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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,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 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 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 hardwon redemption....

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The Archived Reviews

  • Victoria Schwab
    2019-06-17 22:36

    Two years in my brain and more than a year putting it on the page properly. I can't wait to be able to share it.

  • softlykaz
    2019-06-14 19:23

    It might seem like my whole life revolves around victoria schwab but yes it does

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-06-08 19:13

    I have to admit, it wasn't until the second half of the book that The Archived really started clicking together for me. I've heard that some people who read the extended preview online were unsure if they wanted to continue, and I can see why--but something about the writing was really appealing to me and I ended up having a great experience with it.Here's what I liked about the book:* Dead people who are kept on shelves like books? Sign me on! Awesome premise. * I loved the eerie, something's-not-quite-right atmosphere. All this drama happening in the hushed hallways of a library setting somehow felt pretty creepy.* The narrative voice felt comfortable and real.* This isn't written in a fast-paced sci-fi thriller kind of way, and I liked the slower pace and somewhat contemplative tone.* The part of the story involving mysterious murders in an old hotel-turned-apartment-building was intriguing, and the way the clues gradually reveal themselves is enjoyable.* I really liked some of the characters, especially the stern Roland, an older Librarian who mentors Mackenzie.Things that were just fine:* The romantic interests. Yes, there is an "s" at the end of that, but there isn't really a love triangle here, and things are just interesting enough without overtaking the entire plot.* The villain. Maybe a bit too easy to guess, but not until closer to the end.Things I felt could use improvement:* I found the beginning very confusing, in part because I thought "Da" referred to Mackenzie's father, not her grandfather. The timeline also moved back and forth too much for my taste, and the switches in tense itched at me. Also, does her brother's death have some further significance at some point? Between that, her grandfather's death, moving to a new home, etc., there was a lot to take in the opening chapters.* I was also never entirely sure how I understood how the mechanics of everything works in the Library or the Keepers' exact roles. There were also definitely parts where I thought, "No way!" or "I don't get why this just didn't happen."But there came a point when the story started coming together and taking off that I just let go of my doubts and just enjoyed the ride. In fact, I think zoomed through the last half in one sitting, it was such a page-turner! The book is well-plotted, well-written, and touched with some darkness, as well as humor. This isn't a typical sci-fi story, and it's all the better for that. I'm tired of wham-bam adventure stories that do little more than connect the dots between one action scene to the next.This is the first book I've read by this author, but given the many positive reviews I've seen for her debut, I think I need to seek out The Near Witch very soon. And of course, I'll be waiting for the new batch of Archives in the coming year.This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.You can also win an ARC of The Archived on the blog!

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-06-10 01:26

    This book was AMAZING. Everybody needs this book in their life. Do yourself a favor and pick this up ASAP.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-06-19 01:22

    Oh yes hello, I think I am thoroughly doomed to adore everything written by Schwab. Everything omg. This book was incredible. It's so unique and the writing just hit me and the characters were all tortured and adorable and somewhat sassy -- AND QUITE FOND OF BAKED GOODS -- so basically I am Schwab trash and not even sad about it.Also I hear the 3rd book is like...never ever coming out??? SLAY ME. (I ordered the sequel though, so let me read that, and then slay me.)What really REALLY hit me (omg violent little book) was how unique the story was! It's like a library but for DEAD PEOPLE. And sometimes the dead people escape and wonder around these dark hallways (kind of like purgatory I guess?) and they must have Keepers to haul 'em back to deadness. Meet Keeper = Mackenzie Bishop. She's such a tortured soul and I totally liked her. But you know what I liked even more? THE MAGICNESS AND THE LIBRARY AND THE DEAD PEOPLE. It was all creepy and vaguely dark and I could totally see it as a Tim Burton movie playing out in my head. A+++ basically. And the characters?! Precious little mites. Like I said: TORTURED. When you're a Keeper your life is like (A) lying to everyone because they can't know about your Other Life Chasing Dead People Back To Their Shelves, and (B) you get memories from things you touch, so no touchee to anyone, which makes things lonely, and (C) apparently you have an automatic ginormous need for baked goods. Loving it.So apart from Mackenzie (who narrates in 1st person), she meets Wes who is a smooth-talking and slightly goth dude who got a book thrown at his head, caught it, and carried on a conversation about muffins at the same time. I'm 10000% a gonner and in love. And later on Mackenzie meets Owen in the purgatory-sort-of-place and he is equally mystery and tortured. SO I AM A FAN.Um...I suppose you could say there's a love triangle?? But it doesn't feel like one because Mackenzie is suffering from SERIOUS GRIEF over the death of her brother and she's not in the kissing mood. #thankgoodness So there are 2 boys. There are attractions. There are plot twists (HUGE!! PLOT!! TWISTS!!) involving both boys. (And I also love both boys. So there you go.) (view spoiler)[Although I did think Owen and Mac's pashing came out of nowhere. I mean, he was dead, so we know that ship wasn't sailing.... also I was immensely pleased Owen turned out to be evil. I LOVE OWEN. I SHOULD PROBABLY BE CONCERNED BUT I'M NOT. (hide spoiler)]I suppose you could say everything is just glorious. It just ticked sooooo many boxes for me. Mackenzie was withdrawn, but not emotionless and she was easy to connect to. And the world took me a little while to get the hang of, but THEN I WAS THERE and it was so so vivid. Plus I just love the idea of a library of dead people. Seriously. Love. This is amazing. Why did I not read this earlier? (Spoiler: because I'm an idiot.)Althoooough I maintain the BEST Schwab books are A Darker Shade of Magic series. You probably definitely completely need this one in your life. I have so many questions I AM DYING FOR THE SEQUEL. And I just loved being emerged in Schwab's style of writing again. I adored the plot twists! The aesthetics! The humour!! AND DEFINITELY THE FOOD. (It was partially set in a cafe omg.) I'm just going t leave this quote here and be happy:"Hey," he says, knocking his shoe playfully against mine. "It's the same for me, you know? This is all new to me. And I'm not going anywhere. It takes at least three assassination attempts to scare me off. And even then, if there are baked goods involved, I might come back."

