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The Unbound (The Archived #2)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,179 Ratings  ·  1,091 Reviews
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.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Hyperion
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Victoria Schwab
Jan 11, 2016 Victoria Schwab added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing this book gave me hives. Finishing it gave me an ulcer. Revising it made me hypertensive.

I am pretty sure it nearly killed me.

Here's hoping it doesn't hurt you to read. At least not in the same ways it hurt me to write.

(And yes, there is a metric ton of Wesley Ayers.)
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

Wowsers! I mean, seriously, I didn't think it could get more awesome than The Archived, but holy wow, it SO DID! Lovedlovedloved it! And now I must devour every known work by Victoria Schwab. Every. Known. Work.


I re-readThe Archivedprior to picking up my prized galley ofThe Unboundbecause, well...because of the Wesley Ayers. Among other things. But, gawd, if I wasn't stoked for the sequel before (and I was, Ireallywas), then to say that givi
Nov 21, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed The Archived so much I had to move on quickly to its sequel. There's always a danger that the second book in a series does not match up to the first but this one does. It actually reminded me a lot of Twilight since our heroine starts a new school and immediately gets herself into a bit of a love triangle. However the action outside the school quickly picks up and the last part of the book races to a dramatic and very satisfying climax. I am now in that awful position of waiting for th ...more
No sequel trauma here! What a knockout!!

Back with our independent heroine Mac, we start off with a new beginning, a new territory: school. Mackenzie is trying to cope with the trauma she experienced in the previous book with Owen, while attempting to take control of her life. Easier said than done in her case.

She finds it of course difficult since she suffers from morbid night terrors involving Owen that start to bleed into her waking life making her wonder if she's slowly going insane. What's e
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Not as good as the first book, it was mostly disappointing. The latter half of The Unbound was quite good, unfortunately the first half was a struggle to get through as nothing really happened except the main character whining non-stop about her life.

-What's what: Mackenzie is a Keeper, she finds Histories (escaped ghosts of sorts) and returns them to the Archive where they're kept.
In this one Mackenzie starts her new school. And then people go missing, she thinks it has to
Dec 26, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing
“The funny thing about armor is that it doesn't just keep other people out. It keeps us in. We build it up around us, not realizing that we're trapping ourselves.”

Another beautiful installment to this series, this book is the second book in the Archived series or duo-logy. (I hope it becomes a trilogy, please make it a trilogy!) This was just so good, I am so happy I read this book on Christmas because it made my day. After writing my last review, for the first book, the Archived, I get com
Steph Sinclair
Thank goodness this didn’t fall victim to Second Book Syndrome. While I do think I enjoyed The Archived a tiny bit better than The Unbound, this was still up there as a tightly-plotted and well-written book. The best thing about both books is that the mystery is really solid. My mind was constantly trying to figure out who the bad guy was or how things would turn out in the end, but it surprised me. Also, more Wesley FTW! The thing that bugged me was Mac’s inability to trust Wesley. I understand ...more
All the stars!

Victoria Schwab strikes again! Every time I finish one of her books I get so emotional, and this time is no different.
This sequel was so good! I just hope in a third book, cause I've grown very attached to this series and its characters and I'm not ready to leave them yet.
Jan 09, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing
Prep school Wesley was a thing that I never knew of but holy hell, am I glad it exists.


You'll never get a real review from me. I put this book off for exactly a year. I just needed to know Wesley's real name. But instead I was hit by a truck of emotions. Apparently I was so caught up the first time that I didn't even rate The Archived. Why was past!Jess so lazy? Half the load of words that I've read in my lifetime aren't even recorded because I a) think too highly of myself and hence believe
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
Buddy read with the adorable Anna and the fabulous Elena

*4.5 Stars*

"Open your eyes," he warns.
I drag them open and find his face inches from mine. "Why?" I growl. "So I can see the truth?"
His smile sharpens. "No," he says. "So I can watch the life go out of them."
And then he drives the knife forward into my chest.

Well, well, well.....color me surprised. You see, I received an ARC after finishing book one of this series, so immediately after I chose to read it...before this one. Bad mistak
Oct 20, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-read
“You can't be two people. You end up being neither.”

Dark, so dark. Beautifully morbid. At times downright sinister. Perfect!

This sequeel differs very much from the first book. In the atmosphere, the setting, the characters' behaviour. It is much darker, for instance.
Mackenzie Bishop is still recovering from the events of the summer when school starts. She is haunted by nightmares that seem to be too real to be only nightmares. Slowly she loses herself in fear, and there is so much to fear for
Question time: when dreams and nightmares and life align together, how do you break free, how do you tell real from unreal? How do you find the force to move on when you are breaking apart?

Victoria Schwab writes exquisitely, there’s such a vivid world created, so complex and dark and full of mystery and anguish. The mental breakdown of the main character was beautifully described and (at least in my case) it’s a wonderful feeling to have to question the sanity of the characters I read about. It
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Buddy read with my awesome friend Chelsea

Rating clarification : 4.5 stars

See, if I had wondered if I'd love The Unbound as much as The Archived (I never doubted), I'd be smiling big time right now, because man, I loved every single page of it. That's not flawless. That's not the best book I've ever read.

But it did meet my ridiculously high expectations. Almost completely.

Meet me! Future Victoria Schwab's books stalker.

What? I guess she found the way to write books that manage to embark me on
Karen Sutanto
Before reading:




After reading:

(review to come VERY SOON)


ARGH OKAY I have no idea how to start this review but okay let’s do this.

