The Hidden Library

The Hidden Library

by Heather Lyons

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151254458
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Series: The Collectors' Society , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 387,910
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching romance. 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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The Hidden Library 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MegHayes More than 1 year ago
My goodness is the rabbit hole deep- I will gladly fall into any hole that includes as many amazing scenes as this book! There is no guessing exactly where you will end up as this story winds its way into your heart. Everything about this series is perfect!
Maari More than 1 year ago
'Sometimes the rabbit hole is deeper than expected..' This is the second book in the The Collectors' Society and reading the first is highly recommended, actually necessary. I LOVED the first book of what we now know is a quadrilogy, but this book is even better! Ms. Lyons can spin quite a fairy tale!! She keeps us on our toes with this one, and guessing all along. Very rarely what I thought was going to happen, happened.. Extraordinary writing!! and that ending..
PiecesofWhimsy More than 1 year ago
*NOTE: This review will contain some spoilers for the first book, so do not read this until you have read The Collectors' Society (which you should totally do right now because it is awesome! 4.5/5 Stars I read the first book in this series, The Collectors' Society when it released late last year, I was on a bit of an 'Alice in Wonderland' retelling kick, and this seemed to awesome to pass up. The book was so much more than I'd anticipated (in a completely good way!) and I was dying for the next book in the series as soon as I'd finished! I don't think anyone can comprehend just how excited I was when I realised the release date for The Hidden Library was so soon and as I could get my hands on a copy (or at least my kindle), I easily dived right back into the story! Now, you may think that since the tension between Alice and Finn was 'resolved' in the first book, that their relationship wouldn't be as steamy and as exciting. You would be wrong. There are just as many sparks between Alice and Finn, just as much drama, and just as much danger in The Hidden Library, more than enough to keep everyone satisfied! I liked that we got to see more book characters from other timelines, especially some (one in particular) of the Janeites since I am very partial to Ms Austen's works! And I was very happy to learn more about wonderland and Finn Van Brunt as they are two things I am very interested in *suggestively looks at Finn*. There was so much going on in this book I didn't know where to look! Everyone had their own agenda and I could never tell what was going to happen next. All the characters are brilliantly done and the story idea and plot are great. I was hooked from beginning to end and the only real problem I have is that the next book isn't sitting in front of me right now! Seriously, I'm not sure I'm going to survive the wait between now and the next book - I need it! I just find this story to be so unique and engaging, who doesn't imagine/fantasize about their favourite book character being real. I love the characters and the new (or should I say 'extra') life Heather has given to them. I always get sad when a story ends so having this new life breathed into old characters, like Alice, is just great fun and it keeps the stories going. If you have read The Collectors' Society but haven't read this book yet - do so now. If you haven't read The Collectors' Society - do so now and the read The Hidden Library! *I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review*
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
The Collectors' Society left me in awe of Heather Lyons amazing way with words but The Hidden Library left me mind blown. I honestly didn't think I could fall anymore in love with two characters, Finn Van Brunt and Alice Reeves, but I did. Everything about this book was perfect and it left me reeling. I'm anxiously awaiting the third book in the series because I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see where Heather will take us on this journey with those members of the Collectors' Society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TheUndomesticFangirl More than 1 year ago
Original review up on The Bookwhore Diaries. In this sequel, Finn and Alice will face a unlike any other challenge they faced that will test their relationship and also to their respective Timelines. We have discovered Alice’s past during The Collectors’ Society but will Finn be willing to share his past? We will see how the partners will go on a journey in discovering the mysteries behind the questions they uncovered from TCS. Is Rosemary Lovett and Sweeney Todd, who they say they are? Will they be able to solve those unanswered queries when they have problems of their own? TCS left us with zealous anticipation on what the answers are. From my review of The Collectors’ Society, I wrote how I loved all of the aspects of the book, especially The White King. *wink* I can’t say this book outdid the first one since for me, reading into the world of TCS for the first time was a magical thing. But I can say that THL explored what TCS left behind. It retained the fun side of things even when there are warfare going on in some of the Timelines. I liked that there’s a representative for fangirls. You’ll know it when you read about it. I sure hope to read of that character more. I loved that we are now seeing into Finn’s life before the Society. We can get a glimpse of his childhood and also see Mark Twain’s characters in a new light. His life and Alice’s is a big contrast to each other. Not in the means of the degree in hardships they faced but how they grew up and what they’ve experienced. No wonder they’re perfect for each other. I loved that we delve into these Timelines that have different periods/era. We get to read characters from classics long after what we’ve read about them. All the while, having fun and laughing at the witty dialogues of the characters and much more with the regal & poised threats and lines of Alice. The Hidden Library is about the love you discover while falling and the friendship you come across while climbing out the rabbit hole. Where can I apply to be part of the Society?