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-06-21 22:17

    Thinking back, I don’t remember ever reading something quite like this story before. It was very creative and imaginative, I have to say. The concept refreshing and interesting to read about. Although, there were many things that didn’t work for me as well as they did for multiple other book lovers who read this mysterious looking book. For being mysterious, that it sure was, especially at the beginning. I was eager to learn everything about the main character’s ability and the world-building, needless to say. As the story slowly unfolded itself though, I realized that what was under its white silky fabric (feeling the ghostly atmosphere yet?) was not as impressive as I first predicted…but it had great constituents still.I’ve thought about it…and the protagonist was too young for me. I like my MCs to be at least sixteen years old in my reads. It’s just a personal preference I have, because I like my heroines’ age to be as close to mine as possible so there could be a better possibility of connection.Mac is a Keeper. She keeps Histories. Histories are like…data collections of dead people but, in their own form. That’s how I see them, but they truly aren’t completely explained in the book, if not at the beginning only in brief descriptions. Except an image can easily be made of them after reading this. So each ‘History’ is to be resting in the Achieve, the library – as you can call it – after their death. However, sometimes, a History or two can escape…and Mac’s job is to find them and put them back where they belong. It may seem simple, but it’s not. Especially not when stumbling upon a circumstance of events you do not understand. Someone killed a History, in Mac’s own room, and she needs to find who did it.Even if the pacing starts off pretty slow, the story does pick up and upgrades its speed to a most engaging one as chapters go by. The writing is also pleasant and I believe suiting the story and main character’s voice best. Not the secondary ones. See, most of the secondary characters, except for Mac’s dead brothers, Wesley, Roland and the Histories she is strongly helping, feel one-dimensional. I guess it can be because the heroine didn’t give much importance to many. Even the parents…they’re uninteresting and unfortunately boring and forgettable.The love interest (<-- what a twist!) was really well-developed. I thought the author brought a very pertinent element to the story by including that character. What I liked most was that it wasn’t a romance novel alone and that the romance itself doesn’t steal some importance anywhere. And, by the way, Wesley, Mac’s ‘friend’ reminded me of Jace from The Mortal Instruments, with his personality. He was the most entertaining of them all.What I really didn’t like about the main character though was how easily and often she lied. She did it in every chapter at least two times and it became annoying after some time. Even if she might have felt bad after, it doesn’t change that she didn’t find any other solution than to do that. When a character actually has says: ‘‘It’s the only thing I’ve said that wasn’t a lie,’’ then there is a problem. Her choice of concealing the truth was understandable, depending on the scene, but the so many lies started to frustrate me because, see, the people she lied to didn’t necessarily deserve it.Also, in the story, the narrator didn’t describe the Histories as ghosts, yet, that’s how they appeared to me. The way they talked, moved and just overall; it gave me as impression that they were indeed ghosts…when I don’t think this was the author’s wish. But that wasn’t a negative point, since it didn’t bother me at all.Overall, it was intriguing and enjoyable enough. I hope less lies will be present in the sequel, because I do intend to read it sometime soon. The world-building has a lot of potential, being different from what we’re used to, but the settings could use some variety. The romance was, even if of small importance, lovely, but it could have used more romantic scenes to make it more believable…yet I do understand why the author did not include more. Nonetheless, this was a good book with twists and turns that were remarkable and honestly unpredictable!

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-05-31 17:24

    *2.5*HEAR ME OUT.I really loved the intricate world that Victoria Schwab created, and her writing was great as usual. However. The plot fell so flat for me, and I couldn't bring myself to care about anything that was happening. One redeeming factor aside from the world building was WESLEY. I really loved him as a character and it made me sad that he wasn't a bigger part of the story.I don't think I'll be continuing on with this series (trilogy? duology? who knows.), but I will definitely be checking out more of Victoria's books in the future (because she is a goddess).NoteI have already read Vicious (and loved it), so I might just enjoy her adult books more, but I'll have to read more to be able to say for sure.

  • Regan
    2019-06-02 00:27

    Victoria Schwab crafts another beautiful and unique story. Plus, guyliner.

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2019-06-25 21:31

    "Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy."•Do you know when you start a book with preconceptions and you somehow end up liking/not liking the book exactly in the degree you knew you would? Well, I started this book with preconceptions. I liked just as much as I thought I would. That is, a lot.•Since I am fairly sure you grew tired of my eulogies of Schwab's writing a long time ago, I redirect you to my reviews of A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and This Savage Song. Generally speaking, I found the writing in The Archived slightly less brilliant than what I came to think of as Schwab's usual, but not once was I really unhappy with it. Knowing how picky and hard to please I normally am, my constant and unshakable satisfaction with what comes out of this author's mind is probably the closest thing to a miracle I've ever seen or heard of in my life.•Of course, each one of Schwab's books has something that makes it absolutely unique. The Shades of Magic trilogy has, needless to say, magic; Vicious has superpowers and anthiheroes; The Monsters of Verity series has monsters. One would say The Archived has a library of the dead, and that that is more than enough to make it unforgettable, and that would be true, but not quite, because actually the thing about The Archived that will leave a permament mark on your heart is its grief. The grief of its characters, of its pages, of its story; the book is so soaked in it that it itself seems to be mourning. It's beautiful and sad, and so simply, gracefully rendered. The sense of loss that permeates every page is, to me, the reason why this story will stand out forever from the infinity of other stories I've read or heard. •I had gotten use to Schwab's characters to be a little reserved, maybe kind of standoffish, and when I read Our Savage Song I was pleasantly surprised to make the acquaintance of two protagonists who seemed to be so vulnerable. Well, Mackenzie Bishop and Wesley Ayers are more open and unguarded yet. They are strong, they are fighters, but their weaknesses and their loneliness are a blow to the heart. They made me pshysically ache inside. It is impossible not to connect with characters -no, with people- like them. ➽ As I stated elsewere, its' Schwab's, it's good. My favourite remains A Darker Shade of Magic, but The Archived has its peculiar charms. I still have to read the second book and I'm already terrified because it's not sure we'll have the third. I need another miracle.

