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The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society Book 2) by [Lyons, Heather]
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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 their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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This book pulls all the punches. It starts where The Collector's Society left us. I felt this was even better than book one. So many different elements going on. It was darker then the first but fantastic. Really worth a read. I cannot wait for the next.
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*Note: The Hidden Library is the second book in a series, so I recommend you read book one The Collectors' Society first.

The series focuses around Alice Reeve (yes Alice from the Wonderland books) and a society who battle to save literary timelines and characters. We get to meet lots of famous characters from all sorts of novels including from Huckleberry Finn, Sweeney Todd, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice and many more. The story starts right after the dramatic ending of book one, with the society and timelines in danger.

This instalment is much more Finn-centric because we get his POV too. When you're faced with a reworking of a story it's always interesting to see how the author sticks to or varies from the characters original story. With Finn I already knew his story but seeing it in depth from his POV and getting to know more about his past was good but really heartbreaking.

Alice seems to be a little more together than she was previously, but the story still focuses on the issue of reality and madness. The overall concept of the series is really clever and the way in which Heather Lyons seamlessly ties past stories together is great.

Alice and Finn work together to help save the timelines. I've gotta say that I love their relationship and it's nice to see some sweet and steamy scenes of them together. I do however, have a huge soft spot for a certain King!

I loved getting to see some of my favourite characters from the previous book and meeting some new ones. One character in particular made me really nervous!

There are lots of unanswered questions and after THAT ending I'm equal parts intrigued and nervous for the next instalment in the series!

I received a review copy.
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Lyons has done it again. Delivering another exciting and magical story filled with love and hope, despite all the chaos and disorder that ensued after the craziness of book one. I am still totally awed by the brilliance of this book; taking much loved characters from a variety of classic novels, giving them a new, modern edge. I am completely jealous (that I never wrote this myself) but so inspired by this masterpiece that deserves to be on a shelf alongside the classics that are mentioned within its pages.

Where book one focused mainly on Alice and her time in and out of Wonderland, her arrival at The Society and the need for her to return to the place she was exiled from, having to face her demons, this book gave more insight into Finn and his life and timeline; the hatred and anger he harbors towards Tom. Once again, it was a thrill ride to step into different timelines with these characters, to experience a plethora of different worlds and identities.

This book was also a complete mystery, from the why S. Todd and Rosemary and company were deleting timelines, to whom they were working for. Then there was the question of who Gabe really was and why he had more than one identity. Who was the mole? Every flip of the page just took me deeper into a tangled web of deceit, lies and secrets, and I couldn't wait to unravel each mystery.

The final moments of this story were harrowing and I felt like I was on an adrenalin high just reading the last few chapters. And when the last words were read I wasn't sure if I wanted to cry, or scream, maybe even punch something or throw my Kindle across the room. I need more of this amazing series, and I need it NOW!!!
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HASH(0x9a081ed0) out of 5 stars This is a series for all book lovers 5 Mar. 2015
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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. The First book, The Collectors' Society, was one of my favorite books of 2014, so I beyond excited to get my hands on the second book. And even more excited when I opened the book on my kindle and saw that I was quoted from my review of the first book. (This has to be the most epic week on the blog EVER! I believe that there are 3 five star reviews in one week and I am quoted in 2 books. Neither of those things have happened before!) This is an amazing follow up to the first book. I have no idea how Heather Lyons manages to do it, but this book really has it all. The characters are even more complex and rich, the storyline keeps getting better and better and the writing is thoughtful, funny, and so very emotional.

The Hidden Library picks up right where the first book left off, but this time we get to see so much more of Finn's point of view! I loved it. The writing switches off between Alice and Finn every couple of chapters, and everything was very labeled and the POV shifts flowed along with the storyline very well. For the first 20% of the book I was a smidge worried that The Hidden Library was going to be a slower read than the first book, but I was completely wrong. The story zips along. Not only do Finn and Alice have their hands full with villains, but they also go into many more timelines than they did in the first book. I loved that because I got to travel to more book worlds, which was one of the things that drew me towards this series in the first place.

