Title – The Hidden Library
Author – Heather Lyons
Publication Date – February 26, 2015
Series – The Collectors’ Society, #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.
I’m not quite sure what to say about The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons. This was easily one of my most-anticipated sequels to be released this year and it far exceeded any expectations that I had. After getting a taste of this fictional world in The Collectors’ Society, I wanted nothing but more. Lyons immerses you deep into a fictional world weaved with some of readers’ most beloved characters. She spins tales of fantasy within a mostly modern-day setting and leaves you with an unforgettable experience.
“There’s no way that kind of love is real. It was like something out of a damn book, which was saying something, considering.”
My absolute favorite thing about The Hidden Library, and even the series in general, is the way that Lyons is able to adapt to each character’s voice and make them so distinct. Blending so many vernaculars and terminology from different time periods, pulling from previous authors’ established voices, and making it seem so effortless speaks to the true talent that Lyons possesses. Furthermore, the fact that she could take these cherished characters and make me as a reader appreciate them and love them even more was just so special. It really brought a piece of my childhood, as well as my love of reading, back to the forefront for me. I got a taste of everything I loved from the first book, and then some. These characters woven together is just so magical that I can’t praise it enough.
“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 plot line is innovative and fresh. I can honestly say that I have never read anything quite like The Hidden Library. We’re brought into these different literary worlds that contain so many plot twists and turns that my mind is still reeling from what I have read. It’s almost as if you get a behind the scenes look at things you may have always wondered about, but never had hopes of getting the answers to. The imagination and creativity used is just breathtaking. You’re falling down Alice’s rabbit hole, drinking the juice, and never wanting to return to your ordinary, everyday life.
“Ghosts are not always white-robbed specters, howling or weeping in misery. And yet, all of us are haunted by ghosts, Alice. Even you.”
The Hidden Library is a special book; it’s one that must be read in order to get the full experience. No review or raving from a friend will be able to do it justice. So if you’re looking to get lost and maybe even renew a love of reading, look no further and click this novel. It is sure not to be forgotten any time soon, and I definitely can’t wait to see what other twists Heather Lyons has in store for us!
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Don’t miss the rest of The Collector’s Society series:
The Collector’s Society (The Collector’s Society #1)
The Forgotten Mountain (The Collector’s Society #3)
The Lost Codex (The Collectors’ Society #4)
We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”
He wants to court me.
Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
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, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
He wants to court me.
And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.
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.