The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society #2) by Heather Lyons
Adult Romantic Fairytale
Published: 26th February 2015
Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .
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.
We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”
He wants to court me.
Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
He wants to court me.
And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.
*NOTE: This review will contain some spoilers for the first book, so do not read this until you have read The Collectors' Society (which you should totally do right now because it is awesome!)
**I received an e-ARC of this book free in exchange for my honest review**
I read the first book in this series, The Collectors' Society when it released late last year, I was on a bit of an 'Alice in Wonderland' retelling kick, and this seemed to awesome to pass up. The book was so much more than I'd anticipated (in a completely good way!) and I was dying for the next book in the series as soon as I'd finished! I don't think anyone can comprehend just how excited I was when I realised the release date for The Hidden Library was so soon and as I could get my hands on a copy (or at least my kindle), I easily dived right back into the story!
Now, you may think that since the tension between Alice and Finn was 'resolved' in the first book, that their relationship wouldn't be as steamy and as exciting. You would be wrong. There are just as many sparks between Alice and Finn, just as much drama, and just as much danger in The Hidden Library, more than enough to keep everyone satisfied!
I liked that we got to see more book characters from other timelines, especially some (one in particular) of the Janeites since I am very partial to Ms Austen's works! And I was very happy to learn more about wonderland and Finn Van Brunt as they are two things I am very interested in *suggestively looks at Finn*.
There was so much going on in this book I didn't know where to look! Everyone had their own agenda and I could never tell what was going to happen next. All the characters are brilliantly done and the story idea and plot are great. I was hooked from beginning to end and the only real problem I have is that the next book isn't sitting in front of me right now! Seriously, I'm not sure I'm going to survive the wait between now and the next book - I need it!
I just find this story to be so unique and engaging, who doesn't imagine/fantasize about their favourite book character being real. I love the characters and the new (or should I say 'extra') life Heather has given to them. I always get sad when a story ends so having this new life breathed into old characters, like Alice, is just great fun and it keeps the stories going. If you have read The Collectors' Society but haven't read this book yet - do so now. If you haven't read The Collectors' Society - do so now and the read The Hidden Library!
Don’t miss the first book in this series, The Collectors' Society!
Author Bio - Heather Lyons
Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. 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.
Signed copies of The Collectors' Society and The Hidden Library + $10 Amazon Gift Card
-Ends 9th March 2015