Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review: The Unbound

TITLE: The Unbound
Book 2 in the Archived Series
AUTHOR: Victoria Schwab
PUBLISHED: January 2014
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
PREMISE: Mackenzie deals with the aftermath of what happened to her in the last book and how her job has started to effect her life.
MY REVIEW: The Archived was one of my favorite books of 2013. So underrated. Oddly enough, it never got much buzz although the author's adult book Viscous took off pretty damn well. I'm trying not to think that it's because her pen name for that was initials instead of Victoria...but I suspect that helped. ;incoherent muttering about sexism in the book world;
The Unbound is just as wonderful and unexpected as the first book. Most sequels tend to do just a quick speed through to get to the next one. While this one definitely did do the introducing new characters bit, and it definitely built on previous plots, it did something that was unexpected. It went into how this life effects Mackenzie. Some YA trilogies have done this (Hunger Games for example did a pretty damn good job without being obvious about it). But not quite to the extent here. It's just a nice change of pace for an author to show how this stuff does effect you, especially when you're a teen because as tough as she is, Mackenzie is awfully damn young to be dealing with the stuff that has happened to her so far.
This was just a really satisfying sequel. I cannot wait for the next one, which sadly has not been confirmed for a release date yet, but Schwab promises is coming.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of The Archived, Urban Fantasy fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five teens dealing with so much shit, good lord

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