Published by Cerulean Books on October 23, 2014
Series: The Collectors' Society #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: ecopy from Publisher
From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.
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?
Man, oh Man did I start 2015 out with a bang. The Collectors’ Society is such an amazing read. I want to read it over and over again. I loved this book so much. I just got done making my favorite books of 2014 list and I have already placed this one on my favorites of 2015 list. It is that good. You might have noticed that my last 3 or so reviews have been kind of meh on the positive end and even kind of negative. Well this one will not be. I don’t think I will be able to convey how much I loved this book, or just how awesome I think it is. Just listen to the concept behind this book and you will see what I mean.
The Collectors’ Society is a secret society comprised of characters from different book worlds, all coming together to “edit” themselves into different book universes to keep the books from being “deleted” by some mysterious bad guys. Come on! It sounds bad ass. I absolutely loved the characters, and the author picked such a unique variety of books. She picked her characters from all different time periods and genres, and it made for an interesting group. Some of their stories I had read and some of them I was less familiar with. I love Alice in Wonderland so I was very pleased to see so much of her story in the books. I loved the caterpillars wisdom and how much of an influence it had on Alice. And Alice herself is one of my favorite heroines. (the Alice in Heather Lyon’s Collectors’ Society, that is.) She is logical to a fault, but has a touch of whimsy to her, and she is a force to be reckoned with. I would not want to be in a fight against her.
The plot of the Collectors’ Society is so fascinating. I was riveted to this book. And I loved how long and fleshed out the story felt. There is a lot of meat to this book. And I still didn’t want it to end. I could have used another 600 pages and not gotten bored. I loved the plot of the stories just as much as I loved the romantic elements of the story. Finn is so swoon worthy and him with Alice, just gave me a perma-grin. I loved how understanding they each were. There was no drama for the sake of drama in this story. And trust me, that was perfect because even though the romance was easy, there were plenty of other dramatic elements to keep you on your toes while reading. And lots and lots of action.
I could go on and on about the people and things that I loved about the Collectors’ Society, but to save you all some rambles, I will just add one more thing. I am dying to learn more about the Librarian of the society. She is one creepy, creepy lady. And I have no idea who she is. If you love classic literature, and you love fantasy and fairy tales, this is a must read book for you. Even if you don’t and you like YA and new adult, this is also a must read. I am recommending this book to everyone. I can hardly wait for the next book to come out later this year.