The Unbound Book Review/Discussion

The Unbound (The Archived, #2)

So after a few months, I have finally read the sequel to the Archived! If you want to read my thoughts on the Archived, I have a review up, and you can click here to see that.

Moving right along though, I liked it, though I didn’t love it.

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: January 18th 2014

Page Number: 360

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

For me, this book was sort of a nonchalant read, there was nothing major that happened to make me gasp and cry and whatnot, it was just what it was, a book, a really good book, but it didn’t have the magic ya know?


Ok, I really was kind of confused on what was going on for most of this book and I really thought that Cash was crew for a few chapters and that scared me a lot.

I liked this one a little less than the first one and I don’t have much to say really.

Freaking Agatha. Is there ever a good character named Agatha? She gave me the creeps. As much as I hated the two crew who stalked Mackenzie, I did feel bad when he died though.

When we found out that Wes went to her school I, similar to Mackenzie felt pissed at him, like why didn’t he tell her!? And then when she cut herself I felt so bad for her.


Amazing plot and story line that just needed a bit more spark to qualify as an overall AMAZING book.

My Rating:

Solid 4 out of 5 stars. Like it wasn’t a bad book, but I just wasn’t invested enough to give it a higher rating.

Have you read this? What did you think!?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser




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