THE ARCHIVED by V.E. Schwab (Series Review in 10 Points)

Welcome to my review, where I review a series in ten points! (I also chuck the Goodreads description at the end, in case anyone is curious.)

Genre: Young Adult – Magical Realism
Target Audience: 12+
Goodreads Rating: 
4.5/5
Reading Order: The Archived, The Unbound.
Favourite book in the series: The Archived.

  1. You’re in the middle of everything before you even realised you’ve passed the start line.
  2. The boys are cuuuute!
  3. V.E Schwab is a wordsmith, and that’s the bloody truth!
  4. All the characters you’re supposed to love are so gosh darn lovable.
  5. Some bits are just plain embarrassing! (Me and embarrassing just don’t mix)
  6. It’s so different to what I’ve read before. It’s just so refreshing!
  7. I sort of wish I could be a Keeper too?
  8. Librarians seem sort of amazing?
  9. DID I MENTION THAT THE BOYS ARE CUTE?!
  10. I insist you pick up this book and devour it whole. Because, man was it tasty!

Goodreads Description:
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. 

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