The Archived (The Archived, #1)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Title by Victoria Schwab
Pub­lisher: Hyperion
Pages: ebook, 264 pages
Series: The Archived
Pub­li­ca­tion date: January 29th 2013

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.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

I really liked the sneak peek I got from NetGalley. It was the first nine chapters of The Archived, and let me tell you it was very good marketing. Did I make me buy the book? It sure did.

The problem is that I ended up being not impressed by the book. Really. It feels like something is missing. Maybe it’s not my cup? Either way the whole concept didn’t click with me. And it’s funny because at the beginning of the book I actually liked it. But then something happened and it changed my opinion. It may have been the love triangle. It may have been the MC, or the story. I’m not sure. It just doesn’t stir any feelings inside me and because of this I can’t even review it properly. It’s just stuck in the three stars section. The forever alone books that I can’t express my feeling about. Why? Because I have no feelings.

Did I hate it? No. Did I love it? No. Would I read it again? No. Will I continue reading this series? No. Would I recommend it to a friend? Maybe.

My review kind of sounds hateful so please don’t think that The Archived is bad. No, I guess, as I mentioned at the beginning of my review, it’s just not my cup of tea. If you really want to try it then go ahead, maybe you’ll end up liking it.

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