Heather Lyons writing is something to talk about. This lady knows how to write. I love how she doesn't just use twists and turns for shock value, she uses them to layer on complexity and detail into her story. Not to mention she can make you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster ride. She will have you grieving on one page and laughing on the next. Every single sentence and character of hers evokes emotion. I can't emphasize how much I love that about this series. Her writing is masterful, and the Collectors' Society is a series that I can't get enough of. I need the next book right now. I want to go back to wonderland. :) This is not a series for fantasy lovers or new adult lovers. This is a series for all book lovers.

*disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not compensated for my review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98fbcf48) out of 5 stars A Thrilling Sequel in a Magical and Unique Series!! 1 Mar. 2015
By Stephanie Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars

'The Hidden Library' is the exhilarating second book in an adult romantic fairy tale series. It picks up where the first book left off - with Alice and Finn, along with the rest of the Collector's Society, are preparing to hunt down a dangerous villain who is destroying other people's legacies. They will attempt to unravel the mysteries surrounding them, in an attempt to put an end to the villain's plans. Although working together on the case, it turns out that secrets abound. Alice and Finn each have secrets of their own that must stay hidden for various reasons, they have some that they can share with one another, and with this case, they find themselves falling deeper into all the secrets that Wonderland holds - ones that will ultimately test their loyalties, put them up against both new and old enemies, and worst of all - some will expose truths so dangerous that they put Alice and Finn (along with many others) in serious peril. What secrets are meant to be kept and which should they reveal? Can they trust each other - or anyone else - with the hidden knowledge they're harboring? Secrets - one way or another - might destroy them all in the end.

I absolutely adored the first book in this series and I couldn't wait to read this installment. I have to admit that the first novel gave me high expectations and hopes for this book - but I had nothing to worry about. It was just as good as the first with tons of action, adventure, some serious mysteries, and romance. I loved slipping back into the world the author created for the series; it was so easy for me to do that it happened without me realizing it. It felt as if no time had really passed since I 'left' and I was able to get completely lost in the story. Alice is still a fantastic female lead for the series. She's strong - both physically and mentally - and these only grow throughout the book. She's also practical, intelligent, determined, and devoted to their cause. Her character growth was easy to see as the story progressed, and I really liked watching Alice become more stable and confident in her roles in both the Society and in Wonderland. Of course, there's Finn - who also undergoes some character growth throughout the book. I loved watching Alice and Finn's relationship continue to develop as the story went on. It was a big part of the story and I feel that it was portrayed in a perfect way. (No spoilers here - you'll have to read it for yourself to find out what I mean!)

The setting continued to be utterly realistic and the vivid imagery and detailed descriptions - especially of Wonderland and it's inhabitants - had me literally enchanted during the entire book. I could easily close my eyes and see Wonderland come to life before me - and while I was reading the story, it felt like I was right there beside Alice the entire time. We get to learn more about the Collector's Society and Wonderland in this installment, which I loved. I was fascinated by any and all the information we're given about both - histories, secrets, hidden truths, scandal, inner workings. It gave me a better understanding of them both and I loved learning as much as I could about everything and anything concerning them. I hope that the author puts more of this type of information into the next book, so we can get an even clearer and more detailed picture of Wonderland and the Collector's Society, as well as everything that goes along with them. The writing, aside from the amazing descriptions and imagery, was fast paced but not rushed. I felt like the story had a natural flow to it - there were times when I could sit back and enjoy reading the story; while at other points I was on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could to see what was going on and what would happen next. Overall, this was a beautifully written and thrilling second book in a very unique series. I'm already counting down the days until the next book is released. I very highly recommend this book - and the series - to fans of fairy tales, fantasies, fairy tale retellings, action and adventure, mysteries, and romance. There's something for everyone to enjoy in the series, so I encourage everyone to at least give it a chance. It might surprise you and drag you into the story like it did with me.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99180510) out of 5 stars Binaries <3 15 Oct. 2015
By Rachel Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.”

