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Publisher's Note:

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 of…

The Archived

by Victoria Schwab

Overall Book Review:

The Archived is a supernatural thriller/mystery, and it doesn’t disappoint.  The concept is fresh and is accompanied by an intriguing mystery, plentiful action, and a deeper emotional side.  The main character is very easy to relate to on an emotional level, and is fascinating to watch as she lives and makes mistakes.  The setting, while not entirely original for this type of novel, is perfect for the story and all its elements.  The action continues right up to the end of the novel, which has a wonderful finish that delivers on almost all levels, only falling a teensy bit flat on the emotional aspect of the story.  A nice change from the standard young adult supernatural romance love triangles that have plagued the market in recent years, The Archived is an engaging and exciting read!

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  6 religious exclamations, 15 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 1 derogatory name, and 2 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  There are several fights involving fists and knives that result in severe injury with some blood and gore, but no deaths.  There is a scene of murder with blood and gore.  There are recounts of murders that happened in the past, and the novel in general deals with scary or creepy scenes.

Sex/Nudity:  Characters kiss passionately on multiple occasions and cuddle.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, losing loved ones, responsibility.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

There is a drunk man who murders a character.

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About the Reviewer

I enjoy reading adventure books like Gary Paulsen’s The Hatchet, probably because I like to lead an active life. Outside of reading, I camp, hike, run cross country and work on a farm, and a lot of these experiences let me appreciate the content of a good book, as well as the unlimited possibilities that can happen between its covers.