  • Korrina(OwlCrate)
    2019-06-06 19:34

    Edit: I had so much fun rereading this beautiful book. It was just what I needed. Victoria Schwab is definitely my favourite author. Everything she writes is so solid and fantastic. Can't wait to read book two in this series.Victoria just gets me. She writes the kinds of books I desperately need in my life. Books with such unique plots and world-building. Books with characters that I attach myself to with my entire heart. Books that keep me up way past my bedtime because I just can't stop reading. I wish people discussed these earlier books of hers more, because this was brilliant. I can't wait to read book two. Definitely one of my favourite authors.

  • Kai
    2019-05-27 20:27

    “Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.”This was stunning.I loved the beginning, the language, the setting and the whole concept. Victoria Schwab can do some real magic with words, which is why I loved this book even more. She is one of the most talented voices in fantasy/YA/science fiction literature and I am baffled and amazed by her writing. The Archivedis such a beautiful collection of words. I can't get enough.I love mysteries, but the sad truth is that once solved they are less interesting and, well...less mysterious. I often find that I expected more and I'm therefore a little disappointed with the outcome. That's what happened here. (Which doesn't keep it from being a great book)I have to admit that I really fell for some of the characters. Da, Wesley, Ben and some other minor ones. Everybody and everything just seemed so real.Please. Write faster and give me more magic, Victoria.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    2019-06-04 23:21

    Amazing story, beautifully written, and all around fantastic characters! AN EXCELLENT READ!

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-06-23 00:18

    Actual rating: 4.5I truly underestimated this book. You know how when you first read a book's blurb and it totally catches your attention as something different and unique? You know that feeling right afterwards that can only be described nothing short of "Gimme Syndrome"? Yeah, that's how I felt with The Archived. But for whatever reason, I got distracted and started picking up other books (you know how it is). Well, one day I was frolicking through my bookshelf, re-read the blurb and engaged the family in a battle of epic proportions for peace and quiet.I won. Obviously.It was a good thing that I had managed to find this rare thing called reading time, because once I started reading The Archived, I didn't want to stop. Oh boy, Schwab. I am a fan! The premise is so fascinating and fleshed out in the book, that you can't help but to drink the descriptions in. Just imagine a library existing for people who die with the sole purpose of preserving their memories. Then you'd have these Librarians who would catalogue the dead and Keepers to Return the Histories (the dead) to the Archive (library). Like I said, truly fascinating and I think Schawb really pulled it off well.Mac was a fantastic main character. She was smart, resourceful and very relatable. In the beginning, we learn that she has lost both her grandfather, who she refers to as "Da", and her younger brother. The pain and grief that she feels for her brother, in particular, felt very realistic to me. There were scenes where she was desperate to hold onto her brother's memory by clinging to items that once belonged to him. Her feelings of guilt for not being able to protect him, anger at her parents for attempting to move on, frustration at herself for not remembering every detail about him, all resonated with me quite a bit due to my own personal experiences. I thought Mac was brave for dealing with her grief while still upholding her Keeper duties and coming in contact with Histories everyday.Speaking of Histories, I thought that was a really creative way to show a new kind of paranormal character. I would almost classify them as a ghost/zombie hybrid. They look exactly like their human selves except for their eyes. They talk, walk around in corporeal forms and are generally confused about their whereabouts. They also don't know they are dead. (Yikes! Talk about being the bearer of bad news...) Because of that little complication, Mac has to sometimes fight the Histories, forcing them back to the Returns. If you are having trouble with picturing that scenario, just think of Cas hunting ghosts from Anna Dressed in Blood and you'll have a pretty good idea.The plot is where a lot of the magic in The Archived happens. Schwab really wove a great mystery together that had me flipping pages without letup. Since she created a world so different from what I usually seen in YA lit, I was completely surprised at the twists and turns. The ending to this murder mystery is something I never saw coming.Oh and *high fives Schwab for the love interest* I LOVED Wes. Even though he didn't get a ton of page time, I enjoyed the refreshing comical flare he brought to the story. I especially love how his existence didn't take over Mac's life. 'Cause the girl had bigger fish to fry, like, say hunting Histories, making sure they didn't escape into the real world and murder people in their sleep. Kinda important.The only reason why I'm not giving out 5 stars is due to the beginning. It was a little slow and complex with the narrative mode switching back and forth. Sometimes Mac is narrating to the audience and other times she's chronicling her past Keeper lessons with her grandfather, but it's like she's narrating to him (ex. "We used to do this or that together, Da.") I adjusted to this style pretty quickly, but I can see it throwing off other readers a bit. However, hang in there because the flip-flopping tapers off pretty quickly as the story progresses. Not to mention the second half is simply phenomenal.Anyway, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I definitely highly recommend people check out The Archived. It's the perfect murder mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's the kind of book that had me thinking about the events long after I finished and now I'll be desperately waiting for book 2.ARC was received from the publisher. Thanks, Disney-Hyperion!More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

