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The Unbound (The Archived #2)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  7,520 Ratings  ·  1,319 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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Jennifer Lee Rossman I wouldn't recommend it. This book does not explain the world of the Archive nearly as well as the first, and much of The Unbound happens because of…moreI wouldn't recommend it. This book does not explain the world of the Archive nearly as well as the first, and much of The Unbound happens because of events in The Archived, which are only sort of rehashed in this one. I think it would be very confusing to read them out of order.(less)
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Victoria Schwab
Jun 16, 2013 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.)
Aug 21, 2015 Kai rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2015
“Smiling is the worst thing you can do if you want the world to think you're okay when you're not.”

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 the sequel, but I did. Much to my disappointment he had a huge impact on the plot. Apart from him, this book was awesome and flawless and Victori

Buddy read #2 with the Knightess

The best feeling ever is when a book and its characters and its plot and its setting captivates you to a point where you’d rather live forever between its pages than return to real life.

And this book has done that for me.


The second book in the Archived series, Unbound continues a few weeks after we left book one. Mackenzie is about to begin school at the prestigious Hyde School and despite her very normal teen worries, her constant daunting nightmares a
To all the people: who like me, thought A Gathering of Shadows was the best Victoria Schwab, or anybody for that matter could do?

I love everything about this book. Everything.
→ I love Roland.
→ I love Wesley Ayers.
→ I love Dallas.
→ I even like Cash, poor guy.
But above them all, I love Mackenzie Bishop.
You know why? Because as Roland would say, she makes things infinitely more interesting.

(Which reminds me, this was BR #2 with Joshua Templeman's biggest fan, who made things infinitely more in
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-read The Archived prior to picking up my prized galley of The Unbound because, well...because of the Wesley Ayers. Among other things.  But, gawd, if I wasn't stoked  for the sequel before (and I was, I really was), then to say t
Nov 06, 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
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
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
Apr 07, 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
Jul 01, 2015 Adelina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 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
- ̗̀ bibliophile ̖́-
Sep 23, 2016 - ̗̀ bibliophile ̖́- rated it really liked it
The Unbound takes off where the first book ended. Although the novel started off very slow, as the story took off, it elaborated through the impressive plot and writing. This novel is far more darker than the first installment, very much sinister in certain aspects. Mackenzie battles with post-traumatic stress disorder. After the scandal and aftermath of Owen she starts to drown in her own fear and is unable to distingish between what is real and what is not. The world building was so complex an ...more
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
Sep 01, 2013 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
Emi Miranda
Can Victoria Schwab be any better of a writer? This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. I just want to live in the world of the Archived.
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
Jun 24, 2015 Andis/Slytherin rated it really liked it
This book was definitely better than the first one, but still could've done things better.
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
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

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
Jan 15, 2014 Elena rated it it was amazing
What an AMAZING sequel!!!!
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
Feb 07, 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
May 16, 2016 Camille rated it it was amazing
You can't be two people. You end up being neither.

I read this second book so fast and I think this is proof enough of how much I loved it, I just couldn't put it down! I found it better than the first one despite one annoying return. The story didn't lose its originality and was as action-packed as the first book. I really enjoyed the new setting and the new characters that were introduced. Mac and Wesley were as great as ever and their dynamic was amazing. It was heartbreaking to see Mac goin
 {Tracy Thai}

Okay, let's hand an round of applause to Victoria, who created such an fast-paced and wonderful story that was just so great enough to allow me to read this whole book in one sitting. And to thank her on the fact that THANK GOODNESS THERE WILL BE AN THIRD BOOK.

This book, in my view, was not as good as the first one, but it was still wonderful! Of course, I liked it a bit better when it involved the world a bit more, cause this one sorta focuses more on people. (Not that
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
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“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.” 118 likes
“It’s okay to not be okay,” she says. “When you’ve been through things—whatever those things are—and you don’t allow yourself to not be okay, then you only make it worse. Our problems will tear us apart if we try to ignore them. They demand attention because they need it.” 58 likes
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