Friday, February 27, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons

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.

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The idea for the Collectors’ Society - How did the idea come about? How did you pick the characters you picked? How did Alice become the main character/focus of The Collectors’ Society?

The genesis for the Collectors’ Society series has been percolating around my head since childhood. I often daydreamed about what it would be like if the characters and stories I loved were real—or even if I were a part of the adventure. As an adult, it was so much fun to expound upon this idea, simply because I think all true bibliophiles have this same daydream. That’s one of the beautiful things about books—they pull you in, allowing you to be a part of the story (albeit an observer) until your emotions and thoughts are deftly tangled up in the words. I suppose one could say that the Collectors’ Society series is my love letter to literature in that regard. As for why I chose Alice as the main female focus of the series, it’s simple, really. I’ve consistently loved the Alice stories since childhood. I found her journeys through the absurd fascinating—this lone drop of reason amongst the unexplainable. To me, it was a wondrous story as a child, and while some claim that Carroll never purposefully infused the books with hidden meanings (outside of his sly mathematical references), I still took away a number of meaningful concepts, as a reader does: senses of self, adventure, logic, and whimsy. Alice was, in my mind, the perfect heroine to embark upon new adventures. As for the others, I peppered the series with either beloved characters and/or those who best fit the plot needs. I had to be careful, though—within the world building rules I set up, some characters I would have loved to use ended up being impossible. For example, I am a diehard Anne of Green Gables fan. Anne’s books, though, have her aging quite a bit; by the end, she yields focus to her children. A young Anne (or Gilbert) was not feasible to work at the Society; they would, instead, be much, much older. The same goes with Jo from Little Women. And I also had to be extremely careful of copyright issues, as some modern classics (such as The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye) have not fallen into public domain. That said, I always knew that Huckleberry Finn would be my hero, though. His backstory, to me, was fascinating, and Twain—sly, thoughtful, thought-provoking author he was—had already set his character up nicely to be an adventurer. All of the rest were very carefully chosen based on their histories, character profiles, and suitability toward story needs. No one is there on a whim or without purpose!

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

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I was so happy and eager to read The Hidden Library.  Heather Lyons totally hooked me when I read The Collector's Society and the sequel in this series was just as phenomenal!!
Being this is book 2, I will be mindful of my review and make sure not to spoil anything fir those who have not read the first book either.

I will say this though...Do not hesitate any longer on these books.  Brilliance I tell ya...Just pure genius!!!
The Hidden Library picks up with the suspense that was built in The Collector's Society and boy does it throw you right in to it.  We are still following Alice and Finn and their dueling POVs is something that keeps the story intriguing.  Being in each characters head allows us to see and FEEL soooooo much.
These two have such a dynamic relationship that I totally lose myself in them.  I love their tale from start to finish and as each event transpired within The Hidden Library...I just fell even more for these two...
Heather Lyons has created such a fabulous story.  The world she has brought to us gives us a glimpse in to the crazy talent that she has.  I am blown away at the ingenuity that she has spun in the suspenseful tale.  Action packed that has you sitting on the edge of your seat....Seriously...I was so engrossed...turning pages, biting my nails, eagerly awaiting the outcome of these two amazing characters...And GAH!!! Alice and Finn aren't just the only two that you are so wrapped up in.  The secondary characters have you rooting for them or wanting you to slap some sense in to them too...But alas...I had to come to the end of my read and needless to say...I was distraught.  Sad that it was ending and flabbergasted at how Heather Lyons decided to leave me HANGING....WAITING...NEEDING the next book....I MUST KNOW what happens next...Ahhhhhh!!!
A mystically fantastic read that takes you on a magical fun journey....Start this series now!!! 

Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!

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