Monday, January 7, 2013

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1)
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Genre: Young adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Series: The Archived #1
Format: Paperback
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

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.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
I have heard spectacular things about Victoria Schwab's writing when her novel The Near Witch released, so when I was given the opportunity to snag this book, I jumped on it!

Wow...That is all I can say, just...Wow! This book captivated me in every way possible! The story line had me devouring the pages. The characters had me pulled in immediately. My heart ached for Mackenzie right away. She had such a strong exterior but so vulnerable and innocent on the inside.

The unravelling of the story was perfect. Schwab allowed time for story and character development while letting the book unfold at a flawless pace! There was never a moment that dwindled away or that was filled with unnecessary details.

The world building was another piece of the this novel crafted together beautifully. The author's simple writing style made me delve even deeper into this stunning world of the Archive and Keeper's.

This is one book that you don't want to miss. What a fantastic way to kick off 2013!

Page-turning, beautifully written and utterly enchanting. The Archived should be added to your 'To Read' pile immediately!

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  1. I've been curious about this book. I'm going to have to check it out for sure, now. Great review!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  2. I felt that it was a bit slow in the beginning but it definitely led readers to great characterization and world building. I was so surprised at everything that came out of this, and I'm really interested to see where the story will go on from here. Great review!

  3. I'm reading this right now and I am loving it. I had to force myself to put it down last night so I could get some sleep!

  4. This sounds really good, and what a unique concept! Opening a window to check it out right now.

  5. I have been waiting for this book to come out, I absolutely love the concept of dead people being a book. It is so weird yet intriguing. I'm so glad you liked, great review :)


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