Friday, March 14, 2014

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Title: The Unbound (The Archived #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab
368 pages, January 28th 2014, Hyperion
Goodreads' 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?

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."

Simply amazing. 
Everything that The Archived had, The Unbound has too and more! Every single character was just as great as in the first one (even the evil ones ;-)). Mac also started school in this book, so we get to meet at least four new characters who all have something great! One thing I just love about Victorias' writing is her character development, I feel like every single character is a real person.
And then, of course, Wes. In my opinion Wes was even better in this book. The way he cares about Mac makes me super happy. Also, he wasn't in The Archived a whole lot, since we focused on Owen instead, but this one has lots more of Wesley, which makes me really happy.

There's this thing about sequels being worse than the first one, but the sequels I've read so far this year have been just as great as the first, if not better! It took me longer than it should have to read this book, because I wanted it to last as long as possible, I didn't want it to end! And I can't even begin to explain how much I want there to be a third. Although this ending definitely is a great ending, I still wouldn't mind a little bit more.

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am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. I also suffer from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories. When I’m not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, I’m usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

My first YA novel, THE NEAR WITCH, a dark original fairy tale, debuted with Disney*Hyperion in August 2011, and is now out in paperback.

My next YA novel, THE ARCHIVED, is the first book in a new supernatural series about a world where the dead are shelved like books, and it hits stores January 2013, also with Disney*Hyperion.

My first adult novel, VICIOUS, about two brilliant and highly disturbed pre-med students who set out to generate their own superpowers and end up mortal enemies, is out in hardcover from Tor September 2013.

I have more books coming out in 2014, but I’ll get to those later.

These days, when someone asks me what I do when I’m NOT writing, I just kind of laugh nervously. But in truth, on the odd occasion I’m not typing away, I’m probably baking cookies, or watching BBC shows, or wandering. (See how we came full circle, there?)

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