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books 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!
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
Lyons has done it again. Delivering another exciting and magical story filled with love and hope, despite all the chaos and disorder that ensued after the craziness of book one. I am still totally awed by the brilliance of this book; taking much loved characters from a variety of classic novels, giving them a new, modern edge. I am completely jealous (that I never wrote this myself) but so inspired by this masterpiece that deserves to be on a shelf alongside the classics that are mentioned within its pages. Where book one focused mainly on Alice and her time in and out of Wonderland, her arrival at The Society and the need for her to return to the place she was exiled from, having to face her demons, this book gave more insight into Finn and his life and timeline; the hatred and anger he harbors towards Tom. Once again, it was a thrill ride to step into different timelines with these characters, to experience a plethora of different worlds and identities.  This book was also a complete mystery, from the why S. Todd and Rosemary and company were deleting timelines, to whom they were working for. Then there was the question of who Gabe really was and why he had more than one identity. Who was the mole? Every flip of the page just took me deeper into a tangled web of deceit, lies and secrets, and I couldn't wait to unravel each mystery.  The final moments of this story were harrowing and I felt like I was on an adrenalin high just reading the last few chapters. And when the last words were read I wasn't sure if I wanted to cry, or scream, maybe even punch something or throw my Kindle across the room. I need more of this amazing series, and I need it NOW!!!
Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
I think anyone who likes adult sci-fi/fantasy should read this book. It’s easily one of my favorite series. There are great characters, interesting and mysterious plotlines, trips to Wonderland, and lots of romance and action. I mean, how could that go wrong? Characters: Alice Reeve continues to be one of the best female protagonists: she’s smart, doesn’t back down from a fight, cares deeply about people, and she rarely makes dumb decisions (thank goodness, finally someone who actually thinks before jumping into a horrible situation). She has adapted very well to life at the Collectors’ Society, and she is now an integral part of the team. She is also super supportive of Finn and his decisions, and I love how well they usually communicate. Finn Van Brunt…can you say SWOON? If The Collectors’ Society was mostly about getting to know Alice, The Hidden Library was much more about Finn. And it was delicious. We got to see a lot of his backstory, witness his fears, what makes him angry, what motivates him, what makes him love Alice…I love that Heather Lyons decided to split the POV between Finn and Alice. We got a lot more information about pretty much everything going on in New York, since Alice is still very new to the Society and doesn't know nearly as much as Finn. The rest of the crew is still here: Mary and Victor, who continue their ‘on again off again’ dance (though being in Finn’s head gives us some interesting insight into Victor and his motivations), plus some time with the infamous Tom Sawyer, some favorite (and not so favorite) characters from Wonderland, and a stubborn Janeite who won’t leave the Society alone. Also, The Librarian is as mysterious as ever. And can I just say that I don't trust her? Not one bit. Plot: Heather Lyons writes in such a way that the chapters just seem to fly by. There are certainly some that are focused on character development (especially when Finn and Alice travel into Finn’s timeline; again, this book sees plenty of Finn development), and then there are chapters that are mysterious, giving the reader far more questions about who is really destroying catalysts or what the Librarian truly knows about everything that is happening, and then there are sword and gun fights. One of our heroes ends up in a dangerous position for an extended period of time. Someone has to return to Wonderland for help. Lyons writes each with skill and clear delight; you can almost taste her love for these characters and their stories. I still don’t think we know who the big bad is. Like, there are all these psycho henchmen running around, and I can’t discern if any of them are orchestrating this whole thing. I have a few guesses, but Lyons seems pretty tight-lipped about who the mastermind is. Like, who do Todd and Rosemary work for? Who is this mysterious Gabe Lygari? WHAT IS GOING ON??? Romance: Finn and Alice are seriously the best. They are actually a functioning, loving couple. They communicate. They take time to just be together. They support each other. They have an adorable amount of snark in their conversations. I haven’t swooned over a couple like this in a long time. Side note: There is quite a bit more sex in The Hidden Library than there was in The Collectors’ Society. Just FYI. Conclusion: If you couldn’t tell from the rest of this review, I adore this series. I mean, I proclaimed this book a “Top Book of 2015” and it’s only February. It’s a fabulous re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland on top of being a wholly unique and engaging Sci-Fi/Fantasy tale. I will be bugging Heather Lyons for the next book, especially since she left us with a CLIFFHANGER. It’s rough you guys. See this review in more fun, full format at my blog, Ramblings on Readings.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
