The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (The Archived #2) – Review (Blog Tour)

January 29, 2014 Blog Tour, Review 2 ★★★★★

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (The Archived #2) – Review (Blog Tour)

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (The Archived #2) – Review (Blog Tour)Release Date: January 28, 2014
Title: The Unbound
Series: The Archived #2
Author: Victoria Schwab
Pages: 368
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: 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.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.
5 Stars

I waited for this book for ages. And then when I heard the blog tour was coming up… I practically begged to be on it!

You may not remember, but I gush over everything written by Victoria (see The Archived and Vicious).

The Unbound is absolutely another gush-worthy book. You couldn’t ask for a better sequel than this. I think one of the best things about this series is that it doesn’t follow the traditional formula that we see in YA where a series or trilogy is one long story arc broken into chunks. Each individual book is its own, though it falls in a particular sequence.

Mackenzie remains one of my favorite characters ever. She has such poise and grace when dealing with the chaos that is her life. She tries so hard to keep those she loves out of harm’s way and to handle everything all by herself. Her strength alone astounds me. It’s not easy being a Keeper in the first place, but try being one at sixteen while going through PTSD and attending a new high school.

And in this book, she goes through some pretty gnarly stuff – all a direct aftermath of Owen and the events of The Archived.

But our girl can handle herself, even when those around her (including her parents!) doubt her.

I never doubted her, but I did wonder how she was going to get to the end of the story. I had no idea what she had up her sleeve – she’s a tricksy one, that Mackenzie.

And of course… Wesley Ayers is back. I adore him so, so much. But this story was so much more Mackenzie’s story than his that I don’t have a lot to say about him. Other than I love him. A lot.

In this book, Victoria has continued to write a world that is so real, so tangible, that sometimes I can feel the weight of my own key around my neck. Then I tear my eyes away from the page and remember where I am. If there is a Library here, I don’t have access to it.

I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for us next.

But honestly… Victoria could write the next phone book (apparently they do still make those) and I would read it.

Need More Information?

  • The Housework Can WaitThe Unbound is everything I wanted in a sequel to The Archived. More mystery. More suspense. A greater sense of purpose and consequence and world.
  • My Friends Are FictionWith stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.
  • Teen Librarian ToolboxIt is hugely enjoyable, a completely satisfying addition to the Mackenzie cannon. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has read The Archived.

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