• Page Count: 384
  • Release Date: September 6, 2016
  • My Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

As I Descended 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 Thoughts:


So I was super excited when I received an ARC of this LGBTQ modern retelling of Macbeth. I love Shakespeare & pretty much all retellings! The story didn’t work quite as well on a modern boarding school campus, but it was still intriguing to see how it all played out.

The main character of Maria is set on the elite Kingsley Prize, so she takes out the girl who’s a threat. She digs herself deeper and deeper as she seeks power and tries to cover everything up while it all spirals out of control. The Ouija board helps bring in some of the paranormal aspects.

There were some clever bits where Macbeth tied in, but I wasn’t terribly into most of the story itself. But I really liked how the title of each chapter was a relevant line from the original story! That made everything fit so much better.

I didn’t particularly connect with any of the characters either… their development could’ve been a lot stronger. The actual diversity of the characters and the solid writing were the strongest elements.

The retelling aspect was the most interesting part for me in the end. But I think anyone could enjoy this without reading Macbeth first because it’s such a loose retelling!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!


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