite of Shakespeare's tragedies, maybe my favorite play of his overall. I would be curious how someone unfamiliar with the play, who wasn't reading it because it was a retelling, would feel about this book. I know I enjoyed it a lot because I was looking for the parallel stories and really enjoying the new twists that Talley added.

If you're a fan of MacBeth, definitely pick this one up!
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Reading Progress

September 7, 2016 – Shelved
September 7, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
November 9, 2016 – Started Reading
November 22, 2016 –
page 105
28.38% "Really loving this modernized twist on 'MacBeth'. Talley didn't just copy+paste the story, she had taken the idea of MacBeth and morphed it into a real world tale that works."
December 1, 2016 –
page 130
35.14% "Whoa...this is definitely MacBeth in all it's bloody, gory glory. Not for the faint of heart."
December 2, 2016 –
page 325
87.84% "And now it is all tumbling down into darkness..."
December 3, 2016 – Shelved as: retelling
December 3, 2016 – Shelved as: horror
December 3, 2016 – Shelved as: supernatural
December 3, 2016 – Shelved as: youngadult
December 3, 2016 – Shelved as: ya_with_adult_appeal
December 3, 2016 – Finished Reading

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