The Hidden Library (Collectors' Society #2) by Heather Lyons
The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society) (Volume 2)
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.
* This is the second book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors' Society series.
I started reading The Hidden Library and thought this is good, but not as good as the first book. The first few chapters I was just like okay...then it was like wait?! What is happening?! This is amazing!! I think I just had to get used to a slightly different voice for Alice since she is not as new to everything now. Really another great read and I cannot wait to read the next book and see what happens!
While The Collectors' Society was more focused on Alice and her story, The Hidden Library focuses more on Finn. You get to see his timeline, how he thinks of the things that happened, and just get to know him more. I still love him so much. Really I loved seeing how he thought of everything that happened in his timeline. I love reading these books and seeing what the characters think of their stories (though this is a story as well so...)
"I resented I was born in such a place. Loathed that I even associated with anyone who lived there...I came to hate Twain and his goddamn books.
I hated that he put those things in print."
Finn really doesn't like his story. He really hates Tom Sawyer and wants nothing to do with him or the place he grew up. He is still hurting over Jim and I don't blame him. When he and Alice go back to his timeline it is just like yes, why would he forgive Tom?
Alice was amazing in this story just like the first. When she goes with Finn to his timeline, oh she was awesome. She doesn't sugar coat things or take anything from anyone. I loved how she just laid it all out there for those people. Maybe Tom wants to make up and be friends, but she understands why Finn wants nothing to do with him. The more she learns of his past the more she understand, the more she dislikes these people. She is the same way. She wouldn't want anything to do with them either.
There are still Wonderland themes in this story as well. The society captured Todd's accomplice at the end of the last story so they are trying to find out who is ordering the timelines to be deleted. Who is behind all of this? While also trying to find Sweeney Todd to hopefully get more answers. It was so much fun to read!
"'I didn't take you as a reader. No-don't take that the wrong way. I meant no offense. You just struck me as more of a take action woman rather than a reader.'
I ask cooly, 'Who says a woman can't be both?'"
Oh I love you Alice. Just as much as I love Finn. And I love the two of them together. I still love how Jace is dealt with. It is so refreshing to see people actually be adults and actually care about the people they care about, doing what they need to, wanting what is best for them. As more and more of the story is revealed, who is involved with the villains, it is just so much fun to read. Some of the people involved are a bit surprising, but then Alice or one of the other main characters will think about them in a way that I never did and it is just like yes, that makes sense. Why did I never think of those stories that way? It is all set up that they are good people in their stories, but maybe not. Again with the story is what the author chooses to tell maybe not what it is actually like. Love it.
It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. What will happen? Will they be able to figure out what is going on and why? And will they be able to stop the bad guys? I cannot wait to start the next book. This is definitely a new favorite series of mine. I just haven't read anything else quite like it. I love the way books are talked about and the characters are some of my all time favorites. Such a great read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2