Sunday, 31 January 2016

BOOK REVIEW- THE DARK DAYS CLUB

TITLE:  The Dark Days Club
AUTHOR:  Alison Goodman
PUBLISHER:   Walker Books
RELEASE DATE: 21st January 2016
AGE GROUP: 14+
RATING:  4/5

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SYNOPSIS-

London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family's housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.

There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

'The Dark Days Club' is very different- it is quite refreshing, as it is definitely not anything I have ever read before. Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to be presented in front of the Queen- first impressions do count in this instance. If she is noticed by the Queen it will aid her future greatly: Catherine's mother, (who had already died), was very wild and rampant- and also accused of being a traitor- all characteristics that have been hidden away from Helen.

But what if Helen realises that she is more like her mother than she thought? When she gravitates towards Regency London, she meets Lord Carlston: who may be able to work with her to battle against Demons, never minding his bad reputation...

The details in 'The Dark Days Club,' were particularly astonishing. Goodman has clearly done her research: as elements Regency London were pouring out of the pages. I adored Lady Helen, as she didn't moan about anything- she was rather quite fearless and plucky, not just taking what life was going to be given to her. I liked the pull of the Duke of Selburn, who would fit into Helen's planned out life perfectly, or the tug of Lord Carlston, who was much more rough and mysterious. 

The Regency Era was delightful to delve into, especially as it was something I wasn't very aware of. The paranormal elements of the novel are quite fascinating, and once again something that I hadn't come across before. 'The Dark Days Club' is a solid 4/5, as even though the plot is quite slow at first, the novel becomes fast paced, enchanting and very intriguing- releasing me from my reading slump.

     
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4 comments

  1. I want to read this one so bad! I've heard nothing but good things. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. It is a fabulous book! Thank you for visiting. :)

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  2. I've heard a lot of good things about this book! It sounds like a Pride and Prejudice retelling of sorts? But with demons and the like haha xD
    Geraldine @ Corralling Books

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    1. The book does deserve all of the positive reviews it has been getting- I love how unique it is. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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