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The Archived (The Archived #1)

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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.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, a...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
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Wendy Darling
I have to admit, it wasn't until the second half of the book that The Archived really started clicking together for me. I've heard that some people who read the extended preview online were unsure if they wanted to continue, and I can see why--but something about the writing was really appealing to me and I ended up having a great experience with it.

Here's what I liked about the book:

* Dead people who are kept on shelves like books? Sign me on! Awesome premise.
* I loved the eerie, something's-n...more
Victoria Schwab
Jan 30, 2012 Victoria Schwab added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Two years in my brain and more than a year putting it on the page properly. I can't wait to be able to share it.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This book was AMAZING. Everybody needs this book in their life. Do yourself a favor and pick this up ASAP.
Steph Sinclair
Actual rating: 4.5

I truly underestimated this book. You know how when you first read a book's blurb and it totally catches your attention as something different and unique? You know that feeling right afterwards that can only be described nothing short of "Gimme Syndrome"? Yeah, that's how I felt with The Archived. But for whatever reason, I got distracted and started picking up other books (you know how it is). Well, one day I was frolicking through my bookshelf, re-read the blurb and engaged t...more
Victoria Schwab crafts another beautiful and unique story.

Plus, guyliner.
Kat O'Keeffe
Amazing story, beautifully written, and all around fantastic characters! AN EXCELLENT READ!
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

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.

Initial reaction when reading the blurb: Yeah, I sooo want to read this!

Reaction after finishing: meh...

Blurbs are one of the utmost misleading information to be given to a reader. Reading a blurb and thinking it sounds decent is like watching...more
**Please go to my blog The Bookaholic to see my full review.**

Today, I have a most wonderful book to talk about. I’ve been trying to hold off a little while on my review since I had finished it a few weeks ago, but I figured it’d be okay to post it now.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff is perhaps one of my favorite books of the 2012 releases. But it’s not going to be a tough one to answer next year when asked about favorites of 2013. Hands down, The Archived by Victoria Schwab is one of the best read...more
Okay so I really really loved this one!!

That atmosphere is amazing. It's so creepy and haunting. I just had a weird, almost magical, feeling the whole time I was reading this book! Most of it is set in this old hotel that was turned into apartments, and it holds so many secrets. I loved figuring out all of the secrets and mysteries along with the main character, Mackenzie.

I really enjoyed Mackenzie's character. She has so much to deal with in her life, and I like how she does make some mis...more
The Archived is a book I would read for the writing, but for me at least there’s just something missing to the story that didn’t leave me particularly satisfied. It wasn’t until almost the end that I really understood how the variously storylines connected together and what the ultimate point of the book is, but even now, my reaction to the whole thing is more underwhelmed acceptance than anything else because I just don’t have any strong feelings toward anything I’ve read. I guess for a book th...more
I'm not really the sort of person who needs to have all her questions answered by the end of the book. I don't sit and dissect every book I read, trying to figure out the allegories, once I'm done - I'm mainly in for the ride. Make the story and the world it's set in (not to metion the writing) plausible and I'm a happy camper. So, it's not wonder that The Archived (where, though the world-building is not fully explained away, it is enough to make you think "A library for the dead? Sure, why not...more
Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
Review of the sneak peek can also be found in my blog:

I loved it. It's a unique story with and intriguing plot. Since it's only a sneak peek, there's still much more to learn about this world. So far it's only been about Mac and her job as a Keeper, and how she misses family members she'd lost.

Mac looks back to when she first trained for the job she was too young for, but asked to be part of. At the same time adjusting to the new life her parents want for...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Sometimes a book can be perfectly well done, and unique, and clever, but still fail to work for a particular reader. I mean, I like The Archived, but I do not have hugely strong feelings for it. On some levels, I'm really not sure where the book lost me, but I'll try to explain as best I can. Keep in mind as you read that this is a good book, even if it's not as much of a "me" book as I expected.

The whole concept of the Archive makes me so curious. Even now I have a million questions about what'...more
4.5 stars - Bouncing between 4 and 5, but why the hell not. I had a few issues, but it's has been a long time since I've come across something different from the same o' same o'. And one that was done so well that I was left thoroughly impressed.

Simply put, this book was beautiful written - the deceivingly normal world Schwab has created only to reveal a haunting concept just beyond the doors, literally. I loved the creepy feel to the Narrows as the Keepers wander through the maze, not knowing w...more
Aug 21, 2012 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Review to be posted on my blog closer to publication date.

I don’t even know where to begin talking about The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I am head over heels for The Archived. If you thought The Near Witch was amazing, you are just going to be blown away by The Archived.

I mean, for one thing – the story. I loved the world Victoria Schwab created in The Archived. There are so many elements to the world of The Archived, like the Narrows and the Histories and the Librarians and the Outer and the A...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
I am only reading this because Victoria wrote The Near Witch, which was one of my favorite books this year. (Seriously, go read it, it's fucking BRILLIANT)



Upon Finishing...

Inheriting the job from her grandfather, Mackenzie Bishop works as a Keeper, someone who can slide a key into cracks in the world. These cracks lead into endless corridors of doors called the Narrows. Mackenzie's job is to find Histories, copies of people who have died, who have woken up and send them...more
Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
Buddy read with Andrea and Athena.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.

