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Review by Suze
Maria and Lily are roommates at Archeron Academy and they are close friends. They are keeping a secret from most of the other pupils of their school, they're also a couple. The only one who knows about them is Maria's best friend Brandon. He's part of the popular crowd because of his boyfriend Matteo, who's loved by everyone. The queen of their school, Delilah, seems to be good at almost everything she does and when she isn't brilliant at something she always finds another way to make sure she keeps her number one status. Lily and Maria despise her and want to find a way to dethrone her.
When Maria, Brandon and Lily start a séance session with an Ouija board something goes wrong and they accidentally unleash a dark power, something that slowly takes over their lives. They've awakened spirits and they are unstoppable. The power makes Maria and Lily cross lines they wouldn't have crossed before. Only, what can actually be attributed to that what's lurking in the shadows and what is being caused by the darkness that's always been inside their characters?
As I Descended is an amazing spooky story. I was intrigued from the start. I love stories about Ouija boards and the consequences of using one. Maria is a sweet girl who's always there for others and who can do everything she wants to do, but she's number two and never number one. She's the princess while Delilah is the queen. Maria's love for Lily is strong and beautiful. Lily is disabled and she doesn't like that people see crutches instead of a person when they look at her. There's so much she has to offer and it remains mostly invisible. With Maria it's different, she really sees Lily. They are a unit and when they make plans together they stick to them. They set something in motion they can never undo. Brandon loves Maria. She's nice to him and she tells him everything. They know each other's secrets and there's a strong bond. That changes on the night of the Ouija board session and I couldn't wait to see where this emotional shift would lead. The relationships between the main characters of this story are fascinating and for me they were the best part of this book.
Robin Talley's writing is captivating, she managed to completely capture my attention from the start and I read As I Descend in one sitting. I love creepy stories and enjoyed reading about the evil spirits, eerie legends and delusions. Archeron Academy is a great setting for a gripping story. The dorms are in an old building and Robin Talley makes the setting come to life very well. Her descriptions are precise and dynamic and I loved the adrenaline rush that comes with them. As I Descend is a fantastic dark story filled with terrific forceful energy and potent power struggles.