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.
I have been patiently waiting for this second book in The Collectors’ Society series for a while now and I’m excited to say it didn’t disappoint. Once again, Heather Lyons has penned a creative, nail-biting fantasy romance that had me on the edge of my seat! Don’t get me wrong, I thought the first book was rich in action and adventure, but the author really takes it up a notch in this second book, weaving twist after turn that had my head spinning and left me clueless to where she’d take the story next. Not many books can surprise me like that, so I love that everything about this story was unexpected and had me guessing the whole way through.
This second book picks up right after the ending of the first one where the Collectors’ Society members are back again, especially the badass heroine Alice and the charismatic hero Finn as well as their colleagues. The premise of the story is that many beloved literary characters are well and truly alive, and each of the books they hail from are called timelines. A sinister villain is destroying those timelines, and hereby destroying characters in the process and it’s up to the Collectors’ Society to protect them. Lines will be crossed and love will be tested…
This book was just as gripping as the first one, though I admit in the beginning it took me some time to really settle into the story. The setting is in the 21st century but be warned, the writing style is reminiscent of historical times (which I LOVED by the way). The overall feel of the story was whimsical, quirky, and unique, and the dynamic characters, intricate plot, as well as the lyrical writing made it easy for me to get lost in the book. I think my one complaint with the story was that the romance aspect felt a little lacking but not where it hindered my enjoyment of the book. It’s just that Alice is such a strong heroine that she – in my opinion – completely overshadows Finn and it’s hard to remember she’s got a romantic interest sometimes. I get the feeling that if she ever lost him, yes, she’d be devastated but still be able to move on, and from a romance standpoint, I want to feel that need, that strong unbreakable bond. I still adored these characters individually though, and while I liked Finn in the first book, he really shined in this one. His unwavering support for Alice despite the circumstances is what makes him stand out to me.
Aside from the somewhat weak romance, everything else about this book was wonderful. The author stuns with her rich, complex plot and by the end of the book I was dying to get my hands on the next one. If you’re a fantasy and/or fantasy romance lover, definitely check out this series as it’s a reading experience unlike any other!
The Hidden Library is the 2nd book in this adult fantasy romance series and isn’t a standalone. You must read The Collectors’ Society first.
An advanced copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 stars!