Review: ‘The Archived’ by Victoria Schwab

Review: ‘The Archived’ by Victoria SchwabThe Archived by Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 22nd, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Ghosts, Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called 'Histories', rest in 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 tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

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Mackenzie isn’t your average teenage girl, she’s a Keeper. Her job is to keep the Histories from the Outer and returning them back The Archived. When her family moves to an old hotel where she knows a murder takes place, she starts to unravel the corruption that is deeply ingrained in the Archived. Who can she trust? Who is the mysterious new boy? Is he a friend or foe? Will she find out who is responsible for the Histories getting out?


Slow start to the whole story-line since we’re getting used to what this whole world entailed. I tell you I had to wrap my mind around some of the concepts, but after it was explained several times on repeat successions, I eventually understood what everything meant. It’s a clever concept using keys and doors, but it wasn’t the first I’ve heard of. I couldn’t stop comparing Mac to Suze from Meg Cabot’s Mediator series which she basically does the same thing, kicking their butts and sending them home. Though without the snarkiness that is. The similarities don’t end there though because the love triangle also seemed eerily similar. One guy being the charming more experienced Keeper, while the other was a History. Even though it was similar, I still enjoyed it.


Victoria writes well and her pacing, setting and characters all worked well. I like how she introduces the concepts, but I did feel the info dumps to be repetitive. Also the second point narrative irked me to no end. I didn’t like the way it was used, but I guess I’m just being picky.


A kick-butt paranormal romance and journey into Victoria’s Archived world and I’m betting you’ll be picking up the next book like I did.


A cover tells you something about a book. A body tells you something about a History. (12)
Ignorance may be bliss, but only if it outweighs curiosity. (30)
I would give anything to be normal. (99)
Looks can be deceiving, Mac. I’m not all beauty and charm. (122)
For someone who doesn’t like touching people, you keep finding ways to put your hands on me. (157)
Are you finally falling victim to my devilish good looks? I knew it was only a matter of time. (186)
It’s like after they die, you’re only allowed to remember the good. But no one’s all good. (202)
You are a crazy, amazing girl. And you scare the hell out of me. (240)
Knowledge is power, but ignorance can be a blessing. (319)

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  1. Karleigh

    February 9, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    I just got this book at the library, I am really hoping I like it as much as you did!

    • giselle

      February 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      I hope you do too Karleigh

      • Karleigh

        February 11, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        I did, it was excellent!

        • giselle

          February 12, 2015 at 6:10 AM

          Yay!!! So glad 🙂

  2. Kelsey

    January 30, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    This is one series that I never jumoed on the bandwagon for, but I keep hearing the series is good. This is one I’ll wait for all books to be out for before I read just in case. I already have so many series to keep track of lol.

  3. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    January 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I started reading this for book club a few months back, but that slow beginning made me lose interest 🙁 I’m glad to know that it gets better. It was well received by my BC, so I’ve been wanting to go back to it (plus I bought in on my nook). But IDK about a love triangle… that’s really not my thing. Great review!!

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