Alice in Wonderland like you’ve never seen before!
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis:
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?
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Oh where do I begin on the wonders that is The Collector’s Society?! Hands down this book was one of the most unique adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I have ever read. I’ve loved Alice in Wonderland for years now and have read many variations on the story, so that’s really saying something. It was about so much more than just Alice’s story too. Heather Lyons meshes numerous classical stories and forms The Collector’s Society: a group with very real classic fictional characters/ family members of those classic fictional characters who have banded together in their plight to save all the lives of the characters living within each piece of treasured literature. A little confusing to wrap your mind around huh?
Alice gets pulled right out of her already topsy turvy world and into the world of The Collector’s Society (which is really what we know as the real world/modern age New York) when she is asked to help save Wonderland from total destruction. Though she is hesitant in the beginning, she soon finds herself in deep with the affairs of the society and a certain someone happens to steal her heart along the way. Despite her best efforts to remain aloof and keep her heart guarded, Alice forms a strong bond (and did I mention steamy?) with the beautiful and talented Finn! When a new enemy surfaces, they must work together in saving the lives of her beloved world as well as the worlds of many other stories.
The Collector’s Society pulled me in instantly, the plot was so different and fast paced, I couldn’t put it down! New developments were occurring all over the place, and as Finn and Alice interacted more I was able to see their feelings for one another grow. Finn is the ideal book boyfriend with all the right characteristics: protectiveness, mad weapon skills, and of course gorgeousness (to name a few). Their relationship had everything a good romance needs: the struggle, the banter, the jealously and some riveting intensity!
Heather Lyons created an endearing yet very dark and vicious Wonderland in this book that was unlike any I had encountered before. Everything about it was intriguing and sparked my interest, I would love to have read more on the land and characters themselves. The politics and overall dynamic of the land were so bizarre and exciting it made the Wonderland part of the book my favorite to experience!
By the time the ending rolled around I was completely enthralled by the content and characters, and though I had expected a bit more bang of an ending, I was still pretty satisfied by the turn of events and most definitely look forward to reading more books in this series! The Collector’s Society ranks on my top list of reads for 2014 for sure! Don’t miss out on this extraordinary tale!
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.