Audio: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab @veschwab @PiperGoodeve ‏@TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted May 20, 2019 by Robin in Book Review / 5 Comments

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  Audio: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab @veschwab @PiperGoodeve ‏@TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooksThe Unbound by Victoria Schwab
Narrator: Piper Goodeve, Gabriel Vaughan
Series: The Archived #2
Published by Tantor Audio on May 14, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 10 hours, 57 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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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.

Unbound is the second book of the Archived series and needs to be read after The Archived or you will have no idea what is happening.  It starts up at the end of the summer as Mac is getting ready for her first day of school. This has a solid conclusion for the story arc, but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the first book due to the PTSD and High School elements.

Mac is going through a lot after the events of the first book and shoving Owen through a portal to the void.  She sees him everywhere, is struggling with going into the narrows where he almost killed her and isn’t talking about it with anyone including Wesley.  It is hard to tell if the events are of this book are all in her head or if someone is out to get her. People Mackenzie has interacted with recently have just gone missing and no one knows why.  Mac thinks it has to do with her, but can’t prove anything and the Archive seems to be trying to make her fail. It feels as if most of the world is against her.

Oh, the High School of it. Catty girls, multiple boys vying for Mac’s attention, lying to parents, a school dance *shudder*.  There isn’t necessarily a love triangle as an attempt to say ‘hey look here is another hot guy who Mac could be with, she doesn’t have to end up with Wesley, even though the reader knows even if Mac doesn’t why Wesley is the only real choice.  It was just an extra complication I could have done without.

Mac seems to repeat herself a lot while thinking of Owen.  I was a little bored with the constant reminders of him. Plus, I thought there was a little bit of a plot whole with how/why people were disappearing.  Again, like so many other books if the MC would just talk to the right person so many things in this could have been avoided, but the Archive seems to live off of secrets and isolation so conversations to clear the air just didn’t happen as much as they could have.

The ending came out okay, even if it took awhile to get there and I was left feeling decent about the overall story and how almost everything played out.  I think my issue was just we spent more time at High School than in the narrows or finding out more mysteries about the Archive itself, which was the magic of the first book in the series.

“It’s okay to not be okay,” she says. “When you’ve been through things—whatever those things are—and you don’t allow yourself to not be okay, then you only make it worse. Our problems will tear us apart if we try to ignore them. They demand attention because they need it.”

 

“Wes hits the table. “You broke into a crime scene without me?”
“Be glad, Wes, or we would have both been caught.”
“We’re a team, Mac. You don’t go committing crimes without your partner in crime Besides, if I’d been with you, we probably wouldn’t have been caught. I could have stood at the door and made wild bird sounds or something when the cops came back. And if we did get caught, our mugshots would look fabulous.”

Narration:

Piper Goodeve is a good choice for this book.  She carries off the age of the characters nicely and performs the audio well. I was able to listen to this at my usual 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE

 

About Victoria Schwab

I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. I also suffer from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories. When I’m not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, I’m usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

My first YA novel, THE NEAR WITCH, a dark original fairy tale, debuted with Disney*Hyperion in August 2011, and is now out in paperback.

My next YA novel, THE ARCHIVED, is the first book in a new supernatural series about a world where the dead are shelved like books, and it hits stores January 2013, also with Disney*Hyperion.

My first adult novel, VICIOUS, about two brilliant and highly disturbed pre-med students who set out to generate their own superpowers and end up mortal enemies, came out in hardcover from Tor September 2013.

My middle grade series, EVERYDAY ANGEL, about a peculiar guardian angel and the three girls she must help to earn her wings, comes out with Scholastic book fairs in Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2016.

My next adult series, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, about a magician who can move through multiple versions of London and the pick pocket who steals a talisman that could end them all, comes out February 24th, 2015.

I have more books coming out in 2015-2016, but I’ll get to those later.

These days, when someone asks me what I do when I’m NOT writing, I just kind of laugh nervously. But in truth, on the odd occasion I’m not typing away, I’m probably baking cookies, or watching BBC shows, or wandering. (See how we came full circle, there?)

Rating Breakdown
Plot
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Writing
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Characters
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Dialogue
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Narration (Audio)
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Robin

Reviewer at Books of My Heart
Reading is my #1 addiction…I’d go to a support group for it but who are we kidding -  I have no intentions of quitting anytime soon. By day, I’m a chemist and can be found sciencing and listening to books. On nights and weekends, I’m a wannabe Spartan and am often training and listening to books. I straight up LOVE almost everything by Brandon Sanderson and Ilona Andrews; they are my flagship authors and I might be slightly impartial where they are concerned. My other guilty pleasures are unusual fairytale retellings and uber alpha males.


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Posted May 20, 2019 by Robin in Book Review / 5 Comments


5 responses to “Audio: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

    • I did like the audio. I struggle sometimes with UF books that go back to high school so it could be just me.

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