Series: The Collector's Society
Author: Heather Lyon
Genre: Fantasy. Adult.
Publish Date: October 23, 2015
Review Source: eARC
From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.
After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.
It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?
* This is the first book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors' Society series.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE...
Ok. So, I'm not one for Fantasy. My husband has tried, my friends have tried, and I don't know - I just can't seem to get into fantasy. I saw THE COLLECTOR'S SOCIETY SERIES come up for review, and I had heard such wonderful things about it that I jumped on the opportunity to review these novels. I've only gotten through the first book - THE COLLECTOR'S SOCIETY - but I plan on finishing out the series as it is gripping, romantic, and has a sense of mystery laced in every page. This was a fun, and rather relaxing read that brought a lot of childhood characters back to life in a very adult world.
Alice only wants to stay at Peaceance. She doesn't want to return to the once fanatical story that was her life, nor does she care to discuss it with her psychiatrist, Dr. Featheringstone. When a mysterious man asks to meet with her, on the Doctors orders, she balks at the potential of what this may mean. The man, Mr. Abraham Van Brunt, wants to discuss Wonderland - the one place she wants to forget, and escape from. A place that she swore she would never return to. Finally, with some convincing, she agrees to help Mr. Van Brunt on whatever adventure he is attempting to get her to go on with him. What lies in store for Alice is just the tip of the iceberg.
I went into this book reading just the synopsis, and seeing the reviews from fellow readers. I didn't read reviews, I didn't pour over reviews for hours on end....I had a fellow reader recommend this book, I saw it pop up on several big name blogs, and the cover was interesting, and the synopsis pulled me in. I feel to capture the true fantasy of this novel that the reader needs to dive into this book feet first, with only knowing what the synopsis is. It is well written, presents many familiar characters, and exciting new ones, and offers so much for the imagination. I am sincerely looking forward to the rest of the series, and plan on diving into those feet first as well.
A job well done on such a unique take on a childhood story, 5 Stars to Heather Lyons!
Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.
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THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN
Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.
On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.
Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.
* This is the second book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors' Society series.
THE HIDDEN LIBRARY
After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.
Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.
Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.
Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.
An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.
Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.
Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.
For what is written can still be erased.