Want to Read Wednesday – The Archived Series by Victoria Schwab

Melanie’s Want to Read Wednesday #8


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TITLE:  The Archived Series

  1. The Archived
  2. The Unbound

AUTHOR:  Victoria Schwab


  1. The Archived – 4.06 out of 5 stars; 8,714 ratings
  2. The Unbound – 4.40 out of 5 stars; 2,735 ratings


The ArchivedSynopsis Source

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.

The UnboundSynopsis Source

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.


I am desperately trying to remember whose WordPress blog it was where I happened to see a review for The Archived, but I sadly just can’t remember whose it was.  I remember I also made a comment on their post about how interesting the premise of the book sounded and that I was going to have to add it to my own “To Be Read” list.  So, to whomever that was I thank you for bringing attention to this book!  I have also come across more reviews for these two books on WordPress this week which have all had pretty favorable reviews which is only just reaffirming what I already know – that I am going to have to read this book!

The story sounds all around haunting and I find the very thought of it interesting because of a source of thought that states we are the protagonist of our own story, or we are the narrator of our own lives.  I mean, what if it turned out we really were nothing more than protagonists on the page?  Granted, this is discussing this as the idea of what happens to the soul after we die – our souls become bound to the pages of a book.  It is human nature to be fascinated and interested in the fabric of life and death, we find ourselves often questioning it – asking what comes after this life?  Part of the reason why humanity has such a reliance on religion is because religion claims to have all of the answers, including answers on life, death, and their meanings so long as you are willing to have faith.  No, this book doesn’t delve into this long-standing debate of religion, but it does explore the veil between life and death.  It gives off the vibe of being a bit of a coming of age novel and learning how to cope and deal with grief which is extremely difficult for anyone to deal with.

My “To Be Read” list just keeps growing and growing and I am loving it!

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