THE COLLECTORS' SOCIETY
by Heather Lyons
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before...
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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?
“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.”
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.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: In all honesty I was a little unsure of what to expect from The Collectors' Society because I've read several retellings of Alice In Wonderland, some good and some terrible. The great thing here, is that Heather Lyons hasn't exactly retold the original Alice books, but paid homage to them. The result is an exciting and very clever contemporary story - I freaking loved it!!
An all grown up Alice is back from Wonderland. She's living in a mental hospital and is very different from both Lewis Carroll's original and the Disney movie version. I loved how Lyons analyses perceptions of reality and madness.
Alice finds herself in a strange new world forced into a struggle to save not only herself but other characters and stories. I loved the twist Lyons put on the notion of fiction and the characters she introduces along the way.
I loved Finn, who was both witty, fierce and loyal. I appreciated how respectful and considerate he was. His beauty and mystery was also a major plus! Swoon!!
The were a few hot scenes and naughty refs but nothing too OTT. The main focus was on helping the collector's society and uncovering the many secrets. I'm not a fan of spoilers and so cannot really say more without giving anything away. I really enjoyed this new take on the Alice story and the look at literature in general.
4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!