Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
AS I DESCENDED is a eerie, atmospheric modern-day retelling of Macbeth, featuring Maria as Macbeth and Lily as Lady Macbeth set in an elite boarding. Maria and Lily are best friends and a couple with dreams of going to college together. But one thing stands in their way – Delilah Dufrey, who is in the lead to win the Kingsley Prize, the winner of which gets awarded a full scholarship to the college of their choice. Maria and Lily are willing to do whatever it takes to dethrone Delilah and win the Kingsley Prize, including harness the darkness that haunts Acheron Academy, a former plantation. As things take a perilously dark turn, Maria and Lily must decide where to draw the line on their ambition.
AS I DESCENDED exceeded all my expectations. It features a diverse cast of characters and all the POVs receive such care and attention that it’s difficult not to emotionally invest in their stories. There were some excellent characters and development; my favourites were Maria (Macbeth) and Mateo (Macduff). The story itself is intricate, suspenseful, dark and creepy with an epic conclusion.
Overall I think this is a seriously fantastic YA horror/paranormal with some great LGBT representation and cultural diversity. It’s atmospheric and creepy without being over the top, and seriously makes you question your decision to read this at night. This is a book that everyone should have on their TBR.
MY RATING: ★★★★★ (4.5)