"The thing is," Finn continues quietly, "the Queen of Diamonds doesn't require me to fight her battles. She's more than capable of fighting them herself." I am so deeply immersed in this series, it's not even funny you guys. Upon finishing The Collectors' Society, I instantly wanted the next book in my hands so I could embark on the next adventure. Now, after finishing The Hidden Library I ALSO want the next book in my hands, because this time there's a cliffhanger. And lives are hanging in the balance and I JUST CAN'T. I absolutely adore the premise behind this series and I love that we are thrown once more down the rabbit hole in this one. We have some new players, as well as new enemies that threaten The Collectors' Society and what they have worked so hard to accomplish. I love that Lyons has made this dual-POV too. We get an even deeper connection to Finn this way and I loved getting inside his head, seeing how much he cares for Alice, his friends, his family, and how seriously he takes his job. I liked Finn well enough in the first book, but I really fell for him in this one. He is really a good match for Alice and I love that he doesn't falter at having a strong, independent girl by his side. They are partners in every sense of the word and I really appreciated seeing that dynamic between them. We also get a lot more of Finn's backstory in this one, which I enjoyed, as heartbreaking as it was. Confronting his past is not easy for him to do and yet he does so anyway, knowing the pain, anger, and regret he would feel. Alice and Finn's romance is also a bright spot for me. I love their moments together and that Lyons weaves romance into a plot that is focused on finding answers and who is behind the deletion of timelines. I also love that they still get sexy times amidst all of this. In addition to Finn and Alice, I do love Victor and Mary too. I wish we would have gotten a bit more on the romantic spectrum with them though. For those of you who loved going to Wonderland in the first book (*points at self*), you are in for another treat! We do get to see some of our Wonderlandian favorites and I think that particular arc was my favorite. Some of it could be rather bittersweet and I found my heart once again torn in half over the injustice of fate and destiny. I am beyond intrigued by the events that have played out in this one. I couldn't help but be taken by surprise by seeing some of those allied together and I am eager to find out how it will all unfold. The last 1/4 of the book is a flurry of action and my eyes were wide upon reading and I couldn't make myself read fast enough to discover what in the world was going on. I am incredibly suspicious of one character in particular, as I have never fully trusted them, so I am definitely curious as to whether or not my gut instinct is correct. Overall, I found this to be an excellent sequel. The first half of the book does not read as fast as the second half does, but Lyons' use of foreshadowing is key and I believe the details to be a necessity to understanding what is happening later on in the book, as well as in the next one. I am so anxious to get my hands on the next book because holy ending full of action, suspense, and anticipation! "True love does not have limits or restrictions. True love allows a person to love deeply and unconditionally. True love does not ask you to let go of life. True love encourages you to love even more, Princess. True love encourages you to live." *Received a copy of this book via InkSlingerPR in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
ReadsAlltheBooks More than 1 year ago
Heather Lyon's blew my mind again. Where and how she comes up with this story line is beyond me, the creativity that flows from her pen keeps me turning page after page. Let me tell you the rabbit hole is deep! The Hidden Library picks up not long after The Collector's Society left off. Finn and Alice are as strong as ever as a couple, Bram his healing from his wounds at the hands of Todd *Aka Sweeny Todd* and the Society is still on the hunt for a villain of seemingly epic proportions. Heather takes us on a fast paced ride, full of twists and turns, some epically sweet moments, some anxious, some cringe-worthy, and some worrisome Uh, that ending Heather...Really, just really? Let's say she leaves us on a bit of a cliff-hanger and needing more and needing it now! I loved getting back to all my favorite characters, The AD (Artful Dodger), Wendy (that's an interesting twist you HAVE to read about...sorry I can't share, but you need to know), Brom (Dear Brom), The Librarian (I can not wait to find out more about her. I mean is she a good person or not, is she a spy, is she just plain evil...who is she and where did she come from, they mystery of her alone could keep me fascinated through an entire series.), Mary and of course Victor. I really loved that we got a little bit more of Victor this book, a deeper look into his troubles and I am hoping with all that I am that perhaps he and Mary will get their happily ever after, perhaps their own book even. I want to take a minute to talk about someone who really stood out to me this book. Jace, The White King! Oh sweet baby Wonderlandians....Jace! I love Finn you guys, I mean I am a serious FINN-ATIC, but The White King, he tears me up. This mans heart and courage are beyond comprehension. His love for Alice, crushes me and brings me joy. