The Dark Days Club

The Dark Days Club

A Lady Helen Novel

Book - 2016
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Preparing for her debut presentation to Queen Charlotte, Lady Helen Wrexhall finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy reaching to the very top of society, and learns the truth about her mother, who died ten years ago.
Publisher: Toronto : Razorbill, 2016.
ISBN: 9780670067534
Characteristics: 482 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 13, 2019

So boring. She could have told the same story in half the words. I started skimming halfway through, then skipped to the end. I wasn't surprised at anything in the last chapter. I won't be picking up the rest of the series.

Jul 19, 2017

This book was extremely refreshing, especially since I wasn't really satisfied with Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, which revolves around a rather similar plot. In saying that, this book focused a lot more on female friendship, and it was simply far more intriguing.
At times, I did have some minor issues with the male characters (for example, Andrew Hayden and the Duke of Selburn), but overall, I loved the entire mood of the story and the setting. The book was also a little too long for my liking, but at least the writing style was a thumb up.
This is a novel with funny moments, heart-wrenching experiences, and an unforgettable set of characters.

Loved the book!!

Jun 24, 2016

I am insanely torn with how I feel about The Dark Days Club. This was a book adored by so many of my friends, and it hard everything I should have loved in a story: regency era politics, paranormal magic fun times, and in depth, gorgeous world-building.

And yet, I was bored for large chunks of this novel. It seemed like Goodman had so much she wanted to build in this story, so there would be these periods where I was completely in love and engaged with the story, and other moments where I found myself screaming "GET ON WITH IT!" It's a book that just felt like such a mixed bag -- if the world building was on and awesome, then the characters felt flat. If the world building was boring, the characters oddly seemed more engaging. I feel like this book is just too difficult to describe, but it made my emotions flip flop all over the place.

For me, there are chunks of this novel that are just perfectly described, and then other moments where I found myself slogging through the text to get to the good bits. I loved the last hundred pages of the story, while the middle just felt like it carried on too long. I admit, I think so much was just built up in this story that the characters were just missing the spark for me. I wanted more from them, and I wanted to have a strong connection... but it never quite happened. The pacing is slow and deliberate, but even then I felt like I was missing something a lot of the time.

I feel like The Dark Days Club is going to be a polarizing read for a lot of folks. This was my first Alison Goodman book, and I do plan on giving her another shot given that I have Eon sitting on my shelves. I'm unsure as to whether or not I will continue with this series, as it's interesting, but it didn't quite keep my attention. This is great for lovers of paranormal, as well as historical fiction, and I do think it's worth the shot if you can handle a slower burn read.

FindingJane Mar 03, 2016

When a woman is offered a choice between a cozy life as a duchess, complete with gowns, jewels, a husband’s devotions, balls, parties, luxury, elegant dining, the ear of a queen or a life fraught with danger, destruction, disgrace, death and incipient insanity, which should she pick? Well, if the book is the start of a trilogy, you know a happily-ever-after grand wedding isn’t in the immediate cards.

With the prospect of a life devoted to fighting the specters of evil pretty much of a given, the book had better deliver in terms of leading us to the heroine’s likely choice. This novel provides those thrills, in spades.

Lady Helen Wrexhall is a very reluctant heroine, one who doesn’t want anything to do with the grim future outlined for her by the sardonic Lord Carlston. She’s a poor orphan gifted with wit, intelligence, spark and more than a hint of rebellion. But she yearns for a good life, if only to escape the yoke of her tyrannous uncle, a man who constantly berates her and looks for any sign that she’s like her traitorous mother who died under very mysterious circumstances. Because of the strictures of Helen’s upbringing and the precise nature of a woman’s life as dictated by society and her relatives, negotiating the life of a well-brought up woman with the urgency of being a Reclaimer is beyond tricky; not all of the pitfalls involve otherworldly demons.

Ms. Goodman’s writing has all the trimmings of a Gothic mystery, a Regency romance with a dash of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. (Think Jane Eyre meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer mixed up with Harry Potter.) There are nebulous portents and ominous mutterings, all written about under the glittering auspices of an English girl’s first season, when she is trotted forth in the hopes of snaring a decent husband. It’s a heady mix but Ms. Goodman pulls it off with verve, style, incisive writing and a considerable attention to detail. The various levels of English society are written about with the kind of carefulness you’d expect to find in a Dickens novel. You almost feel as if you’re there, whether you’re treading the measure on a chalked dancing floor or gingerly stepping upon boards to avoid the filth in the lower depths.

This novel had me up all night, feverishly turning pages, as drawn into the forbidden world as much as Helen is. I can hardly wait for what happens next.

Feb 16, 2016

In this delightful book, author Alison Goodman makes a demented premise--what if Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an aristocrat in Regency London?--sing. Channeling her obvious love of the era, she makes eighteen-year-old heroine Lady Helen Wrexhall and her wonderful lady's maid Jen Darby full characters with interesting lives before Helen discovers her destiny to fight demons. While a lot of similar books lurch awkwardly between their historical setting and fantasy worlds, this one keeps the supernatural elements a secret conspiracy and makes the world of 1812 London feel utterly real. Helen is an intelligent, spirited woman, but also a product of her era, who believably wonders if it might be better as a woman not to have magic demon-fighting powers. Her romance with the mysterious Earl of Carlston grows slowly and naturally despite real obstacles, and the action scenes work as well as the ballroom ones. There are also some delightful minor characters, like Helen's loving if conventional aunt and guardian. I grinned like a loon from first page to afterword; my only disappointments were that the characters haven't figure out who the Big Bad is by the end of the novel (though the reader probably will), and that the next book is not yet out!

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Jul 19, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some vivid descriptions on corpses.

Jul 19, 2017

Sexual Content: Minor, suggestive material; sexual assault and rape as well as pornography

Jul 19, 2017

Violence: Fighting


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Jul 19, 2017

"How would you live with yourself if you did not do your duty or act upon your conscience?"
- Jen Darby


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