Series: The Collectors' Society #1
Also in this series: The Forgotten Mountain
Published by Cerulean Books on 10/23/14
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Blog Tour
My content rating: 18+ (Sexual content and violence)
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 book completely blew me away! I knew that it was a retelling of some sort based on Alice in Wonderland, but that was about all I knew when I started reading. Well, what I discovered was a book that was completely unique and compelling in so many more ways than I can even begin to explain – I LOVED it!
It’s hard for me to review this book properly because I SO don’t want to give too much away. There were so many delightful surprises, and I loved discovering them all along the way. So, I’ll do my best to sum up why I loved the book without giving away details.
What I LOVED:
- Crazy-strong heroine. Alice is all grown up, and she’s no pushover. She’s seen a few (million) things, and let’s just say her experiences have left their mark. Alice can take care of herself – and she doesn’t let anyone forget it. She doesn’t wait to be rescued, doesn’t let the men in her life tell her what to do or where to go, and doesn’t give up when things get rough (which they definitely do). Alice is smart and strong with just the perfect amount of snark. She’s practically the perfect heroine!
- The romance. Speaking of perfect, then there’s Finn, Alice’s partner at The Collectors’ Society. He’s everything you want in a love interest – sweet, intelligent, caring, brawny, funny and protective without being pushy or overbearing. He definitely had me swooning! The romance is developed slowly, so I found myself rooting for Alice and Finn long before their first kiss, which I loved. This couple was definitely worth waiting for! There was also another love interest in the book, who was just as amazing as Finn. Don’t get too worried – there isn’t really a love triangle. Not really. But there is someone in Alice’s past who still holds a major place in her heart and who does factor into the story. I don’t want to say much about it because I hate to spoil anything, but I will just say that I loved the other guy just as much as I loved Finn, and everyone involved handled all of the events in the book with an incredible amount of maturity. It was nice to see all the characters act like grown-ups (which doesn’t always happen, even in adult books).
- Fun references to the classics. Alice in Wonderland isn’t the only story referenced in this book. Lots of classic stories are featured, and there are references to many of them sprinkled throughout the book. Reading this book made me want to go back and re-read all of those classics (or read them for the first time, in some cases!).
- The writing. There were SO many parts of this book that I highlighted because I was just loving it so much. The tone was fun and humorous, but the story was also very poignant at times. I was attached to these characters and this story – Lyons drew me in from the very beginning and I never wanted to come back up out of the rabbit hole!
- I have to wait too long for the next book. I actually don’t know when the next book comes out (I didn’t see it on Goodreads), but if it doesn’t come out tomorrow, then it’s too long to wait. Honestly, I can’t think of much else negative to say about this one.
If I could give more than 5 stars to The Collectors’ Society, I would. I feel like Lyons is some sort of creative genius for coming up with this story and making me love it so much! Definitely 5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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.