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The Unbound (The Archived #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  4,833 ratings  ·  923 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, 368 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Hyperion
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Victoria Schwab
Jun 16, 2013 Victoria Schwab rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (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
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
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
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❤
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
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
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘
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
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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
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
Giselle at 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
“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
Sue (YAHollywood)

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

This book was definitely better than the first one, but still could've done things better.
Sarah ♡can't recover from BADLANDS♡
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
What an AMAZING sequel!!!!
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
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


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?


"You can't be two people. You end up being neither."

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 (but then I had to put it down for a little while)
5 stars

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
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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
Okay guys, seriously. This cannot be the last book. The ending was fabulous but I need more of this world and more of these characters! And there won't be any more books in this series unless sales improve so please, if the premise of The Archived sounds interesting to you go pick it up. Right now you can get it for 99 cents on basically all ereaders. It's worth it. This series is mysterious, action packed, fascinating and has terrific main characters who lead these crazy lives filled with track ...more
Faye, la Patata
My co-blogger reviewed this on the blog! :') Check out the review here!

My thoughts:

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
I finally understand why JesseTheReader and others were hardcore campaigning for a third Archived book. I GET IT NOW.

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
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Caring about someone is scary, Mac. I know. Especially when you've lost people. Its easy to think its not worth it. Its easy to think that life will hurt less if you dont. But its not life unless you care about it.
It was even more thrilling than the first one if thats even possible. I already loved the first one in the series and to top that off she introduced so much more. The world building, the characters, the plot, the dialogues, the memories, the histories...everything was spot on.

Cristian (The Bookish God)
If you follow me on Twitter (which you should right now @thebookishgod) then you know of my slight obsession with Victoria/V.E. Schwab. I read The Archived at the beginning of 2014 and for some reason I did not pick up The Unbound until now… Yes, kill me. I think I gave The Archived 5 stars so you would expect me to read the second book immediately. Well, no. Schawb’s writing is just one of the best writings I have ever come across and her work is always A+. I love the themes her books deal with ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Lys rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lys by: Giovanna
Well, it's been days and I've yet to write a proper review about this book, not that I'm always late and lazy or something.


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
Jessica (priceiswong)
4.5 stars
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
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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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