Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

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Title: The Unbound
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
Series or Standalone: The Archived #2
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

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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.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to
creep into her waking hours, she
starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing
without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action,
romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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***This review contains some spoilers.

“For an instant, he stares at me,  blue eyes wide. And then the light goes out of Owen’s face”

He kept his word. He believed in something, however misguided.

Argh. I’ve never felt this sorry for an antagonist before. It just breaks my heart. Yeah. I know the fact that Mac has been through a lot because of Owen. But I dont know what the hell i am feeling right now.

But dont get me wrong. I liked the character of Mac. A girl who knew to kick history’s butts back to the Returns. I was overwhelmed by the character.

Anyway, the turn of the events is fantastic. Its thrilling. Its never boring. I mean, I thought the whole story would be all about Mac endlessly hunting histories and sending their asses back to the Returns. But the story got more exciting when Mac came back to school. With new cool characters.

The twists are very shocking. The Unbound is great book for everyone who loves YA and Paranaormal and Mystery.

Im very glad I’ve read this novel. Cant wait for the next one.

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Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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Title: The Archived
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: January 22nd 2013
Series or Standalone: The Archived #1
Format: Hardcover, 328 pages

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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 she 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 rumble 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.

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I’ll say it again.

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Awesome right? I was overwhelmed by the whole concept of the story. It’s unique. And every time I thumb through the pages the events are getting more and more intense and thrilling. That didn’t stop me from gripping the book.

The story led by a girl named Mackenzie Bishop. The character featured a strong woman. A very cool character that never annoyed me by being too girly. And also the chemistry between Mac and Wesley was good. I mean, it was not that overemphasized which was very okay for me.

And as you go on and on with the strory and as the secrets were unveiled. They were shocking, because you didn’t even consider those to happen. So there was a lot of guessing.

If you like a ya paranormal  book with new concepts and less romance. This book suits you.

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Review: The Course of True Love [and First Dates] by Cassandra Clare

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Title: The Course of True Love [and First Dates]
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: March 18th 2014
Series or Standalone: The Bane Chronicles #10
Format: ebook, 40 pages

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Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood might fall in love— but first they have a first date.

When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame…

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MaLec’s first date didn’t really end up that good as to what a normal date should be. But they still managed to enjoy the night which each company. The said date for me was romantic in its own way. It was still enjoyable seeing Magnus and Alec both feeling akward. That was cute for sure. But I really did appreciate to see how undeniably fascinated Magnus was to Alec. As how he described Alec with great adoration plus the moment he was taken aback after accidentally seeing Alec’s delicious abs. And also the flirting was so freaking sweet. And I liked the way how the humorous side of Bane was seen in here and it was well executed. Surely recommend to all MaLec lovers out there!!!

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Review: Good-bye Geist by Ryo Hanada

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Title:Good-bye Geist
Author: Ryo Hanada, Julianne Neville (Translator)
Publisher: Gen Manga Entertainment
Publication Date: January 1st 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Source: eCopy from the Publisher via NetGalley

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GEN Manga is Indie Manga from
the Tokyo Underground. GEN
Manga was made to give fans an
exclusive look at real doujinshi,
otherwise known as indie manga,
that they had heard about, but until now, unable to get their hands on. In its essence, doujinshi is manga traded among other manga artists. Manga for manga lovers!

Mystery is engulfing the face of Yuki’s high school and Yuki is caught in the middle. As she battles the exhausting crowds during her daily commute she, like many other young girls in Japan, is sexually violated. Meanwhile, a boy is secretly filming her and someone is brutally slaughtering cats. What does it all mean? Enigma spins into ever darkening chasms in Good-bye Geist!

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I got a little bit lost at the beginning of the story. Because the transition of the places were just so sudden plus the fact that the illustration was quite chaotic. So I was confused where the characters were and I also couldn’t quite distinguish who this certain character was from the others because for me, they all pretty looked the same. Things would somehow get better if the illustrator/author just drawn the manga nicer with some details.

But I liked how the simple love story presented in here despite with the dark atmosphere. And the conclusion was a  flashback and it was, I don’t really know what the proper word to use, but I was taken aback. Still recommend this to manga lovers out there.

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Review: Mr. Rumple and Mr. Grimm by Echo Ishii

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Title: Mr. Rumple and Mr. Grimm
Author: Echo Ishii
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: October 29th 2014
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Ebook, 96 pages
Source: eCopy from the Publisher via NetGalley

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Claude Rumpel is a goblin turned human, living a quiet life in his little repair shop at the edge of town. He is in sore need of money to fund his inventions, and a cure for his hands, which he must keep covered at all times.

Daniel Grimm is half elf, descended from a wealthy family but now down on his luck. He is determined to restore his family’s prestige and has a daring plan to do so. The gold thread that Claude spins, and Daniel’s ability to sell it, seems a perfect plan for their goals. The casual sex is a pleasant bonus. But they are constantly thwarted from all sides: Daniel’s dealing with a powerful witch, the opposing magic of their lineages, and Claude’s dark goblin desires…

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I think this shouldn’t be a short story because the idea was just way too vast to be written in a short narrative. And there was no proper introduction to their world. Some important parts were left vague. Like, what the Scourge War was. No backgrounds were given. No explanations. Nothing at all. Things just happened so fast. And also, there were too many mythical creatures presented in this very short story. There were vampires, trolls, goblins, elves, faeries, witches, sorcerers, dragons, and it was also mentioned that there was a church, so probably there were humans. And the word ‘greek goddess’ was also presented. I don’t know how all these characters interact with each other or did the humans know that those creatures existed in their world? I have so many questions. And still, here I am left in the dark. Wandering.

Echo Ishii created such a big beautiful world. Yet haven’t explored it very well. Instead, she just focused only on the two protagonists. Though, Claude and Daniel were interesting characters. They started denying their feelings for each other but their actions spoke louder than their voices. I am really looking forward to see more of them with the dragon. That would be cool.

This was actually a very good story with some problems with it. But, still a good one.

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