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that there is no silly love triangle that makes you want to roll your eyes and tell one of the characters to get a freaking grip. There are no silly games and emo feelings being thrown about. There is a love that involves 3 people (no, I am not talking about a menage here), but this is a grown-up love, a love of understanding and acceptance. It is something beautiful and heartfelt and you come away just wanting the happiness of everyone involved. You walk away knowing that love is not a simple thing, it can be painful, but also beautiful and it can exist on many different levels. And talking about Jace leads me to Finn. I adore Finn. There has never been any doubt that his life has been challenging, that he doesn't fight daily with his feelings of inadequacy and sorrow. I loved how so much of this story was about him, not just him and Alice, but of his history and what drives him. I mentioned The White King's heart and courage but the same two things can be applied to Finn, those to are more alike than I think they would ever want to admit. Finn, puts everything on his shoulders, but I think with Alice by his side he is truly coming into his own. Finding his place in the world, other than as the son of Brom, future director of The Society, and brother of Victor. I adore him for the way he stands behind his beliefs, the way he stands up for those that can not stand up for themselves even when they are gone from this world and for the way that he stands BESIDE Alice. He accepts her for who she is, a kick as woman who needs a strong man beside her to encourage her and to be her support when needed, but not hinder her from doing what she knows she can do. Alice as I mentioned is just as amazing as ever. I love that there is no doubt in this story that she can and will take care of herself and those she loves. Things might get difficult and she may not always have the power to do what needs to be done, but she never stops trying. It is refreshing to see a heroine who is so sure of herself and her capabilities with out coming across vain and high horsed. She knows her abilities, she knows her worth, but she also (most importantly) knows the abilities and worth of the people around her and she never takes away from them. The Hidden Library is bit grittier and dirtier than The Collector's Society I thought. It felt like there was no holding back from Heather as she went full tilt into this world. There are some bits where I had to cock an eyebrow, (in my head, because I totally can't do that in real life...shame that) ahem, Mad perv. We get more 'alone' time with Finn and Alice and those moments never take away from the story, they just add to the relationship that is being built in front of our eyes. The action and suspense will have your heart pounding while the romance has it melting. This is a read that will keep you glued to your seat and turning pages until the book is complete and then leave you wanting more right away. If you love paranormal, romance, fantasy, fairy tales...this is a great book that I think you will thoroughly enjoy! Come to the Finn Side, we can always use more FINN-ATICS over here! *grins*
ThreeLittleBirdsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Fiercely fantastic, outrageously original, and deviously delectable – this sequel to one of last year’s most original reads was over-the-top good!   So much happened in this book. So, so much happened in this book! Overall, I LOVED this book. It was so fun and entertaining, and such an outstanding continuation to the first book. I thought The Collectors’ Society was thrillingly unique, and my mind was blown by Heathor Lyons’ creativity and genius, but The Hidden Library was on another level. I didn’t think that was possible! This story was intensely rich and vibrant, and I feel like I just survived the most thrilling whirlwind. My brain is muddled. I’m so glad that this is a review for book two because I can finally talk about the characters and the world of these books. It was pure torture trying to write a spoiler-free review last time. Not that I’m going to give anything away in this review (I’d never do that), but I can finally give this author the true fangirl service that she deserves. Storybook characters! STORYBOOK CHARACTERS! THIS BOOK IS ABOUT STORYBOOK CHARACTERS!! How could you not love a fantasy romance built around the most beloved and timeless characters ever written? It’s not possible. This is like a book addict’s Nirvana. Alice Lidell, Huckleberry Finn, Abraham Van Brunt, Mary Lennox, Jack Dawkins, Marianne Dashwood, and Victor Frankenstein Jr. are just a few of the awesome characters who make