(Lady Helen #1)
by Alison Goodman
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Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction | Fantasy
Source: First To Read
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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? (Goodreads)
The main character in the story, Lady Helen, was such an interesting young lady. She was very much headstrong and confident, and even a bit snarky at times. She tolerated all of the things that people said about her mother, who was branded a traitor after her death. She also tolerated living in her uncle's house, a man who made my blood boil more than a few times throughout the story, where she had to stay until she was either married or turned 25. And when she finds out that she has demon-killing abilities, she keeps her head while she sorts through what exactly was going on. Lady Helen had the makings of an excellent heroine, and I can't wait to see what she does in the rest of the series.
There are also a lot of really interesting secondary characters in the story as well! Some you will absolutely love the moment you meet them, and some that you will be so suspicious of, you'll wonder what exactly they are up to throughout the whole story. I loved it!
One of the things I also really loved about the book was the setting. Set during 1812 in London, it felt very much like reading a Jane Austen novel, who I absolutely adore. The author did a really, really great job with her descriptions of everything from the clothing, to the mannerisms of the characters, and of the houses and carriages and EVERYTHING. I could picture it all perfectly in my mind! Because of that, I flew through the pages of this book in just a days' time, and at 496 pages, that was no easy feat!
While I loved so much about the time period in the book, I always feel so frustrated at how women were treated during the time. Women weren't allowed to do hardly anything , which makes being a heroine super hard. How are you supposed to kick demon butt when you can't even leave your house unchaperoned?? It definitely kept things interesting, and kept me guessing on how Helen was going to accomplish all the tasks that she needed to do.
Overall; I thought The Dark Days Club was such a good read! I loved the characters and the time period, and the storyline was completely addictive as well. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the next two books in the series when they are released!!