Thursday, September 20, 2012

ARC Review: The Archived

Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 22, 2013

See it at 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.

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.

Today, I have a most wonderful book to talk about. I’ve been trying to hold off a little while on my review since I had finished it a few weeks ago, but I figured it’d be okay to post it now. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff is perhaps one of my favorite books of the 2012 releases. But it’s not going to be a tough one to answer next year when asked about favorites of 2013. Hands down, The Archived by Victoria Schwab is one of the best reads I’ve experienced in years and it will be at the top of that list too. Get your pre-orders ready, everyone. You do not want to miss this book!

On occasion, I do like to express myself through pictures. This is going to be one of my rare reviews with gifs and pics so warning you now about that.

My first reaction upon seeing the above blurb of this book was simple:  

Expectations immediately rocketed. I was on the edge of my seat waiting until I either could get lucky enough to receive an ARC or run to the store and buy my copy on release day (either way, I’m going to buy it come January). And lucky I got. I won a beautiful ARC on Twitter thanks to Shannon Messenger (@SW_Messenger) and then I sat on the edge of my seat again waiting until the mailman arrived with the book. I promise I didn’t injure the delivery guy…maybe. Sorry dude. I was just insanely ready to have it in my hands.
Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. My expectations were met and The Archived went above and beyond them. I have to be honest here and say that I haven’t picked up The Near Witch (though it’s on my TBR list) because the closest bookstore to me is almost an hour away and it seems it’s never stocked every time I go in. Alas, I’m just going to have to order that one. I know from reading this, I will own everything Ms. Schwab releases ever. The writing is beautiful, mesmerizing, and inspiring.

Mac and the story built around her is compelling. It starts immediately after the loss of her little brother, which pulls at my heartstrings. Stories that involve sibling relationships in general with draw me right in because I have a strong bond with my older brother myself. The flashbacks between her and her grandfather, Da, helped build and pace the story. It was so well crafted and amazingly done. It felt real. I loved this unique world in the background. The Histories and the descriptions throughout were a bit creepy and dark at times. I totally loved every bit of it.

There’s an unexpected romance that made me smile and laugh. I adored the characters in each of their own ways. I found myself questioning at times if I would want to visit The Library. I look at random strangers now and wonder if they’re Keepers. That’s how much this book has become a part of me since reading it.  
One day, I will hug Ms. Schwab and thank her for the amazing creativity and inspiration she gifted me.
For now, I highly recommend that this book immediately goes on your TBR and pre-order lists. The Archived is not going to be a book you want to miss out on.  



  1. Bahahaha, the pictures. Supernatural fan? That one guy makes the best faces. Dean? (I haven't seen it.)

    Anyway, I am glad this is awesome. For some reason, I really expected this one to disappoint me, but I'm all excited now!

    1. Huge Supernatural fan. :P I've watched it since the first night it premiered way back. Lol. Yeah, Dean does. He makes the best gifs. :P You should see it! :O

      That was my biggest worry too, I think. There's a lot of hype already building up around it, but it didn't disappoint at all. :)

  2. Dean is incredible awesome. As for the book I have it on my TBR pile, and now I think I'm going to have to bump it a few notches up (I was already crazy ready to read it, I was just giving it a little time since it comes out in January but screw that! I wanna read it now!). Great review, GIFs and pictures are underrated really, they add something to the experience of reading a review.

    1. I don't use gifs too often. I think I only started recently really using a few here and there on reviews of books I really love. They do help express so much more than just words though, I agree. I love reading reviews that have gifs. :) I don't understand why some people complain about them. *rolls eyes* Lol. I hope you enjoy as much as I did when you do get around to reading! :)

  3. A fantastic review Pixie! Very jealous you have read it ;) it sounds so unique and amazing so it's definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2013 (sooo long to wait).

    Thankyou so much for sharing! x

  4. Cute blog! I love it! I followed ya! Follow back please!


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