Book Review

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)


Synopsis:

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. Continue reading “Book Review | THE UNBOUND, by Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review

Book Review | THE ARCHIVED, by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived (The Archived #1), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: January 22, 2013 (audiobook published March 30, 2019)
Published by: Hyperion/Tantor Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
Length: 9 hrs 54 min (321 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures 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 that 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 may crumble and fall.


My Review:

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I’ve been struggling to find something that captured my attention as wonderfully as the Kerstin Gier audiobooks did (especially Dream a Little Dream and its sequels), and while I’ve enjoyed other audiobooks, none of them have kept me engaged as much until The Archived. Maybe it was the narrator who captured the emotion so very well (although she could have varied the voices of the characters a bit more to separate them from one another), or maybe it was Victoria who always manages to write a story that has me enchanted. Or maybe I just have a thing for other-worldly doors. Continue reading “Book Review | THE ARCHIVED, by Victoria Schwab”

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Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab

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City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 272
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. 


My Review:

Being a fan of V.E. Schwab’s other books, when I heard that she was working on a middle grade novel about ghosts, I knew I had to read it. This book was a fun and suspenseful read, full of some interesting characters and world-building, and a wonderful story about friendship and ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab”