Published by CHBB Publishing on May 28, 2018
Series: The Librarian Chronicles #2
Genres: Young Adult, Time Travel, Fantasy & Magic
Source: ecopy from Author
"With the whimsy of Alice in Wonderland and the romance of Outlander dive back into the next installment in the Librarian Chronicles."
Savannah Preston has a rare and precious gift: The ability to time travel through books. She, and others who share this unique ability, are faced with the insurmountable task of preserving history. They are known collectively as The Librarians.
While researching infamous Scottish outlaw Sir Malcolm Wash during the raging conflicts of the 14th Century, Savannah loses the only thing that tethers her to her own time. She must rely on her knowledge of both the present and the past to survive long enough to find a way home. Along the way, she enlists the help of a misfit named Eoin. With his guidance, she might just get home. It’s a risky and dangerous adventure, but then, so is Eoin…
The Archivist is an upper YA time traveling romance by Christy Sloat. It is the second book in the librarian chronicles, but you do not have to read the books in order. They are companion novels. I have recently read the first book, The Librarian and I really enjoyed it. Christy Sloat has a very flow-y romantic vibe to her writing and it works well in this series. In the Archivist, our main character Savannah has the ability to time travel through books. How freakin’ cool would that be? I know, right?
I really enjoyed the medieval Scottish setting in this novel, and Christy’s romantic writing lent itself well to a Scotland backdrop. It was very Outlander-esque. I really loved the journey that Christy took me, Savannah and Eoin on. Their story is really beautiful and was heartwarming to read about. You can’t help but be swept up in the magic of the story, which is always lovely. Savannah is a great bookish character that I think a lot of people will relate to. I know I certainly did.
Not only does the Archivist have a great romance, there is also a lovely friendship between the characters. I especially enjoyed watching Jessa and Savannah interact. Watching their friendship form and grow was great. It is always so nice to see a healthy and strong friendship. I much prefer a good friendship to a friendship added into a story for a drama element. Jessa and Savannah are great friends. And finally, the time travel elements are really well done. I loved the addition of a “time sickness”. This was a fascinating concept that I would like to see explored more in the world of the Librarian Chronicles.
Overall, The Archivist is a beautiful journey of a story. It doesn’t matter whether you start with the Librarian or the Archivist, but do read this series. If you are a fan of sweeping romances and time travel, you will really be captivated by this story.
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