26 October 2014

Review: The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons

The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons
Genre: Fantasy
Age Category: Adult
Release Date:  October 23, 2014


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?

Where do I even start? This is my first 5 star here on the blog. If you've noticed I changed some things a bit. I figured a 5 star book deserves all the details. In a nutshell, this book is about a 25-year old Alice. This is Post-Wonderland Alice. We are given a play by play of what happened in between the time she came out of the rabbit hole. This idea just tickles me silly knowing that this is a well loved character and I've always loved a good back story. However, this book is more than just that. We are treated to an exclusive tour of Wonderland alongside a number of lovable new characters. But it's not the setting that actually made me love this book. It's Alice. She brought it all together for me. She's an amazing heroine. She's flawed, strong and intelligent. 

Knowledge is always one of the fiercest of advantages, and can be the difference between failure and achievement of purposes.
She is my Alice :)
Her characteristic that I can absolutely relate to is how well she controls her emotions. There were scenarios that demanded an outburst or extreme expression of feelings but she held it all together. I liked how Heather Lyons no longer bothered to describe Alice anymore. It gave me free rein to imagine what she looks like as an adult. The writing is superb. The dialogue, perfect. The characters, lovable. I don't want to spill too much but it goes into this huge meta moment that you have to be able to grasp pretty quickly. Or like what I did, I didn't think about it too much. I just took the story as it is, and didn't even bother asking why. I was distracted enough by the arrival of two swoon worthy male. I finally found a long term book boyfriend. Someone to marry. Not just someone fun. Thank you Ms. Heather Lyons! Yes, the character may be borrowed from existing literature, but she made it into something much more beautiful. They all went into a makeover and came out looking fabulous.
People like this are often accused of living within their fantasies. They're said to have their noses stuck in books. But the reality is that some of these actually do escape into books
 I highly recommend this to all women who enjoys their fairy tales, men searching for someone to emulate and ALL bookworms who just loves an adventure. Follow Ms. Heather Lyons into the rabbit hole and let her show you her Wonderland. 
Sometimes,"he told me,"you can have something, hold it in your hands or feel it in your bones, and still never understand the working mechanisms behind it.

About the Author
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—she’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.


  1. Gosh Ana, I NEED this book! Like yesterday. I've actually had it on my to read list for a few weeks now, but now I can't wait to read it after seeing your review. I'm an Alice in Wonderland nut, and I love that the reader is left to use their imagination of what an adult Alice would look like. Absolutely BRILLIANT review Ana, I can't wait to read this <3

    1. Yay! Please read it soon Kelly. I would love to gush over this book with you.


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