Waiting on Wednesday: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine to feature yet-to-be-released books.

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coming january 2013 

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.

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 useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

c.j.'s thoughts
I discovered this a while back.  I basically read the first line, added it to my TBR, giddily waggled my fingers together...and then read the rest of the blurb and had to rip myself away from the computer to avoid preordering it immediately.  Which I might do anyway.  Since I have no willpower (or disposable income, but, oh well...).  It reminded me of one of the best Doctor Who episodes, "Silence in the Library", and it's also one of the most creative, interesting, morbid, delightful concepts I've ever heard for a book.  In case you haven't noticed, I'm a wee bit obsessed with death, things about death, things that may mention death.  Whatever.  I was a morbid kid who loved black roses.  ("Loved" may be a bit loose of a tense...and "was".) But yeah, you should read this.  I have the excerpt on my Kindle and I'm using it as a reward for writing my thesis.  Cause I have no willpower.  Did I mention this is an amazingly clever concept?  That promises a lot of depth and intrigue?  Hem.


  1. I know I'm not supposed to comment on these things, but I just wanted you to know that your excitement made my night.

    Cheers ;)

    1. I'm glad you did, because your comment just made MY night! I cannot wait for your book to hit shelves. Best of luck!


  2. Ooo good choice! I haven't read it yet but it definitely sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I already have The Archived on my to-read list and I'm pretty excited about it too. The book sounds so interesting! Great pick. I hope you like it when you read it.
    Come check out my WOW post.

  4. I was hooked from the first line as well. I'm also a new follower of yours! :)
    Here's my WoW

  5. Not heard of this one!! Nice thanks!!


  6. Really neat idea to have all the memories in a library that librarians can view. I'm very curious to see how that plays out!
    My WOW

  7. You got me seriously excited about this book! LOL Did you read the excerpt? I think I'm going to stay away from that to avoid going crazy. I hate waiting! *pout*
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW!! :)

    1. Not yet. I'm like you...I'd want to read the rest instantly and get super impatient. :P

  8. Great pick. It sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That sounds really spooky, but really interesting. Thanks for sharing!
    This is my WoW at Bookmunchies :)

  10. Sounds very intriguing, enjoy!


  11. Thanks for all the comments! I'm glad to have introduced a new book to so many people. (:

  12. When I saw the image of The Archived and promtly went to comment about how I've been dying for this book for the last few months, and how the sneak peek from NetGalley just about killed me. But now after reading your thoughts, I'm a bit weirded out lol. As soon as I read this synopsis I thought of that exact Doctor Who episode but when I showed my DW loving friends the book they didn't make the connection. So I'm glad to know I'm not alone with that train of thought!

    -Alysson @ Thought Casters