Wednesday, January 30, 2013


After yesterday’s cover reveal of Cheryl Rainfield’s STAINED, I think it’s a great time to host a contest! How about a book giveaway?!

I happen to be ditzy enough to have pre-ordered VICTORIA SCHWAB’s THE ARCHIVED twice! That’s how excited I was to get her latest novel. I fell in love with Schwab’s writing while reading her debut novel, THE NEAR WITCH! You can click on the cover of The Near Witch below to read my review:

Here's the prize up for grabs:

I won’t make anybody jump through hoops for a book giveaway. I don’t think it’s fair…it only frustrates the participants, no? So, here’s how complicated this contest is—LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2013 at 5PM my time (Toronto, Ontario). That’s it and that’s all. Simply leave a comment. I will use to pick a winner. You can only enter once.

The winner will be announced right here on TRY THIS BOOK ON FOR SIZE. The next step…all the winner will have to do is email their mailing address and I'll send them a fresh brand spanking new HARD COVER COPY of VICTORIA SCHWAB’s THE ARCHIVED.

My idiocy is somebody else’s gain. (-: I’m almost finished reading this book, and I can guarantee that the winner is in for an amazing treat! Such a great story, well told!


Good luck!

Now, should you wish to purchase either THE NEAR WITCH or THE ARCHIVED (I highly recommend both books!) please go to the following link:

Victoria Schwab's author page on

Follow Victoria Schwab on Twitter: @veschwab


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.


  1. I have heard nothing but good things about THE ARCHIVED, and I can't wait to read it!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  2. Kevin,
    Just recently ran across Victoria on Twitter while working on marketing my husband's new book series. I think my daughter who is 16 would love her book. Victoria seems like a genuinely nice person and I'm happy she is doing so well with her writing. It has been a real joy to connect with so many authors! Good luck to you in your writing as well.

  3. I've been waiting for this book ever since I was swept off to the moors in THE NEAR WITCH. It's haunting setting stuck with me and now the premise of this book sounds just as good!

    I've RTed your announcement of this contest!

  4. Kevin,

    I am so excited about this book. I saw the story and immediately added it to my TBR on GoodReads. I would love to read and review THE ARCHIVED. I admit to not reading THE NEAR WITCH yet, but if it's as good as THE ARCHIVED, it'll make a believer out of me. In other words, Victoria would be one of those authors (like Cheryl Rainfield is for me) I read everything they write/publish.

    Thank you very much for the giveaway and the opportunity to read an awesome book.

  5. Hey, Kevin! Thanks for the awesome opportunity. I've heard fantastic things about The Archived and have been dying to read it. Have a great day!

  6. hey kevin
    like you - i fell in love with The Near Witch too - can't wait to read Archived!

  7. Awesome contest! Thanks for spreading the love! :)


  8. Hello Kevin,
    I think this giveaway is very sweet of you. Thank you for the opportunity for the chance to win The Archived.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway. I've heard nothing but good things about The Archive.

  10. Loved the Near Witch, so I hope I win this

  11. Well Kevin, you know how much I love you and Victoria. I always welcome a new book to read and enjoy. Congrats to Victoria on her release!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! The Archived is on my wish list!