Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: The Collector's Society by Heather Lyons

The Collector’s Society
Author: Heather Lyons
Released: October 14th, 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 Collector's Society, a secret organization whose member confirm that famous stories are anything by straight forward and that what she knows about the word 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 Collector's Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction... but will they make it before all the endings are erased?

*This is the first book in a series*


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. At first I was a bit confused and I thought the beginning was a little choppy, but it picked up and started to move better. I thought the plot line was very original, I just wish that it was all explained a lot more. It seemed that there are little holes throughout that leave you trying to decipher what’s going on rather than enjoying the book. This did not deter me from continuing on and finishing the book.

Alice, who has grown considerably since her last trip to Wonderland, wants nothing to do with it. She escapes by the skin of her teeth and only has a room at an asylum to show for it. After finding herself there for half a year, she is catapulted into what we learn is The Collector’s Society. Alice herself is strong willed and shows a lot of potential throughout the book. She proves that even though she might seem fragile, she is bad ass and can hold her own.

The book itself moves at a decent pace but much of the action doesn’t happen more until you’re about ¾ of the way through. Plus with as much dialogue that takes place, you would think that more would have been explained, but you’re left empty handed. Don’t take this as me saying that it’s a bad book. Like I said earlier, I really enjoyed the book, I just felt shafted in some areas.

Finn, the male lead is quirky and charismatic and very loyal. The only thing I would have wanted was a little more depth from him. He also just has an air about it that you have to like. He is about his missions and his partner.  The sexual attraction between him and Alice was definitely there, leaving you wanting more.

Being listed as a New Adult story, I would have loved to have seen more intimacy, but unfortunately we don’t really see that. We get a few ridiculously short scenes and that’s it. Nothing to really show the intimacy between the two further.

Overall, I thought the book was really good. I’m very interested in what the next book brings and I’m hoping that when I read it, more of my questions will be answered. I really enjoyed the combining of so many characters from so many different books, many of which I have read. It’s interesting to see how she entwined them together to formulate this book. Plus it’s fun to try and figure out who is who and what story they came from. 

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