appearances in this book and the first. They are privy to a secret that most of the world is unaware: the worlds that authors create are real, and they’re called Timelines. In order to protect this secret, they’re a part of a clandestine group called The Collectors’ Society, and it is their mission to collect valuable items, called Catalysts, responsible for the existence of these worlds between the pages. In book one, we learned that the Timelines were being stolen and destroyed by a mysterious villain who may be a part of a bigger scheme, one that the members of TCS are determined to unravel. Like I said, brilliant! Also, totally thrilling. As we follow this main storyline, we learn more about each character and each timeline. Don’t worry; this isn’t just a retelling of the popular stories that have already been told. Heather Lyons put her own spin on each remarkable character and made them even more extraordinary.  In book one, we got to know Alice as a complete badass female who escaped madness in Wonderland and joined TCS to become an asset in the battle to save the Timelines. Her partner, Finn, helps her acclimate to the modern world, and a sweet romance begins to bloom between the two. So so sweet. Book 2, The Hidden Library picks up exactly where book one left off, with Alice being a fierce female, and the Society engaged in a battle to save the Timelines. Everyone involved has to explore sides to themselves that they don’t like to look at, and decisions are made to do what is required to save many lives. “War often requires a person to do whatever is necessary.” Have I already said how much I love an awesome heroine? Well, I love and awesome heroine, and Alice is exactly that! I also love an epic love story, and the one that builds between Alice and Finn is just the best. I swooned, I melted, I evaporated into a puff of sparkly goodness because these two interacting together gave me life. I loved them! Alice and Finn both have trust issues, and they’ve both been burned by life, and it was just the most delicious experience to watch them lower their guards and open their hearts. “He and I…We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many…Words [that] can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.” Aww. Love that. This love story is just so juicy because they’re both learning to be in a relationship. Alice has already had a great love, but it was a love that thrived in madness, and what she has with Finn is something new. Finn has his own baggage and scar tissue from his childhood, so to watch him struggle to reveal himself to Alice…gah!! I just cant…*swoon* “Familiar yet loathed insecurities resurface, and I force myself to remember I am not that kid anymore.” Alice is patient with Finn, because she knows that he’s worth it. She’s willing to risk the heartbreak that she knows can come from allowing yourself to give in to love. She’s willing to fight for her future. “Her hands curve back around my face and she stares at me. My heart thumps painfully within my chest, because I swear she’s not just looking at me, she’s unraveling me.” “She understands what she means to me. How she has stolen my heart…and how I don’t want her to give it back. How she made me believe in love, made me believe it’s real. That it’s worth fighting for. That it’s worth holding onto with both hands.” I absolutely loved how Heather Lyons built this love story on respect and partnership. I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than a team. When I read about a couple that works together, and helps each other overcome personal strives, and is there for their love – even when they have to put their heart and happiness at risk…damn, there’s nothing better than that. “And my regrets are so vast sometimes I wonder if they’re going to swallow me whole.” “She was right, though. If only is a beast.” Of course there’s angst and heartache – the best love stories always have those, but it’s the kind that makes the couple stronger, and helps their development, so they’re multidimensional and you root for them. Every hardship that they experience only makes the sweet times that much sweeter. “He kisses me, because he knows. He knows me. He knows my heart. He has become part of my heart.” So this was a very wordy review, but guess what? I didn’t tell you anything about the plot! I gushed about the romance and the characters because that was my favorite part of the story (and I can’t talk about the action too much, because that would just spoil things), but there is so much more to The Hidden Library, and the only way to understand how amazing this book is is to read it. You have to experience this ride! This review took forever for me to get down on paper because I kept rereading it, and the reread is the ultimate measure of love for this blogger. I get attached to books and characters. I love revisiting stories, and diving back into places that I loved. If I fall for a book, then it’s very hard for me to let it go, and I don’t think I’ll let go of this one anytime soon. “True love does not have limits or restrictions. True love allows a person to love deeply and unconditionally. True love does not ask you to let go of life. True love encourages you to love even more…True love encourages you to live.”
