As I Descended
By Robin Talley
Received from the publisher via Edelweiss, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Published by HarperTeen
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
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.
Ooh I was really looking forward to reading As I Descended! I’d heard really great things about it, and it would be my second Shakespeare lately (the other one being Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl)!.
Overall, this was a really intense, gripping read, although it wasn’t as spooky as I had hoped it would be! I am not super familiar with Macbeth but I liked picking up on the familiar references throughout the story.
And even though I was pretty sure I knew how it would all turn out for the main characters, I was pretty much on the edge of my seat by the time I finished!