Friday, March 6, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society #2) by Heather Lyons [ARC Review + Excerpt + Giveaway]


Title/Author: The Hidden Library | The Collectors' Society #2
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!

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected...

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.





And don't miss the first book in the series!

The Collectors' Society:




My Review:

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!



Excerpt:

The book was big and heavy and seemed to take up the width of the love seat we were crammed onto, two teenagers and their mother, but Katrina didn't mind. For such a beautiful, fragile-looking woman, she was strong. Brom would tease her about it, but that’s all it was—teasing. Everyone at the Institute knew that Katrina was the backbone of everything. Katrina had nerves of steel, and a stare that could cut down the densest forest. Her heart was massive and her belief in doing the right thing was astounding. She was strong, both physically and emotionally, and it was one of the things that I loved best about my mother.
She tried so hard with me. So, so hard. She never let me run, and the truth was, because of her, I eventually stopped wanting to. She’s the one who taught me that settling down was an okay thing. She’s the one who taught me I could let my defenses go and rely upon family. That opening up my heart didn't mean losing myself like I once feared.
“Why is this book important?” she asked us that afternoon.
Victor looked across the space and met my eyes. He rolled his and I fought back the urge to laugh. I liked Victor. He was smart—smarter than Sawyer, but he never lorded it over me. He sounded so smart, too, and for the first few weeks I was at the Institute, I was too embarrassed to speak around him. Some of the kids in the neighborhood told me I spoke like some hillbilly hick on TV, one that should have all their teeth missing and live in the swamps with gators or have fleas or something equally horrifying and yet all too painfully realistic. I nearly got my ass kicked a number of times and a few black eyes when I did talk to those kids because language changed over the years. Attitudes and society had changed for the better. Words I grew up with were no longer okay to use, and it scared the shit out of me that I never knew that before coming to New York. I wasn't smart like any of the rest of them. I didn't have the schooling or upbringing they all did. It didn't take long to realize I was that hick they said I was. But Victor, smart, clean, cultured Victor, never got on me about any of those things. Granted, Katrina would have verbally tanned his hide had he, but still.
I let Victor answer Katrina’s question, because I was afraid to say something stupid. Hell, even with all the tutors they’d hired for me, reading was still something I struggled with at that point, so it wasn't like I could even tell either of them what the title was.
“It’s a book of fairy tales,” he said. “Popular ones.”
It wasn't the answer she wanted, but she didn't belittle him for it. “Why do we need fairy tales?” But before he could answer, she said, “Huck?”
Katrina was the last person I ever allowed to call me Huck, but even she stopped when I changed my name permanently.
My tongue felt thick, and I think I may have even started to sweat as they waited for my answer. I debated not answering, actually. But then I looked into her eyes and understood that she genuinely wanted to hear what I had to say.
So I told her, “They give people hope for happy endings.”
“You are so right.” She’d smiled. It was so beautiful, like that of one of the princesses’ pictured within the thick volume. I loved those smiles of hers, and she was so generous with them. “It’s funny, so many of the stories within this book are actually dark and rather violent, and yet, over time, we have come to associate fairy tales with the happiest endings we could ever imagine. This book represents the undying belief in good that people have. That’s the power of books, boys. Stories such as these endure because of hope.”
Children's and Household Tales, otherwise known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, was the first book I voluntarily ever read once I knew how. And it was all because my mother taught me to hold on to hope.
My mother did not get a happy ending.
“They’ll pay for what they did.” My vow is quiet. Angry. “Make no mistake about that.”

Giveaway:




About the author:

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. 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.






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2 comments:

  1. Jessica MangicaroMarch 6, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed this one too! I agree with the slower start, but it was hard to figure out how to change that, especially with all of Heather's foreshadowing! I think Alice is also one of my favorite new heroines too! And I loved her and Finn together in this book!

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  2. No I agree it wasn't like it could've been helped so it didn't really bother me at all. I know you love who you love and trust me I do get it but YAY so glad you liked Alice and Finn in this one <3 Finn sigh...

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