Blurb: 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?
“Sometimes,” he told me, “you can have something, hold it in your hands or feel it in your bones, and still never understand the working mechanisms behind it.” Isn’t that the brutal truth.
“No creature is completely selfless. Not even those whose hearts are more gold than tin.”
The title and the cover are what drew me in, and the fact that it was on sale for free back in November last year. But then I just left it in my kindle queue. Every time I scrolled past it I read the blurb but then got disinterested with it. I would say the blurb does this book NO JUSTICE. Finally I just opened it and started reading it one day.
I was absolutely sucked in right from the very start. This story was so great! The writing was deep and the world building was fantastic! It took a bit of a dark take on a classic re-telling.
Alice (Yes, from THAT classic) was analytical, whip-smart and practical. Her madness was contained so flawlessly but you could see how she constantly struggled with it under the surface. I loved how the author took a pretty benign character from a classic and gave her so much depth and personality!
And she didn’t stop there, all of the characters in this book had a dark depth to them that really made me care about them. I enjoy classics, I read them regularly I would say, but I never really thought of them as ‘real’. Probably because the timeline they are generally in I clearly can’t relate too. Heather Lyons made them more real to me. And as a bibliophile, that holds great value to me.
I’m absolutely going to read the rest of this series. By the by, its only .99 pennies if you want to check it put yourself, which I highly recommend.