The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons
So ever wonder what happened to Alice when she grew up and left Wonderland? Or how about Huckleberry Finn when he had to grow up? Did Dr. Victor Frankenstein ever have a biological child he never knew about? The Collectors' Society can maybe answer all our deepest questions about what ever happened to one of our favorite book characters. Alice Lidell aka Alice Reeve finds herself 6 months confined into an asylum in England. She has tried to push back memories of Wonderland behind her for she can never go back. Enter Mr. Brom Van Brunt with an offer she can't really refuse. She is to work for him to save Wonderland for if she doesn't it will never exist anymore. When she has finally convinced herself that it was all insanity here is someone who is telling her otherwise, can she even accept his offer? Once she does, she again steps into a world that is unfamiliar but has the markings of home, can she keep this one and the potential for another love without going insane?
The Collectors' Society was a thrill ride of unexpected pleasure, with an Alice that's all grown up and can literally kick anyones' ass and a strong, silent hero by the name of Finn Van Brunt aka Huckleberry Finn. This book is filled with characters that are familiar and yet seen through another perspective that its like reading favorite childhood stories all over again thru adult eyes. The world building was exquisite with a new way of describing all those stories. Like Wonderland and Orgies all in one breath, but that that isn't really as farfetched for some of us. I love the way Alice is portrayed here, how she is so different from what is known about her thru her books. This is primarily her story, her way of dealing with the aftermath of her life in Wonderland and her adapting again in the 21st century with a new purpose and a new beginning. The story ends bittersweet but happy for now with potentials for ongoing adventures involving other literary characters story line. But this is a must read for those who are as curious as Alice in Wonderland once was.
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?
*This is the first book in the Collectors' Society series*
Author: Heather Lyons
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance, Modern Adaptation
Published: October 23, 2014
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Rating:♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 cups (More than a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland, The Collectors' Society is an adventure filled novel happening in the pages of classic favorites that's guaranteed to keep the readers flipping those pages till the end and asking for more. Besides who doesn't want to read about an Alice that kicks ass literally!)