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'The Hidden Library' is the exhilarating second book in an adult romantic fairy tale series. It picks up where the first book left off - with Alice and Finn, along with the rest of the Collector's Society, are preparing to hunt down a dangerous villain who is destroying other people's legacies. They will attempt to unravel the mysteries surrounding them, in an attempt to put an end to the villain's plans. Although working together on the case, it turns out that secrets abound. Alice and Finn each have secrets of their own that must stay hidden for various reasons, they have some that they can share with one another, and with this case, they find themselves falling deeper into all the secrets that Wonderland holds - ones that will ultimately test their loyalties, put them up against both new and old enemies, and worst of all - some will expose truths so dangerous that they put Alice and Finn (along with many others) in serious peril. What secrets are meant to be kept and which should they reveal? Can they trust each other - or anyone else - with the hidden knowledge they're harboring? Secrets - one way or another - might destroy them all in the end. I absolutely adored the first book in this series and I couldn't wait to read this installment. I have to admit that the first novel gave me high expectations and hopes for this book - but I had nothing to worry about. It was just as good as the first with tons of action, adventure, some serious mysteries, and romance. I loved slipping back into the world the author created for the series; it was so easy for me to do that it happened without me realizing it. It felt as if no time had really passed since I 'left' and I was able to get completely lost in the story. Alice is still a fantastic female lead for the series. She's strong - both physically and mentally - and these only grow throughout the book. She's also practical, intelligent, determined, and devoted to their cause. Her character growth was easy to see as the story progressed, and I really liked watching Alice become more stable and confident in her roles in both the Society and in Wonderland. Of course, there's Finn - who also undergoes some character growth throughout the book. I loved watching Alice and Finn's relationship continue to develop as the story went on. It was a big part of the story and I feel that it was portrayed in a perfect way. (No spoilers here - you'll have to read it for yourself to find out what I mean!) The setting continued to be utterly realistic and the vivid imagery and detailed descriptions - especially of Wonderland and it's inhabitants - had me literally enchanted during the entire book. I could easily close my eyes and see Wonderland come to life before me - and while I was reading the story, it felt like I was right there beside Alice the entire time. We get to learn more about the Collector's Society and Wonderland in this installment, which I loved. I was fascinated by any and all the information we're given about both - histories, secrets, hidden truths, scandal, inner workings. It gave me a better understanding of them both and I loved learning as much as I could about everything and anything concerning them. I hope that the author puts more of this type of information into the next book, so we can get an even clearer and more detailed picture of Wonderland and the Collector's Society, as well as everything that goes along with them. The writing, aside from the amazing descriptions and imagery, was fast paced but not rushed. I felt like the story had a natural flow to it - there were times when I could sit back and enjoy reading the story; while at other points I was on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could to see what was going on and what would happen next. Overall, this was a beautifully written and thrilling second book in a very unique series. I'm already counting down the days until the next book is released. I very highly recommend this book - and the series - to fans of fairy tales, fantasies, fairy tale retellings, action and adventure, mysteries, and romance. There's something for everyone to enjoy in the series, so I encourage everyone to at least give it a chance. It might surprise you and drag you into the story like it did with me. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
"Words can still be lies even if they are freverently and wholly believed. Names can be lies, too. Names are nothing but assignments. Names are nothing but a costume." Wow! Heather Lyons has done it again! I am completely blown away right now. I can not wait to get my hands on the next book! The Hidden Library picks up right where The Collectors' Society left off. Alice and Finn are on the hunt for the villain who stop at nothing to destroy the time-lines. Questions will be asked. Some secrets will be uncovered and loyalties will be tested. Follow Alice and Finn as they try to unravel the mystery of The Hidden Library. This book is a fantastic follow up to The Collectors' Society. I was immediately pulled into the story. It felt as though no time has passed since I was last with these characters. The writing was brilliant, imaginative and captivating. The story-line is so refreshing. I couldn't help but get lost in the characters and world that Heather Lyons has created.  "Madness is a funny thing. One can live with it for ages: embrace it, fall into it, lose their inhibitions with it. Priorities shift. Realities change. Understandings transition. Madness, in a lot of ways, is a comfort. Madness allows soft footing past harsh truths we yearn to flinch away from." The Hidden Library is told from dual points of view and wow, what an amazing addition to this story. I loved seeing the events through Finn's eyes. I feel as though I learned so much more about him and can understand him better now. I love his partnership with Alice. Not only is he an amazing friend and partner, but he is completely supportive of her and loves her with every fiber of his being. "This pull, this understanding. It's the best kind of magic. It's the kind that makes me want to believe in fairy tales-the good kind. The kind where endings have hope." And Alice....what an amazing strong female character. She isn't afraid to deal with her problems and faces them head on. Never once complaining. When she loves someone, she loves them with everything that she is. She is supportive, kind and definitely curious!  