THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before...
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?
“Do you find my ability to converse lacking, Doctor?”
He chuckles softly, no doubt remembering how I wasn’t chatty with anyone, himself included, for the first month of my stay. To be fair, it is difficult to carry on an invigorating discussion when one is shaking so hard from withdrawals they fear they might shatter into thousands of painful pieces before a single word can be uttered. Plus, there was the whole bit of how once I did open up, I raved liked a lunatic about things no normal person could imagine being true.
“Certainly not,” he says to me. “But as I must stay at the Pleasance and you must go forth into the world, it will do you good to practice on somebody new.”
“Then send in one of the orderlies. Or one of the nurses. I’ll happily chat with a staff member.”
One of his bushy, out-of-control eyebrows lifts high into his forehead.
“There are people out there who are quite content being solitary,” I point out. “Who do not need to converse with anybody but themselves and their dogs.”
He sets his pen down. “What about cats?”
Rigor mortis sets in ever so briefly at this question.
“You father said you were quite fond of cats growing up. There was one in particular that you favored. Dinah, was it not?”
“I’m—” I have to clear my throat. “Lately, I wonder if perhaps I’m more of a dog person after all.”
**I received an e-ARC of this book free in exchange for my honest review**
This book was not what I was expecting. I can't recall exactly what I was expecting but I do know it definitely wasn't something as good as this! I thought this would just be a nice, fun Alice in Wonderland retelling, and it was, but it was also so much more.
The idea behind The Collectors' Society is that as a book grows in popularity it takes on a life of its own and creates its own world. The characters in The Collectors' Society come from these different book-worlds (though some characters are just from our plain, old, non-book world), the main character, Alice, of course comes from Alice in Wonderland but there are also many other classic book characters reinvented in this story. I found the plot to be really unique and I loved how the author reinvented these well-known characters. There's a list in the back of the book that tells you which characters are from which books and I'd recommend reading up on them if you don't know their story (either before or after reading) - it just adds an extra layer to the book!
The thing that's usually the make-or-break for me in a book is its characters. If a book has a fantastic story but I feel nothing for any of the characters I'm just not going to be able to love it. Whereas if a story has fantastic characters but a mediocre plot, it's not going to affect my enjoyment as much because most of my focus is on the characters; so characters are a big thing for me. I am very pleased to inform you all, that the characters in The Collectors' Society are all really fantastic. They were all unique and wonderful and complicated and real, and it didn't matter how minor a role a character played because Heather Lyons managed to give a clear image of each character in only a few lines. She didn't give away all their secrets of course, but she gave just enough for you to start building your own idea of the character. It was really wonderfully done.
Another wonderful element to the book was the romance. It was steamy, romantic, loving and full of so much sexual tension I could feel it rising up from the pages (well, the kindle screen), and the chemistry between the characters was just amazing. It's not explicit, but it's definitely not all behind closed doors either, the romance was somewhere nicely in the middle - let's just say my cheeks were quite flushed!
If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland... read this book. If you're a fan of romance, adventure, and/or fantasy... read this book. If you're a fan of books... read this book, because there is just so much amazingness in this story and so many great spins and reinventions of the classic books you probably read as a child. It's just wonderful how everything comes together and I am in love with the way Heather Lyons has given old characters new life. This book was magical and I cannot wait for the next in the series!
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.
A signed copy of The Collectors' Society
-Ends 3rd November 2014