Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pint-Size Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab (#1)

The Archived by Victoria Schwab (#1)
Pages:  336
Release Date:  January 22nd, 2013
Date Read:  2012, September 1st-10th
Received:  ARC
Rating:  3/5 stars
Recommended to:  14+

Mackenzie Bishop has a secret.  She has inherited this secret from her grandfather: she is a keeper, one who returns the waking and escaped Histories, the dead, to the Archive.  Her job is fragile, virtually unknown by the outside world, and she must protect this secret with her life.  But with a move to an old hotel-turned-apartment building and memories of her dead brother surfacing painfully, her secret is harder to keep. And what about the secrets within the Archive, and the boy who visits the Coronado often?  When she can't get closer to the truth or the people around her, where will Mackenzie stand?

This was a very interesting read.  Not the greatest, but not bad at all.  I was intrigued for the most part, definitely interested in what came next.  But there were things I didn't like...

For one, this often felt like "just another dystopian".  Personally, I'm getting sick of that feeling.  Make it great and original, or not at all.  You catch my drift?  So yeah.  On top of that, the story had no actual plot for the first half.  It didn't even feel like a setup, just wandering around.  Interesting but aimless.  And the last half was good, but I could name a few books it felt like a copy of.

I liked the characters...mostly.  Wes was awesome the last half, and Owen and Regina struck me was extremely fascinating.  Patrick...he was AWESOME.  Mackenzie herself was neat, but a bit unrelateable.  But she definitely brought a feel to the story that I liked.

Also, the fight scenes seemed a bit short...easy...  Did anyone else who has read this feel this way?  Besides that, I did enjoy Victoria Schwab's writing!

So overall, I recommend The Archive, but I just warn: it might not be all that you imagined.

This book reminds me of...
The Hotel Del
Long, dim hallways
Slow-moving romances...but with random makeout sessions!  LOL
Really cool red converse

For the Parents -
Some brief strong language (GD one time); some violence, not too gory.  Some people have bouts of insanity that could be creepy, but I wasn't too bothered.  A couple passionate (but not explicit) kisses.  Recommended 14+


  1. Love the mini review :) I haven't read this one yet, but my sis has and she really liked it. I love that it reminds you of Guyliner and Antiques. That's a funny combination :) I've read some of The Near Witch, and I think Victoria Schwab's writing can be best described as flowery, which isn't bad. It's pretty impressive, but you have to be in the mood for it.

  2. The synopsis is what really intrigued me about this novel. I feel a the same way about Dystopians, they just all seem the same to me as well. Im glad that it was at least interesting =). Great review.

  3. Yes! The synopsis is very intriguing and the parts of the story that actually matched up to the synopsis were very good. it's just that it was lots of aimlessness at first, you know. But you should read it! It's worth a shot - I know plenty of others loved it! ;)

  4. Thanks Becca! You should definitely give it a go - and then you'll know what I meant by "guyliner" and "antiques" hahaha ;) Yes, flowery is a great way to describe it! Good, but moody. haha ;)
    Thanks for commenting! <3

  5. I seriously can't wait to read this one! It sounds fabulous. I'm so happy you loved it!

  6. I really liked this book, I think it has a really interesting concept, however I found it a little bit predictable...just one word: Owen. Veeeery predictable! It was a fun read, but I don't know if I'm going to pick up the second one!

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