In which I reveal THE ARCHIVED’s full jacket art and blurbs!!! And say thank you.


I have something incredibly shiny to share with you today..the final jacket for THE ARCHIVED. That means two flaps, a front cover, a back cover, a spine, and two blurbs that make me a little weepy.

First, thank you thank you thank you to designer Tyler Nevins, editor Abby Ranger, and the amazing folks over at Disney*Hyperion for creating this masterpiece.





The front flap, complete with sexy tag line and jacket copy. And OLD WALLPAPER OMG. The book is set in the Coronado, an old hotel-turned-apartment-building, and it’s got these little touches, like old wallpaper. Hence my dying a little over the detail.

The finalized cover, brighter and creepier and all-around MORE EPIC.

The spine, which, like the flaps, HAS OLD WALLPAPER OMG and is just incredibly TOUCHABLE-looking.

The back cover. OKAY. Let’s just talk about the background, and then we’ll get to the amazing blurb-y goodness. The background depicts the top floors of the Coronado, the primary setting of the book, AND THERE ARE GARGOYLES. And those gargoyles are ENTIRELY RELEVANT TO THE BOOK. This whole jacket is full of details that MATTER TO THE STORY. It makes me so, so happy, because I know that often covers do NOT match books, but this one matches in every single way.


“As gorgeously written as it is brilliantly inventive, The Archived is that rare book that grabs you by the heart *and* the mind, not letting go of either once you’ve turned the last page. It’s earned a permanent spot on my Keeper shelf.”
–Rachel Hawkins, New York Times best-selling author of the Hex Hall series


“A page-turning plot, a setting that haunted my dreams, and breathtaking prose. Truly a masterful, dark, beautiful novel.”
–Ruta Sepetys, New York Times best-selling author of Between Shades of Gray

You guys. I’m SUCH a huge fan of both these authors, and I couldn’t have asked for better quotes.

Lastly, the back flap, with its new bio and its delicious details πŸ˜‰

There you go.

The jacket art and blurbs for a book that ate my soul many times over, a story I dreamed of seeing as a book, a book I dreamed of seeing as a series. My excitement for this jacket and these quotes is eclipsed ONLY by excitement of sharing the thing between the covers with all of you.

Lastly, I just want to thank you–ALL of you–for your excitement so far. It is such a lifeboat.

I know we still have a few months to go (they’ll pass quickly, I promise! It’s nearly October, which is the 10th month in 2012, and January is the 13th), but your enthusiasm, your pre-orders, your posts and tweets and messages and word-of-mouth, those things not only help the book, they help me. They help me keep my chin up on bad days, when the weight of the things out of my control and the stress of what-ifs and what-if-nots and the fears of failure–and things worse than failure–eat at my sanity. Your excitement is what keeps me afloat.

In the acks of THE ARCHIVED, I say, “To the online community, for its constant love and support.
To the readers, who make every bad day good and every good day better.”

And I really, really mean that.

Thanks for the hugs, and the cheers, and the happiness, and the hope.

50 thoughts on “In which I reveal THE ARCHIVED’s full jacket art and blurbs!!! And say thank you.

  1. Lovely, Victoria! And congratulations on receiving such awesome blurbs! I’m beyond excited to read your book:)

  2. Leigh Caroline says:

    Oh my gods, Victoria, that is utterly, gobslapping, ghosttickling AWESOME! Absolutely love it! XD Congratulations on the epic love the cover gods have for you!!

  3. That is a Gorgeous cover. Now I HAVE TO GO BUY THE NEAR WITCH.(since I can’t buy The Archived yet)

    Thanks much for sharing this, and Congratulations on the beautiful cover.)

  4. Rachel says:

    LOVE IT! The concept of this book is so different and unique, and I LOVE the tagline–pretty much anything bookish pulls me in. I can’t wait to read this book! The cover and anything is just gorgeous, and I love how your bio is so fun! Thanks for sharing! Congratulations!

