Book Review, Favorite Reads, ya paranormal, ya urban fantasy

Book Review | THE UNBOUND, by Victoria Schwab

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The Unbound (The Archived #2), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: January 28, 2014 (audiobook published March 14, 2019)
Published by: Hyperion/Tantor Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Piper Goodeve & Gabriel Vaughan (short story at end)
Length: 10 hrs 57 min (360 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


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?

My Review:

Such a gripping story! There was so much happening that I couldn’t stop listening. Yes there were times when I questioned Mackenzie’s decisions, but considering she was sleep deprived for most of the book I could honestly understand her reasonings. I loved loved loved that she adamantly refused to lie to Wesley (although omitting things was still annoying). I liked that the consequences of what she had gone through in the first book were making themselves known, that her life with the Archive was affecting her life in the Outer, but hated how Agatha treated her – she is a teenager girl who was recruited at 12 of course this life is gonna give her some mental issues! Work with her not against her!

There were a lot of ups and downs and many moments that had me on the edge of my seat but I loved every minute of it.

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