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I started the Collectors Society not really knowing what I was getting myself into. What I do know is that Alice goes by Alice Reeves, and happens to be in an Asylum. There she is found by a Gentleman that goes by the name of Brom Van Brunt. He asks her to travel with her to New York City and that it is imperative for her to do so, to save Wonderland. That it is at risk.
"You are asking me to be selfish"
"Not at all" He towers over me. "I'm asking you to be strong and smart and brave, and to protect those who cannot protect themselves."
Like Alice of any world, she takes everything in stride.
"Sometimes, we must deal with our problems head on in order to let them go."
"Sometimes life is more extraordinary than we might first imagine"
And I think that is why I fell in love with this Alice. Because yes, she was nuts, but she admitted it herself. She knew what she could handle and how much of it she could handle.
"Sometimes our pasts are chains we cannot let go of, even if the key is in our hands. They define us in ways we resent, and yet they are somewhat precious, too. Because, logically, we understand that our pasts have made us who we are, even if we want nothing more to close our eyes to them."
I think I cried when I read this. I read this part several times, just to make sure that I had read it correctly. And what it says is true.
I don't even think it is possible for me to describe the many ways in which this book spoke to me. I fell in love with Alice. I fell in love with Finn. I fell in love with Victor and Mary. I fell in love with The White King, because come on, how could you not. He sacrificed a lot once he realized that Alice had happiness in her life.
"I will always do everything I can to ensure your happiness. Your happiness is my happiness, even if it means your heart is held in another's hands."
I love that there is action in this book. I like that Alice can take care of herself. That she's not some fragile girl that needs to be taken care of.
I believe that this will be one of those books that will be a repeat for me. It's that good!
First off, the world building is phenomenal! Lyons creates an intricately woven masterpiece that left me surprised and awed. There were so many vivid details and threads that connected impeccably. The world is just so creative and like nothing that I've read before. The plot is just as original and masterfully mapped out.
One of the best things about The Collectors' Society are the characters. They are some of the strongest that I have read in a while. I really couldn't get enough of them. There are so many characters in this book that are important to the story, and we get to see so much of them. I liked that we gradually got clues and information about the characters are the story progressed. The character development across the board was phenomenal!
The romance in The Collectors' Society was delightful. It didn't come about too fast or too slow. The main characters knew each other for months before anything happens romantically. There is nothing that I hate more than instalove, and I can happily say that this book was free of it. They grow towards one another as the story goes on. Their genuinely admirable characteristics bring them close. I also adored the relationship between the two side characters. While it was clear that they loved each other, they had a volatile relationship that was very entertaining.
I really loved all of the adventure. I loved the missions that they went on and all of the action that took place. I love how well balanced it was with the other parts of the story.
There was plenty of mystery in this book. From the way that the different timelines come into existence to the pasts of the different characters, there was much mind bending.
One thing that I do have to note is that this book is not a young adult book. Most of my reviews tend to be young adult book reviews, so I wanted to point out that this book is NOT young adult. There are graphic sex scenes in this book, though they are written tastefully. This book is definitely for a mature audience.
Overall, this one is a slam dunk! The writing, the characters, the plot, the world building...they are all top notch. This book has fast become a member of my favorites shelf. I cannot wait to move on to the second book in this series, The Hidden Library. In fact, I will start it just as soon as I post this review! If you are a fan of speculative fantasy, then I absolutely recommend this book! You NEED this book in your life!
This was a must unusual concept that was executed pretty well. I completely admire Heather Lyon's mind that was able to sketch this idea and plot. It started very slow for me, taking until 25% to really get into it. I do understand that the complexity of the collector's society purpose required quite a lot of background and setting up.
The characters of Alice and Finn are intriguing, who they are in the present and in the timeline is so interesting. These two have some magnetic chemistry and I enjoyed their friendship development. I also particularly liked the White King. There is peril, mystery, suspense and it was good to not know what was around the corner. There were times in the book where I found myself skimming but I did enjoy it on the whole.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog
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