Monday, 20 August 2012

The Archived by Victoria Schwab - Sneak Peek Book Review

Title: The Archived (The Archived # 1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: 22nd January 2013
Pages: 108 (336)
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Paranormal / YA
Source: Sneak Peek ARC via NetGalley

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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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)


This review is based on a sneak peak (about 1/3 - 1/2 of the book) that I received as an e-book ARC via NetGalley.

Usually I wouldn't read sneak peeks as I find them frustrating, but this one caught my attention and I decided to give it a try. Now, of course, I am just annoyed - annoyed that I have to wait until January to read the rest.

The premise of this book is fascinating, the characters are interesting and plot moves at a good pace with plenty of action mixed in with exposition. I was hooked right from the start and loved every minute of the story.

I will most definitely want to read the rest of this once it is available in full. Go and add it to your wish lists now!

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