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Review: The Collectors Society by Heather Lyons

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Title: The Collectors Society
Series: The Collectors Society #1
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23 Oct 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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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?

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I cannot tell you how much this book ROCKS. Conspiracy theories, secret societies based around classic fiction crossing space, time and reality. OH MY. Plus you get two of the best book boyfriends you could ever dream of having. I dare you to choose just one, in fact I double dare you.

Told in first person narrative from Alice’s perspective, with a historical setting at the start of the book. We first encounter Alice in  an asylum having returned months earlier from spending six years in Wonderland. this is most definitely an adult version of the tale with revelations that will shock you but will also make complete sense in the twisted tale that is Wonderland. I loved Alice from the very first sentence, she is such a pessimist on the surface, always internalizing her more dramatic tendencies for fear of madness. She is a wonderfully feisty character :)

Enter Abraham Van Brunt and with his presence the plot takes a time travel/science fiction twist alongside some magical realism just to add to the wonder. Stunning use of classic literature alongside one of the most fabulous descriptions of readers combine to ensure true bibliophiles will pay homage to Heather Lyons ingenious writing style. The intricate world building alongside the simultaneous introduction and development of the characters ensure the is never a dull moment in The Collectors Society.

I am certainly not going to go into details of the plot within this review as you have to discover each faucet of the story for yourselves. The Collectors Society is a wonderfully grown-up take on Wonderland which doesn’t disappoint.

I have to mention to more things before I send you scurrying off to read it for yourselves. Firstly, I am desperate to know more about the creeptastic librarian in the story. I am convinced there is so much more there than meets the eye. Secondly, don’t you agree it is a a fantastic thing when a story makes you investigate the details of another story (in this case it was Huckleberry Finn) just so that you can understand the plot and characters better for the story your reading :)

What I need to know is how soon can I have the sequel please Heather ;)

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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?

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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.

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Books I’ve Read: Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams

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Title: Damaged Goods
Series: The Outsider Chronicles #2
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 9 Sept 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.
After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.

It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.

Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.

But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.

Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.

He’s become . . .

Damaged Goods.

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 I have to start by saying that I adore Nicole Williams, her ability to feed my love of word play only makes me worship her more. The clever use of the title within the narrative was used to stunning effect *happy sigh*

Told in first person narrative from Liv’s perspective. At 25 she is hardened by life. She considers herself white trailer trash although she has fought long and hard to escape the confines of the small town and redneck mentality associated with it. She is very much a pessimist but with her upbringing it is completely understandable. However, she has boxed herself into following a set course for her future whether it makes her happy or not. It is soon apparent that Liv hides behind her protective shell but underneath she is responsible and selfless to the core. She always puts her two half siblings before herself. Thinking she had escaped the confines of her home town only to be thrust deeper into its shackles by a cruel twist of fate.

Liv is very judgmental of the people in her hometown and is quick to label them based on their location. Will Goods lives in the trailer next to Liv, recently returned from the army and caring for his ailing mother. It is soon apparent that Will defies all of Liv’s preconceived stereotypes.

Acts of kindness within the narrative help restore faith in human nature (mine as well as Liv’s) although it was a shame that the unexpected nature of the acts of kindness were such a shock to Liv.

Forced into taking a job she is uncomfortable with, Liv battles with her perception of herself. The idea of identity plays a large part within the narrative, showing that the things we do to survive aren’t who we are. It is how we perceive ourselves that ultimately defines who we are. Will plays a large part in helping Liv break through her barriers, opening up to both herself and others. The plot twist was completely unexpected and I have to say worked so well with the situation, forcing Liv to confront her inner demons. There was a point when I wanted to slap her for being so stupid but fortunately she redeemed herself in my eyes :)

I just loved the way in which this story played out – it is utterly brilliant.

I have to mention Nicole’s stunning ability to weave a in a Stripper 101 crash course within the narrative alongside a heaping serving of sarcasm – is it any wonder I love her writing so much ;)

Give-Away: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

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Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

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Review: Rags and Bones by Melissa Marr

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Title: Rags and Bones
Author: Anthology – Melissa Marr
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: Oct 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

There are some stories that will always be told, tales as timeless as they are gripping.

There are some authors who can tell any story.

In RAGS & BONES, award-winning and bestselling authors retell classic fairytales and twisted tales in the way that only they can. With magic and love, they bring these stories – whether much loved or overlooked – back to life.

Read ‘Sleeping Beauty’ as only Neil Gaiman can tell it. See ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ through the eyes of Kami Garcia. And learn of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ from the inimitable Garth Nix.

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Rags and Bones is an anthology of fairy tales re-told/re-imagined with twists and turns, making a refreshing change from the typical Princess in tower rescued by Prince. These are not however, the well known fairy-tales most I hadn’t heard of before. For me this only makes the book more exciting because I didn’t know what I was going into.

I will be honest and say this is not the sort of book I would choose to read off of a shelf. But it surprised me because I actually loved it. I only wish that I could relate to characters more with anthologies because I always feel like time for the stories and characters are cut short.

My least favorite story in the book was The Cold Corner because I found the whole plot to be uninteresting. It takes too long to actually get into the story and it is not very engaging for the reader.

My favorite story is The Soul Collector. It has an exciting beginning and is instantly is engaging. To find a character who is a murderer in a fairy-tale is rare even when the murderer is the main character because fairy-tales are supposed to be innocent children’s stories????? Or so I believed. This story kept me hooked all the way through. The first person narration made it feel as if I was right there with the main character. It felt as if the character was speaking directly t me, telling me her life story. It has an exciting plot and changed my perception of fairy-tales.

I would have liked to see more well-known fairy-tales included in the anthology.  I didn’t feel as if the stories within the anthology were really fairy-tales due to the setting.

There are some mature parts of the book and a few swear words  (but it is fine as everyone age of 11+ would have heard these words before – one of the downfalls of modern society perhaps). It doesn’t make the stories any less exciting though.

Rags and Bones provides a great introduction to authors I wouldn’t have previously considered reading, I am definitely seeking out other books by them now :)