Release Date: 6th September 2016
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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.
Talley’s books have been very hit and miss with me so far. I adored Lies We Tell Ourselves, but her second book, What We Left Behind, didn’t live up to my expectations at all. I’d been looking forward to As I Descended, though, because I liked the idea of a genre switch-up. Thankfully, I did really like the book. I didn’t love it, but it was good.
One thing that really stood out to me was the way Talley pulled off several points of view. I’m often not a fan of books told from multiple points of view, because I often feel like it’s unnecessary and adds little to the plot. However, Talley did this really well. The characters were all different enough that they stood out, and I really liked hearing about the events happening in the novel from various people. This was great, because it made me question the other characters, and the events that happened, which added a large amount of suspense.
I’m not all that familiar with Macbeth (*gasp*), so I can’t say how well the story connected to the original, or if there were many references in there because I definitely will have missed them all.
Another thing that Talley does really well is write diverse characters. For example, in this book we have both an f/f couple and an m/m couple, there’s a character with a physical disability, and a couple of Latino characters. I always love how diverse Talley’s books are.
All that said, I didn’t really feel a massive connection to any of the characters, or the plot itself. It was enjoyable, sure, and I wasn’t bored at all. I was excited to read to the end of the book to find out what was happening, but that’s about it. Some books just don’t stick with you, you know? So I would rate this book higher than WWLB, but it was nowhere near as good as LWTO.