Review: The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons

Title: The Collectors’ Society
Author: Heather Lyons
Pages: 355
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult, Retellings
Published: by Cerulean Books on October 3rd, 2014

The Collectors’ Society (The Collectors’ Society, #1)Goodreads 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?’

Heather Lyons’ The Collectors’ Society tells us the story of Wonderland and other bookish-worlds in a way I’ve never seen them before. It sheds a new light on these bookish worlds and characters, and answers the question ‘What happened to these characters after their book ended?’. 

So, what do you think happens if all the worlds you’ve read about are suddenly real? Because that’s what happens in The Collectors’ Society. A timeline is created where every book that is embraced by a big number of people is real. The world, the characters, everything. The only problem is that there is a mystery person (or people?) that want to destroy these worlds, and that’s where the Collectors’ Society comes in.

The collectors’ society consists of a group of people from different bookish worlds (Huckleberry Finn, Victor Frankenstein, etc.) who are trying to save these worlds from destruction. The book starts of with the society gaining a new member: Alice Reeve, aka, Alice in Wonderland. 

Alice has been staying in a mental hospital for quite some time after escaping Wonderland, and wants to leave it all behind. But when a mystery man comes to her, telling her that her world might seize to exsist, she can’t resist going on another adventure, and is brought to modern day New York, where she learns the truth about herself, and her world. 

In New York, Alice meets the fascinating group of people that is the collectors’ society, while stuggling with her new truth, and soon learns that there is more to them that meets the eye. She also finds herself being very attracted to her new mysterious partner, Finn, and is determined to learn more about him. 

With danger right around the corner, and not a lot of time left, Alice finds herself tumbling into a whole new rabbithole altogether. 

“Knowledge is always one of the fiercest of advantages a lady can have.”

In this novel the characters, and especially the character-building, are out of this world. Heather Lyons crafted a beautiful background for each of the characters, and knowing what happened to them after their books ended was utterly satisfying, and sometimes heart-wrenching. She also perfectly captured the struggles Alice went through after learning the truth about her life. 

Alice is everything I like to see in a heroine. She’s loyal, strong, independent and a fierce fighter, and the world-building in this novel is phenomenal, even though I wish Wonderland was a bit more eccentric and wonderous than it was described as. Nevertheless, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and is full of suspense and mystery. 

I personally cannot wait to see what the rest of the series holds, and I hope we’ll get to explore more bookish-worlds in The Forgotten Library.

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