Review: ‘As I Descended’ by Robin Talley

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars


Blurb: 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: ‘As I Descended’ by Robin Talley had me hooked from the beginning! It is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and is set at a haunted boarding school. The POV switches between several characters, but the two main ones are Maria and Lily. They are in a relationship and their goal is to move on to the same college after graduating from the boarding school. To achieve that, Maria needs to win the Kingsley Prize. That would enable her to get into a college of her choice, but she can’t get past popular girl Delilah who is top of the leader board… and time is running out. When an Ouija board game with friends goes wrong and someone promises you that you can have what you desire…how far would you go to get what you want?

I don’t want to give too much about the story away, because I think it would ruin the readers experience, but Robin Talley managed to spin a deliciously creepy plot and it kept me up late into the night to finish the book. If you are looking for a skin-crawlingly good read, this is for you!

Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by HarperTeen

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy to read and review on my blog! 


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