[Review] As I Descended by Robin Talley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.


As I Descended is a Macbeth retelling featuring a diverse array of characters and a F/F relationship. Finally!!!! The lack of F/F relationships in YA honestly bugs the hell out of me. But Robin Talley wonderfully created Lily and Maria who will do anything for each other and continue their happiness after Acheron Academy, even calling a dark spirit that causes madness and death.

I loved the writing, a dark and gripping story of ghosts and evil spirits. I love how As I Descended mirrored Macbeth in terms of death, revenge, and ghosts. One small decision started the catalyst of Maria and Lily’s downward spiral of lies, death, and chaos, the Ouija board. Honestly this book had me scared by the ghosts that haunt Acheron Academy.

At some point I was rooting for Lily and Maria. I understood their desire to be with each other after the Academy and will do anything for Maria to get the Kingsley Prize. But one action blurred the distinction between what is fair and what is foul.

With a diverse set of characters and such fluid alternating perspectives, As I Descended is one of my top reads in 2016. 

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