As I Descended

As I Descended

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption. Tapping a dark power to prevent the favorite candidate of a distinguished educational prize from winning, school power couple Maria and Lily unleash fatal energies that blur the lines between reality and madness.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Teen, HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
ISBN: 9780062409232
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 22 cm


Featured Blogs and Events

Evil Heroines: Yes, We Exist

When I was four or five years old, my parents took me to see Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty in theatres. I was terrified of and fascinated by the evil fairy Maleficent, who that night took up residence in the dark of my closet. For most of my childhood, her eyes gleamed at me from the shadows, persuasive, hypnotic, dangerous. When Disney announced that Angelina Jolie was to play Maleficent in… (more)

Back to School Picks for Teens

Like it or hate it, Back to School is right around the corner. If you're looking to get into School Mode, here are some books about teens in high school, and all the drama that goes with it. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero chronicles Gabi's senior year of high school through her diary entries. She has a lot to deal with but finds the good amid the bad and tells it all with wit and … (more)

View All Staff Blog Posts »

From Library Staff

September 2017

September 2017

Gender flipped and super queer, very creepy, retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

In this retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Maria and Lily plot against golden child Delilah at their exclusive boarding school, leading them down the path of madness.

September 2017

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 05, 2019

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this book manages to be both disturbing and fun. Talley’s take on Macbeth as high school drama is both amusing and terrifying at once. The shifting perspective of the narrative gives the story an ominous and eerie vibe, and I appreciate that she did not shy away from including darker elements in a young adult book, including ghosts, mystery, and murder. Another highlight is the diverse cast of characters, and Talley is very creative in using their different identities to translate elements from the play into a modern context. Unfortunately, Maria (aka Macbeth) took on a considerably more passive role in this adaptation that in the original text, but overall I think Talley did a masterful job of reworking the story. 4 Stars. @amiwrite of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Sep 25, 2016

there is nothing more that i love than a great Shakespeare retelling.

As I Descended is a retelling of Shakespeare's very famous 'Macbeth' that takes place in a very haunted boarding school in Virginia.

ghosts, mysteries, urban legends, and MURDER, this book was pretty hard to put down.

ALSO there was amazing GLBT and POC representation.


if you love Shakespeare and if you love Macbeth, then definitely pick this up!


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at CPL

To Top