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The Hidden Library

(The Collectors’ Society #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,023 ratings  ·  188 reviews
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.

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Published February 26th 2015 by Cerulean Books
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“Someone should write a book about how Alice Liddell from Wonderland falls in love with Huckleberry Finn. I might rather want to read that book.”

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Heather Lyons has done it again in a unique and beautifully written story surrounding our beloved literary characters. The Hidden Library is the second book in the series The Collector's Society and must be read after reading the first book. This book picks up after the events at the end of the first book, with Finn running The Soc
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!


I have been patiently waiting for this second book in The Collectors’ Society series for a while now and I’m excited to say it didn’t disappoint. Once again, Heather Lyons has penned a creative, nail-biting fantasy romance that had me on the edge of my seat! Don’t get me wrong, I thought the first book was rich in action and adventure, but the author really takes it up a notch in this second book, weaving twist after turn that had my head spinning and left me clueless to where she’d take
Wow! Just wow!

Really this plot. It makes me go crazy! I'm so glad I decided to read this book, because after reading the first book I was afraid that a love triangle would develop between Alice, Fin and the White King. I'm so glad it didn't. Really Heather Lyon, you did not disappoint!

I'm so glad we got to see more of Fin's back story. It only took me a day to read this book. I started to read it late into the night yesterday, and had my boyfriend not forcefully taken away my iPad, and made me
Jan 08, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: stuff-i-wrote
Author review here . . .
Oh, guys. I can hardly wait to share this one with you all! It'll be told from both Alice AND Finn's POV.
Irene Sim
Buddy Read with Elena Salvatore

For Readathon-2017: 40/52
In the category "A book that's been in your shelf for a while"

It’s more like 3,5 stars and the following review contains SPOILERS for book 1 so if you intent on reading the series proceed of your own accord.

“HELLO, ALICE. Have you found the right rabbit hole yet?”

I’m afraid poor Alice must stumble down many rabbit holes for this story to finally end.
The story picks up right where the first book ended but unfortunately again not many clues
Monique V
Elena Salvatore
Buddy read with Irene Sim.

“Someone should write a book about how Alice Liddell from Wonderland falls in love with Huckleberry Finn. I might rather want to read that book.”

Well Heather Lyons did just that.

Let's forget all about the whole Alice theme... We found out from book one that this series isn't just an Alice in Wonderland retelling. She is just the progatonist who happens to be Alice Liddll.
If you are just seeking an Alice retelling, this isn't the one for you.

Now that we clear
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“You,” Finn tells me, “are a welcome sight.”
As is he. My heart flutters as I take his handsome visage. Tall, sandy-haired, and with the most lovely blue-gray eyes I’ve ever seen, I have been painfully attracted to Finn Van Brunt since the day I arrived at the Institute.”

I’ve never, never, never EVER read a book with such extraordinary characters in the fantasy the genre. They were familiar and unique at the same time. I fell in love with every single one of them, but the bigger part of my hear
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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
All the Stars, absolutely phenomenal!!!

Book Title: The Hidden Library
Author: Heather Lyons
Series: The Collector's Society
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Time Travel, Fantasy
Source: Own Kindle E-Book

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song: All or Nothing by Theory of a Deadman --One of my favorite songs for one of my favorite books.

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 5+
Characters: 5+
The Feels: 5+
Theme: 5+
Flow: 4.7/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4.7/5
Originality: 5+++
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: OMG...yes

Will I cont
Shelly Crane
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved. So much love. Alice and Finn are better than ever.
Finn...of, Finn.

Heather takes us down the rabbit hole, twists us and turns us, leaving us reeling, mouth wide open. I can't wait to see if Finn and Alice get their happily ever after.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars-2015
I loved this one even more than the first book!
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
6 stars!

**Please note if you have not read The Collector's Society, this review will contain minor spoilers. The series must be read in order.**

Heather Lyons has done it again. The Hidden Library is a heart pounding, gut wrenching, beautifully unique story. The Collector's Society (TCS) series is quickly becoming my favorite.

Heather has such a way with words. She can make me laugh with her subtle humor and two pages later leave me crying from heartbreak. The same amazing cast of characters fro
The Collectors’ Society was hands down the most unique book of 2014. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to immerse myself in this world once again and see what new adventures would lie ahead for Finn, Alice, and the other members. Unlike its predecessor, The Hidden Library is written with Alice and Finn as narrators. I absolutely loved this new element. Finn is such a passionate character and seeing his inner thoughts and feelings added so much depth. We finally learn much of Finn’s past and th ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHHH!!!!!! Oh my gosh!!! What?!?!?!

Yeah, I got me an ARC and now I'm DYING!!!!! That's my honest opinion.
Maria's Book Blog
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m just going to apologize in advance for this crazy chaotic fangirl review, that I can only hope will make sense. Nothing I say will come close to doing this book the justice it deserves but please bear with me as I try.

The Collectors’ Society AND The Hidden Library are the first books to be on my Favorite Reads of 2015 list…and we’re only two months into the year. I am absolutely blown away, speechless, amazed, you name it. My socks have been so thoroughly knocked off that at this point I can
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"This pull, this understanding. It's the best kind of magic. It's the kind that makes me want to believe in fairy tales- the good kind. The kind where the endings have hope."

This book picks up right where the last one ended. Our collectors are interrogating a hostage, but having little success. There are people deleting timelines and they are trying to figure out who is behind such heinous crimes.

