Katherine "Kate" Thompson sets out to avenge her father's murder. On her journey, she is joined by the Colton brothers, the care-free Will and his oldKatherine "Kate" Thompson sets out to avenge her father's murder. On her journey, she is joined by the Colton brothers, the care-free Will and his older brother Jesse. Together they chase after a gang of criminals responsible for killing Kate's father. The trio also meets with others that help them along their way.
This was a quick and easy read. It contained everything that I would expect from a Western. Gold is a constant presence throughout the novel and it is a major motivating factor for multiple characters, as one would expect in a Western.
The characters were also true to what one would find in this kind of genre. Kate continuously tries to prove herself and show others she is more than capable of taking care of herself. She is consumed by her need for vengeance, refusing to listen to reason or stray from her mission. There were times where I found her a bit too stubborn, but that felt true to her character. I just had a hard time connecting to her, while I did feel for her situation. The Colton brothers, on the other hand, felt flip-floppy to me. I couldn't seem to connect to anyone in the story really.
The ending felt a little rushed to me. The twist at the end took me by surprise, but in a more like 'that came out of nowhere' kind of twist. There was a couple of scenes that I felt foreshadowed the twist, but it still felt forced to me.
I thought this was an entertaining read and it felt like a true Western. The dialogue was great and helped to further build the world. I really did enjoy the story, but the ending felt rushed to me, especially when you realize that the entire story takes place within only a few weeks. ...more
I don't know what I expected from this book, only that I've heard many people talk about it for months. I must admit that I was excited to finally reaI don't know what I expected from this book, only that I've heard many people talk about it for months. I must admit that I was excited to finally read it.
- I liked the concept of the novel, I felt it was an original idea. - The romance between Olly and Maddy was cute and I found myself smiling at their interactions throughout the novel - Maddy's characterization felt realistic, even though she'd never left the house she wasn't overly awkward towards strangers. - I really enjoyed the foreshadowing which made the ending more believable (IMO)(view spoiler)[when it was mentioned that Maddy's dad and brother were killed in an accident when she was younger, I wondered why we didn't hear about how Maddy's mother reacted to her loss or why no one really talked about it. The ending with Maddy's mom not fully recovering from the loss answered my quesetions (hide spoiler)]
- Although I enjoyed the romance in the story, it did feel rushed at times tbh - And the book ended leaving a few loose ends, leaving the rest to our imagination I guess - I wish we'd had more time with other characters, or even a chance to get to know them as I feel they were included in the story to round out other characters without actually feeling important to the story. The minor characters seemed more like placeholders than actual participants in the story - Even though I found the plot twist interesting (and it sure did answer a lot of my questions), it does feel like the book was stretching it
I would recommend this book if you're interested in a fun and fast read. There were a few tears here and there, but I quite enjoyed the journey. The characters felt believable, the ones we actually interact with at least, (view spoiler)[Olly's friend Zach seemed more well-rounded than Olly's family, even though we only get to read about Zach for maybe 2-4 pages (hide spoiler)]. I liked the graphics in the book and they made the pages fly by while still showing more of Maddy's character. The ending left me wanting more and I would love to know how the characters go on with their lives after the events of this book. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a great follow-up to The Archived. I was worried that the sequel would fall flat in comparison to the first book, due mostly to the fact thatThis was a great follow-up to The Archived. I was worried that the sequel would fall flat in comparison to the first book, due mostly to the fact that now Mac has to deal with high school along with her involvement with the Archive. Whenever I read a book where the main character has to deal with school while batting the supernatural or hiding another life from those around her, it feels almost forced to me.
I was pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly Victoria Schwab integrated Mac's high school experience with the world she created in the first book. The new group of friends were easy to remember and they didn't take away focus from the main plot. I felt like I got to know each new character well enough, even feeling like I've already met them in the previous novel. The old characters also went through more development, which I loved. If I didn't love Wesley in the first book, I sure do after reading The Unbound. I loved learning so much more about him! I will say, however, that this book made me doubt the Archive as we are introduced to more characters and we find out more about what goes on there. There were a few characters that annoyed me with their dramatic behavior. Like, more than once I thought:
With the plot of the story, I liked how the fallout from the Archived was addressed in the sequel. Mac is clearly still haunted by the events that took place in the previous book and it goes on to shape her experiences in this book. I can't tell you how much it frustrates me when some major events happens in a book, only for the characters to seem unaffected by it. Especially when books take place over a very short time frame. I found The Unbound to address Mac's trauma in a realistic way.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and loved the twists at the end. Even though I don't know if there will be another book in this series, I think that the ending leaves the door wide open for another installment. I sincerely hope that I'll get to read more about this world, since the Archive is so huge, there are plenty of stories to tell. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was an original take on death and what happens once one passes away. I liked the concept of the Archive and how there aI really enjoyed this book. It was an original take on death and what happens once one passes away. I liked the concept of the Archive and how there aren't really ghosts, but they are called Histories. I was worried that there would be too much time spent on explaining the world of the Archive and that I would not be able to fully understand the concept of the book. Thankfully, that was not the case. The writing made it very easy for me to understand what our main character, Mac, was going through and how she would explain her role as a Keeper to the Archive.
Mac is a Keeper and her job is to catch Histories in a kind of "Limbo-like" place called the Narrows and return them to the Archive where they can be shelved. It makes more sense once you read the book, but I'm trying to keep my words at a minimum. It is very important that Mac return the Histories to the Archive as soon as possible or else risk the Histories "slipping." Which means that the "spirits" become more or less corrupt. Even though Mac has been a Keeper for years, now she has to deal with the recent loss of her younger brother, Ben.
The mystery of the novel begins as soon as Mac moves into her new home with her parents. Once they move into The Coronado, Mac soon discovers that the old building hides a few secrets of its own. In Mac's attempts to solve the case, she soon realizes that there are very few people that she can trust. I will admit that this book kept me guessing at the identity of the suspect multiple times, with me changing my answer throughout the novel.
There were times, however, where I was very frustrated with Mac's decisions. I can understand why she felt the need to keep vital information from her co-workers near the end of the book. It would have been difficult to explain her role in the chaos erupting in the Archive without being severely punished. But, I didn't understand why Mac couldn't tell her peers about what she was going through when she first experienced trouble as a Keeper. At that point, if she had told her superiors anything, Mac had done nothing wrong. And I also felt that there were a few loose ends left in this book, but while annoying at times, it didn't distract from the story.
I enjoyed this book and it left me wanting more. I wanted to find out more about the Archive and its history and I also wanted to find out more about Mac and how she will deal with all she learned in this book.