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3.5 stars is actually a fairly good rating. While I liked this book, it left me with a generalized meh feeling. It didn't wow me, or leave me feeling like I just have to find out what happens. I suppose I should clarify why this isn't four or five stars…

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So, the concept is that the Archive houses all of our "bodies" after we die. The Librarians can "read" us and they shelve us accordingly. If you...more
I am happy to announce (to all who have been eagerly awaiting my verdict) that The Archived, which is Victoria Schwab’s sophomore novel, is far more intriguing and far more entertaining that her debut (in my opinion). I liked The Near Witch, I did, I just didn’t love it. But The Archived, I do love and unashamedly at that. It is not perfect by any stretch but that is precisely why I love it.

The novel, if you’ve read the synopsis, is very original and the premise is one we have never seen before...more
3.5 stars - Spoilers

For some reason or another, I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. The plot was fairly engaging, the premise was unique and the worldbuilding was interesting. The characters were decent enough, they had their own distinct personalities instead of the usual YA cliches — you know, the boring wide eyed girl that has super speshul powers and is beautiful but doesn't know it and the hot, brooding, mysterious manslut hero who falls in love with the bland heroine… Ugh. An...more
Seen at Scott Reads It

"Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books."

The Archived is one of those books that you know you'll love from the first page. I am so glad that I went with my instincts and picked up this book up. From the first few pages I realized that this book is one of the most original and best paranormal books I have ever read. The Archived immediately caught my attention and I just couldn't stop reading. I got just what I was looking for, a creepy paranormal boo...more
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Archive = where they store people's Histories

Narrow = buffer between Archive and Outer (where we live)


With each new book Victoria Schwab blows me away. It's her second novel, and it's the best yet. I don't know how to describe her writing very well other than to say it makes me yearn for more. More of this really good writing. The kind that is full of emotion and and and... Gahh! It just makes me smile...more
Lindsay Cummings
I love everything this girl writes! this good. probably the most unique thing I've read in years!
I hate when I'm the only one who dislikes a book.

The Archived is another one of those tons of squandered potential books. You've supposedly got a kick ass premise that's super unique (a library of dead souls and the people who protect them and get them when they escape), what seems like will be a fun protagonist and love interest, some paranormal fun, some action, etc etc etc...... and you think all this is gonna happen and be included. Then it just. doesn't. pan. out.

My issues with this book:

Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Read from February 12 to 18, 2014

One thing I shouldn't have let myself do is get myself all Amp'd up with excitement and anticipation before even reading this book. Because of all the rave reviews it got you can see why I would do so.I ended up giving this read 3 Stars

The first half of the book was slow and kind of repetitive. I was confused by the whole point of "The Archived", why and how the keepers were chosen, how it all came to be....Maybe it was exp...more
Victoria Schwab is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The Near Witch was one of my favorite books of 2011 and it really impressed me. I was pretty sure her sophomore novel couldn’t be better than that one but boy was I wrong. The Archived is one of the best books I have read in 2012 and one of my all-time favorites.

The Archived is one of the most unique books I have ever read. The concept is fabulous and the execution is perfect! I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going to go in...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
Usually when I have high expectations for books I become greatly disappointed. However, this is one of those cases in which my expectations were not just met, but the book rose above them to new heights. The Archived is both gorgeously written and undeniably original. The Archive is a place where the dead are shelved and contain their memories like records in a book. Mackenzie's job is to keep the dead from escaping into the real world, so she is properly called a Keeper.

The world may seem confu...more
Lea (YA Book Queen)
I was patrolling Netgalley a week ago when I noticed a sneak peek for THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab was available to read, and I quickly downloaded it for my Kindle. Fast-forward a few hours, and I was done, left both completely fascinated by the story and very upset that it is not January 22nd yet. But, while the release date may not be here yet, these are some reasons why THE ARCHIVED is high on my wishlist, and why this story should be on your wishlist too:

Great Main Character

"The only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory."

The Archived is not a perfect book but with a concept as utterly original as this, who cares about imperfections??

A library of the dead.
A million interleaving hallways lined with shelves.
Bodies in place of books.
A record of every minute lived.

How spooky fascinating!

I was hooked the minute I read the blurb, and every chapter only added to the intrigue. I loved everything this book had...more
Mai- *♥is back to Team Darkling ♥ *

*** Originally posted on ***

"Imagine a file of your entire life, of every moment, every experience.
Imagine the data is kept in a body."

Good Greatness. This is a good read! I can't stop myself from reading it and to hell with my other chores, be it the office or home. I love it!

Mackenzie Bishop is young but she is a very strong character. She is unlike most female heroine/protagonist. She stands firm with her wants and one of them is becoming a Keeper. Just li...more
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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.
More about Victoria Schwab...
The Near Witch (The Near Witch, #1) The Unbound (The Archived, #2) The Ash-Born Boy (The Near Witch, #0.5) New Beginnings (Everyday Angel, #1) Second Chances (Everyday Angel, #2)

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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.”
“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.
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