  • sreeja
    2019-06-22 17:35

    “Ignorance may be bliss, but only if it outweighs curiosity. Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy.”The Archived: 4.25 starsReasons why reading it was worth it:•Victoria Schwab’s writing (so amazing <3)•Wesley Ayers•Wesley Ayers•Wesley Ayersyes somehow guyliner managed to squeeze and find a place in my heartThe Archived is a book that you learn to love more and more as time goes on. The beautiful descriptions and the spot on characters with flaws who get real time consequences for their actions. I never expected to like this book as much as I really did. I think with Victoria Schwab books I don’t feel pressured to read as fast as I can and instead I savour the way she writes and her descriptions of the places. Same with Vicious, I was in no hurry to finish it but once I reached the end I realised how much I loved it and how much the characters had grown on me. The entire concept of this book was so unique and interesting that I definitely had to pick it up. I mean a place where the dead are kept as records of their human selves. How freaking cool is that. The options as to where this story could have gone was endless. However, the plot decided to focus on a mystery closer to the whereabouts of Mackenzie, our main protagonist. I wouldn’t say that I was a huge fan of her though. Main reason being her stupid decisions (sorry mac), but Da would definitely not have been a fan of what you did. I can understand where she was coming from when she made the decisions that he did but that does not mean that she actually should have ultimately made the choices that she did, after all the experience that she has and the training that she went through. But I guess in the end she is human and she was going through a lot.I am seriously becoming a huge fan of Victoria Schwab and the way she writes! There is something so magical and beautiful in her writing style that just draws you in I swear. I’m definitely more excited to pick up more books by her now.The fantasy element in this book is so good and I felt connected even with the minor characters of this book! Seriously the neighbours that Mac had were absolutely hilarious HAHA. The hierarchy of the Archived and the way it works was kept in the dark from Mackenzie and it felt good to learn about these new things for the first time through her eyes. Also this book was made so much better by the presence of Wesley Ayers! Their banter was adorable and I really wish we could have seen even more of him in this book because he was hilarious and supportive and super sweet. Overall, this book was a blast and I’m sure the next one will be great as well but I might read it next year because I feel perfectly content with the way things ended off in this book. This book was very intriguing and Victoria Schwab’s writing just makes this book amazing!

  • Khadidja
    2019-06-10 22:16

    “Ignorance may be bliss, but only if it outweighs curiosity. Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy.” Amazing unique fantasy/paranormal story, The characters were great except *you know who, the two pure evil assholes* i Loved Mackenzie but i hated to her attitude toward her mother, i really did. her mom is going through a rough time, everyone is after Ben's death and Mackenzie was just acting strange and sensless! i kind of understood and sympthasied because i lost someone 5 years ago and let me tell you that pain won't go away. The author did an amazing job because i honestly felt the mother and Mackenzie's pain through these pages. The Outer, which you don’t waste much breath on because it’s everything around us, the normal world, the only one most people ever know about.The Narrows, a nightmarish place, all stained corridors and distant whispers, doors and darkness thick like grime.And the Archive, a library of the dead, vast and warm, wood and stone and colored glass, and all throughout, a sense of peace.The story follows a Girl named Mackenzie Bishop who's a "Keeper" her job is to send the unrested dead called Histories from the Narrows to The Archived. Her life turns upside down when her family decides to move to an old building that used to be a hotel things were okay for a while then it gets really creepy and messy, This is all i can say about the plot without spoiling it, The Archives is an amazing read i highly recommend.The Archive is still so full of secrets—some big, like altering; some small, like this. The more of them I learn, the more I realize how little I know, and the more I wonder about the things I have been told. The rules I have been taught.

  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    2019-06-16 01:16

    My love for Victoria Schwab's books – and Wesley Ayers – knows no boundaries. This was so good. Now, excuse me while I go do my happy dance because this was my first 4-star read this year, the short stories not included (which is sad, but glass half full, am I right?). Though published prior to her bestselling Darker Shade of Magic series, I picked up The Archived a lot later. It stands in the shadow of Schwab's more popular releases, and though it is far less hyped, The Archived has no reason to hide. The Archived is – as are all of Schwab's novels – an imaginative, surprisingly moving urban fantasy which builds on the concept of the dead, their histories, and their memories being shelved in an archive. Schwab has quickly become one of my auto-buy authors. And save for This Savage Song, which was a little out of her familiar comfort zone, her works have never failed to impress me.I sensed that Mackenzie Bishop was going to make a relatable heroine from the very first page. There is something to the life Schwab has given this character which I cannot quite name. Mackenzie grew on me instantly with her slightly rebellious nature, her secrecy, and the weight of her responsibilites and loss on her shoulders. Perhaps I read this story at an opportune moment, but I was completely open to Mackenzie's grief over her deceased sibling, only to be left raw by it. I almost had to put the book down because it felt so real. The flashbacks written in 2nd person POV gave her character the depth and background I want in a main character. It became apparent that her relationship with her grandfather was something precious and pure, and even though I am not a fan of 2nd person POV, it really worked its magic in the flashbacks. Alienated from reality by her destiny – to become a Keeper of the Archive and hunt down escaped Histories (the dead) – Mackenzie wraps an intense loneliness around her. Until she meets Wesley Ayers, that is. What a dreamboat. Mysterious Wesley steps into Mackenzie's world and turns it upside down. There is no immediate romantic connection, as insta is not how Schwab likes her coffee brewed, but a steady development instead. The romantic subplot is kept subtle at all times, never overpowering the main plot, which is a specialty of Schwab's books. Wesley had the necessary amount of self-confidence, cockiness, and snark for a male lead. I do think that his character could've been more explored, because it felt as though Schwab had only just begun to scrape at his surface. For example, there were only hints at his familial background, and I wanted to see more.To be honest, it took me a while to get sucked into the story, which is unusual for me. For the first quarter, it was easy to put The Archived aside. The main plot started to captivate me as soon as something went awry at the Archive. When I smell conspiracies, I'm all in. There is a steady increase of tension as Mackenzie looks for answers. Though the pacing is on the slow side, the need to get those answers kept me hooked. As for the romance, I think it was integrated well into the main plot. I must confess that this is the closest I've ever seen Schwab come to a love triangle but even that aspect fits well into the story.There's a reason Schwab has made it onto my auto-buy list, and one of them is her world-building, which has never disappointed me. Compared to other authors which stomp cardboard worlds with no substance out of thin air, it is palpable how much thought and effort Schwab pours into her worlds. Her world-building – a library for the dead, a place surrounded by the Narrows like a city by suburbs, connected to the outside world through mysterious doors – is nothing short of creative and unique. Though not necessarily more complex, it took me longer to grasp the concept of this world than, for example, that of A Darker Shade of Magic. For some reason, I experience more difficulties with urban fantasy because the lines between fantasy and reality blur, and it was no different with The Archived. Perhaps it didn't have that much to do with how Schwab created her world, but more with the genre itself.Schwab's writing is outstanding in its balance between concise wording and elegant prose. She wields her words like a painter would a brush, and it's simply the most delicate, elegant written art to behold. Schwab has continuously managed to write beautifully without falling into the trap of purple prose, which is makes her a mastermind of literature, if you ask me. Don't mind me, I'll just keep gushing while you move on to the conclusion of this review.As with Schwab's other works, her recipe for The Archived was to create relatable characters, unique world-building, and a subtle romance, underpinned by her most beautiful and skilled writing. Even against her more popular books like Vicious or A Darker Shade of Magic, The Archived can certainly hold its on, and if you've neglected picking this one up, like I have, then I'd say this book's more than deserving of a chance to woo you.

