Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blog Tour, Review, and Swag Giveaway: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Hey everyone! I'm super excited to have Victoria Schwab on my blog today. If you don't already know, Victoria is the author the The Near Witch and the soon-to-be-released The Archived!

In order to promote The Archived's upcoming release, Victoria has been releasing videos for a blog tour talking about the book and her own history. She introduces this series of vlogs in the video below:

If you're not caught up on the series, you can view the last video (#16) over at Making the Grade. The next (and final!) video will be posted on Mundie Moms on January 22nd (which is also The Archived's release date)! Of course, if you haven't gotten a chance to start watching Victoria's vlog series, you can access all of her videos on her YouTube channel. And to continue the series, we have the seventeenth video here today! 

A huge thanks to Victoria for stopping by today! Since I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of The Archived, I thought I would also take some time to share my thoughts with you on her upcoming book! 

Review of The Archived

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Pages: 321 (ARC version)
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Received from publisher for review

Back Cover

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. Mack 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 deliberating 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.

First Lines

"The Narrows remind me of August nights in the South."

In a Sentence

While The Archived didn't quite blow my mind, it was a fun read set in an incredibly imaginative world.

My Thoughts

When I was offered the chance to be on a blog tour for Victoria Schwab's upcoming novel, The Archived, I knew I had to say yes, even though I had pretty much closed down my blog's review requests for the semester because of graduate school and teaching. But I made an exception for The Archived because I had been very impressed with Schwab's writing style in her debut novel, The Near Witch, when I read and reviewed it back in August of 2011

What I love about Schwab's writing style is that it is both lyrical and descriptive without being overly complicated or convoluted. Staying on the right side of that line can be a difficult thing to do, so Schwab's execution of style in both The Archived and The Near Witch is one of the reasons why I respect her as a writer.

I also have to give Schwab props for the idea behind The Archived. I thought that having the dead literally become stories that are archived on shelves in a library was an incredibly interesting and innovative idea. 

With that being said, I had a few minor issues with The Archived. First of all, I found the mystery part of the book to be a little bit predictable. I pretty much guessed right off the bat who was responsible for the altered Archives. Second, it wasn't really a book that stuck with me after I turned the final page. While I was in the process of reading it, I didn't notice this, but once I closed the book and moved on, nothing of significance really stuck with me, and for me, one of the tests of an excellent read is its longevity. 

Anyways, overall, I did enjoy reading The Archived, and I will definitely be reading more of Schwab's work in the future. Her stories are extremely creative, and her writing style brings a fresh new voice to the YA audience!


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A few flaws but worth reading


Victoria and her publisher were kind enough to share some swag with me, so I have an extra set to give away to one lucky reader!

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