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 a series
“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.”
Wow, I am at a complete loss of words right now! When I first heard about this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Nothing could have prepared me for the brilliance of this book…..
“In paginis mundus ivenimus. In verbis vitam ivenimus. In pages we find worlds. In worlds we find life”
The Collectors’ Society follows a now grown up Alice. Alice has been in a mental institute for quite some time, trying to regain some control over her life. As her time in the institution is coming to an end, she is presented with an offer that is too good to pass up. She finds her self in modern, twenty-first century New York and is inducted as a member of the Collectors’ Society. The society’s main purpose is to preserve and save the timelines of the greatest written stories. However, not everyone is interested in saving these timelines. Someone has made it their mission to destroy and delete these timelines. Not only erasing these amazing stories, but killing all the people in them. Alice will soon find herself in a situation she never expected and will have to go back to the one place she vowed to never step foot in again….
“You would think I’d learn my lesson about curiosity, but apparently I have yet to fully embrace the dangers associated with it”
I loved this book! From the writing to the characters to the creative plot, I was completely captivated! The writing was brilliant. It sucked me in and took hold of me. I knew from that first page, that there was no way I was going to be able to put this book down…. and I was not disappointed. I couldn’t read the pages fast enough. The Collectors’ Society was such a unique and refreshing idea. I haven’t read anything like this before.
The characters were so fascinating. I wanted to know all of them, even the secondary characters. It didn’t matter to me how big or how small they were. I was intrigued by them all.
The Collectors’ Society really has something for everyone: fantasy, time travel, romance, intrigue, mystery and lots of action. The romance! Heather Lyons not only gave us an incredible story, but she also gave us a great romance. Oh, how I adored Finn. He was smart, patient, swoon worthy and understanding. You couldn’t ask for a better partner.
The Collectors’ Society is an exciting, new book from Heather Lyons. You will taken on the most incredible journey and will be left on the edge of your seat, waiting to find out what will happen next. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I will leave you with this and let you know that this story doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger, but more of a to be continued. The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to see what other adventures will be in store for Alice and where Heather Lyons will take us next!
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review
*Quotes taken from ARC copy and may differ slightly from final version
*Teaser via author’s FB page
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.
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22735431-the-collectors-society