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The Collector’s Society – Heather Lyons [Review]

The Collector’s Society – Heather Lyons [Review]Author: Heather Lyons
Title: The Collector's Society
Series: The Collector's Society #1
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Pages: 355
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy

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?
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

The Collector’s Society is the first book in the Collector’s Society series by Heather Lyons.

  • Point of View: first person
  • Tense: present
  • Setting: multiple places and times

Jennifer’s Review of THE COLLECTOR’S SOCIETY

From the very first page, I was hooked on The Collector’s Society. It’s so much fun to read for many reasons. I particularly enjoyed the subtle references to the stories from which the characters originated. For example, Alice got nervous when she saw a pocket watch. The author of The Collector’s Society did a great job of blending the old with the new, without being obvious. I’m sure there are tons of examples I could give if I were more versed on the classics; I probably didn’t even pick up on all the allusions.

I loved the story, and I will definitely read the other books in the series. I strongly suggest it. It’s a mixture of fantasy, romance, and science fiction, which should appeal to a lot of readers. Plus, it was well-written, despite the use of present tense, which I normally can’t stand.

The Collector’s Society reminded me in small ways of Once Upon a Time (TV), The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (both movie and book), The Librarian (TV movie), and the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines, which starts with Libriomancer. If you like any of those, you will probably like The Collector’s Society.

I’m sorry this review isn’t as detailed as normal. I’ve been having a lot of technical difficulties, which have put me far behind schedule. I hope to be able to add more to this review when I have more time and fewer problems with the Internet, my laptop, and my tablet.


About Heather Lyons

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.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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