Wow. I mean WOW. This book was so engrossing I don’t even know what to say about it yet. I loved it. There. I loved it.
The plot. THE PLOT!! It’s so genius and creepy and fantastic. Bodies shelved like books? Check. The Librarians are the only ones who can “read” them. Done. The bodies are called Histories and wake up sometimes and they have to be “re-shelved” creepy and sold. AND, as if you needed more convincing, murder!
I read some mixed reviews on this one and frankly that makes me sad. Don’t over think it! Just enjoy the uniqueness of this and the fun characters. This was really well written and that is something all the mixed reviews agreed on. Some were questioning why the archive exists. Honestly, I didn’t even think about that. I was told it exists by the author so it exists. I didn’t any further explanation yet. I imagine book 2 will tell me more. Yes, this is a series. On the plus side, book 2 has a great cover that follows the same style, so kudos to your cover gods, Victoria Schwab. (C’mon January of 2014!! You will bring me a great book AND winter. We can’t go wrong together!)
Wait for it, another book without absent parents?! Step back and enjoy the family life. Now there was death in the main family but her parents are still there. Through the whole book! I’m liking this trend. Do other authors just start out with some parents then they get to the end and say, “Oh shoot…they had parents didn’t they? Well…maybe no one will noticed…yeah they won’t notice.” Well, we noticed.
Romantic interests. This is another one with a female character that didn’t need to be saved every 5 seconds and wants some independence, but is open to some making out. I approve of this.
The next book is called Unbound and I have no idea where they will head with this one but I don’t care. Sign me up. Where can I apply to be a Librarian here? I have no experience with dead bodies, but I’m willing to learn. Also, I can be a bit jumpy and I’m not a good runner but I could chase them if need be. For at least a minute.
Ok, I’ve rambled long enough. 5 stars to this lovely book.
Go read this. Seriously, drop what you’re doing and go read this book.