We are dying to jump back down the rabbit hole with Heather Lyons' THE HIDDEN LIBRARY! THE HIDDEN LIBRARY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the second book in Heather’s The Collectors' Society Series! Check out the latest fantastic installment in this series that brings you some of the classics with a twist.
We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”
He wants to court me.
Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
He wants to court me.
And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.
ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY:
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.
On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.
Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.
Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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’t even find them. I will say without a doubt that these books are going to be hard to top. Ms. Lyons has set the bar so incredibly high, as far as I’m concerned. She has created a world that is unlike anything I have ever come across before. Her imagination is nothing short of amazing. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time and energy she put into researching the different characters she’s included in the series, but boy am I 110% grateful for it and in complete awe of her hard work.
I signed up to review The Hidden Library completely unaware of the fact that it was the 2nd book in the series (not the first time I’ve done that), but completely head over heels in love with the idea of this alternate view of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of my all time favorite stories. What I never imagined was all the other classic tales that would find their way into this incredibly unique story. My excitement grew with each new addition to the story and every twist and turn. Reading, for me, has always been about the escape. The crazier and less realistic the better! So as a child I was immediately drawn to this incredible story of a little girl who disappears into a rabbit hole and has the most fantastic adventures imaginable meeting the most curious creatures. Naturally I jumped at the chance to delve further into what happened to Alice after Wonderland. Ms. Lyons does NOT disappoint. I’ve walked away with more of an appreciation for this favorite tale of mine and a strong desire to read the other classics mentioned. She has shone a light on these treasures that I have been overlooking for years, and I seriously cannot wait to dive into those worlds. I want to find as many as I can and devour them, just to get closer to the storybook legends she has brought to life.
So about THL...Imagine a world in which your favorite characters from your most beloved stories actually exist! Their lives have played out exactly as described in their individual stories. Amazing right?! Right. Except, these stories are in danger of being eliminated for good, every last person in them gone. The world and all its inhabitants just cease to exist. Even crazier, right?! Right. Stretch your imagination a little further and consider the idea that there is a special society dedicated solely to the preservation of these worlds, or timelines as they’re referred to in the book. What you’ve got is one intense, action-packed, page turner that you will not be able to put down.
What I loved most about the sequel is the use of dual POV’s. In TCS we heard the story from Alice’s POV, this time around we get to hear it from Alice AND Finn. Adding a second POV brings so much more to the table, giving the reader more than one perspective and vantage point. I think it also helped the storyline take a sexier turn, believe it or not. I really enjoyed hearing Finn’s thoughts and feeling his emotions. His childhood was just as chaotic as Alice’s, the only difference being his was based in the “real world” while Alice was in…Wonderland. The historical aspect of his story was absolutely fascinating, a wonderful touch to the story.
I haven’t been this excited about a series in a very long time and I seriously cannot wait for the next installment. Needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend this series. These are not standalones, you must read The Collectors’ Society before starting The Hidden Library.