Thursday, August 28, 2014
Book Review: "The Archived" by Victoria Schwab
I read this at the suggestion of a friend, who knows that I'm working on my "appreciation of fantasy YA" as I've started to think about it. She thought I might like it because of the whole library aspect... which I admit, is kind of cool. But it took me quite a while - like almost a third of the book - to really figure out what was going on. There just seemed to be so many different angles going on, and I just could stay focused long enough to really get it. I even went an entire weekend without picking it up - electing instead to watch terrible movies. I gave it one last chance, and thankfully I did because that is where everything finally clicked for me and I actually became pretty involved in the story - enough to become curious about the sequel Unbound. I'm not racing out to read it or anything... but I am curious and that says a lot considering what I was thinking when I started this book!
Who would like this book? I would hand this to those who like fantasy, strong female characters, a little bit of romance, and mystery/suspense. This probably isn't great for a reluctant reader who probably wouldn't fight through the first third to get to where it really gets exciting.
by Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #1
Source: Purchased New