Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab

 
Published: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: ARC
Series: The Archived
Rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
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.
 
The Archived is a spectacular read that left me dazzled and craving more! Victoria Schwab has created an intricate story with impressive world-building and unforgettable characters. There's also a delightful supply of mystery, darkness, detective work, fighting, and a little bit of romance to top it off. Once you start reading, it's incredibly hard to stop!
 
Mackenzie, A.K.A. Mac, is the female protagonist and on the outside she appears to be a normal 16-year-old girl, but she's actually very special. Mac has some very special gifts and a lot of responsibility for someone her age. She's a Keeper: someone whose job is to return escaped Histories--which are records of the dead--back to the Archive. The Archive is a vast library of the dead. It sounds slightly confusing, but once you start reading it all comes together rather brilliantly!

There's so much going on this book, and I really like how easy it was to connect with Mac. She is dealing with a lot of emotional turmoil at times, and on top of that she's trying to do her job as a Keeper as efficiently as she can, but Histories keep popping up more frequently ever since she moved into a new apartment with her parents. Their new residence was one of my favorite things about this book because they are living in what used to be a hotel that has a very colorful and interesting past. Moving into this place definitely helped provide allure and mystery to the story.

One of the things that made me love this book, aside from the amazingly unique and awesome storyline, is the characters! I absolutely adore two of the male characters in Mac's life: Roland and Wesley. Both of these characters captured my heart and they are very important to Mac. Roland is a Librarian, and he's pretty darn cool! Wesley is just plain adorable and charming, and I'm completely rooting for him and Mac as an item. I also really love the fact that Wesley isn't your typical book boyfriend hottie: his nails are painted black and he wears eyeliner, but it totally works for him!
 
Read this book immediately if you are looking for a story that will blow your mind and keep your attention until the very end. Seriously, once you read this book you will be mad at yourself for not digging into it sooner, because that is exactly how I felt after I read it--it's quite the treasure! I'm sure the next book in this series, The Unbound, will be just as amazing!

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