January 25, 2016

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman


The Dark Days Club
25489504Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: 1/26/16
Ages: 14 & up
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Summary:
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?
*My Review*
Regency Era London + Demons + Witty  Heroine = MUST READ!!
I was really looking forward to this book, as I am a HUGE fan of Historical Fantasy of any kind! This book had it all. All of the trappings of the Regency era that I love to read about. The clothing, the pressure to marry well, the elegant social gatherings that the London upper crust simply MUST attend because so and so will be there! I find it all so fascinating! Mix in a couple handsome young men, a young Lady who's curiosity could kill 100 cats, and Alison Goodman's beautiful writing; and we end up with one hell(literally) of a reading experience!

The world-building was second to none. Goodman has a way of transporting us directly into the Regency era. I literally felt as if I too were attending every party, ball, and lunch. Not to mention the breathtaking action scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat!

The main character, Lady Helen Wrexhall is witty, kind, adventurous, and not easily persuaded once she had set her mind to something. In that day in age, you would have been hard-pressed to find many upper-crust young ladies with those qualities. If you liked Eona from Goodman's Eon duology; you will definitely love Lady Helen! I really enjoyed the relationship Helen had with her lady's maid, Darby. She was always so sweet to her and never a you-know-what. Their friendship was actually one of my favorite parts of the book.  What about romance?!? Well I'll just say that there is some romance, but you'll just have to read the book to find out who gets coupled up or not... :D

This is a large book for YA standards(which I LOVED), 496 pages to be exact, and I read it in a night and a few hours the next morning. It is exciting, fast-paced, and you simply MUST know what's going to happen next! By the end of the book, a good amount of the mysteries are revealed, but as this is a trilogy...which means more demons to battle, lives to save, and the Regency era in all it's exciting splendor! 

My Rating:
5 STARS

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