Review: ‘The Unbound’ by Victoria Schwab

Review: ‘The Unbound’ by Victoria SchwabThe Unbound by Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 28th, 2014
Genres: Ghosts, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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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Mackenzie is dealing post-traumatic stress disorder from the fallout with Owen. He haunts her dreams and turns them into nightmares. When she starts to hurt herself and realizes she could be hurting others, she tries to find out why the string of disappearances are with people she has met before.


I had a problem with the very slow start. It wasn’t because I was bored, but because it was the musings of her every day life. Her thoughts and actions were stagnant and the plot doesn’t move until the 100 page mark. It was nice to see her at school, starting something new and normal. The struggles with her hiding her Keeper life from her family is even more apparent in this sequel.


I found it odd that there was hardly any mentions of Ben. Not like it was before in The Archived. The purpose of the bolded passages offered a glimpse into the past, but it didn’t work out too well here. I think that there was a lot that needed to be set up which is why it was such a slow start. If it weren’t for my love for Wes and Chase, I would have probably DNF’d this for sure. In all honesty, the Archived and their crazy rules didn’t seem so interesting to me this time around. I felt annoyed all the time when the politics shone through. There’s not much history that was given and I would have loved that to be given. Maybe it’ll be in the last book?


I especially love the fact that there’s new friends and having Wes and Cash on the pages helped me glued to the pages when things weren’t happening. They are so hilarious and funny especially when competing for Mackenzie’s affections. Though I only thought that Chase liked her because she was pretty and he tells her to her face too. We also see a more kinder and less jokey Wes which I appreciated.

It felt like a solid stand-a-lone, but then you get to the last page and it’s such an open ended ending. Ah! crosses fingers the last book gets published


Waiting for something to start is always worse than when it does. (20)
Having something and losing it, it’s so much crueler than never having had it. (37)
Normal is a thing I might dream about, if I weren’t too busy having nightmares. (57)
Trust is like faith: it can turn people into believers, but every time it’s lost. Trust becomes harder and harder to win back. (70)
I won’t let anyone hurt you. (210)

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  1. The Cover Contessa

    February 10, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    I’m in total love with this series! I’m in total love with anything Schwab writes, actually! I’m so glad you like this. I really hope she does a third book. I know she wants to, but I haven’t seen anything about it yet!

    • giselle

      February 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      I love it too! The two have the cutest chemistry. Yay I would gobble anything she writes. Even her latest one A DARKEST SHADE OF MAGIC! Here’s to hoping she self-publishes the last book

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