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The Archived (Archived Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

  I¿ll be honest, The Archived is a straight-up good book. Excit

  I’ll be honest, The Archived is a straight-up good book. Exciting, unpredictable, original. Sure its got its issues
and I didn’t fail to notice them, but , inevitably, I would find myself so engrossed 10 pages later that I’d
completely forgotten what it was I had ta...
  I’ll be honest, The Archived is a straight-up good book. Exciting, unpredictable, original. Sure its got its issues
and I didn’t fail to notice them, but , inevitably, I would find myself so engrossed 10 pages later that I’d
completely forgotten what it was I had taken issue with. The story and characters are so wonderful that I really
just can’t be bothered to care about the small technical difficulties.

The characters are a refreshing break from some of the current trends. Mackenzie is an empowered and
important person from the moment we meet her. She’s smart and kind of a badass, but she’s a real teenager
too. She’d rather  track down a History than read classic literature, and she’s conflicted and sometimes
immature. She is the kind of character that can be hard to relate to – emotionally reluctant, comfortably
solitary – but her grief opens the door for you to care for her powerfully. Wesley, our leading boy, is swoon
worthy but (despite his spiked hair and guyliner) really a good guy. I’m all for the dangerous, forbidden rebel,
but Wes is warm and brave and sweet and okay so maybe I’m a little partial to him, shut up.

The concept of the book is, in itself, fascinating, and the mystery and action throughout are engrossing (I
startled my cat several times from gasping/exclaiming out loud). Where Victoria Schwab really knocks it out
of the park, though, is with the honest, down-to-earth, human-ness of it all.  Underneath the rogue dead
people and magically empowered keys is a powerful, gut wrenching portrait of grief. Not only is Mackenzie’s
heartbreak over her brother’s death breathtakingly real, but the entire premise lays out a question that most
of us (thankfully) would never have to answer. How far would we go to get back someone we loved? How
many rules would we break? How many people would we betray? Would it be right, and would we care if it
wasn’t?

Also, the Librarians are pretty badass.

posted by AmoNicole on January 22, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

The Archived wasn¿t something that I was sure I would enjoy. It

The Archived wasn’t something that I was sure I would enjoy. It sounded confusing and very involved. However, because so many other bloggers had been raving about it, I decided to give it a shot. It wasn’t for me. Definitely not. The Archived had everything that usually...
The Archived wasn’t something that I was sure I would enjoy. It sounded confusing and very involved. However, because so many other bloggers had been raving about it, I decided to give it a shot. It wasn’t for me. Definitely not. The Archived had everything that usually makes for a great book: interesting characters, romance, unique story line. While it sounded promising, I’m not convinced that it delivered.




The plot was the biggest problem for me. What’s hard about this is that the plot is both the best and worst thing about this book. What I liked about it was that it was unique. It’s a brand new concept, unlike anything that I’ve read before. I was excited about this until I began reading The Archived, I was so confused. I wasn’t sure that the world building was working for me, but I figured I would understand at some point. I didn’t. I was confused the whole time. This is where the plot turns sour for me. There was just too much to it and the way that it was explained was too brief for me to grasp the full concept. I understood bits and pieces of the archives, the narrows, the outers, and all that stuff, but I didn’t really know how the worked. I wonder now if Mackenzie knew how it all worked herself? I’m not sure. I think there were parts that she was unsure about, so I felt a bit better about that.




Not only did the world-building not really work for me, but the characters weren’t clicking. I liked Mackenzie enough and I liked Wes. I was expecting some major romance there, but nothing big happened, which was kind of disappointing. It was even more disappointing when Mackenzie decided to start kissing the weirdest choice of love interest. I didn’t get that. WHY? It was just strange to me and it felt a bit forced, like it seemed as if it was the right choice for the book, but it really wasn’t. I’m not sure how to explain that.




There seemed to be a lot happening in The Archived, but really nothing much happened. It was pretty much the same things repeating themselves over and over. Mackenzie kept catching Histories, or whatever they were, and new ones popped up on her list so she did the same thing over again. I was so bored reading this. I wanted something, anything to happen. I just wasn’t satisfied with the story and where it went. There’s not much else I have to say, so I’ll keep it short. I got bored and confused. That was basically my experience with this book. While it sounded really interesting, it didn’t deliver.

posted by Nancy_TumblingBooks on April 21, 2013

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

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    The Archived wasn¿t something that I was sure I would enjoy. It

    The Archived wasn’t something that I was sure I would enjoy. It sounded confusing and very involved. However, because so many other bloggers had been raving about it, I decided to give it a shot. It wasn’t for me. Definitely not. The Archived had everything that usually makes for a great book: interesting characters, romance, unique story line. While it sounded promising, I’m not convinced that it delivered.




