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The Hidden Library

The Collectors' Society, Book 2
Written by: Heather Lyons
Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Heather Lyons (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 10-11-19

Didn't like this nearly as much as the first book

This is the 2nd book in the Collector’s Society series, there are four books total in this series. I stopped listening to this audiobook about 60% of the way through. I just didn't really care anymore; the story moved too slow and the characters became annoying.

Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Collector’s Society are still on the hunt for Sweeny Todd, who’s been destroying timelines. This time their search will have them back in Finn’s home timeline.

I listened to this on audiobook and I think that might have been part of my problem with this. The narrator just sounds really overly dramatic; I actually had trouble figuring out if it was the way the story was read or written that was bugging me so much...but the narration didn’t help.

This story just moved way too slow. There was way, way too much of Alice and Finn talking about how much they adore each other. Seriously, there were whole chapters where Alice and Finn just preached about their feelings for each other...it was nauseating.

Additionally, I also didn't really enjoy the time spent in Finn's timeline. I felt more and more distanced from the characters and story as the audiobook continued. When I realized I just didn’t care what was happening anymore, I decided to stop listening to this.

Overall this was just a complete miss for me. I really liked some of the creative elements in the first story and loved venturing into Wonderland. This book just didn’t build on that enough and was plain boring. Also, the readers get that Alice and Finn like each other...a lot. We don’t need to hear about it over and over and over, we can see their love for each other in the way they act...no need to spell it out ad-nauseum.

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  • Amy R
  • 30-04-19

Good Story

The narrator did a good job. The story picks up from the end of book 1 and it deals with Finn mainly along with showcasing the growing relationship between Finn and Alice. The story also covers the series overall story arc of trying to find out who is behind destroying story catalysts.

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  • Sara Jane
  • 25-08-17

Great follow up to book one

If you could sum up The Hidden Library in three words, what would they be?

mysterious, dramatic, intriguing. The Hidden Library does NOT suffer from second book syndrome at all! While book 1 introduced us to the characters and the world and the conflict, book 2 brings us into the story like never before, smack into the world of mystery.

What other book might you compare The Hidden Library to and why?

I can't really think of another book to compare this too, its just so unique and outstanding.

Which character – as performed by Gemma Dawson – was your favorite?

Alice is still my favorite, and I like Gemma for her voice. She's got the British accent, but she's not all sweet and fluffy. Alice is a tough cookie, and Gemma plays her well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but that isn't unusual for me. It takes a LOT to coax tears out of my eyes.

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  • S Nicole
  • 23-08-17

Amazing series!

Each book gets better and better. Love Alice and Finn! I'm thrilled this finally came to Audible.