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Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski // Monsters, Banter and adventure through a dark forest

  GOODREADS // AMAZON // BOOK DEPOSITORY Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever. Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch. This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer, The town that wants them to burn, And the witch

The Archived by Victoria Schwab // Unique but not Unpredictable

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

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures 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 that 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 may 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.
     This book is unique. I've got to give it that. The idea of the dead being stored as records of their lives is such an interesting and entirely unique concept. Funny story is I didn't know what the book was going to be about. From the name I gathered it had something to do with books, maybe ancient texts and the book was on sale so I got it! I'm honestly quite glad I bought it because it turned out to be so much more interesting than I thought. but while the concept IS unique, the execution is not. At least not as unique as the concept itself and not entirely unpredictable.

     Things to flail about in this book-

     1. The concept. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The concept is as UNIQUE as it gets. The world building has so much potential and i was just so curious about how everything worked.

     2. Guyliner lol. Wesley Ayers is adorbs. He's an absolute cinnamon roll and a freaking gem. I don't come across as many guys like him in YA to be very honest. He's sweet, realistic, gentlemanly, likes to read, and just really a nice guy ♥ I was surprised at how much I liked this character and I think I'd love to see something from his PoV!

     3. Writing Style. I've not read many books in present tense and while it's not the most comfortable for me in general, I hardly noticed that in this book. The writing flowed in the magical way only Schwab can make it flow and I loved it.

     4. The dialogue and banter. I loved many of the conversations. The talks between Mackenzie and her Da (granddad), the banter between her and Wesley. These gave a lot of depth to the characters.

     5. The overall plot. It's interesting and although you can guess a couple of things, it keeps you turning the pages. I wanted to know what happens with every character and how it's all sorted out so I was never bored with the book.

     6. The atmosphere and the settings. Everything has a kind of vintege-y, eerie feel and I loved it. The apartment the family moves into is old and the Archive itself has a vintage feel that adds to the dark vibe of the book.

     Things I was not so thrilled about -

     1. Many plot points are predictable. I knew where certain things were going even as I was reading. Like there were these 'reveals' that fell flat because I predicted them like 50 pages ago. The concept of the book is unique but the execution is not without it's cliches. The romance was trope-y and I feel it would have been a lot better without the kinda love triangle in it.

     2. I didn't quite relate to the main character Mackenzie. I liked Wesley more and would have happily accepted him as the main character. Mackenzie was annoying at times and i honestly wanted to reach in and shake her!

BUT at the end of the day, I'm very intrigued by the book and can't wait to pick up the sequel soon!

Have you read this series? Did you like it? Tell me in the comments below!