The Unbound

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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.

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.

I loved this book so much. The drama of this chapter of the story was psychological, yet controlled, it was interesting to be inside Mac’s head and watch her try to deal with everything going on around her. I also felt like we saw her come into her own a lot more in this one, she started making her own assessments about life, the Archive, and the relationships in her life instead of blindly following her grandfather’s model. I also really enjoyed watching she and Wesley’s relationship evolve, and it was based on such a strong foundation, which was really refreshing to see.

There was less action in this book than the first, but I felt like there was even more at stake. Before it was Mac holding onto her grandfathers legacy and trying to hold onto her status as a Keeper; now she’s trying to hold onto her sanity, the people she loves, and is questioning her place in the world.

Also, there are so many new sides of Wes that we see! We’ve only seen his Keeper side from the first book, but now we see who he is at school and around the people he grew up with, I really hope he lets Mac into his family life in the next book, but with their relationship progressing I bet he will.

I’m also really interested to see how they both move forward with the Archive. Mac has been questioning it for a while, Wes just started to, but they both know it’s part of their lives that they can’t turn their backs on. I’d really like to see what kind of changes they want to put in place – I vote to get rid of Agatha.

Can’t wait for the third one!

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