Holy cannoli! It’s here!!! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Heather Lyons’ THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!! THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before…
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis
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?
“Do you find my ability to converse lacking, Doctor?”
He chuckles softly, no doubt remembering how I wasn’t chatty with anyone, himself included, for the first month of my stay. To be fair, it is difficult to carry on an invigorating discussion when one is shaking so hard from withdrawals they fear they might shatter into thousands of painful pieces before a single word can be uttered. Plus, there was the whole bit of how once I did open up, I raved liked a lunatic about things no normal person could imagine being true.
“Certainly not,” he says to me. “But as I must stay at the Pleasance and you must go forth into the world, it will do you good to practice on somebody new.”
“Then send in one of the orderlies. Or one of the nurses. I’ll happily chat with a staff member.”
One of his bushy, out-of-control eyebrows lifts high into his forehead.
“There are people out there who are quite content being solitary,” I point out. “Who do not need to converse with anybody but themselves and their dogs.”
He sets his pen down. “What about cats?”
Rigor mortis sets in ever so briefly at this question.
“You father said you were quite fond of cats growing up. There was one in particular that you favored. Dinah, was it not?”
“I’m—” I have to clear my throat. “Lately, I wonder if perhaps I’m more of a dog person after all.”
Whitney’s Six Star Review
** I reserve my six star reviews for the best of the best. Simply put a six star review is for a book that I find perfect. One I will re-read over and over again. It doesn’t happen very often.
“What madness is this? Where on earth is Heather going with this story?” — Those were myy thoughts four or five pages into this book.
Once I figured out what was going on (maybe chapter 3-4), I was hooked. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like The Collector’s Society (TCS) before. It’s completely unique and Heather’s brain must be a very cool place to be in order to create this story.
TCS is difficult to describe in terms of genre. It’s part mystery, adventure, fantasy, fairy tale and definitely a romance.
It’s hard to talk about the plot without giving anything away because even knowing who the characters are and how the storyline works would have lessened the experience for me. So I urge you NOT to read many reviews. Mine is safe because I am making it that way. Others may not be so kind.
Once the character’s true identities were revealed as well as the direction of the storyline, I could not put my Kindle down. I stayed up until 3am to finish TCS and then I dreamed about the characters all night! They just won’t let go of my heart.
What I will say about the plot is this (and it’s very general and only a small piece of what’s going on in the story): Alice from Wonderland is all grown up and having difficulty assimilating into normal society. She then learns Wonderland is in danger and she is the key to saving it from destruction. Unfortunately, the lives of everyone in Wonderland and those of her new friends are still at risk even if she returns to help.
Forget what you know about Alice in Wonderland. This is no cartoon and Alice is one badass chick. She’s clever, witty and lethal. She also has a huge heart, one that has been shattered. Alice meets an equally entertaining group of people at The Collector’s Society and I promise you will be intrigued by these characters, especially the sexy and charming Finn. He’s not the only swoon worth guy either but you’ll have to read to find out more.
Heather’s writing is excellent, the storyline flows well. For a fairly complicated plot, it moves along rather quickly and is easy to read. It’s hard to express how much I loved this story… the uniqueness, the way Heather wove together so many little historical and literary references is amazing. This is now tied for #1 for my top of 2014 reads.
There is a romance here, a lot of sexual tension and a few sex scenes but it’s so much more than that. It’s an experience. I’m not saying this story is for everyone but if you love contemporary romance, classic literature and/or fairy tales, then you need to give this a shot because it’s a blend of all three. It’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The story location goes back and forth between fantasy and real world so it’s got something for everyone.
Yes, this is book one in a series but I promise it’s safe to read now. There is no cliffhanger and even though there are still some unanswered questions, it is nothing that will keep you up at night. This gets my highest recommendation!
**Warning- this is not a YA or children’s story. Even though it features Alice from Wonderland, these are adult characters and there are plenty of sexual situations (most are not very graphic), language, drug references, and mild violence. 18 and up.
About Heather Lyons
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
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