    The plot was the biggest problem for me. What’s hard about this is that the plot is both the best and worst thing about this book. What I liked about it was that it was unique. It’s a brand new concept, unlike anything that I’ve read before. I was excited about this until I began reading The Archived, I was so confused. I wasn’t sure that the world building was working for me, but I figured I would understand at some point. I didn’t. I was confused the whole time. This is where the plot turns sour for me. There was just too much to it and the way that it was explained was too brief for me to grasp the full concept. I understood bits and pieces of the archives, the narrows, the outers, and all that stuff, but I didn’t really know how the worked. I wonder now if Mackenzie knew how it all worked herself? I’m not sure. I think there were parts that she was unsure about, so I felt a bit better about that.




    Not only did the world-building not really work for me, but the characters weren’t clicking. I liked Mackenzie enough and I liked Wes. I was expecting some major romance there, but nothing big happened, which was kind of disappointing. It was even more disappointing when Mackenzie decided to start kissing the weirdest choice of love interest. I didn’t get that. WHY? It was just strange to me and it felt a bit forced, like it seemed as if it was the right choice for the book, but it really wasn’t. I’m not sure how to explain that.




    There seemed to be a lot happening in The Archived, but really nothing much happened. It was pretty much the same things repeating themselves over and over. Mackenzie kept catching Histories, or whatever they were, and new ones popped up on her list so she did the same thing over again. I was so bored reading this. I wanted something, anything to happen. I just wasn’t satisfied with the story and where it went. There’s not much else I have to say, so I’ll keep it short. I got bored and confused. That was basically my experience with this book. While it sounded really interesting, it didn’t deliver.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Pros Victoria created this visual experience for us readers. It

    Pros
    Victoria created this visual experience for us readers. It was powerful, enticing, and free. The character seemed to speak to you with this air of grace and power, soft and hard. And I can say that my mind went on a magical journey throughout the whole novel.

    The only other book that made me experienced this "visualization" was The Night Circus. While reading the book, it felt like I was thrown into a world that was like ours but twisted, ancient, silly, and teasing. But just like The Night Circus, the plot barely develops. But, (and yes, a second but), this makes the book different. It wasn't like normal YA, it was more, something deeper. Victoria was able to capture a middle grade feel from the start and transition to YA as the character grew. It really had the best of all worlds. I mean, I am a huge fan of MG plots, but YA/Adult level of sophisticated writings, so when Victoria merged the boundaries, I died in heaven. It was as if you plot me in my fantasy world of Lemony Snicket and brought back memories of adventure.

    This book was funny, let me explain. This book seemed like balance, on one side it is plot/action, on the other is visualization. In the first half and so the visualization is fabulous, but the action lacked. And as the later half approached, action increased but visualization dropped.

    The atmosphere around this book was something indescribably. It almost seemed like a mist had en-caged you and you, as the reader, are having visions, visions that are vivid and fierce.

    The words Victoria weaved seemed to swirl around me and turn into scenery. The Narrows, The Archived, and everything else were dreamlike. I cannot describe it and I will not because I am not up to the quality of Victoria, but I really hope when you read this book, you can feel the joy I got reading it.

    I can totally see a "Coraline" type of animation coming out of this book! But also an Inception like movie!


    Cons
    Like The Night Circus, it had almost too much "visualization" and not enough plot advancements (or at least not good ones). The book seemed to dragged on forever and when things happened it seemed to leap. It was choppy, unprofessional and honestly boring. The characters were boring to read, typical and just not relatable. But at first I liked Kenzie and Wes and even Da (even though I was confused for a long time about him). But as the story went on I just couldn't care about them. It really was a pain to read on.

    But really, I just think this book was waaaayyy too slow for me. The first half was just setting up and I am sorry, I am not patient. So basically this book had me in this bad mood for the first half so anything that was somewhat exciting was somewhat bland. I literally had to force myself to finish. So if you are the type of people who only reads about 100 pages of a book and decide to continue or not, you might have some issue with this book.

    Oh, one of the pros lead itself to the cons. You know the MG/YA thing I praised above, it became a pain in the butt. Half of book to me seemed like MG (the first half), and set my brain to this mode of "oh, this is a MG book". So when Victoria switched on the YA part, my brain didn't register and it was just weird for me to read it. But of course, this is just my opinion, and I am weird.


    So yes, I think Victoria killed a great concept. I mean that prologue was one of the best prologue I had EVER read! I am soooo disappointed! I might just cry myself to sle-. Okay maybe not.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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