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 is an amazing author and I have loved every book she has written. I could not wait to delve into this story and had extremely high expectations. I would like nothing more than to crawl in Heather’s mind and look around. I have read over 200 books this year, and this is hands down the most unique one I have read. The book does not fit into any one genre; there is adventure, mystery, SciFi, and romance. Forget everything you think you know about Alice and Wonderland. Take a deep breath and simply enjoy this intriguing journey!
“What say you, Alice? Are you up for another adventure?”
The story begins as Alice is recovering in a mental institution after her return from Wonderland. As she prepares to return home, she is approached about joining a “secret society” located in New York. Her beloved Wonderland is in danger and she must rely on The Collectors’ Society for assistance. The most accurate way to describe this eclectic group is: Justice League meets Classic Literature. To tell you anymore would simply spoil this unique world that Heather has so amazingly created.
“Each of us here has a story, but it’s not necessarily the one people think they know.”
Once I began this book, I could not stop reading and devoured it in one night. While I usually do not prefer single first person Point Of View, it works perfectly here. Alice is a badass heroine and she depends on no one to rescue her. The reader does not need anyone but Alice to tell them her story. She is quite unlike the timid and often, silly Alice from the storybook creation. She is the definite center of this book. She is her own savior. Of course, the story becomes more interesting with a possible love interest. Finn is fabulous and loved him more than I could imagine. (Do not tell anyone, but nearly trumphs Kellan as my all time hero from Heather Lyons.) He does not attempt to change Alice or make her be something she is not; he simply lets her be and has faith in her abilities. He has the potential to be her perfect balance, but could past events interfere with them?
“Sometimes, you have to take a chance. Sometimes, you have to step over the ledge and fall, even though you don’t know what’s underneath you.”
The adventure unfolds in different worlds and different time periods. There is a spectacular cast of supporting characters; both good and evil. Do not fret if you do not recognize them all, Heather has placed a detailed guide at the back of the book for assistance. While there is no cliffhanger, this story is far from finished. Heather has confirmed there will be at least one other book in the series. I can not wait to see what adventures lie ahead for Alice, Finn, and the Collectors’ Society! ~ Rebecca
“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.
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22735431-the-collectors-society