Title: The Dark Days Club
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Viking Books
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?
I was really unsure of what to expect from this book. I had it on my shelves for about a year roughly and although I was aware that it was a paranormal historical YA, I didn’t know much more than that. I may struggle to write this review as I did read it back in July as I was being transported across Europe on a train during my travels, but I will try to recall as much as I can! Based on that fact, this will be quite a short review.
This book reminded me quite a lot of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the movie, I am yet to read the books). The book is set during the 1800s so this is more than likely why it reminds me of P&P&Z. It also reminded me a little of The Mortal Instruments (a series I have only read the first two books of) because of the paranormal activity and the secret society called The Dark Days Club. The paranormal side of things was an interesting take on the underground world of demons.
There is an obvious dislike between two of the characters at first, but this dislike seems to change and grow to something more of a friendship and further. Again, this reminded me of P&P&Z (I think it’s also in Pride and Prejudice seeing as Zombies is based on P&P) as Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are not fans of each other at first but end up confessing their undying love for each other by the end of the book.
I gave this book 3 stars because although I liked it, I felt that it was a little too long at some parts and that it could have been written to be a bit shorter than it was. The book comes in at just short of 500 pages. Judging by the fact that I read it in July and I’m finding it a little difficult to recall exactly everything that happened, I can safely say that the book was not totally memorable.
Although I liked this book, I’m unsure if I will continue with the next book. I sort of do want to continue but I am slightly blinded by the fact that the second book doesn’t match the first. I just cannot seem to find a hardcover copy of it anywhere! I also don’t feel like I remember the story well enough to carry on with the next book now.
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