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 Society. He and Alice are working to get answers out of their prisoners who had been tormenting The Society in the previous book.

Alice and Finn are on the hunt for the elusive big bad who has been destroying timelines and ending countless lives, but the further they get, the more questions they have. Finn and Alice also face old demons, enemies and threats along the way, hindering their search greatly.

This book began a little bit slow for me, but that's my fault because I waited so long to read this, I forgot some of the details. But it picked up very quickly before turning into an action packed novel with lots of plot twists and surprises. I love when the characters would venture into different timelines; I was enraptured by Finn's hometown and riveted by the trip back into Wonderland. The author has such a vivid imagination, and reading this book was like stepping into real and new worlds.

I have to say I was kept guessing while reading this book, I never knew where it was going to go next. The plot is so beyond intricate with character dynamics, settings, and more, it's a story that keeps you on your toes. I cannot wait to see what comes with the next book as this one was even better than the first.

My one teeny tiny little bit that wasn't perfect: my heart bleeds for the White King. I still feel his connection for Alice is incredibly strong. I'm hoping he gets a love interest soon because I just feel so damn for the bad guy that I am ready to be on his team (or keep him for myself. I may do that instead). Otherwise, I loved this book!

“True love does not have limits or restrictions. True love allows a person to love deeply and unconditionally. True love does not ask you to let go of life. True love encourages you to live.”
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x991804e0) out of 5 stars 6 Fantastic Stars! 26 Feb. 2015
By Whitney McGregor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**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 from TCS are back. Alice continues to kick as*, Finn continues to be sexy and supportive, The White King continues to break my heart and make me swoon.

THL is a dual POV story with Finn and Alice. Though TCS was firmly Alice's story, THL focuses much more on Finn's background and their relationship as a whole. TCS is still on the hunt for Todd and his band of villains so they can save Timelines from being destroyed.

A quick trip to Wonderland as well as several other Timelines will keep you on your toes! This is definitely a page turner. The action scenes are well thought out and I loved to see Alice and Finn working side by side.

I won't give away any plot details but as the story goes on, we learn that the cast of Villains is much more complicated that TCS ever thought. Finn struggles a lot with his past and even manages to get himself into some trouble. Alice comes face to face with one of her enemies but has the support of both men that love her.

In true Heather Lyons fashion, when I finished this book my eyes were red and puffy from crying and I loved every single minute of it. Her writing is flawless and the character development exceptional. I have no clue where she comes up with her unique story ideas but I'm so grateful she does.

Now I will be anxiously awaiting book three. This series keeps getting better and is a must read. A rare 6 star rating from this picky reader!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9917dc54) out of 5 stars So clever 26 Feb. 2015
By Zili Robins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*Note: The Hidden Library is the second book in a series, so I recommend you read book one The Collectors' Society first.

The series focuses around Alice Reeve (yes Alice from the Wonderland books) and a society who battle to save literary timelines and characters. We get to meet lots of famous characters from all sorts of novels including from Huckleberry Finn, Sweeney Todd, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice and many more. The story starts right after the dramatic ending of book one, with the society and timelines in danger.

This instalment is much more Finn-centric because we get his POV too. When you're faced with a reworking of a story it's always interesting to see how the author sticks to or varies from the characters original story. With Finn I already knew his story but seeing it in depth from his POV and getting to know more about his past was good but really heartbreaking.

Alice seems to be a little more together than she was previously, but the story still focuses on the issue of reality and madness. The overall concept of the series is really clever and the way in which Heather Lyons seamlessly ties past stories together is great.

Alice and Finn work together to help save the timelines. I've gotta say that I love their relationship and it's nice to see some sweet and steamy scenes of them together. I do however, have a huge soft spot for a certain King!

I loved getting to see some of my favourite characters from the previous book and meeting some new ones. One character in particular made me really nervous!

There are lots of unanswered questions and after THAT ending I'm equal parts intrigued and nervous for the next instalment in the series!

I received a review copy.
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