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Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I waited a long time for The Archived. Did y'all see the 5 chapters that were released on NetGalley? I refrained from reading it, because I knew it would just tease me even worse. So I waited until January!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive. Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

What I Liked: 1) The unique-ness of the story. This story was unlike anything I've ever read, and that's saying something since I read so much paranormal YA. There are ghost stories, there are other world stories, even ghost hunter stories. And The Archived took elements from so many different genres and put them all together to make a completely unique plot. 2) Mac. I thought Mac was an interesting MC. She's been through so much, and now that she's been dealing with The Archive and all of those responsibilities, and it's made her very guarded and closed off. I thought at first that would have made her not very likeable, but what she is is understandable. She was written in a very real-life way that you could almost imagine her being a person and not a character. Aside from the supernatural stuff, I mean. 3) The surprises. A lot of the surprises really jumped out at me, and I didn't even see them coming. Miz Schwab has a great talent for keeping the suspense flowing and only revealing enough to keep you turning the pages.

What I Didn't Like: I didn't connect as well to some of the secondary characters that were playing a big role in the story. But it's entirely possible that, because so much of Mac's history was important to this story, that we just didn't get to know them as well. We spent a lot of time on Mac. I expect we'll see more of some of these secondary characters in the following books, now that we kind of know Mac's history.

Overall Thoughts: The Archived is a great series opener from Victoria Schwab. There were surprises around every corner, and the suspense kept me turning the pages late into the night. Mac, the MC, is very well developed, and she is very realistic in her actions and feelings. It's very easy to get to know her. I'm hoping to get to know some of the secondary characters a bit more in the next book, and I can't wait for that!

 My Rating: 4 shots


  1. I love Schwab's style and am excited to see what happens in the follow-up to The Archived. Did you see the cover reveal for Vicious? It looks amazing.

    Love your review, and I agree that I didn't connect to some of the secondary characters as much as I'd have liked to. Hopefully, we'll see some more development as the series progresses.

  2. Great review! I was drawn in by the uniqueness of the plot as well. I haven't picked up Archived yet, but it's in my TBR pile. Sounds awesome, and I really like that you mentioned surprises. I love that in a book.
    Ninja Girl


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