Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Published: February 26th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 311
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Source: InkSlinger PR
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!
I received a copy of this book, from InkSlinger PR, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!
I have been dying to get my hands on this book ever since finishing the first one, The Collectors' Society. I love this world that Heather Lyons has created along with the personalities she's given these well known and beloved characters. Many of them are quite different from the books they've been pulled from yet still with little hints of the people you expect them to be still intact. I will admit I haven't read all of the stories of the people she's included, some of them just a brief knowledge of their stories, but the ones I have read about I am really enjoying the new life that she has brought to them.
Besides the characters I feel like what grabs me the most about these books is the rich, descriptive settings and worlds that she has built for them, they all seem to me very true to their timelines, though sometimes with a little bit of a twist that I find so very interesting. Whether it's in modern day New York City, or in vibrant fantasy lands filled with odd creatures and even odder characters, or tumbling backwards in history to the moors in England or to the era surrounding the Civil War, you really get a feel for each one of the worlds she tosses you in to and I love that feeling of anticipation to see where I'll be taken to next. Because the possibilities truly are endless!
Alice has got to be one of my most favorite new heroines. One of the things I like the best about Alice is she's just so...classy. She's a force to be reckoned with especially when dealing with someone or something she cares about and I would definitely not want to cross her, but even in doing so she still has this classy air about her that I love that makes her feel so very Alice-like. She's fierce and passionate, smart and funny and just so much fun to read. And then there's Finn who makes me swoon like no other and is heart achingly sweet and loyal and equally as fierce and passionate as Alice. I fell hard for him in the first book but this one made me just fall harder. He surprised me in so many ways with how understanding and the lengths and amount of himself he's willing to sacrifice for his loved ones. I just can't get enough of this guy. Then you have Finn and Alice together and sparks....magic.
There is a bit of a slowness to the start of the book as we're given information and backgrounds and setting in motion the events that come about with The Hidden Library. Not in a bad way though and it's really all stuff that you kind of need to know. It's just that you know that something crazy is just around the corner, action, drama, blood, romance, so many things that will keep you on the edge of your seat and heart pounding and filled with anticipation. And you do get all of those things! Heather Lyons is really good at writing these scenes that waver between speeding your heart up, making it shatter or stop completely all together. And I love and hate every minute of it! Mostly I just hate the fact that I have to now play the waiting game for the next book. I'm not a very patient person as it is and the way we're left with this one very nearly did me in!
This series is just the right amount of contemporary and classic mixed with fantasy and splashed with a bit of romance. Filled with familiar characters, even if you only know them by name, some of them you'll love, some of them you'll hate and others will have you wondering if they truly are friend or if they're foe. I'm still just as hooked as I was after finishing the first book and I can't wait to be able to drop everything and read the next one!