Title: The Collectors Society
Series: The Collectors Society #1
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23 Oct 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 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