  • maymay ☕
    2019-05-29 01:31

    Buddy read #1 with my favourite yam ever, Yammy aka Pragya This masterpiece has got to be my all-time favourite Victoria Schwab book. *_*It’s mystic, it’s creepy, it’s daunting, it’s absolutely brilliant!! The Archiveddelves into the unknown world. Mackenzie Bishop has been a Keep for four years, stopping unfortunate Histories when the awake and guiding them back into the Archive. But her job is a secret, one that she must hide from the ones she loves with constant lies. When Mackenzie’s family moves away to escape their gloomy past, Mackenzie begins to question all that her grandfather has taught her which leads her to notice a mysterious change overtaking the Achieve.Schwab has strung an incredible tale, nothing like her other work, and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read it earlier. The writing is so mysteriously poetic and really sets you into the setting. (I’ll admit there were times when I was a little creeped out – okay, a lot!)She manages too knit a mystery in-between the chapters that has our minds spinning for the solution!The characters are so strong and unique, harboring their secrets while they try to live what resembles a normal life. They are witty and sweet and pretty darn adorable. If you can’t already tell, my heart is sold onWesley Ayers. and it’s notjustbecause he wears eyeliner, sheesh And Roland, oh my gosh, that precious librarian!!! Someone keep supplying him withred chucksandtrashy magazines,plz and thank you. There’s something so captivating about the book, honestly youneedto pick it up right now!! "Stay alive long enough to mess up again. 4.5 stars!!

  • prag ✨
    2019-06-17 20:18

    It’s confusing, it’s heartstopping. And it’s so unbelieveably Schwab, if you know what I mean. We are nothing but recorded moments.There’s a reason I’m head over heels in love with her. The closest any author has come to this feeling Maggie Stiefvater, and while I’m more than happy to sell my firstborn for her, she just doesn’t have the magic Victoria Schwab does. What if echoes through my head as I hunt.What if haunts me through the Narrows.What if follows me home.You read any review for this book, it’s impossible to go further than two sentences without a mention of guyliner. I certainly don’t have anything against Wesley Ayers (look, I'm as much in love with him as the next person) but, he’s no reason to read this book. Mackenzie Bishop is. The crazy to the point of endearing word building is. The freakish plot is. Victoria Schwab’s awe-inspiring writing style is.It’s been so long since I devoured a book in one sitting, and am I glad this was the book. From chapter one, I was hooked to the core. This isn’t all crazy anti heroes and mindgames, but it isn’t backstabbing and pirates and kisses either. It’s different. But hey, it’s a well known fact I’m Schwab trash. So really, it can’t come as a surprise that I will, in all probability be thrusting this book out to strangers and friend alike, because everybody needs a little weird in their life. BR #1 with my #1 Yam <3I never stop wondering about the who and the why. I just learn to stop admitting it.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-05-29 01:11

    3.5*I just didn't love it. I had been so super excited for this book when I first heard about it and I built up this idea in my head of what it was going to be and it just wasn't anything like that. I think had I have had lower expectations and no previous knowledge of the synopsis, I really would've liked this, but that just wasn't the case.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-05-31 19:36

