Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (25): The Archived

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
 The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Release Date: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion 
 Format: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary: 
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.

Reasons I want to read & own this book: 
1. The cover. I just think that it is amazeballs. I love the blue and how maybe the girl on the cover is a ghost and the key is the key to unlock something about her. It just has a certain calm eeriness/intrigue to it, that I think is quite cool.

2. The synopsis. Oh my word, you guys. I just can't quit geeking out over the clever bookish references that are worked into the world that this book is gonna present to it's readers. The dead are on shelves as if they were books and they're called histories. Get it, as in every person has a story to them. Ooooo, I just can't with all the awesomeness in that synopsis.

3. The genre. A dystopian/paranormal book that is technically about the afterlife, whatttt? Mind blown! Usually dystopian books are about societies that have these systems of control that are set to 'supposedly' set order amongst living societies and people. But in this book, oh no, they are trying to control the dead with a super strict system of rules. Even dead people can't catch a break. Now if that is not a badass concept, I don't know what is!

 What do you guys think? :)


  1. I absolutely LOVE the cover for this! Not a fan of the names, but it sounds dark and mysterious.

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  2. I love the bookish paranormal afterlife synopsis. All the stories of peoples lives kept in a library. Very cool! I would want to read those books. Thanks for stopping by My WOW!

  3. Wow what a cover!! :) :) Nice pick! :)

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  4. I've had this on my to-read list for ages, I didn't know that the cover and synopsis were finally out and all i have to say is... WOW and THANK YOU sooo much for bringing it to my attention! I can't believe I didn't know.. wowowowowwow I cannot WAIT until this is out! That cover is so stunning... and that synopsis!

    Okay I'll shutup now!
    Fantastic Choice!
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  5. Hehe amazeballs is right! I'm so excited for this as well, and the cover is just so stunning. Fingers crossed it's good! Great pick as always, Jen!

  6. Sounds really awesome, thanks so much for sharing, Jen. This will go to my tbr, and also on my wow list. controlling the dead... and the library thing got me caught anyway. x)
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  7. Sound amazing. I'd love to get my hands on it when it comes out. It definitely sounds like something I would enjoy reading and I'm looking forward to it. It's already added to my to-read list. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. Oh wow. This sounds absolutely AMAZING! I'm definitely adding it to my TBR and so checking it out as soon as it's released - thank you for sharing! :)

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  9. "Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books." Oh my gosh, I just can't get over how epic that first line is! I mean, I'm an absolute book reader but I never thought about this book before -- it sounds CRAZY amazing! And the whole dystopian thing where they're trying to control the afterlife is definitely new!

    Another AMAZING pick for your WOW, Jen! You sure know how to find them! ;) <3

  10. Sounds intriguing and the cover is amazing.

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  11. Great pick! Just the cover on this one has me intrigued, not to mention the blurb. Thanks for stopping by my WoW.

  12. Someone else had this one on their WOW this week too. It sounds pretty interesting! :)

  13. Gah ! I can't wait for this book either. That cover is so creepy yet so alluring !
    Plus, I love dystopians, so this is a must for me ! :D

  14. This is the first I've heard of this book, and it sounds fascinating. Adding it to my Goodreads TBR right now! Love the idea of people as "histories." Thanks so much for visiting my WoW! :)

  15. I haven't heard of this one before but I'm really impressed with it. Definitely going on the TBR. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Great pick, it sounds fantastic.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  17. I'm intrigued! Great pick, Jennifer =)

  18. Oh yes this is going to be amazing!! I haven't read her Witch series yet, but this one here sounds great!

  19. Sounds lovely! I hope you enjoy it when it comes out :)

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  20. The first line from the blurb is enough to drawn me to this book <3 and I like the cover! Great pick :D


  21. This one sounds amazing! Definitely can't wait for it to come out! :)
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  22. OMGOMG YES! Someone told me at BEA that this is awesome and I'm so psyched to read it.

  23. YES!

    The cover is a bit weird for me though, but nonetheless I'm super excited about this one!
    great choice!

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  24. Second time I've seen this one! I'm can't wait for this one too! It sounds like it should be pretty good! Thanks for sharing! Happy reading :)

    MaryAnn @ Chapter by Chapter
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  25. I LOVE THE COVER! I have been seeing this a lot lately....this is definitely going on my TBR list! It sounds very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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  26. This does sound interesting!
    Thanks for sharing,

  27. Great pick! I've been waiting on this book for a wow and that cover is beyond AMAZING!!!
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  28. Great pick! I'm dying for this book! It sounds so good and you're right the cover is amazing!

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    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  29. This seriously does sound amazing! I love the cover as well, that blue is so pretty. And I am also totally geeking about the synopsis! I love how it's so.. bookish. It's perfect! <3

    Fabulous pick Jennifer!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

  30. Really looking forward to this one! The bookishness of it reminds me of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series - completely different BUT with that extra special appeal to avid readers. :) Great pick!

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