“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 the endings have hope.”
This book picks up right where the last one ended. Our collectors are interrogating a hostage, but having little success. There are people deleting timelines and they are trying to figure out who is behind such heinous crimes.
In The Hidden Library, Finn’s timeline is in danger of vanishing forever. He doesn’t like to talk about his past, and we come to realize why in this book (or if you’ve read his books, then you’ll already know) because we get to see things from his POV. Alice is curious as well, since she knows very little about his past. When Finn’s old friend Tom contacts him after years of radio silence, Finn realizes his past is rapidly becoming his present once again except this time, Alice is there with him.
Of course, our favorite characters run into some trouble and Alice needs Finn’s help. We are introduced to new characters, and I don’t want to give too much away, but I never thought I would have a soft spot for a spider.
I also loved seeing Alice and Finn’s relationship grow. There were some steamy scenes in this book, which I loved. Finn made me swoon quite a few times in this book. They compliment each other so well. They love each other deeply, wholly.
“He knows me. He knows my heart. He has become part of my heart. My gravity pulls at his. He pulls at mine. We orbit one another, me and my north star, and I will be damned if anyone will ever tear us apart.”
New foes arise, and our beloved characters are set on a wild goose chase through timelines to stop them from doing any more damage to books entire generations have held dear. There are still so many questions left unanswered, and I can’t wait to read what the next book has in store.
Heather Lyons’s genius is once again made apparent in this book. While reading The Collector’s Society, I was in awe of the plot, characters, and just the entire concept. I kept thinking to myself, man I wish I had thought of this. Then while reading The Hidden Library, she continued to amaze and inspire me to reach beyond the world we know to create worlds we never thought possible. This series is unlike anything I’ve ever read and I love that I have no idea what’s just around the corner. There is nothing predictable about this series. It keeps you guessing, even after finishing the last page. This world she has created is definitely one I wish I could write myself into.
“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.”
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“Our story is just getting started, and no damn author is going to write it. We will. Together. We’re going to write that book she wants.Our ending is ours to find.”
It’s been a while since I’ve obsessed over a book like I did with The Hidden Library, and yes, before you ask, it had everything to do with a certain character. Let me explain:
1. Look at this picture:
Now, he’s name is Finn Van Brunt (AKA Roo Panes). He’s amazing, and beautiful, and oh-so-dreamy.
Are you in love yet?
2. Now, listen to him sing:
He doesn’t really sing in the books, but I truly believe he hasn’t realized how beautiful his voice is.
3. Now, go back to number 1, and look at him again.
Ok, back to the point. The Hidden Library is the second book of The Collectors’ Society series by Heather Lyons, and as I was saying before, I am now addicted to it, even more than I was before with the first book. If you guys haven’t read this, you are seriously missing out on an amazing story, and a wonderful journey, and so many beautiful characters. I highly recommend it.
In The Hidden Library, we pick up right after the first book ended. Some bad guys have been captured, some are still running around. They’ve been deleting Timelines, and hurting and killing people for a while now, and they must be stopped. But there’s so much more that is still uncovered, so much more that feels… strange, bigger, and the Society is doing everything in their power to stop the responsible, to keep everyone safe.
In the first book, we got to meet Alice pretty well. We saw and learned how strong and driven she is. She has overcome so many things in her young life, but you still see her standing tall. She fights, and protects, and acts. She’s not the damsel in distress, quite the contraire, actually. But, in THL, we get to know more about Finn and his past. It hasn’t been an easy one, and he certainly doesn’t like to talk about it. There’s a lot of rage and anger that comes whenever he thinks of his Timeline and all the pain it brought to him, but someway, somehow, there’s always something that keeps coming back, something that keeps pulling him back. This time though, he needs to go and deal with his past, and be there for those who were once there for him.
Being inside Finn’s head and heart was one of the best experiences while reading this book, and, as you may have noticed, I have a pretty clear image of how he looks, so it made my experience a whole lot different. Now, after living Finn’s story, it’s easy to understand his need to do good, his need to be the best man he can be, for himself, his family, but most of all, for Alice. Their lives have collided and their now one. The way Finn loves Alice, is just something beautiful. Every word, every thought was just something that went straight to your heart.
“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.”
Now, Alice. This girl is just someone you easily end up admiring. Even in the toughest situations, she worries first for those she loves, and then herself. And even then, all she worries is about defending those she loves. Her heart is big, and she has given it all to Finn. God, the way those two love, is just insanely beautiful. She’s so strong, and so determined. She’s smart, and she doesn’t let anyone tell her what she must believe or think. She stands up for herself. She truly is admirable.
“We orbit one another, me and my north star, and I will be damned if anyone will ever tear us apart.”
There are a lot of other characters that complement the story. Victor, Mary, Van Brunt, Jace, and even the Librarian (who I don’t think I can trust). But in this book, we get to meet a lot of new characters, some that play a big part of this whole mess. Each one of them is important for the story to grow, each one of the gives the story something that makes it unique. And it truly is unique.
I am in loooove with this story and its characters. This book has everything, everything. A beautiful romance. Wonderful friendships. Some love sacrifices. Broken hearts. An evil genius. And OMG the CLIFFHANGER. Oh man, I’m still scared about it.
Now, the torture begins. How long until the third book?