    ❤ Buddy read with the wonderful Chelsea❤" What if I mess up? "" Oh, you will. You’ll mess up, you’ll make mistakes, you’ll break things. Some you’ll be able to piece together, and others you’ll lose. That’s all a given. But there’s only one thing you have to do for me. "" What’s that? "" Stay alive enough to mess up again. "See, I don't know if that's because : a) I actually read a lot of slow-paced-kill-me-now books when I was in college - like this one, the riveting story of a man who decides to never go out of his house anymore because "too much luxury, people!" and intends to describe everything he thinks or sees or does in his freakin house during about 3 months (yes, that's as horrible as it sounds and yes, I had to read it like, 3 times. My eyes are still hurting - and I don't care how mind-blowing it's supposed to be - I read French literature so. damn. better.)b) I used to be a fantasy fan, aka a reader who used to go through 3 books in a series before - ✶ getting in the middle of the action, ✶ understand who is Tennahra and Kileken exactly (yes, I'm typing randomly on my keypad) and why the King/the Queen/The Witch/*add random character here* are such weirdoes. But what do I know? In my opinion the beginning isn't dull or boring. It's called... watch out, big big words! world-building people. Characterization.I know, that's pretty rare out there. Striking fact# 1 : The writing was impressiveThe story is told from two different times : in present day, we follow Mackenzie, the youngest Keeper in the Archive organization (whose purpose is to keep the dead quiet on shelves), when her family moves in the Coronado Hotel whereas other parts let us have a glimpse of the memories of her training which took place years before - before her grandpa died. Before her baby brother died, jeopardizing all her family, leaving an incurable wound in their heart. I loved the writing, which contains the kind of magical blissfulness I found in The Raven Boys - we're struck by the way the objects seem to be brought to life somehow. The only thing we have to do is to let ourselves get lost in these corridors, walking through these doors hidden behind our consciousness, and enjoy the enchanted feeling created by Victoria Schwab's pen.I ruined my post-it reserve I had created for... work. Bad me. " Why? "You take the cigarette out, jabbing the air with the unlit tip. "That is the most worthless question in the world. Use your words. Be specific. Why is like bah or moo or that silly sound pigeons make."Striking fact# 2 : The story fascinated and enthralled me from the beginning to the end : I was hooked. I won't get back to the no, I don't think the beginning is boring conversation, because hey, I'm pretty sure you saw my point earlier. So let's go straight, shall we? - The world-building is inventive and filled with originality. Of course it is! Seriously, have you ever heard about dead people resting on shelves? Keepers whose job consists of hunting Histories, aka dead who're not so comfortable on their shelves? Well?- Now, the romance. You're worried to find another love at first sight/love overtakes the plot/whatever love does? Try this : friendship, getting to know each other, light and smile-inducing flirting. - Here's a mystery book which actually contains a mystery. I know. I'm excited too. That plot? Thrilling. Intoxicating. Slightly creepy at times. Because murderer people! Trust issues! Bunch of lies! Oh. My. Am I bad to love that so damn much?- Also, Histories' waking up? It gets a strong but awesome zombie vibe, without the lame heroine - yes, you got me! I don't like zombie books! While here I found it fascinating.Striking fact# 3 : Can I have more of these characters, pretty please? As I said earlier, I was amazed by the characterization qualities : you won't believe me, but we get the impression to really know the characters, who are far from the ghosts we're sometimes accustomed to. Now tell me, how incredible is that? "Well, there's this new girl who just moved in on floor three. Her family re-opening the café. I hear she likes to lie, and hit people.""Oh yeah? Well, there's that strange goth guy, the one who's always lurking around Five C."" Strangely hot in a mysterious way, though, right?"Multiple choice quiz time!Mackenzie..… ✘can’t stop thinking about the eyes of some boy✔ genuinely thinks before acting✘ makes me want to throw the book in my chimney with her annoying crappie thoughts✔ could be a friend of mine – apart from the fact she can’t really have friends, of course, duh."M. That's what I call her, this normal, nonexistent me. (...) I can pretend to be M ; I can wear her like a mask. But I can't be her. I'll never be.M wouldn't see blood-covered boys in her bedroom.M wouldn't spend her time scouring her dead brother's toys for a glimpse of his life."Wes…. ✘ is the savior everybody was waiting for. Hey, what did you expect? He’s a boy dammit!✔ likes blueberry cupcakes and ... let's see... Did I smile so big it hurt each time he made an apparition? Absolutely.✔ wears guyliner. Okay, I know, nobody cares about that, but - Riiiiiight?✔ is genuinely interested in Mackenzie, takes her feelings in consideration, and never tries to take the decision out of her." It's the same for me, you know? This is all new to me. And I'm not going anywhere. It takes at least three assassination attempts to scare me off. And even then, if there are baked goods involved, I might come back. "Roland….✔ Is an Archive Librarian whose age isn’t really clear and whose life is a mystery and whose choices are full of selflessness and caring and courage, okay?Why, thank you, can I have the sequel pretty please?For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Kells Next Read
    2019-06-15 17:29

    "Knowledge is power, but ignorance can be a blessing."I'll be honest this started off a bit slow for me and I got a bit of trouble getting into it....but once I reached about half way through it picked up and I began to love this. Amazing concept and storyline with wonderful characters. I can't wait to move unto book two. Another great creation byVictoria Schwab.

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    2019-06-11 20:29


  • Merna
    2019-06-19 01:23

    Actual rating: 2.5 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.Initial reaction when reading the blurb:Yeah, I sooo want to read this! Reaction after finishing:meh...Blurbs are one of the utmost misleading information to be given to a reader. Reading a blurb and thinking it sounds decent is like watching a movie trailer, and thinking the film itself is awesome, primarily based on all the cool visual effects shown. From the rating - it seems as if I enjoyed the Archived. It was entertaining from time to time. The writing was also decent. But as I kept reading along, I realized the archive (the main storyline of the whole book) is strikingly stupid. This book wanted to be original. This book wanted to be unique.But it simply wasn’t.“I didn’t want to accept it, but the fact is, they were people. Copies of people. Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.” Sounds all clever and new in the science-fiction/fantasy genre, doesn’t it? But several people who will read this book will skip one simple thing. The Actual point behind the Archive. So, in basic term you’ve got copies of these dead people stacked in a place called the Archive which is organized by the librarians, who are the only ones able to access it. But what’s the point, if the only people able to enter the Archives are the librarians? Why bother making copies of millions of dead people, if in the end there’s nothing beneficial or effective about this entire system? You can almost imagine my absolute confusion when someone attempted to bring this utterly useless system down. “I want freedom,” he says, stalking me. “The Archive is a prison, and not only for the dead. And that’s why I’m going to tear it down, shelf by shelf and branch by branch.”Even with an explanation, I was still unable to comprehend the reason behind bringing down the Archive. It’s almost as if the author had this amazing idea and was completely excited by it, that she rapidly started writing the book before she even began to structure it thoroughly. I’m not sure if I even want to get into the mystery part of this book. Mystery can be thought-provoking with very skilful writers. Most of the writers that are capable of constructing a beautiful mystery have an understanding in criminology. I’m not convinced this author did. In most of the books the person who turns out to be the psychotic antagonist is the person you least suspect, who you actually end up suspecting nonetheless. Yet, the authors are still are unaware of this. The heroine Mackenzie Bishop is a keeper. She guards the place known as the narrows. It’s a place where histories (dead copy of people) go when they escape the Archive, and her duty is to catch them swiftly and put them back into the Archive before they escape into the real world. Woah! The Heroine’s role sounds interesting. Though, it wasn’t. All Mackenzie did was catch dead people and put them into the Archive. That’s all she did. At first it was cool then it wasn’t. With Wesley, there is too much to lose. But with Owen, there is no future to be lost by giving in. No future at all. Only escape. Yes, it’s time for the romance part of the book.As we have observed from the quote above there's a love triangle. Two love interests. One who:Wore eyeliner and never stopped complimenting himself on how handsomely attractive he was. And the other:Well, umm he was dead. I wasn’t a fan of the romance. It was just a big capitalized NO for me. Actually, I disliked the romance because it was awfully monotonous. I noticed something else as I went through this book and I will make it as explanatory as possible. All of us probably watch sitcom shows, right? Shows such as big bang theory or how I met your mother. A big major detail we pick up on is the setting. The settings in sitcom shows are always the same, virtually in every episode. For example every episodes of how I met your mother will be held in apartment or a bar – not always but regularly. The setting in the book for the archived is in Coronado which is located in San Diego, but I’m pretty sure the author never stated that, however that’s not the problem. The problem is the author doesn’t use the Coronado setting to her advantage. Throughout the entire novel the only place I’ve gotten a description of is the narrows or the apartment. I felt so trapped. The narrator never goes anywhere besides those two main places. I truly don’t see how someone cannot view this as irritating. It all seems strange because I still granted the book almost three stars. I only did this because of the potential – there was so much potential. I have too many things to say about this book, but I won’t be able to voice them all because they’re all entwined to make these conflicting emotions, which I can’t put into words since they won’t make any sense to others. Maybe you should give the book a shot/maybe you shouldn’t.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2019-06-07 00:15

    my library!! has these!!

