Thursday, February 26, 2015

{REVIEW} The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons

Book 2 in the "The Collectors' Society" trilogy
Title: The Hidden Library
Author: Heather Lyons
Series: The Collectors' Society #2
Genre: Romance, Fairy Tale, Fantasy
Publication: February 26th, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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.
*Inkslinger PR kindly provided me with an ARC of the book*

Once again Heather Lyons managed to completely satisfy me! As I've already read quite a few trilogies and series I know that second books (or books further into a longer series) tend to lose their quality and become significantly worse, which is actually pretty sad. Heather Lyons on the other hand is totally different! Her characters are somewhat interesting and the whole concept of this series is fantastic - I can't say it often enough!

Alice Reeves, also known as Alice in Wonderland, is such a strong female lead character! Other characters could definitely learn a thing or two from her. She doesn't complain, she does what is necessary to protect the people she loves - and Timelines, of course - and is generally one brave woman. I seriously have a weakness for badass characters like Alice!

Finn Van Brunt is amazing too! I really liked and enjoyed his scenes with Alice because I think they're (1) a great team that just functions well together and (2) a really, really cute couple - they bring out the best in each other and support one another whenever and wherever they can! Seriously though, what Finn did for her in this book is incredible ... he's definitely more than a good guy and probably also a perfect match for our beloved Alice.

"I will always come to your aid if you need me. Always."

I've mentioned him in my review of "The Collectors' Society" and I'm definitely going to do this here again because he deserves an extra paragraph - The White King aka Jace. He stole my heart in the first book and hasn't given it back yet - he still has it. I just can't believe how amazing this man is - what he sacrificed for Alice and her to be happy, for his world, Wonderland, and all his people there ... he's just so great and I love him a lot! Whenever I read a scene with him and Alice my heart ached because I know how much he loves her but also can't be with her. It's just terribly cruel and I really hope he finds someone else (how about me? I'd volunteer!), so he can be happy too. He definitely deserves it! So, so much! For me, he's one of the best characters of this book/series! *sigh* ♥

Heather Lyons also created various worlds we got to explore a little more in this second installment - Finn's timeline for example! I must say that I loved it! All the worlds are so unique and interesting but so far Wonderland is definitely my favorite - I just love the idea of all this magical stuff and the different "creatures" and so on - I really wouldn't mind reading a book only about Wonderland itself and all the Queens and Kings (especially The White King!) sometime!

"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." 

The storyline was a bit confusing and "hidden" at first - I didn't really know what it all is about, except for finding Sweeney Todd and all this other terrible guys who tried to destroy Timelines but obviously there's so much more to that! Especially the last few chapters were really action-packed and fast-paced and I couldn't quite believe what I read and the end itself ... oh cliffhangers, how I love you. And this one was extremely mean. How long do I have to wait for book 3 now? Hopefully not too long, ahhh.

Overall it was a pleasure diving into these worlds again! I love the characters, Heather Lyons writing style, her ideas in general and just everything about this book. I'm recommeding the first book to everyone who asks and who I think would enjoy it immensely but I want to say it again - READ IT! You won't regret it!

★★★★★

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