  5. Seriously, I think this is my favorite cover of the year! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!! πŸ˜€

  6. EEP! I cannot wait for this to come out. The book looks awesome!!!

  7. ceciliajbh says:

    Wow!!! Your book cover is outstandingly, gorgeously awesome, Victoria!!! I can understand why you are so excited about it…sure makes me want to grab a copy off the shelf & I know others will want to read it, too! A Super Big Congratulatons on your really beautiful & cool cover!!!

  8. Anna says:

    I want to like this post, over and over and over and over and OVER again! Victoria, you seem to be hitting the Cover Jackpot! It’s amazingly beautiful lady πŸ™‚

  9. Tyler says:

    You’re too funny. SO glad you’re happy with it, Victoria. Can’t wait to get it in my hands!

  10. This is absolutely stunning! And I agree: these covers couldn’t fit the story any better! Gorgeous! You are a very, very lucky woman, Victoria!
    I *SO* can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy! *bounces excitedly*

  11. It is so GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to hold it :0)

    Now that I’m all geeked over the cover, I think I HAVE to start The Archived next, reading schedule forgotten…hehe

    Congrats on the beautiful cover and awesome blurbs!

  12. K8 says:

    I’m so excited! πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  13. Michael says:

    I can’t wait. Those months are going to go by so fast. Getting more and more excited. =]

  14. That. Is. Awesome!
    Beautiful and congrats!

  15. SweetMarie83 says:

    It’s so beautiful!! Now I can’t wait to hold it in my greedy little hands and touch it and pet it and READ IT.

  16. Wow! That cover is simply amazing! The the story description sounds…wow…blurbs…wow…gargoyles! Love gargoyles. And now my brain is broken into pieces.

    Congrats! So happy for you. πŸ˜€

  17. Petra says:

    The cover is so dark and beautiful! You must be really proud. πŸ™‚

    • veschwab says:

      Thank you!! I feel really, really lucky. Authors have so little control over their covers, and I’m just over the moon.

  18. Vanessa says:

    That is awesome! Can’t wait to get my copy when Amazon sends it!!!! πŸ™‚

  19. This is absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to have a finished copy of the book in my hands. Congratulations Victoria!

  20. Amy says:

    The full-jacket art looks wonderful!! Love the gargoyles + great blurbs! πŸ™‚

  21. This is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous cover! Whoo I’m so excited for this one. I have the preview from NetGalley and haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Way to go Victora πŸ˜›

  22. Kristina D says:

    Love when the cover is relevant to the book. Would have liked the creepy building and old wallpaper even if it wasn’t but..
    Congrats on all of it!

    • veschwab says:

      Thank you!! I too love it when a cover FITS a book. Sometimes it isn’t literal and sometimes it is more symbolic, and I feel like this is a bit of both!

  23. FredTownWard says:

    I wasn’t sure whether your new book was going to be my cup of tea or not, but NetGalley offered a free sneak peek. The trouble was that something was wrong with their sneak peek and it kept crashing my reader so I set it aside. But now with time expiring, reminded of my duty by this column about the jacket art, I finally figured out that I had to start at the end and page forward to page 10 in order to keep it from crashing my Adobe Digital Editions.

    So with a couple of weeks left I settled down to read it, no rush….

    I finished nine chapters and 98 pages in one sitting and found that there was no more and that the book isn’t coming out until January 22….


    What did I think of it? Well, I think it might be my cup of tea after all. It kind of grows on you, sucks you in, won’t let you go, makes you want to read more of it, even when there is no more to read…. (twitch)

    … I don’t suppose there’s any chance it might come out a little sooner?… No, I didn’t really think so….

    Me? I’ll be fine; twitching counts as exercise, don’t you know….

    You know, now that I think of it, I’m kind of glad I wasn’t able to start reading it as soon as I downloaded it 46 days ago….

    You write good,…

    maybe too good to be releasing sneak peeks onto unsuspecting victims, uh, readers.

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