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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

MAKING HISTORY: guest vlog & giveaway from Victoria Schwab CLOSED

Hey guys! I'm super happy to share with you my spot on the MAKING HISTORY blog tour for Victoria Schwab's The Archived. The books centers around an "archive" where the histories of the dead are stored so that knowledge and experience is never lost (think bodies-in-a-morgue meets books-on-a-shelf); for each stop on the tour, Victoria has recorded moments of her own History, and each week is sharing a new meaningful moment of what makes her Victoria. Pretty cool, right?
Here's her introduction to explain more:

For my stop, Victoria is sharing with us a very small but very powerful moment in her life that has helped shape who she is today. What was so intriguing to me about the book is that you never really know what's going to stick with you over a lifetime; the huge, dramatic life moments may fade, while something that may seem very insignificant at the time may haunt you or shape you, or just creep back into your life in unexpected ways, at unexpected times. That's what makes the idea of stored "Histories" so fascinating and wonderful to me. 
This moment from Victoria's life is one of those - one of the unexpectedly powerful, character-shaping moments that you can't plan for or even really explain.
But I'll let Victoria tell you all about that:

The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Amazon | Goodreads
Sci-fi/Supernatural, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
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 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 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 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.

Thanks to Victoria and Disney-Hyperion, I have some The Archived swag to give away, and I'm going to toss in my arc of the book as well. =)  
I've been wanting to do a twitter-based giveaway for awhile now, so here it is. (But more about that below. And yes, I realize not everyone has Twitter, so there are standard entries as well). Basically, these lovelies are what's up for grabs (plus my arc and 1 of my bookmarks), with the division of prizes as follows:
  • 1 winner will receive my copy of The Archived, with a signed bookplate
  • 1 winner will receive a signed The Archived tote bag and sticker
  • and 3 people will receive signed The Archived bookmarks!

So that's five winners!! I've been having some trouble with Rafflecopter, so we're going old school on this.  To enter, fill out the Google Doc, share a little piece of your History, and then keep your fingers crossed! (And don't forget to leave some love for Victoria)
Full Rules and Regulations in the Doc. 
Good luck!!

Make sure you check out the rest of the MAKING HISTORY stops, including last week's stop at YA Librarian Tales and next week's at Hobbitsies! Victoria also has blog posts on occasion that coordinate with the videos, so you might want to subscribe to her blog. And stop by later today for my review of The Archived!!


  1. When Victoria spoke of her mother's beautiful gesture of paying for the older woman's lunch, as she reminded her of own mother/grandmother, I swear that choked me up!! <3
    How proud Victoria must be, and what a precious piece of history to share with us today - thank you truly!
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  2. I think there's a something to learn with other people's piece of history that they value. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. I had a similar experience when I was young. I was in the car with my dad & my little sister when we drove by a man with a cardboard sign that said something to the effect of "homeless & hungry" on it. My dad turned around the car and gave him $20. That was a lot of money for us because we were pretty broke when I was young. My dad is the kindest, most generous person I know. He inspires me every day. People like him & Victoria's mother make me want to be a better person.

  4. When I hear things like this it makes me want to strive to become a better person.

  5. It brings tears to my eyes that people are so inherently good.

  6. I really love that story. <3 I think it's so true and so important... it's often little moments of kindness that really do stick out to me.

  7. Thanks for sharing that experience. It's small and simple, but it's neat that it had that profound of an effect on you.

  8. I'm Canadian, so looks like I can't enter but I still wanted to comment! I like how much positive energy this post has and will be checking out the book anyways. :)

  9. Victoria is such a wonderful and talented author, and seeing her film these videos and tell us her stories is so amazing. I think writing has a lot to do with what she was saying, how a small thing can change someone's life. A story or book can change someone's life too.
    Thank you for the giveaway and the vlog. :)

  10. Awww, I love that story. Thanks so much for sharing, Veronica.

  11. That is a wonderful story. Thank you, Victoria.

  12. That is a very good story. You mom sounds like a kind woman.

  13. This is my favorite Making History video yet! I completely agree that small kindnesses make such huge impacts in life. Something small that you do will often be huge to the person you do it for.

  14. I think the idea of living your life whether awake or dreaming is fascinating. So many times, I don't want to wake up. I like my dream life.

    I think this book would be a fascinating read.

    Gayle / S.C.Mema


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