Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sarah Reviews: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Pages: 328
Publishing Company: Hyperion
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
ISBN: 1423157311

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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.

My Review:
I was really surprised with where this story went and enjoyed it a lot. The Archived is filled with mystery, action, and suspense. We are immediately thrust into Mackenzie's hectic and strange life. It is a lot to take in at first but you just roll with it. I found the world of the archive to be so fascinating and unique and filled with lies and deceit. I LOVED Wes, a lot. I wished Mackenzie would have opened up to him more and finally have someone she could be completely honest with. Their relationship really grew throughout the book and you could see how they were helping each other and making one another stronger. This book had such an amazing kick-ass female lead who was also easily relatable. Every teenager has times when they lie and I loved how Victoria Schwab described it as a pie needing to be cut into nice, neat pieces. The mystery was also very spooky but some things I could see right through and were predictable, while others were not. Overall, this is definitely one of my top reads of the year so far. If you love mystery, suspense, action, and a dash of romance, pick this up ASAP! So good! I need The Unbound like now!

Until next time fellow readers, keep practicing those lying skills!
xoxo Sarah

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