In The Hidden Library, Finn's timeline is in danger of vanishing forever. He doesn't like to talk a
Well, hello. If I had known the sequel would be this good, I would have rated the first book lower for lost potential. In fact, I'm doing it right now.

The mystery of the missing catalysts continues in this second instalment of the Collector's Society and raises more questions than answers. Sure we capture a few more villains this time round. Do they give up anything wothwhile? Ehhh, not really.

Unlike the last time, the literary universes thing seems more natural and the plot was pretty good. It
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

Note: I will try my best, but there will probably be some spoilers from the first book. If you are new to the series, check out my review of The Collectors' Society HERE. These books need to be read in order.
THL Teaser 1
The Hidden Library is the second book in the New Adult Fantasy Series, The Collectors' Society. And I have to first mention how much I love these covers. I think they are beyond beautiful. Ok, on to the review. Th

Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Words can still be lies even if they are freverently and wholly believed. Names can be lies, too. Names are nothing but assignments. Names are nothing but a costume."

Wow! Heather Lyons has done it again! I am completely blown away right now. I can not wait to get my hands on the next book!

The Hidden Library picks up right where The Collectors' Society left off. Alice and Finn are on the hunt for the villain who stop at nothing to destroy the time-lines. Questions will be asked. Some secrets wil
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy and eager to read The Hidden Library. Heather Lyons totally hooked me when I read The Collector's Society and the sequel in this series was just as phenomenal!!
Being this is book 2, I will be mindful of my review and make sure not to spoil anything fir those who have not read the first book either.
I will say this though...Do not hesitate any longer on these books. Brilliance I tell ya...Just pure genius!!!
The Hidden Library picks up with the suspense that was built in The
Jenny Zimmerman Black Words-White Pages
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ya and adults
I was highly excited to dig my nose right into this book head first and came out excited and ready to read more...

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

This book is simply fabjous and I enjoyed every last minute of it. This was an awesome and wild ride this story was. So much action, suspense and new characters to fall in love with or hate depending on who the character was to our heroic characters from the first book. I love how the author intricately spins a Web of classical
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
While I still love the concept, this book was not as well executed as the first. I was not a huge fan of the alternating narration, as the author seemed to struggle with Finn's voice. The plot was uneven, with not much of consequence happening in the first half of the book. The second half was much better, and I am still interested to see where the story goes next. However, there are a few too many typos and grammatical errors within the text for a published work, in my opinion. They were freque ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Three Little Birds Book Blog

Fiercely fantastic, outrageously original, and deviously delectable – this sequel to one of last year’s most original reads was over-the-top good!

So much happened in this book. So, so much happened in this book! Overall, I fucking LOVED this book. It was so fun and entertaining, and such an outstanding continuation to the first book. I thought The Collectors’ Society was thrillingly unique, and my mind was blown by Heathor Lyons’ creativity and g

*Inkslinger PR kindly provided me with an ARC of the book*

Once again Heather Lyons managed to completely satisfy me! As I've already read quite a few trilogies and series I know that second books (or books further into a longer series) tend to lose their quality and become significantly worse, which is actually pretty sad. Heather Lyons on the other hand is totally different! Her characters are somewhat interesting and the whole concept of this series is fantastic - I can't say it often enou
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, adult
"The thing is," Finn continues quietly, "the Queen of Diamonds doesn't require me to fight her battles. She's more than capable of fighting them herself."

I am so deeply immersed in this series, it's not even funny you guys. Upon finishing The Collectors' Society, I instantly wanted the next book in my hands so I could embark on the next adventure. Now, after finishing The Hidden Library I ALSO want the next book in my hands, because this time there's a cliffhanger. And lives are hanging in the b
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Warning: To avoid spoilers, do not read this review if you haven't read book one.

The magical journey continues. While the love story between Alice and Finn grows, the two are tested in nearly every encounter in this story, yet their commitment and care for each other show through time and time again.

Although we had a bit of a cliffy in book one, with yet another catalyst destroyed, and an attempt made on Van Brunt's life, this book started off slower than I expected. That's not to say a lot isn'
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy / Fairy tales retellings / New Adult Romance Fans & Audiobook Junkies
Recommended to Livia by: Heather Lyons
5/1/19: Adding the audiobook (non-CD) format.
6/1/19: Adding my full review

★¸¸.•*¨*•★Minor spoilers alert★•*¨*•.¸¸★

Format read: Unabridged Audiobook via Audible’s Romance Package membership
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
Series: The Collectors’ Society, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
Release date: 06-14-17
Writing Style: 3rd person omniscient
Publisher: Audible Studios


Overall ★★★★★
I talked a couple of book buddies into buddy reading this one with me, and so far all, of them have thanked me for
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I´m not sure how I should rate this 2nd installment as a complete work. I´d rather split my opinion down the middle and rate one half with solid four stars and the other half with two.

Obviously, I´m still hopelessly in love with the story, the world HL created, her beautifully crafted Timelines and the unique, fresh concept. The plot is filled with rasant wild goose chases, thrilling pursuits and mysterious happenings.

The main plot- The Collectors´ Society´s problem with the stranger who destr
Veronica of V's Reads
I truly didn't know what I was getting into reading this book, but, what I found, was a lush world of literary romance in today's world.

See, in this world, the characters are from books, and they work to save books. Alice, from Wonderland? She is all grown up and a warrior Queen, willing to take on a maniacal murderer. Huck Finn? Victor von Frankenstein? They got adopted by Brom and Katrina van Brunt (from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow) and raised in today's NYC. Finn and Victor are top operatives
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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. 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 the ...more

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