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Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: The Hidden Library (The Collectors’ Society #2) by Heather Lyons

Title: The Hidden Library
Series: The Collectors’ Society #2
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Publication Date: February 26, 2015
Pages: 285
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Reimaginings, Retellings, Paranormal
Source: Amazon Kindle

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.

“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.” ― Heather Lyons, The Hidden Library

This quote from the book rings so true! The Hidden Library was a million times better than the first book, if that's even possible! I have so many emotions right now and they are all colliding and freaking out. 

The plot get so much thicker in the second book of The Collectors' Society series. We get more glimpses into the mysteries from the first book. We get some of our questions answered, but so many more have surfaced in their wake. I am very impressed with how integrated and complex the plot is in this series. It really is a joy to read because I literally had no idea who the bad guys were, or what was coming next. The clues were there, but ever so hard to put together because of the complexity of the story. I loved that there was not much predictability in the plot. 

The world building is just as vibrant as ever. Plenty of details and vivid descriptions make this world one that I want to live in. I mean, really, being able to visit different timelines from books? Yes, please.

There is more trust blossoming between the two main characters, Alice and Finn. Their romance has been just delightful. The lengths that each of them is willing to go to for the other to keep them safe is so endearing and so beautiful. Within the pages you can just feel how much they love one another. It's truly magical writing. 

There were some things discovered about some of the side characters that was extremely surprising. Again, things I did not see coming at all. My emotions are just all over the place right now. So many shocking things happen, especially towards the end of the book, that I have been left in a sort of shocked state. I feel like Alice did at the end of the book. 

Overall, this book was mind blowing! If you liked the first book, you will love this one even more. If you have not read the first book yet, then I can't recommend it enough! Seriously, you need this series in your life! I am immediately moving on the book three in this series. This series is one that I cannot put down!

Read my review for Book 1 in The Collectors’ Society series here.

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 their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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If you have read The Hidden Library, what are you thoughts? If you could get lost in any book timeline, what would it be? What character from a book would you most like to meet?


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