Mini Pre-Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived (The Archived, #1) The Archived
by Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #1
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: January 22, 2013

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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.

A copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review

Mini Pre-Review

I'm doing a mini pre-review because my full review for The Archived will be posted closer to the release date, but I finished it and wanted people to know my thoughts before then. So I'll be sharing three reasons why The Archived is one of my favorite reads of the year.

1. Mackenzie Bishop. An amazing main character who is both kickass and beautifully flawed. I loved her so much and would stay inside her head any day.

2. The relationships. I'm not just talking about the romance. The relationship between Mackenzie and Da are emotional and lovely, and tugged my heartstrings in almost every flashback. My ultimate favorite relationship was the one with Rolan, her mentor and Librarian friend. He's funny and an ally that is caring and compelling. It's not often that relationships between friends or even grandparent/granddaughter relationships are so gorgeously written that I love them even more than the romance (which was superb also).

3. The writing. Wow. Just wow. My emotions were whipped all over the place with this one. Brilliant.

Honestly, a book that you should go ahead and pre-order. I can't wait to have a nice hardback copy sitting beautifully on my shelf.



  1. This book caught my eyes after reading The near witch. The whole concept is fascinating and it's good to hear that you loved it so much!

    1. I'm definitely going to read The Near Witch now. I have fallen in love with the way Victoria Schwab writes. It's really great :D Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I want to live in this book!! The first line caught me. I'm in. January can't come fast enough!

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