Lyons, Heather. The Collectors’ Society. S.l.: Cerulean Books, 2014. Print. ISBN-13: 9780990843610.
Formats available: paperback, ebook. Paperback $15.00. Kindle #3.99.
Author: Heather Lyons
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Classic Literature-integration
Rating: 4.5 for its sheer coolness of concept!
Why’d I read it?: A fantasy story that incorporates reimagined characters from classic literature and puts them into a world in which they interact with each other? Um….. of course I had to read it!
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?
*This is the first book in the adult fairy tale/romance Collectors’ Society series
This book is soo cool. Is it the best book I’ve ever read? No. Is it the best romance? Nope. Best characters? No siree. BUT the whole premise is just so flipping cool! Basically the idea is that when an author writes a book, he/she actually creates an alternate dimension in which hat world and those characters actually exist. This alternate dimension is not known to us regular people on earth. We just think it’s a fun story to read. But the characters themselves do live out their lives in these dimensions, and they have no diea that they were created by an author. Each alternate dimension has one item which represents their story, and if that item is ever destroyed, the dimension ceases to exist, and that story and those characters cease to live their lives.
The collectors society is made up of people who are aware of these demsnsions, and who fight to locate and protect these talismens from the villains who hunt to destroy them. This first entry into the series follows Alice, who has returned form wonderland for the second time and is spending her days in an insane asylum. She is visited there by a member of the society who explains to her that she is a character in a book (she is shocked by this accusation), explains the collectors society to her, and asks her if shed like to work with them. He tells her that Wonderland is in danger of being destroyed and since she still has friends and loved ones there she agrees to join the society.
As we go through the book (we do eventually return with her to Wonderland!), we get to meet all kinds of characters who have left their dimensions to join the society. I don’t want to give too much away but the love interest is Huckleberry Finn (he’s grown up now), and we also have Dr. Frankenstein (the nephew to the original), and Wendy (who isn’t really wendy but who is waiting for Peter Pan anyway). We also meet a bunch of other characters who are fighting to save their dimensions. Its just such an awesome premise, and getting to see these classic characters reimagined and taken out of their “stories” to be placed into this “story” is just such a cool concept. Anyone who is a fan of classic literature, books in general, and fantasy really might like this. It is an adult book however and includes actual sex scenes. Despite including a romance, however, this is much more the story of Alice and how she adapts to her new job, everyone around her, the idea that she is a book character, and her loss of her life in Wonderland.
Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next book in the series is
- The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons