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Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

“How will you find the time?”

This has become the most asked question in my life. In exactly six months, I will move to the UK for a year, to do a Masters Program at the University of Edinburgh. It’s a crazy and terrifying and totally surreal thing to think about, and I’m very excited to have the opportunity.

But it’s got me thinking a lot about time, and the making of it (notice I don’t say ‘fin...

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“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, The Archived

“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," I say.
Victoria Schwab, The Archived

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
Victoria Schwab, Vicious


Help us pick Nothing but Reading Challenges' December Young Adult Book of the Month from among the books our members nominated. Also, please note this is the first month members can use the Power Votes. For more information check out this post: Banking Voting Power Points: The Rules

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Book Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….
  15 votes 16.1%

Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

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The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

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Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
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Velveteen (Velveteen, #1)
Velveteen by Daniel Marks

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Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.
  8 votes 8.6%

Mystic City (Mystic City, #1)
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

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For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.
  7 votes 7.5%

The Near Witch (The Near Witch, #1)
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Book synopsis:
"The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. "
" "
"If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. "
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"And there are no strangers in the town of Near."
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger--a boy who seems to fade like smoke--appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know--about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab's debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget.
  5 votes 5.4%

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Book synopsis:

They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied...
  4 votes 4.3%

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Book synopsis:
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
  4 votes 4.3%

93 total votes

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“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
Neil Gaiman

“That's how you get deathless, volchitsa. Walk the same tale over and over, until you wear a groove in the world, until even if you vanished, the tale would keep turning, keep playing, like a phonograph, and you'd have to get up again, even with a bullet through your eye, to play your part and say your lines.”
Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless

“All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism, for the record, it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
Conan O'Brien

“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“It's actually very difficult to make something both simple and good.”
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message 23: by Julia

Julia I really enjoyed your series "The Archived", it was very well written. I love Wes and Cash, and you make all the characters in the book very lovable. Nice job, hoping for a next book :)

message 22: by Mechele

Mechele Hey Victoria, Thanks for the add :)

Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen Thank you for writing VICIOUS; it'll be on my mind for quite some time!
(Wanted: Cure for Book Hangover.)

message 20: by Malissa

Malissa Thank you for accepting my friend request! :)

message 19: by Bre

Bre Thanks for adding me, I'm going to be reading The Archieved soon, I bought it from the store and loved the blurb :-).


sha. {"go book yourself"} thanks for adding me back. It's such a pleasure (just like reading The Archived book. Oh my, I wish I can read it reallyreallyreally s l o w so it won't end too soon!)

message 17: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Victoria,
Thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads. I shall definately be adding 'The Archived' to my to-read list!
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

message 16: by Eugenia

Eugenia Thanks for friending :) I can't wait to read your book!

Parvathy Thanks for the add. I was waiting to read Near Witch ever since I read about it in good reads. Got the chance only recently. Loved the book, Loved the characters, the wait was worth it.

message 14: by Sydney

Sydney I saw The Near Witch on shelves at Books-A-Million the other day! At first, I was so happy, but then I remembered that I didn't have enough money to buy it. :/ But I will soon - I want to read it so badly! :D

message 13: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Victoria! :D

Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) Yay V!!! I'm writing a blog post right now I'll link it to you on twitter :D

message 11: by William

William O'Brien Hi Victoria - Thank you for your friendship on Goodreads!
Please visit my website
to view book snippets. Expected release end of March.
Best wishes, William

Victoria Schwab Jamie wrote: "Merry christmas i am looking forward to near witch and i am tempted to read it just by looking at the cover. August 2011 wow can't wait !!! So how is your holiday?"

Jamie, I can't wait until you can read it!!! And hope you had a lovely holiday :)

Victoria Schwab Alexis wrote: "Hey Victoria! I cannot wait to read The Near Witch, I is sooo excited lol! Btw, love your vlogs! :)"

Thanks, Alexis!! I can't wait until it's out. And so glad you like the videos :))

message 8: by Jamie

Jamie Merry christmas i am looking forward to near witch and i am tempted to read it just by looking at the cover. August 2011 wow can't wait !!! So how is your holiday?

Jillian -always aspiring- Thanks for the friend request! I'm looking forward to reading your debut, The Near Witch, when it releases in 2011! :)

Victoria Schwab Jamie wrote: "hey long time no chat i watched wild child yesterday it was funny so did you watch it? i think alex pettfyer makes a great jace :d"

I didn't see it! But oh man he would make a lovely Jace.

Victoria Schwab Ashley wrote: "Thank you for adding me"

My pleasure!

Victoria Schwab Stephanie wrote: "Hey Victoria! Thanks for finding me here! Can't wait to find out more about your book! How exciting!"

Gah, I didn't even see these comments down here! Bad Goodreads author, BAD.

Thanks, Stephanie!! I can't wait to be able to share it!


Ashley S. Thank you for adding me

message 2: by Jamie

Jamie hey long time no chat i watched wild child yesterday it was funny so did you watch it? i think alex pettfyer makes a great jace :d

Stephanie Hey Victoria! Thanks for finding me here! Can't wait to find out more about your book! How exciting!

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