Author: Victoria Schwab
The dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead, called ‘Histories’, rest in 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 often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper is dangerous and a constant reminder of those she lost, Da and her little brother. Mac wonders about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. Yet someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
I am so disappointed in myself right now. I got this book about 6 months ago. 6 months without reading this amazing book. *shakes head*. 6 months not knowing who Wes was. I can not describe the feelings that I went through while I was reading this book. Happiness, Excitement, Sadness, Confusion. EVERYTHING happened to me during this book. The ships were unstoppable. The mystery was a mystery until the very end. Just perfection in a book. I loved all the characters and the story itself was amazing so lets just start.
So first we have Mackenzie and I feel like Mackenzie is the definition of AWESOMENESS. We first see her explain the world of the Archived and at first I have to admit I was a little confused about the whole world but then I started to actually get to know it and I started to get to know about Mackenzie’s past. Even though we did hear quite a lot about Da and Ben, I wish that we could have our own short novella about her life before when she was with them. For the first book in the series I felt like Mac was too much of a closed book. Sure she did have a very important job and she didn’t need that many distractions in her life but I feel like her life would be more enjoyable if she added more people to it.
The we have dear ol Wesley. As soon as we meet him I’m like “you will soon be added to my fictional boyfriend list”. He is just the sweet funny guy, and he really cares about Mac. But of course in this first book she is not as open to him as he wishes her to be, and thats the main problem when it came to this book. Wes is just trying to help out Mac and if you read the book you can probably tell why he wants to help her. I knew there was going to be some sort of love tragedy/love triangle and that is where Owen comes in. I trusted Owen I felt like he could be a good addition to the team but……yeah. Wes/Mac was OTP for me ever since the beginning but there was a few times that I thought she was going to end up with Owen.
You can’t really say much when it comes to this book because if I try to explain the whole mystery concept of it you might get spoiled for the book if you haven’t read, and now I urge you to read this. It was amazing, fast paced, romantic-ish. A perfect combination of genres for me. So go read the book because you’ll definitely have loads of fun.
“What if I mess up?”
“Oh, you will. You’ll mess up, you’ll make mistakes, you’ll break things. Some you’ll be able to piece together, and others you’ll lose. That’s all a given. But there’s only one thing you have to do for me.”
“His gaze settles on the discarded book. He leans, reaching until his fingertips graze Dante’s Inferno, still on its bed of folded sheets. “What have we here?” he asks.
“Required reading,” I say.
“I’ve been thinking.”
“A dangerous pursuit.”