The Collectors’ Society
Earlier this year I went gaga over this author’s The Deep End of the Sea and thought that she couldn’t possibly write another book that could top it in originality but I was wrong. Out of all the books I’ve read, I have never read a story quite like The Collectors’ Society and I love that. Reading this book recaptures that ‘firsts’ feeling: The one where you’re reading a story and it’s completely fresh content, never been explored topic and you’re both giddy and anxious to see where it ...more
“In pages we find worlds. In words, we find life.”
Do you think you know your literary characters? You might not know them as well as you thought.
Locked up in an asylum in Victorian London, Alice is hiding many secrets about her past. Upon a visit from a stranger with a mission, Alice is thrust into modern day New York City with a new purpose in her life. You see, Timelines were created out of our beloved books and tales, and the characters in them brought to life. They ca ...more
This book blew me away!It was such an interesting and unique story!I haven't read something like that!The plot is so brilliant,combining time travel and alternate universes with clasic literature!!The story developed slowly but this is perfect because you need time to understand what's going on!I really liked the fact that the characters was giving meaning to the story!!I don't want to give away anything!It's hard to talk about this book without mentioning spoilers...so I try to ...more
The Collectors' Society is such a creative story. Unique and thrilling, this story is unlike any other. I'm not sure how to even begin to review it...I'm going to have to think on it. I can say, I enjoyed it. While parts in the beginning moved a little slow, the story kept my attention, and around that 60-70% mark, I was hooked to my kindle. At one point I was in tears, the emotion was so visceral, I felt everything the characters were experiencing...(view spoiler)[The White King, such ...more
What a beautiful and fantastic book! It's part magical whimsy, part action and suspense, part romance, part fantasy but all original and addictive storytelling. The plot is so extensive yet so beautifully simple: Well loved characters from famous stories are actually real. They exist because the world loves them, therefore breathing life into them. Their books and all the subsequent characters in them are known as timelines. These timelines can range anywhere from hundreds of years ago ...more
Remember Alice in Wonderland? Now an adult she gets a job offer and a new partner at the Collector's society she cannot refuse.
Without a doubt there was a few 5 star worthy moments. However there were a few things that didnt sit well with me. One: It was a bit slow, I didn't really get into the story until 40%. Two: The villain (view spoiler)[we spent the whole book trying to catch him and there wasn't closure (hide spoiler)]. Three: The white king (view spoiler)[ I re ...more
More like 4,5 stars but due to some minor problems I won’t give it a 5 star rating.
For Readathon-2017: 38/52
In the category "A book with purple cover"
“Along with good there is always evil. It’s just the way it is.”
What an amazing world has Heather Lyons introduced to us in this book. I think I found myself a new fantasy universe to obsess over. And it’s based on BOOKS!!! Books, people. Some of our favorite characters come alive in this new world!
I must ...more
This story does not do the Hatter justice, and, quite frankly, I could've gone my whole life without the image of him participating in a massive orgy. But, you know, it's New Adult so naturally there are lots of PENISES. (Also they always "came in unison" which is nice for them.)
Having said that, this was a really fun read. It's not just an Alice retelling, but features many (offspring of) characters from your favourite classics, binding them all together in a really intriguing concept ...more
I'm actually sitting down to write a regular review.
I feel rusty... LOL! Sigh... really, really rusty. I actually messaged a friend and said, "Oh my God, I forgot how to write a review. It's so hard!!!"
So y'all will have to bear with me through my randomness as I try to lay my thoughts down for you. I want to do this book justice. It was so good.
My first thought...
THIS BOOK WAS EPIC!
I'm talking EPICCCC! Now let me explain a little something, we have a girl who mo ...more
I received an ARC of this book by the lovely Mrs. Lyons and that ARC blew me away.
All you need to know is this: FINN
This book is DEF New Adult, so keep that in mind those who are looking for something YA. Alice in Wonderland is all grown up!!! :)
Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars.
First of all, I want to thank Yvonne (from A World Between Folded Pages , also known as my best friend) for recommending me this book! I have a challenge with Yvonne where we recommend 10 books to each other. We basically challenged ourselves to read the list of bo ...more
But before I say anything else, let us take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the cover.
This isn't one of your normal Alice retellings. Alice is still the protagonist but in it we also have other book characters who play a huge part in the plot....more
The book begins with Alice beeing held in an Insane Asylum after her adventures in Wonderland.
We don't have the little girl from the Lewis Carroll books but a 25 year who just recently re
I've mentioned this several times befo ...more
I really enjoyed this story. It took a bit to get going but once I was engaged I really found the characters out of 'classic literature' and the concept of trying to save their timelines very interesting.
i'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ...more
Wildly creative, this story will capture the hearts of Wonderland fans and then transform that story into an adult book lovers dream. This is a book that needs to be read with an open mind, as what you've read prior has been altered but is no less special.
This book is very different from what I usually read. However, its been on my radar for awhile. As I was approaching a book rut, finding fault in books everyone else was loving, I knew I needed something special to get ...more
*Inkslinger PR kindly provided me with an ARC of the book*
Where do I even start? I want to officially and openly declare my love for Heather Lyons and "The Collectors' Society" - I loved it with all my heart and if I'm being honest it is definitely one of my favorite books of 2014, if not even of all time. I immediately fell in love with the writing style, the scenery, the overall background and the fact that it is about Alice in Wonderland was just the tip of the iceberg. Heather Lyons was ...more
Alice has entered her self in an asylum. After everything that she has been through in wonderland, she thinks that that is the best course of action. But then a mysterious stranger comes to talk to her and offers her a deal. Her curiosity gets the better of her and that is how she gets involved with the collector's society. As she gets more tangled with this society, she begins to find l...more
I’ve always found that starting reviews is much harder than finishing them. More often than not I try to make them personal. Share an experience, or funny antidote. Something to draw my readers in, bring them down to my level. See the book from where I am sitting.
I’ve talked about my love of books. I’ve shared quotes that move me to tears. I’ve even ranted from a place of complete and utter annoyance, but I have NEVER been able to put down (eloquently) into ...more
There’s absolutely nothing I can say that will convey how much I absolutely love and adore The Collectors’ Society. I was in absolute awe the entire time I read it. Watching the story unfold made me realize how brilliant Heather Lyons is. The story is original, the writing is flawless, the details are intricate, the romance is beautiful, and overall, there is nothing about this story that you will not love. It’s obvious that Heather put l ...more
"Sometimes our pasts are chains we cannot let go of, even if the key is in our hands. They define us in ways we resent, and yet they are somehow precious, too. Because, logically, we understand that our pasts have made us who we are, even if we want nothing more to close our eyes to them."
OMG!!!! What a great book this was!!! Original and amazingly written - a different take on Alice in Wonderland entwined with other great and some forgotten/overlooked classic books - some we read in our ...more
Alice in Wonderland is probably one of my least favorite stories... I think it has to do with the way the movies portrayed this fantasy land, I always felt like I was on drugs while watching them...
Even Johnny Depp couldn't turn me on to it and I love me some him...
Don't throw things at me because even if I didn't care for this particular children's story, I did LOVE The Collectors' Society!!
I don't think LOVE is a big enough word for this story... It's more ...more