March 7, 2015 by mmileti
THE HIDDEN LIBRARY
(The Collector’s Society #2)
Genre: New Adult, Modern Day Fairy Tale Retelling
Publication Date: February 26, 2015
About the Book:
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.
Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!
It is not often that a series comes along that captures my attention, imagination, and emotions in quite the way the Collector’s Society series by Heather Lyons has. The first installment in the series, The Collector’s Society, introduces the reader to a unique series that is perfect for any avid reader who has a love for the classics as well as more modern adventure and fantasy stories. I was highly impressed with Lyon’s ability to incorporate characters from classic novels into her story in a way that made these characters her own and imbued them with new depth. The protagonist and POV is Alice, from Lewis Carrol’s iconic story that first introduced us to Alice and the world of Wonderland. Alice is suddenly thrown into a whole new adventure when she joins the Collector’s Society: an organization that protects the timelines of classic novels (whose characters and worlds just happen to be real) and attempts to save them from those who would try to wipe out these timelines forever. In The Hidden Library Lyons continues the story right where it left off in The Collector’s Society, and manages to bring the series to a whole new level of enjoyment for the reader.
The addition of the series’ other main protagonist, Finn, as a POV character ensures that the reader will get a new and unique perspective on the story as well as seeing more depth and development in Finn’s character. Unlike the first novel in the series, the pacing of this installment starts off a little slow. Luckily, before long the plot starts moving along rapidly and Lyons compounds this change in pace by integrating a sense of mystery and intense suspense that will keep the reader on the edge of her seat and guessing until the last page. It is hard to say which is Lyons’ more prominent strength: her ability to write engrossing and action-packed plot lines, or the incredible depth of her character development. I also love that even though the central time period of the series is the 21st century, the prose is reminiscent of the classic literature that is so integral to the story. This amalgamation of classic prose, 21st century setting and technology, and a plot filled with nail-biting twists shows Lyons’ skill as a writer, and her ability to blend together elements with distinctly different styles into a unique world and a story that is surprisingly cohesive in tone.
Though I usually tend to stay away from novels that focus too much on romance, I really enjoyed the romantic elements in this novel. The relationship between Alice and Finn is actually somewhat of a catalyst for the development of both characters individually. Their relationship is also never in danger of overshadowing the plot and the story’s tone of suspense. Though some readers may be a bit disappointed that there was not quite enough romance in the story, I found Alice in Finn’s relationship refreshing. If you are a huge fan of the romance between Alice and Finn, be appeased by the fact that (like this second installment of the series as the whole) their relationship both grows and becomes far more complex. I also found it very easy to become emotionally invested in this story and its characters as well as engaged with the plot. It is not that a book can make me cry, but I’ll admit I shed a few tears while reading this one.
The end of The Hidden Library left me impatiently wanting more, and I cannot wait to read more of Lyon’s work. Her distinctive premise and engrossing story and characters are perfect for anyone who loves exciting plot lines, classic literature, and characters that you can become truly invested in.
My Rating: 8/10
About 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.
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