“Waiting” on Wednesday: The Archived

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publication date: January 22nd 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Add on: Goodreads

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.

Man I love this! Eerie library-esque place for the dead (kinda reminds me of that one episode of Doctor Who with the Library haha), I really though I couldn’t do/didn’t really like creepy books but after reading Anna Dressed in Blood/Girl of Nightmares and The Diviners this year, apparently I can do spooky!

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to ““Waiting” on Wednesday: The Archived”

  1. I’ve been hearing great things about this one! Love the idea of a library full of memories!
    My WOW

  2. What a creative story! I’m definitely going to be watching for reviews of this one. Here’s MY WOW POST

  3. YES! Totally excited for this one. Had a major let down on NetGalley when they had a sample out and I thought it was the whole book. Boo-urns. Thanks for sharing!

    MaryAnn | Chapter by Chapter
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    1. I know what you mean! Have you read the sample yet? I’m super tempted but I know I’ll just go batty since I can’t read the rest of the book right away haha.

  4. Great choice! I’m anxiously awaiting this one as well.

    If you get a chance, visit my WoW.

  5. I’m really looking forward to this one too.

  6. YES. The Archived is AMAZING. You are going to absolutely love it!

    Tara @ Hobbitsies

  7. I can’t wait for this one either!

    – Jessica @ Book Sake

  8. Thanks for helping me add to my TBR list!!! Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!

  9. Gahhh! This one sounds super super creepy! xD Definitely on my TBR pile now. Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  10. I totally want this one too…it sounds fantastic! thanks for stopping by My WoW

  11. I’m eager to read this one too. Sounds like a really exciting read. Great pick!!

  12. I’m so excited for this book too! Any YA books that deal with creepy libraries are okay by me. It just sounds like such a neat concept.

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