Author: Alison Goodman
Expected Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Received from: publisher
Status: Lady Helen #1
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?
In all honesty, the Dark Days Club was everything that I was looking for in a book. Filled with supernatural creatures, secret societies, mysterious heroes, and of course, set in Regency England, this book is exactly what every historical YA bookworm will want!
The story revolves around Lady Helen, who’s about to be presented in front of Queen Charlotte and is having a hard time coming to terms with her season. The pressure is on for her, since her mother (despite her being deceased) and her reputation still cast a huge shadow over her. After a series of unfortunate events, Helen finds herself entangled in a world of demon hunting and secret societies, causing her to realize that being a lady isn’t the hardest job in the world: but being a demon-hunting lady is.
I loved this story very much, although I will have to say, it is a slow burn. This book was very big, and although I felt in the beginning that it seemed to go on forever, at the end of it, I found it fitting to be as long as it was, otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten the story as it is now (well, I don’t know how much has changed in the final copies, since I got this book way before it was published).
What I loved about Helen was that she was smart and unlike so many other YA heroines thought things through (which is probably why this book was as long as it was, but for her to not jump to conclusions, it was fine by me). She’s really protective, and will do anything to save those she loves. She’s also a very proper lady (who discovers she inherits a lot from her mother), and I felt really bad for her because she was so intelligent and her own character, but her environment and livelihood didn’t really understand that. I felt that Good man did an amazing job representing the repression of a lady during the 1800s- no matter how much Pride and Prejudice got us swoon, being a lady before the 21st century sucked, for the lack of a better word.
Also, on the topic of Pride and Prejudice, I really got a PPZ (Pride, Prejudice and Zombies) feel from the book. I know they weren’t hunting demons in PPZ, but the fact that it’s regency era and they’re hunting demons got me thinking more of PPZ than Shadowhunter (it’s probably due to the amount of movie trailers I see).
But what really made this novel for me? THERE WAS NO LOVE TRIANGLE! There’s a bit of romance, but it doesn’t really distract from the fact that you know, Helen ends up entangled in a world where people hunt demons. In terms of the men in her life, her brother bothers me because he doesn’t know how easy he has it, his friend Selburn is hiding something (in my eyes), and Lord Carlston… Oh Carlston, you misunderstood man. We get to know him, but he has more secrets that are not revealed in this book.