Making History with Victoria Schwab: The Archived Vlog Tour + Giveaway

I'm so excited to have Victoria Schwab, author of The Near Witch and the upcoming The Archived, on Nawanda Files today! I've already read and fell in total, complete love with The Archived. You can read my mini pre-review here! Now onto a little about the book and the amazing vlog by Victoria Schwab!

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.

Introduction to Making History

Making History: Boise Skies and Tired Bones and Living Dreams

Wow, that was an incredibly moving vlog. I know I think back and have the same experience, where what I think are small moments in my life end up being big ones.

I'll share a brief story, since this making history tour is supposed to inspire people to share their own histories. A small moment for me was probably my freshman year of college, when I was really struggling with school, making friends, and trying to pull away from the identity label of "twin". One night a bunch of  my friends went out to a farm, and we all curled up in blankets and watched the comets. I remember looking up in the silence thinking I'd be okay. Whatever happens in the future, whether it be with school or friends, I'd get through it. Back then I thought it was just another temporary self-esteem booster. But now every time I'm stressed or think that my life isn't going to work out the way I'd planned, I remember the way I felt on the cold winter night, and the worry just evaporates.

Maybe it's the power of the stars and the silence and the infinite universe that seems so much bigger than us that brings us peace.

Thanks so much Victoria for stopping by Nawanda Files and sharing your story! I encourage everyone to comment below about a small moment in their own life that turned out to be a big one.

Giveaway Details
The wonderful Victoria Schwab has provided an awesome swag pack, including an Archived tote bag. I will also be adding in a pre-order copy of The Archived for the winner. 

US Residents only
The giveaway ends 11/27

Fill in the rafflecopter to enter 

Making History Tour Stops

Be sure to visit Victoria Schwab's past vlogs! 

Seriously, The Archived isn't just one of my favorite books of the year but one of my favorite books EVER. I encourage everyone to at least add it to their goodreads list, if not pre-order a copy of their own. You won't be disappointed! 


  1. What small moment hasn't affected me! I feel like any major staple of life; getting a job, making a new friend, starting/finishing school, has helped me learn something about myself. Getting a job, or searching for a job, has helped me learn to listen and ask questions. Making new friends and keeping them, has helped me to learn to communicate and share my feelings/emotions equally. Starting and finishing college has helped me realize that if you have a goal, you can accomplish it if you really try. Living on a small island as I do has helped me appreciate trips to the mainland where you have much more flexibility in all things, especially anonymity.

    Anyways, I liked your story about wanting to find your own identity. I've know twins where it becomes really hard for them to find themselves and it's hard to even understand it, even as cool as it may sound to us none twins to have one. Even though I only know you and Becca through blogging, you've definitely made different impressions on me as you both have different styles of writing and what is important to you.

    Also, I'm excited for The Archived. :) It has to do with books, I mean, come on, what more is there to say?

    1. Finding my own identity has to be the biggest drawback of being a twin for sure. It's very difficult, especially when we're best friends and live together. It's funny because many people don't realize how much you sacrifice in terms of identity when you are an identical twin. Making friends is harder. Finding a boyfriend becomes near impossible when together. It's odd to think that maybe if we didn't look like each other it would be different, that the label would no longer be attached to us. I also think it's sad that the only way to make things easier is to not be friends with her (which I'm not willing to do). But yes, enough of my blabbing, lol :D

      I'm really glad that you can tell differences in our writing styles. That's pretty awesome! We like different things, and are generally different people (shocker!).

      I think that's really quite cool you live on a small island! I can see how there would be many restrictions in that lifestyle.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts :D

  2. Getting a camera. Poof. Photography.

  3. Getting accepted to nursing school. It was going to be just a job, but it has turned out to be a great career

  4. I love this. I love the idea of those small moments -- possibly the ones most overlooked -- having that kind of weight.

    For me, there are two things that come immediately to mind. The first time I hit SEND on a submission, and I didn't spontaneously combust. There was a kind of relief in having it out of my hands.

    The second is a phone call I made. It's such a small thing -- dialing numbers. But it saved me in a way I can't quite explain.

    Beautiful post.

  5. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Going to a volunteer outreach program for a helpline with a friend. I didn't think I'd sign up, but I did, took the course, volunteer all the time and have made awesome friends:)

    Thank you:)

  6. I think the moment I mustered up enough courage to accept a second job is changing my life every day. I'm now considering a change in career, all from something I thought would just be a little extra income.

  7. My fifth grade teacher read to the class every Friday. I didn't care about books or reading until then. Loving to read has enriched my life.

  8. I think nearly all big moments have their inception in the seed of much smaller, sometimes innocuous, moments. One day a friend called me to announce the birth of her first child, a daughter. I thought, 'how lovely' ... and 14 months later I, too, issued a new life into the world.

    Another time, we were in great need of a better vehicle, yet without the funds to purchase one. It seemed to me that the best option would be to win one, and from that thought coupled with determination, I did win one before the end of the year. :)

    Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)

  9. Mine was joining color guard in high school. I learned so many life lessons and made so many amazing friends--it was a totally life-changing experience :)

  10. The very first time I met my now husband. I had no idea that he would become the love of my life. That day is one of the most cherished moments in my entire 30 years. And there are so very many more insignificant at the time moments that have had everlasting repercussions on my life, whether good or bad. They, each and every one of them, has shaped and molded me into the person that I am today.

  11. A small moment in my life was when I took a history intro course in college and then I ended up getting a history degree because of that.

  12. A small moment in my life was when I smiled at the computer guy that had been doing all the computer stuff at my job for the last 11 years. He asked me out later that day and we're now married.

  13. A small moment that turned into a big life changer was when i joined Ag and FFA in ninth grade!