The Collectors’ Society (The Collectors’ Society #1)
Published: 23rd October, 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?
*This is the first book in the Collectors’ Society series.
Content warning: This is an ADULT novel with nondescript sex and implied drug usage.
What I liked: This is a lengthy list. Everything from the way Alice interacts with the people around her (it seemed genuine and incredibly real to her with the idea we’re given of what’s happened after she last left Wonderland), to the characters, to the plot, and just everything! Heather Lyons has left me wanting nothing but more from this world and the characters she’s made into her own. Alice is a bundle of mysteries from page one, Finn is a mystery who shows us little at a time who he is in many ways, Mary is both fiery tempered and fiercely loyal to the end, Victor is a character who intentions are always to protect and help the friends he has and his family, while taking care of others when he gets asked. Those these four characters were the ones we followed closer than others, there were other characters who were prevalent made made wonderful side characters (especially the Librarian, though sometimes she came off as rather creepy in a not-bad way. She just seemed to know more than she should). Plus the writing was really pretty and set the mood for so much of the story that I felt like I was right there with them!
What I didn’t like: There was one particular scene where things seemed a bit off, plus the first meeting with the villain he just…he seemed off in a bad way. I can’t add the portion about her leaving Wonderland because it made me really unhappy because it had to happen whether I liked it or not. Still didn’t like that though, it caused a LOT of feels.
Overall Review: The Collectors’ Society is a riveting and enrapturing novel with worldbuilding done enough that we get what’s happening and are not lost when we no longer need to be, along with realistic changes for Alice as she grows closer to three who she ends up spending much of her time with. We see character development that is gradual and captures the attention when you compare the beginning and the end to the characters we spend the most time with. I fell in love with this Alice and the story we were given about Alice’s last time in Wonderland, it was both beautiful and heartbreaking to learn what had transpired. You can definitely believe I’ll be clamoring to get a physical copy of this book as soon as possible!
Recommend?: I’d be crazy not to! This book is almost everything I’ve been looking for in ANY book. It’s so amazing! Do go and read it, ‘kay? You’ll love it to pieces (and perhaps cry but that’s a tale for another time).
My Rating: 4.8/5
About Heather Lyons:
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.
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Review by Bri