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review 2018-09-23 19:13
A disappointing ending to one of my favorite series...3.5 Out Of 5 STARS worth
The Lost Codex - Heather Lyons

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Lost Codex

Heather Lyons

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart. 

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence. 

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated. 

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost. 

For what is written can still be erased.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I wanted to love this…I have loved the first three books in The Collector's Society.  This has always been a uniquely told book series, but this one was just too out there in left field and left me feeling confused and sadly disappointed.  It felt like it dragged a lot of the time and was the longest 411 pages ever.  I've adored these characters and I have been fascinated with the premise, so I tried to let that reflect in my rating.  I guess, overall I just wanted this play out differently…and that ending…well, I guess ultimately that ending left an opening for this story to play out differently...

 

I actually finished the last half or so of this book with the Audio version, because I was being plagued by migraines and couldn't continue reading.  I did not care for the narration of this at all, though.  Heather Lyons, in my opinion, this series could have benefitted from a different narrator, in fact adding a male voice would have been worked much better for Finn's parts and for the print version, you really need to have someone proofread it.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 3.7/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ This is supposed to be the last one…but it could be continued…with the way it ended.

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Book Cover~ It's fairly cool…

Series~ The Collector's Society #4

Setting~ The Institute, Antarctica, Wonderland

Source~ I own Kindle eBook

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I used this for Relics and Curiosities Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2016-11-19 19:28
WONDERFULLY DARK AND SERIOUSLY TWISTED…
The Forgotten Mountain - Heather Lyons

Book Title:  The Forgotten Mountain

Author:  Heather Lyons

Series:  The Collector's Society #3

Genre:  Adult, Time-Travel, Fantasy

Source:  Own Kindle E-Book

 

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾

 

 

 

 

House on a Hill by The Pretty Reckless   

--some of the lyrics for this song…

Living, living still, their intention is to kill and they will, they will

But the children are doing fine, I think about them all the time

Until they drink the wine and they will, they will, they will

In this house on a hill

The dead are living still, their intention is to kill and they will, they will

Keep your children safe inside, out of pocket, out of mind

Until they drink the wine and they will, they will, they will♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5+/5

The Feels: 5/5

Addictiveness: 4.5/5

Theme: 5/5

Flow: 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building): 5/5

Originality: 5+/5

Book Cover: 5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger: Huge cliffy, I was like WTF?

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!!!

 

 

 

4.8/5 STARS

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This edition of The Collector's Society is a very dark one, it's got this whole weird vibe to it.  This particular book has a lot of Grimm Fairy Tale references.  Apparently those are some dark tales.  While, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the last one, because I seriously loved The Hidden Library, I still really liked The Forgotten Mountain.  This Series overall is a wonder to read and I highly recommend it.

My song choice reflects the darkness and bleakness of this story the best I could find, but you really won't understand it unless you read it, and even then you might not. 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is explicit sex, but not overdone at all.  It's minimal compared to all that you get within this series.

 

 

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review 2016-01-06 00:00
The Collectors' Society
The Collectors' Society - Heather Lyons 4.5 stars

I wasn't sure this book was for me, but I'm so glad I gave it a shot. It is filled with the classics and characters many of us are familiar with and even loved delivered in a totally original way. I love the changes. People are edgier than their traditional forms. It's a fairytale for grownups. I will definitely be continuing the series.
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review 2015-09-20 23:12
"In paginis mundus invenimus. In verbis vitam invenimus. In pages, we find worlds. In words, we find life
The Collectors' Society - Heather Lyons

Book Title: The Collector's Society

Author: Heather Lyons

Series: The Collector's Society #1

Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel-ish, Awesome

Source: I Own Kindle

 

 

 

✧✧Why I picked that quote:  It should be self-explanatory, at least to anyone who loves to read, and escape inside a different world through reading.✧✧

 

 

 

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Breakdown of Rating

 

  • Plot: 5/5  So very awesome, it really can't be explained without giving too much away.  The quote at the top says it all.
  • Characters: 5/5  So inventive, so amazing.
  • Theme: 5/5
  • Flow: 5/5  Well written with an awe-inspiring flow.
  • Originality: 5/5 Awesomely original and one of most interesting concepts I've ever read.
  • Book Cover:   5/5
  • The Feels: 5/5 The romance was exceptional.
  • Sex Factor: Somewhat explicit sex, this is, more of an adult book, anyway.
  • Ending:   5/5 Cliffhanger: "to be continued"

 

Will I continue the series: Super big YES!!!

 

Synopsis:

 

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?

 

My Thoughts:

 

There's really only two things you need to do concerning this book…Read It and Love It. Because if you do…then you will.

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review 2015-03-02 14:17
The Hidden Library (The Collectors' Society) (Volume 2) - Heather Lyons
                                             ~~~~~4.5 Stars~~~~~

This is a great sequel to an excellent book The Collector's Society. I was a bit worried at first since its predecessor was wildly imaginative and extremely unique, how would a sequel ever live up to it? It was a bit slow in the beginning but when it picked up it took off and held me firmly in its grasp until the very last page. The characters are so well developed (especially since other authors have laboriously fleshed them out in their own widely cherished classic novels) being that the premise is that each and every beloved story you and I have ever read is an actual Timeline where the characters and worlds are 100% real. There are characters, worlds, technology, medicines, creatures and more from every known genre. There is also intrigue, subterfuge, and mysteries abound. This is an outstanding series that is not only beautifully written but expertly executed. I can not wait to read the next installment!

 

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