Where Have You Been All My Life?! : The Archived & The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

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Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #1
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Well, I'll be damned. For someone who rarely reads books about this kind of story, this one totally kicked me in the gut and made my head swam in a muddle of..... amazeballness. Yep, totally using that word. The Archived took things to a different level with its eerie and whimsical world, strong/independent heroine, adorable love interest and twisty, conspiring villain. Not enough to convince you to read this? WESLEY AYERS. Dream guy. GUYLINER. Funny, smart, cute, goshdamn cute.. And has DADDY PROBLEMS *gasp* Go. I know you want to meet Wesley Ayers. This book is unique in all sorts. A library full of the memories of the dead? "Librarians" who want to protect the memories of the dead? "Keepers" who subdue violent Histories off the leash? YES PLEASE. And another note: PARENTAL PRESENCE!!! Mac's, the heroine, parents were present all through out the book and they care and they are there. The banter here was so entertaining, I could munch a whole tub of popcorn and just sit there and watch Wesley and Mac talk and joke around and throw some charming banter on each other. Really. I would. 

“IGNORANCE MAY BE BLISS, BUT ONLY IF IT OUTWEIGHS CURIOSITY. CURIOSITY IS A GATEWAY DRUG TO SYMPATHY”  

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Title: The Unbound
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #2
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On the other hand, this book dragged a little for me. It started smoothly at first, almost right into action then felt a little (yes I am still in love with the series) flat on the latter. But I can't never deny the eminent character growth throughout this book. The emotional abuse, turmoil and battle of Mackenzie made my heart ache, but she's brave. Always have been brave. That is one thing that makes this book and Mac's character stand out amongst the other books in the loose. I like like liked the dynamics of the new characters as well as the change in setting. Prep school Mac and Wesley? SIGN ME IN. It was fascinating getting deeper into the characters' life. All of them share grief, depression, sadness, and quirks that totally made the diversion. I was just a little upset with the plot in here. It went from "OHMIGOSH THE MYSTERIES" to "UM THAT'S IT?" The romance between Wes and Mac.... It was swoon-worthy, funny, adorable and flail inducing. I found another shiiiiiiiiiiip *pops confetti*

“OUR PROBLEMS WILL TEAR US APART IF WE TRY TO IGNORE THEM. THEY DEMAND ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY NEED IT.”


Now, friends, let's get into the after-thoughts (aka the fangirl-y part) just because these were really my reaction/thoughts. I thought to share it with you for fun!

After finishing The Archived:
Me: WHERE CAN I GET A WESLEY AYERS IN REAL LIFE. I NEED A WESLEY AYERS SINCE YESTERDAY.
Me: EXCUSE ME BOOK HOW DARE YOU END
Me: I haven't forgotten that you already end cOME BACK
Me: ARE YOU JUST GOING TO STARE AT ME AND NOT CONTINUE
Me: *sobs hysterically* THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD BOOK HANGOVER IM TELLING YA'LL

After finishing The Unbound:
Me: OH MY GOD PREP SCHOOL WESLEY AYERS SWEET BABY MACAROONS THAT DONT EVEN EXIST IM A CHANGED PERSON
Me: waaaIT YOU CANT JUST DO THAT
Me: OWEN YOU CREEPY THING
Me: MOOOOORE PLEASE
Me: SO !!! MUCH !!!! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT !!!!!
Me: I'M SURE THERE'S MORE PAGES THE LAST TIME I CHECK NO I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS IS THE END

After reading VE Schwab's post in her blog (Wes POV) thoughts:
Me: OMG
Me:
Me:
Me: IM SORRY I THINK I DIED FOR A MOMENT AND JUST CAME BACK
Me: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me:
Me:
Me: I DIED AGAIN FROM THE FEELS AND THE SHORTNESS

So in a nutshell:

PS: I WANT BOOK 3! BOOK 3 IS A NECESSITY TO THE HUMAN KIND

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12 comments

  1. I haven't even read any of her books yet and I'm really really excited to read her latest one and also Vicious that I really do you want to get this series as well. Awesome review Abby! I'm glad you really enjoyed the series!

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    1. WELL EXCECT NOW YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR BOOK 3 HAHAH.

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    2. WELL EXCECT NOW YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR BOOK 3 HAHAH.

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  3. hahaha I love your reviews Abby! I love books which tend to bring out all the feels, I have to admit that I haven't really paid much attention to these books before, but your reviews have certainly convinced me to give them a go! Great reviews! :)

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  4. I have had these books on my wishlist for ages now so I'm pleased to see you enjoyed them both. I loved your reactions/thoughts at the end lol.

    Sharon – Obsession with Books

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  5. I think it's a miracle that I *still* haven't read anything by Victoria Schwab yet. I mean, her YA books aside, there's Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic, and basically everything she's written has been getting loads of hype and positive reviews! I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I AM RESISTING THE PULL. But haha, I loved this review. That was basically me after finishing Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (which have you read?! IT IS EPIC), but thankfully I had the second book on hand, so I didn't suffer too much.

    Book hangovers like these are so torturous, but SO, SO GOOD. And I'm curious about this Wesley Eyers. Hehehe. Usually I don't swoon over romances in YA books -- I'm a cynic when it comes to romance and I've had too many awful experiences thanks to NA, lol -- but in this case, you make him sound really, really delicious. (And then there's Aimee's comment up there. xD)

    I think I'll wait until Book 3 releases before starting the series, though, I don't want to die from the wait yet!

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  6. Ohmygoodness hahaha that was hysterical okay that review convinced me Taaah!

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  7. Aha, I remember saying the same exact thing when I finished The Archived: "Why did I not read this sooner?!" Needless to say, I also loved it. I tried reading Unbound but like you mentioned, it was a bit slow in some places and I think that was why I dropped it. I need to give it another go. Nice reviews!

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  8. Isn't this a great series! I love the world that is built and I love Guyliner!!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  9. Hi there, I'm a new follower! :D
    I'm reading ADSoM now and OH MY GOD I'm LOVING it!!! SO next month I'll definitely be picking up this series!! *-* So glad you loved them! :D

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