Waiting on Wednesday (#29)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday (#29)
The Unbound
The Archived #2

Written by: Victoria Schwab
Published by: Hyperion
Release date: January 28th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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 starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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The Archived was one of the first new releases I read this year, and I adored it — it jumped onto my all-time-favorites list practically before I finished reading it. At the time, I was sure it would remain a favorite as the year went on. But guys, I read a lot of great books this year and, well…

…OH WHO AM I KIDDING. I can’t even pretend it didn’t remain a favorite, because it did. Yes, I’ve read a lot of amazing books this year, but The Archived is still one of my absolute favorites of the year (top five? top three???); and its sequel, The Unbound, promises to be just as good — if not even better. Judging by the 8-chapter teaser that’s up on NetGalley, it’s going to be freaking amazing. And honestly, I see history repeating itself: I’ve got a space all ready for The Unbound at the top of my 2014-favorites list. ;)

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)

Review: VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

Review: VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab
Vicious

Written by: Victoria Schwab
Published by: Tor
Release date: September 24th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased
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A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

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Let me begin with a disclaimer: Out of all 110 books I have read so far this year, Vicious is my favorite. But I want to be clear — this isn’t a case of it being one of my favorites, or favorite-by-a-very-small-margin, or anything like that. While I’ve read a lot of good books this year, Vicious is flat out, hands down, honest-to-God, simply and wholeheartedly my favorite book of 2013. Take from that what you will.

The above is a disclaimer because with a book this good, I have a really hard time forming actual coherent thoughts about it, let alone stringing together words to tell you exactly how much — and why — I loved it.

I could tell you how the characters grabbed me from the very beginning, the very first page. I could tell you how the writing, while beautiful in its own right, wasn’t something to be read but something that just flowed with pure story and character and emotion. I could tell you how, while I read this book, my focus was so narrowed to whatever was happening on the pages, I could barely concentrate on anything else.

I could tell you that this book is exactly what I didn’t realize I’d been craving, until it hit me right in the feels.

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Review: THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab

Review: THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab
The Archived
The Archived #1

Written by: Victoria Schwab
Published by: Hyperion
Release date: January 22nd, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 328
Format: select
Buy: B&N, Amazon
Add on: Goodreads


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.

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This book. Is so. Good. I’ve been trying to write this review for EVER, but haven’t been able to find words because I loved it so much. So please bear with me as I ramble and try to put my thoughts together.

First of all, The Archived has everything I need in a book: depth, beauty, mystery, action, suspense, and fantastic characters.

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