The Hidden Library was such an exciting read for me. I got completely lost in the characters and the story. This book was smart, sexy, full of mystery and had some humorous moments. I loved the romance and the steam factor. There were so many great twists and turns. The closer and closer I got to the end, I found myself holding my breath in anticipation for what would happen next.  If you are looking for a refreshing and unique story that has a twist on some of your favorite fairy-tales, look no further. I highly recommend checking this book out! *I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Books_She_Reads More than 1 year ago
Alice and the gang are back!! How Heather Lyons managed to write a second book in this series that seems to be just as good if not better than the first is proof of this authors talent. You should NOT read this book if you have not already read The Collectors' Society. The Hidden Library starts right where we left off with The Collectors' Society and no time is waisted getting back into action. This book is freaking awesome. It will challenge everything you thought you knew about all the book characters of the past. The Hidden Library will take you to a world of fantasy and by the end you are convinced it is real because how else could someone know so much about these characters. Also, don't start this book unless you can dedicate the time because you are not going to want to put it down until you read the last pages. Then after that you are going to be tweeting, facebooking and stalking Heather Lyons to demand book three because it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. After reading The Collectors' Society I debated about what might happen next for this cast of characters, I thought about fates of so many and I created possible outcomes in my mind. The Hidden Library, was exceptionally well written, characters have depth and the plot that unravels is nothing like what I thought it was going to be. Trust is tested, secrets are revealed, hearts are pained and betrayal is an unliked feeling amongst the group. I was completely entranced with the first book of this series, The Collectors Society and The Hidden Library is no different. This is a highly entertaining and well written series that I hope doesn't go away any time soon.
ideagirl More than 1 year ago
I LOVED The Hidden Library. You will turn the pages faster and faster as you move through the book until you realize you've reached the end and are still holding your breath to see what happens next! Heather Lyons has done it again. I said it after The Collectors' Society, and I'll say it again, Alice kicks ass! It is no secret that I absolutely adore Alice, I think she is one of the most well written heroines I've ever found. Heather has written a character so incredible that I want to see her attributes in every book I read. Alice is a mixture of traits that would seem to be at odds with one another. Yet Heather pulls them together in a way that just makes sense and presents Alice with such consistency that you understand how all of her attributes fit and work together. Alice is at the same time: tough and vulnerable, sensitive and strong, courageous and exposed, independent and a team player, refined and bold. I LOVE how Alice NEVER backs down from a fight. She is honest, trustworthy, selfless and fiercely loyal - it feels like she speaks profound sentiments every time she opens her mouth. BUT, she’s not annoying or judgmental or stiff. Alice is the kind of woman that men fall in love with, and women envy. She absolutely deserves the love and devotion of two incredible men. Finn....Swoon....He's amazing! Like Alice, Finn is a fantastic mix of characteristics that make you admire and respect him. He's a guy's-guy and a woman's dream. Things always get a little more interesting when the White King is around. My heart aches every time Jace enters the picture. His devotions to Alice and to Wonderland are selfless and honorable. He shows up to save the day more than once and oh, does he look good doing it! I marvel at how Heather Lyons can write a story that is a love triangle, but not a love triangle. Alice is adored and revered by two different men. Heather masterfully demonstrates how someone can love two people at the same time. No one involved is necessarily at fault, there are no victims or guilty parties. In the end, the genuine feelings of sacrificial love for one another guide all of the interactions. More and more is revealed in this book about a number of the series’ characters and some new ones are introduced. I was particularly struck by the revelations around Victor. While the scenario presented is not necessarily surprising, Lyons uncovers Victor’s secrets in a way that is poignant and touching. I'm interested to see how Victor plays into the next story! The Hidden Library features something new to the series with alternate points of view. You'll hear from both Alice and Finn and I think the alternate POV is really well done. The story flows seamlessly between the two. But, both Finn and Alice have distinct voices. It really felt like the story was being told from 2 different characters and personalities and not just 2 different POV’s. The adventures that Alice, Finn and the other members of The Collectors' Society embark on in this book will make your heart race and your mind bend. You'll wonder what could possibly happen next and be left speechless when it slides into its conclusion.