Book Review: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)
The Dark Days Club
Lady Helen #1
Author:  Alison Goodman
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Review Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

To the surprise of many this was my first Alison Goodman book. I can say without a doubt in mind that it most certainly will not be my last. I’ve already added most if not all of her previous work to my endless TBR, but oh am I excited to dive back into her amazing work. Starting off the new year with the right book is always a must because that basically sets the tone for what’s to come. I honestly couldn’t have started with a better book!

Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation at the royal court is soon approaching. She’s practiced how to properly curtsy, managed to figure out how to gather the train of her dress, perfected a pristine court smile, all while trying not to break down about what to actually say if her mother comes up in conversation. You see, Lady Catherine, Countess of Hayden is a traitor to her own country, or so that is what they would have you believe. Lady Helen’s parents died almost ten years ago and since then she’s been under the care of her aunt and uncle. With her introduction into court and the start of the season her aunt and uncle are hopping that she will find a match and that her mother’s history won’t diminish her chances at finding a suitable husband.

It’s hard to put into words how much I truly loved Helen. She’s from a time period where women weren’t really allowed to have a mind of their own. They were to look pretty and nothing more. Helen has a spirit about her that shines and even though she does tend to keep to her time (Goes to social events, does as she’s told, etc.) there is something brewing within her when she learns of what’s actually happening in London and what role she is to play if she decides to join.

The secondary characters were such a joy to read. They each bring something to the table and I can’t wait to see these characters more fleshed out in the next book. I’m particularly excited to see more of Lord Carlston and the ever amazing Darby.

The description of everything that went into The Dark Days Club is so mesmerizing. It had me thinking about all the balls, whimsical dresses, mystery and shadows lurking behind every turn days after I had finished it. Even when I think about it now I can still picture that era as if I were actually there. Bravo to Goodman for putting in all that hard working and doing her research just to keep the book as authentic as possible. If you want to dive into a young adult historical fiction with a new take on paranormal The Dark Days Club is the book for you! 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a beautiful, lush book and the cover is amazing. Thanks for this.


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