  • Poonam
    2019-06-13 00:25

    3.5 starsThis is my Book Of the Month- January 2017, with GR group- Nothing But Reading Challenges- Category: Young Adult BOM.The concept of this book is splendid-- The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Imagine, every live ever lived, all the memories in a library, secured!"The Outer, which you don't waste much breath on because it's everything around us, the normal world, the only one most people ever know about. The Narrows, a nightmarish place, all stained corridors and distant whispers, doors and darkness thick like grime. And the Archive, a library of the dead, vast and warm, wood and stone and colored glass, and all throughout, a sense of peace."**Mild Spoilers Ahead**Mackenzie Bishop is a Keeper and her job is to ensure that the Histories remain in the Archive and do not escape to the Outer World. This is a huge task for a 16 year old girl to undertake...."A confession: sometimes I dream of being normal. I dream about this girl who looks like me and talks like me, but isn't me."My problem with this concept was that Mac started as a keeper at the age of 12!! That's right, no kidding! This was a little too much even for a fantasy novel.Apart from being the keeper, Mac is also dealing with the loss of her brother's life..."My brother left a hole, and it's starting to close. And when it does, he'll be gone. Really and truly gone. Isn't this what I wanted? For my parents to stop running? For my family to heal? But what if I'm not ready to let Ben go?"I really like this whole bit in the book as it made Mac seem more real to me.There are some interesting characters and few good twists and turns that keep you turning the pages.The thing is, I expected this book to be more deep but it is on the side of a fluff YA read. There are some plot points that are open and I guess will be solved in the next book, maybe....Nevertheless this is a good read and overall I enjoyed the story and how it ended, there sure are some creepy moments in the Narrows!

  • Nanna
    2019-06-08 17:33

    What an interesting good read! This world that Victoria has created blew me away! WHERE DOES SHE COME UP WITH THESE IDEAS! She's such a great writer. It was so confusing at first but after a while I got it. But I think the only reason why it was confusing was because the world was so different from most books I've read.Basically, there's Keepers, Crews, & Librarians! They all work with the Archived which is where the dead go to rest—they become Histories. The Archived, in my head is like a HUUUUUGE library of dead people (Ha, Doctor Who, anyone?) then there's the Narrows & the Outer. The Outer is where we live, the living people. And the Narrows is where the Histories sometimes escape to! I pictured that as a scary dark hall full of corridors and doors! So Keepers guard the Narrows. The Crew guard the Outer, and the Librarians guard the Archived, in the library place. And there's this huge thing with Doors and them leading to different places but tbqh I didn't really grasp that as much! So I won't be explaining that lol I just know some doors are good and some are bad and you need a key at all times >.< (Also, I can picture this book on the screen! That would be amazing. Some of those scenes in the Narrow would be great.)I'm really excited to read the second one. To find out more about Mac, Wesley (omg hot baby!), Roland (I like you very much, sir!) and the rest of the world!

  • Giovanna
    2019-06-07 19:12

    Edit: spent my free hour before I had to start studying rereading...instead of finishing the book I'm reading. No regrets. Reread N.3. I sense a 4th coming sooooon.“You're trying to block out every bit of noise. But people are made of noise, Mac. The world is full of noise. And finding quiet isn't about pushing everything out. It's just about pulling yourself in.”This is one of my favorite books ever and I can't believe we might not get a third book in this amazing series because it's struggling in the marketplace. When I heard that I really, really couldn't believe it. Because this book is beautifully written, cleverly plotted and unique. It's seriously one of the best books I've ever read and if you trust me just a little bit please, please give it a chance.Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.Everyone of them has a place on a shelf, a story to tell that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories and they rest in a place called the Archive. And then there are Keepers. They stop violent Histories from getting out, their task is to haunt them down and return them to the Archive. Mackenzie Bishop is one of them and she became one at the age of twelve, four years ago, following her grandfather's steps. The dead should never be disturbed, but recently someone has been altering Histories...Mac has been a Keeper for years, she is fragile and badass at the same time, always trying to block people out. She has to lie to everyone, because that's what being a Keeper means: you are alone. You can't tell anyone about the Archive or the Archive itself would crumble and who knows what it would do to you...Mac is one of my favorite characters of all time. The author portrayed her perfectly, making her so believable and real. Mac's voice sounds real, she is strong, but she has lost so much and she is trying to hide her vulnerability by not letting anyone in. That's it until Wesley Ayers comes into the picture. He is funny, clever, easy going though he is hiding some secrets too...and he wears eye-liner, I never thought I'd have a crush on a guy who wears eye-liner, but Wes is amazing. [and I have a huge crush on him and he is so bloody cute, but that's another story...]I mean, Wesley is awesome.“It takes at least three assassination attempts to scare me off. And even then, if there are baked goods involved, I might come back.”“You know,” he says, “for someone who doesn’t like touching people, you keep finding ways to put your hands on me.”(Oh don't I love you Wes.)The premise is so unique, and let me tell you, you'll never find another book like this one. Plus it's gorgeously written. When Mac shares her memories of Da...I can't even tell you how beautiful and painful and heartbreaking they are. “Is it hard? Lying so much?Not hard, no. Lying is easy. But it's lonely.What do you mean?When you lie to everyone about everything, what's left? What's true?Nothing.Exactly.”“What if I mess up?""Oh, you will. You'll mess up, you'll make mistakes, you'll break things. Some you'll be able to piece together, and others you'll lose. That's all a given. But there's only one thing you have to do for me.""What's that?""Stay alive long enough to mess up again.”Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors, I've read all the books she has written so far and I loved them all, if this book is on your shelf, waiting for you, collecting dust, if it's on your kindle what are you waiting for? [And that means: GO READ THIS BOOK NOW. PLEASE.]“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.” [I really need to fangirl and it would be kind of nice if there was someone who loved this book as much as I did to fangirl with, you know...]

