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jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014

The Collector's Society: wonderfully creative Alice + giveaway

What an original novel! Book buddies, you have to read this one :o)

Heather Lyons

Mysterious and smart, the plot unfolds in tantalizing snippets that grip your imagination until before you realize it, it's blown your mind with the sheer adventure of Wonderland, time-travelling and action-packed romance.

I wanted to read this book because it gave me an impression of fairy-tale fantasy mixed with adventure. And it certainly delivers!

Our dear Alice from Lewis Carroll's Wonderland world jumps out of the page, quite literally, as a smart, kick-ass heroine who's guarding more secrets from her mysterious past than a CIA agent.

I really liked this character because she has brains, she has a guarded but curious attitude, and she can fight with enviable expertise.

What about the world she lives in? Wonderland might be the crazy place she escaped and still haunts her memories, but she's going to be hurdled into a whirlwind of a destination. There is plenty of mind-blogging challenges to keep her sharp wit occupied with villainous plots, thieves and murderers, a secret society and a twisted test to her sanity.

What blew my mind about this story is that Alice is not the only book character we encounter. Lots of them interact with her in their pursuit to stop an enigmatic force that is stalking famous books and destroying their potential to exist as real worlds.

This story has the feel of a spy adventure with a clash of past and modern times, where a great part of the enjoyment resides in identifying a beloved book character and following their steps in finding out the culprit behind the stolen books. One of the things that gripped me is the author's imagination where she's explaining how the characters from different timelines coexist in the modern world or how they feel about their nature and being the spawn of a writer's mind. They are truly alive, especially Finn and Victor who share a painful past that we come to learn about as the plot thickens in the midst of espionage techinques, witty conversations and a heated romance that Alice tries to fend off but cannot resist anymore. Add to all that an amazing, crazy, thrilling and innovative foray into one of the most compelling literary lands of all times: Wonderland.

That was one of my favourite parts of the book: when Alice finally confronts the world she left behind with all its gloriously wild and bloody characters. In particular, the impressive, loyal and totally hot White King. Oh, my heart, those scenes with him were precious and heart-wrenching!

Alas, I end this book completely amazed, in love and awed by the sheer intensity and colour of its wild creativity and heart-felt romance. Beautiful, indeed.

Favourite quotes:
I fear I'm doing the impossible. I fear I'm falling in love.

Love, it seems, can be drawn from a bottomless well, and for many different kinds of thirst.

Thanks for the great opportunity to be a part of this amazing tour!

 Release Day Launch for Heather Lyons' THE COLLECTORS' SOCIETY!! An Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before...


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 From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet. After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth. It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?   


 “Do you find my ability to converse lacking, Doctor?” He chuckles softly, no doubt remembering how I wasn’t chatty with anyone, himself included, for the first month of my stay. To be fair, it is difficult to carry on an invigorating discussion when one is shaking so hard from withdrawals they fear they might shatter into thousands of painful pieces before a single word can be uttered. Plus, there was the whole bit of how once I did open up, I raved liked a lunatic about things no normal person could imagine being true. “Certainly not,” he says to me. “But as I must stay at the Pleasance and you must go forth into the world, it will do you good to practice on somebody new.” “Then send in one of the orderlies. Or one of the nurses. I’ll happily chat with a staff member.” One of his bushy, out-of-control eyebrows lifts high into his forehead. “There are people out there who are quite content being solitary,” I point out. “Who do not need to converse with anybody but themselves and their dogs.” He sets his pen down. “What about cats?” Rigor mortis sets in ever so briefly at this question. “You father said you were quite fond of cats growing up. There was one in particular that you favored. Dinah, was it not?” “I’m—” I have to clear my throat. “Lately, I wonder if perhaps I’m more of a dog person after all.”

  About Heather Lyons: Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.      


Good luck, book buddies!

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