Book Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Book 1 in The Archived series

Published: 2014 by Hyperion Books

Pages: 321

Rating: 4/5

My thoughts:

My first book my Victoria Schwab, and I definitely love her writing style and look forward to reading her other books. 

I have had this on my TBR for some time now and finally got to read it; I was instantly intrigued by the general plot, I mean think of a library but instead of books, there’s files of people who have passed away?!

Schwab does not sugarcoat, she gets to the point right away. And I was hit with feels from the dual narrative, from present day Mackenzie to past Mackenzie, as she learn the ways of the archive with her beloved Da. You could tell how much they meant to one another and I definitely thought about my own grandfather when I read these chapters. 

The setting was so spooky and atmospheric, I felt like I too was in this great big library and could see things through Kenzies eyes. The plot just got deeper and deeper too, when Kenzie comes into her role as a keeper, who must stop ‘histories’ from waking up and getting out (histories being of course, the deceased).

I definitely am proud of Kenzie’s character growth through the book, she constantly had an inner battle, wondering about the boundary between living and dead (her little brother we learn sadly was killed in a hit and run) and she constantly wants him to be alive. This was so sad but it definitely made her more human, I feel. 

There was so much mystery to this book, all throughout there were so many twists and turns I was gasping, wondering what would come next. It was all down to Mac piecing together who may have been altering and removing those histories. 

This was definitely one of the more haunting books I’ve read this year, but I gave it 5 stars because I was expecting more from the ending, it wasn’t too cliffhanger-y and I expected more of a bang. 

But all in all an exceptional, unique read that I would recommend and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

And that concludes my review, thanks for reading,

Brooklyn πŸ™‚


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