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The Collectors’ Society and The Hidden Library Reviews

So, for this review, I’m doing two books in one review. I’m doing that because for the most part, my review for the second book is the same as the first book. Anyway, you can find a synopsis for both books here. For The Collectors’ Society, there are three things that I wish were different about the book. The first thing is that I wished that the whole getting to Wonderland plotline had progressed a lot faster that it had. I mean, I get that the author had to set the beginning of the story in order for the rest of the story to make sense, such as Alice learning about 21st Century technology, but it wasn’t until the story was about half way to two-thirds done that we, as the audience, get to Wonderland. The second thing that I would change is Alice and Finn’s relationship. I thought that their relationship had been rushed. It’s not that because their relationship wasn’t well developed. It’s just that it felt like it went from 0 to 160 in no time. The third thing that I wish was different was the sex scenes. Now, keep in mind that I am not opposed to sex scenes in books, given the right context. What I mean by that is I expect sex scenes to be either implied, or in romance novels or books like Fifty Shades of Grey. I definitely did not expect the sex scenes to be described as it is to be in a book like The Collectors’ Society. Anyway, as The Hidden Library, I found it to be very interesting. It makes me want to read the next book.
The Collector's SocietyThe Hidden Library

The Wells Bequest: A Companion To The Grimm Legacy Review

So, I just finished reading The Wells Bequest: A Companion To The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. You can find a summary of the book here. It seems to be a sequel to The Grimm Legacy. Personally, I liked the book. Like it’s predecessor of The Grimm Legacy, I think that the book is a good for a light read. However, I had two questions about the book. So, if you haven’t read the book, don’t go any further because I’m going to be revealing some spoilers. My first question: how is it that the main character of Leo is able to accept the idea of the objects and ideas from science fiction books are real? To me, based on how the character was described initially, he shouldn’t be able to accept the idea of science fiction ideas and objects were real. Anyway, my second question deals with Jaya going back to time in order to let Simon’s great, great, grandfather get onto the ship in order to make sure that Simon is born. In the book, after Leo and Jaya come back from meeting Nikolai Tesla and Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, everybody, except for Leo and Jaya, don’t remember who Simon was because Leo and Jaya had altered history so that Simon’s great, great grandfather didn’t make his ship. That in turn made it so that Simon was never born. So my question is after Jaya goes back in time to rectify that, how is it that everybody remembers him as if he wasn’t erased from history? Is it like every other time-traveling story where something happens that changes the course of history but is then changed back to how it was and everything goes back to how it was before?
The Wells Bequest

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