By Victoria Schwab
Book 2 in The Archived Series
My Rating: 5 Stars
Victoria Schwab scores another home run with The Unbound, the second book in her Archived series. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I love all her books. She is one of my favorite authors right now. I’ve recommended every book I’ve read of hers. She is amazing. I just finished this book an hour ago and I’m already impatiently waiting for the next book she publishes. This series so uniquely additive. The story so original, it gets under your skin and draws you in in like few books succeed in doing. They are hypnotically mysterious, unpredictable and mesmerizing. The reader is often left wondering if they are dreaming or if what is happening is truly happening. Schwab has an uncanny ability to play with the readers mind in great ways that make you say to “Do it again!!! Do it again!!!” With The Unbound she did not disappoint.
The Unbound picks up three weeks after the climactic finals events of The Archived. Summer is coming to a close and Mackenzie is trying to move past the horrifying events which almost left her friend and partner, Wesley, dead. Mackenzie will be attending Hyde school, a private and very posh school. While she tries to navigate a new school and a new social scene, Mackenzie is terrorized by nightmares that begin to bleed into her waking hours. While she tries to figure out if she’s losing her mind and begins to question whether she’s fit to be a keeper, Mackenzie must present a solid front to the world for fear that others including her parents and The Archive will find her broken and thus unfit to continue in her normal life and as a Keeper. And all along there is Wesley, trying to be there for Mackenzie but kept at arms length because letting someone in is quite possibly the worst thing that Mackenzie can do, but she isn’t quite able to push him away permanently.
I can’t think of a single bad thing to say about these books. This is quite possibly one of the best series I’ve ever read. I was first attracted to this series because of the librarian connection but that’s not what is keeping me addictive. Schwab’s writing is hypnotizing and poetic. Her development of Mackenzie Bishop is extraordinary. You can’t help but feel like you are Mackenzie when you read these books. But at the same time you feels the other characters without having to get their specific perspective. Aside from the amazing character development, Schwab weaves of story of pure intrigue. It’s mix of horror, mystery, romance and thrill make for a book that you can’t put down from page one. If you haven’t experienced Victoria Schwab you need to ask yourself why? Go pick up one of her books or three right now. You won’t be disappointed.