  • Fatima
    2019-06-18 19:28

    Victoria Schwab is an incredibly talented author, and I don't think there will ever be a single work of hers that doesn't blow me away. I loved this novel. It took me a little longer than anticipated for me to really get into it, but once I fully grasped what was happening, I was completely sucked in. I'm not a fan of being kept in the dark and not knowing what's happening because I'm an (extremely) impatient person, but the mystery of this story was so well written and it was so intriguing, that it made me read the book faster and faster so I could figure out what was happening. I typically avoid mystery stories because they just end up making me annoyed and I give up on the story, but I didn't want to put this one down. I was so intrigued and so confused at the same time, and I just had to figure out what the hell was going on.With that being said, I really loved the characters. I loved Mac and I loved Wesley and I loved Roland and, surprisingly enough, I really liked Owen. All of the characters were so interesting and, regardless of their role, they were so well-written and they all actually served such important purposes to the story and its plot. The story wouldn't be how it was without these characters, and I just love how unique the characters were and how weird they were, and how all of their actions collided together and created this whole intrigue in the plot. Schwab does, as always, a fantastic job of creating very real and very human characters. Despite the supernatural element to the story, I didn't feel like I was reading something that was fiction - I felt like I was reading something that had actually happened, and it was all replaying right before my eyes. I docked my rating down a star because the beginning was a bit slow and it was super confusing, so it took me a while to get into. The flashbacks with the diary-esque entries confused me even further until I was about 50% into the book, and then I finally understood what was happening. At first, I thought Mac's Da was her dad, then I thought maybe it was an aunt or a family friend, and I was just really confused about the whole familial ties and stuff that was going on in the background. I also wish the setting of the Coronado Hotel was explained a bit more because the whole thing with The Archive being there and all of the librarians was also really confusing. I feel like some kind of explanation regarding that would've just upped the spooky level of this novel a lot.But other than that, I really enjoyed this novel! It's spooky and enthralling and is such an atmospheric read. This is such a great novel to read in October, especially with Halloween just around the corner! I definitely recommend this - anything by Victoria Schwab is a must-read.

  • Phrynne
    2019-06-18 19:32

    Victoria Schwab has such a brilliant imagination.I am loving all her books including the ones she writes as V.E. Schwab In this book we have a library of the dead, literally. Dead bodies storing all their memories and experiences forever. Of course there have to be Librarians to organise the archives and Keepers whose job it is to retrieve the occasional body which happens to "wake up". The story is fun and well paced and the characters are all well written and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel.

  • Pinky
    2019-05-30 19:10

    Oh my gosh, this book was amazing. Where have I been? WHY DIDN'T I PICK THIS BOOK UP SOONER! IT'S SO GOOD I NEED THE WHOLE WORLD TO READ THIS BOOK! When I started reading this book, I got sucked into this beautifully unique world. I feel like I have been missing out on so many books. I watch Jessethereader's videos and this was one of the books that he hyped about. After reading this book, I realized why he loved this book so much. My conversation with the Archived (physical book):“Lying is easy. But it's lonely." Whenever someone dies, their body ends up being on one of the shelves in the Archive. These bodies have the person's memories about their life and are called a History. The Archive stores the Histories and there are Librarians who are left to take care of the Archive. Sometimes, these Histories escape into the Narrows, trying to get back into the real world, (the Outer). The Narrows is technically the place that separates the Archive from the Outer. In order to keep the Histories from going into the real world, there are Keepers, who send the Histories back to the Archive. One of those Keepers is Mackenzie, a girl who has been lying for almost her entire life."Requirement ruins even the best of books.”I know, I know, I am horrible at summaries. I'm sorry I am not really good at explaining what a book is about. But either way, I really hope you read this book because it is something you wont regret doing.One of the best things about this book is the writing and the world-building. Victoria Schwab did a beautiful job expanding this complex world in small, easy steps. It was so easy to follow along and understand how this world worked! The writing was so beautiful and simple at the same time, I loved it so much. Although this book is small, so much happens and it has the perfect amount of everything. It's kind of like a really small cake that has the right amount of ingredients to make it delicious. Anyway, I can't get over how different this world is and how interesting it was to read about this world. But I could do that for years so I am going to move on to the characters. “Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy.”Mackenzie is one of those characters who has a wall built to keep her separated from others. She doesn't like to be touched. After she meets Wes, she feels different because she has a new friend. Mackenzie is one of the characters who I can relate to. The emotions she goes through are so similar to mine at times. And the way she reacts to someone touching her is exactly how I feel. There was this person who tried to open up to me and talk to me. But instead of enjoying the person's company, I decided to avoid the person because I was scared and nervous. Now, I see the person around and we never talk and I always feel guilty. I did something so mean in a passive aggressive way and it is one of the things I regret. Anyway, Wes is one of those characters who makes you laugh and you feel so happy for the character to have met him. I love Ronald too, he is a Librarian in the Archive and is kind of like Mackenzie's mentor. I love the character development, it was really interesting to read. When all the characters were bonding, like Mackenzie and Wes, or Mackenzie and Ronald, I was always like: When everything was coming to an end, I was super nervous because everything was happening so fast. And there were so many things that we needed to piece together and it went perfectly. Everything fit into place and made sense. I loved how I didn't see anything coming and was super shocked at everything. I love when books give me that effect.“Free caffeine and sugar, a recipe for making friends.” I loved the ending so much, I read it two or three times because it was so sweet.“What’s the point of summer if they give you homework?”I highly recommend this book, I can't wait to start the next book called the Unbound. I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS! I can't believe the year is ending soon. Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope all of you have a great holiday break!