I always have a fear for sequels. Fears that the second book would not achieve the greatness of the first or that it won’t be as good. BUT… The Unbound was fantastic! I loved it as much (or possibly even more) than The A
Oct 09, 2015 Kai rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
So this could've been the perfect book but there was one big thing - or better, a character - which annoyed me to the point where I wanted to stop reading: Owen Chris Clarke. I thought this chapter was over and I hoped I would not have to see him again in this sequel but I did. Much to my disappointment he had a huge impact on the plot. Apart from him, this book was awesome. I just hate Owen.

And now pretty please...what about a release date for the Returned?
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Mackenzie is dealing post-traumatic stress disorder from the fallout with Owen. He haunts her dreams and turns them into nightmares. When she starts to hurt herself and realizes she could be hurting others, she tries to find out why the string of disappearances are with people she has met before.

I had a problem with the very slow start. It wasn't because I was bored, but because it was the musings of her every day life. Her thoughts and actions were stagnant and the plot doesn't move until the
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood

It’s one of those days that I wish my review would write itself and I hope it would do justice in describing how brilliant The Unbound is. You have no idea how I nearly cried when I got the approval to read the E-arc of The Unbound. I could have sworn the angels were weeping with me.

The Unbound follows up where The Archived left off, as Mac starts her junior year at Hyde School. She’s struggling, trying to get her normal life back, but moving on isn’t

Jun 24, 2015 Taissa rated it really liked it
This book was definitely better than the first one, but still could've done things better.
Sarah *on hiatus*
The world stops.
Goes black.
A long, lovely, silent moment of black.
And then it comes back, and I'm standing there in the park, just like before, and my head is killing me and my hands feel damp, and when I look down at them, I see why.
They're covered in blood.

3.5, but what the heck. This duo deserves much more attention.
Recommended for people who liked the idea of Mara Dyer, but thought it was about as scary as mismatched socks (surprise, I’m one of them!)

In this book, Mackenzie suf
Dec 26, 2014 Elena rated it it was amazing
What an AMAZING sequel!!!!
Feb 15, 2014 Shandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unable-to-finish
Glare photo: dumdumdum.gif

DNFed at 136/355 pages. Any spoilers will be clearly marked. This may be somewhat of an angry rant. You have been warned. Read at your own risk.

I. Can't. Take. Any. More. I don't know what's happening. I loved and adored Vicious by Victoria Schwab, but the last two books (this one and is predecessor) haven't set well with me. The Archived earned 3.5 stars due to the originality of the concept of the story. There were many flaws in the book, some that I glazed over and others I was unable to. While reading this one, th
I run until the world blurs. Until I can’t breathe, can’t hear, can’t think. Until Owen is gone and the voids are gone and Agatha is gone and the Archive is gone and Wesley is gone and there is nothing but the sound of my shoes on the track and my pulse in my ears. I run until all my fears—the fear of losing my mind, my memories, my life—have bled away.
Time begins to slip, and for once, I don’t try to catch it.
I run until I feel like myself again.
I run until I find peace.

To call this one of m

"He wants ruin."

Late last year, when I was given The Archived as a Christmas gift, I read it as soon as I was able to. It did not disappoint! Soon after, when Faye let me read her ARC copy of The Unbound, I couldn't say no. This one was just as beautifully and eerily written as its predecessor.

Other than that, both novels focus on a different side of Mackenzie Bishop. In The Archived, we know her as a totally kick-butt heroine who can take care of herself. In this one, we get to know her as a r
Jan 01, 2014 Abstractelf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-in-series
I don't know which was harder - reading it while feeling all those pain or realizing that this is it. No more Wes, no more Mac, no more Roland... I think it's the second. Since I love(d) this series with a passion, it makes me so sad that I have to say goodbye. Ok, obviously, I'm going to reread the whole series at least a million times but still.

Anyway. I have to admit I expected something else at the beginning. I don't know what, to be honest. But then came the pain and the FEELINGS(!) and my
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
4.5 stars! Review to come.

This story picks up right after The archived. We get to see the aftermath of what happened and how it has damaged Mackenzie. Her nights are filled with nightmares and her normal - and Keeper life are starting to blend together. It is a mess and chaotic, but luckily she has Wesley and her supportive parents, although they have no idea what Mackenzie is hiding.
She has a lot to endure and I loved how she kept fighting. Mackenzie has
Apr 02, 2015 •Anna• rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I mean, I'm loving this series. Because, you know, this is NOT over yet.
Schwab will give us the opportunity to see Mac and Wes becoming Crew, right?


Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I love how these books transport me into a dreamlike state where I could almost believe everything was actually happening. I could read this series till the day I die.

Where is the third book?


These books have been out for years. Come on! Give us another one! I guess Victoria is too busy getting that sweet cash over at Tor. *wink, wink* Can't say I blame her.
Christina (GoodGirlKills)
Jan 24, 2016 Christina (GoodGirlKills) rated it really liked it
This book was a great sequel. I was immediately immersed back in the world of the Archive and I couldn't wait to see how everything would end. But there was a minor problem, I hate it when there is a big threat and one character decides to take all the risks alone and not tell her close friends her plan. This is so annoying and completely unnecessary, but besides that I really enjoyed the book.
May 16, 2016 Lela rated it really liked it
Whew. That was great!! 4 stars!! Review to come.
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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.
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