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!
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: *Note: The Hidden Library is the second book in a series, so I recommend you read book one The Collectors' Society first (this review may contain minor spoilers from book one).*
The series focuses around Alice Reeve (yes Alice from the Wonderland books) and a society who battle to save literary timelines and characters. We get to meet lots of famous characters from all sorts of novels including from Huckleberry Finn, Sweeney Todd, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice and many more. The story starts right after the dramatic ending of book one, with the society and timelines in danger.
This instalment is much more Finn-centric because we get his POV too. When you're faced with a reworking of a story it's always interesting to see how the author sticks to or varies from the characters original story. With Finn I already knew his story but seeing it in depth from his POV and getting to know more about his past was good but really heartbreaking.
Alice seems to be a little more together than she was previously, but the story still focuses on the issue of reality and madness. The overall concept of the series is really clever and the way in which Heather Lyons seamlessly ties past stories together is great.
Alice and Finn work together to help save the timelines. I've gotta say that I love their relationship and it's nice to see some sweet and steamy scenes of them together. I do however, have a huge soft spot for a certain King!
I loved getting to see some of my favourite characters from the previous book and meeting some new ones. One character in particular made me really nervous!
There are lots of unanswered questions and after THAT ending I'm equal parts intrigued and nervous for the next instalment in the series!
4 Stars in my Sky!
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.
We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”
He wants to court me.
Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
He wants to court me.
And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.