The Unbound (The Archived #2)
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she ...more
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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.)
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
DID SHE MOVE? IS THERE NO MORE WESLEY?
WHY VICTORIA SCHWAB WHYYY
GAAAHHHH!!!!! I AM BOMBARDED WITH SO MANY FEELS. AND WESLEY O M G AAAAAAAA.
(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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
That was really good. It may have taken me some time to pick up this series, but I regret nothing and, honestly, maybe picking it up later, might have been better since I wouldn't have to pray to every deity out there for a third book. My point is, I am extremely happy and satisfied I read these two books (and the story story).
Since I read the first 100 pages right after I finished The Archived (
I loved The Archived when I first read it back in May, but then I put off buying The Unbound for forever - for some reason. LUCKILY, Gillian is a very very lovely bookish friend, and her giving this to me finally gave me the push I needed to read this most excellent sequel. All I can say is, "DEBBY, WHY THE HELL DID YOU WAIT SO LONG, YOU DOOFUS?!?!??!"
From page 1, I was instantly smitten with how lovely every aspect of this series is. But let's be honest, at the top of the list has to b ...more
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 , 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 ...more
"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 ...more
When I first read The Archived, I was very disappointed. Despite the gorgeous, lyrical prose and the imaginative world of the Archives where the dead are shelved like books, it was hard for me to really connect to Mackenzie Bishop. She is a teenager who inherited the role of a Keeper from her now-deceased grandfather. In the first book, although there were times she was rea ...more
The Archived being one of my favorite books, I had high expectations for this sequel. And by high I mean that The Unbound was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014.
And now that I read it I'm left wondering how it's possible that I loved this even more than the first one. I would have been happy if it had just lived up to my expectat ...more
This was Mara Dyer level creepiness! With a plot that was a million times better executed... Mackenzie and Wesley continue to be awesome and adorable and hilarious! Thunderstorms and rock concerts <3
(I don't watch iZombie but I'm obsessed with Livwell and they're my fancast for Mackenzie and Wesley shhhh)
Really, the only thing I disliked in this book is the same thing I dislike ...more
First point up: THANK YOU LIKE A MILLION BUNCH, GIOVANNA, TO GIVE ME SUCH AN AMAZING GIFT *CUDDLES HARDBACK COPY*
Second point up: It's worth one thousand stars, really it's that good.
The Unbound takes place shortly after The Archived, and damn it doesn't dissapoint.
The Archived was already an awesome book: original, beautifully written and with some super characters. The Un ...more
I loved The Archived, so of course I was eager to start this book! I love that we got more of Wesley and Mackenzie!
Owen clearly shook up Mackenzie's life and the poor girl has to live with the scars he gave her now... I made a comment after reading the first book that the poor girl hardly ever got any sleep, but it just gets worse in this book!
I unfortunately guessed some things that were going on in this book early on... While I wasn't exactly surprised, I still really enjoyed this bo ...more
This review (and a super-special GIVEAWAY!!!) can also be found at my blog, There were books involved...
There is something about Victoria Schwab's Archived series that moves me on so many levels. The Archived and The Unbound are both incredibly, beautifully written, and they effortlessly pull on your emotions. They're exciting, heart-wrenching, intense, and completely un-put-down-able, and they will give you feels like crazy. They're just... utterly wonderful.
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