The Dark Days Club: Book 1 Of The Dark Days Club Trilogy by Alison GoodmanThe Dark Days Club: Book 1 Of The Dark Days Club Trilogy by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Club: Book 1 Of The Dark Days Club Trilogy

byAlison Goodman

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

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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 18-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?
ALISON GOODMAN (www.alisongoodman.com.au) is the author of the internationally best-selling and award-winning Eon/Eona duology, as well as a YASF thriller, Singing the Dogstar Blues, and an adult novel, A New Kind of Death (originally titled Killing the Rabbit). She was a D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Ma...
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Title:The Dark Days Club: Book 1 Of The Dark Days Club TrilogyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.5 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0670067539

ISBN - 13:9780670067534

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Promising Start Definitely hard to get into at first, but once you're submerged in the world, it is hard to turn your focus to something else. I do love how even though Lady Helen is so much stronger than what Regency London could ever imagine, she's still technically constrained by the social norms during that era. It stayed trued to the setting and the conflicts she comes across, paranormal and normal, make sense.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Start This was a good start to story. A little on the slow side in terms of story pace, but the details were so well written that you get immerse completely into the world of the Reclaimers. So much to look forward to in book 2!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good start to a series Actually rated 3.5/5 starts Let me say, I absolutely loved reading about Regency London, you can tell Goodman did quite a bit of research before/while writing this book. She actually talks about some of the things she did in the last pages of the book, and it definitely shines through. The plot was good, fair fast paced, although there were some spots that I found dragged a bit. I loved reading about the world of the Reclaimers and the Dark Days Club, which are the few people in the world that can actually hunt the demons, I cannot wait to find out more. I thought by finding out everything about the world slowly, and at the same time as the main character, really helped it fro being overwhelming and confusing. I will say that I expected a little bit more to happen in this book, we didn't actually get very far into the world. I thought there would be a bit more of Lady Helen's training and less of her recruitment. It's looking like most of her training will be in book two, which makes me that much more excited! All the characters in this book were so wonderful, including the supporting characters. A lot of times supporting characters don't feel very well developed in books, but i found that wasn't the case with Dark Days Club. A lot, if not most of the characters are based on actual people from the era, which I think is so cool. The only supporting character I wasn't a huge fan of was Helen's uncle, I found him rude and overbearing. However, that was the family dynamic during this time period, the father/male guardian had basically complete control over everything. I adored Lady Helen's character, she wasn't really afraid of breaking the rules if she thought that it was the right thing to do. She has a great moral compass and she's so compassionate. I also loved the fat that although women in that era typically didn't read or study things like science, Latin, ect, she couldn't get enough. She loved to read and she put a lot of importance on learning new things that interested her, even if it wasn't "proper" Lord Carlston was also another wonderful character. Right from the beginning you are unsure of him. For quite a lot of the book you aren't really sure of his motives and you don't know if he wants to use Helen for other reasons or if he actually wants to help her develop her abilities. Not to mention, his crazy backstory and the black mark on his reputation. Trust me, by the end you'll be loving him. Overall, I would recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the Regency era. I think it is a very strong starting point and can't wait to see where it goes from here. The second book comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to see Lady Helen start her training and dive headfirst into the world of the Reclaimers. (although I am definitely not loving the cover change they did :/)
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For Historical & Paranormal Fans Alike The only concerns in Lady Helen Wrexhall's life should be her presentation to the queen, dancing at balls in exquisite silk gowns, and securing a husband. As a wealthy heiress and niece of a viscount, Helen has always belonged in the upper echelons of society, though many still believe her mother died a traitor. But when Helen meets the mysterious Lord Carlston and one of her family's housemaids disappears, she learns a terrible truth: demons exist and masquerade as humans. A young lady like Helen should be quick to end any association with Lord Carlston. After three years away on the Continent to avoid a terrible scandal, he's only just recently returned to London and still carries a dark reputation. Carlston believes Lady Helen is a Reclaimer, a rare individual who can see demons and vanquish them. While it may explain why Helen has felt stronger lately and that her senses have sharpened, it doesn't mean she trusts Carlston's words. But despite her reservations, Helen's curiosity and search for answers about her mother pulls her into the shadows of a London she's never known... I don't know why it took me so long to read Alison Goodman's The Dark Days Club, but the release of its sequel gave me the push I needed to finally start the series! It took me nearly two weeks to read The Dark Days Club, which is unusually slow for me, but I think most of that time was just trying to get through the first half of the book. The pacing was a little too slow for me. Lady Helen is so wary to believe Carlston, and it takes awhile before she actually has her first encounter with a demon. And then Helen needed to learn about the different types of demons and the role of the Dark Days Club in stopping them, so it got a little tedious. I mean, it's necessary information for world-building purposes and to help our own understanding, but simultaneously, I really just wanted to jump into the exciting fighting demons part. It's a lot for Helen to take in, learning about alchemy, Reclaimers and Terrenes, and the part she's fated to play in defeating the Grand Deceiver. The second half was much more thrilling though! I found myself getting really invested in the storyline, absolutely addicted and turning the pages eagerly. The ending was tense and left me so glad I could jump right into the sequel, The Dark Days Pact, afterwards. And I absolutely loved all the historical details! Even without the author's note at the end of the book, you can tell Alison Goodman has meticulously researched everything Regency era. The Dark Days Club delivers a solid introduction to the Lady Helen series that's sure to entice historical and paranormal readers alike. ** I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book took a little while to get into and was a little slow at the beginning but after that it was very good. It was well written and I liked the characters. I wouldn't hesitate to read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Infernal Devices? This took about 140 pages to get into but after, it was smooth sailing! Loved all the relationships in this novel and it definitely felt like Cassie Clares, The Infernal Devices but with a small twist.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A mesh of different genres done well The Dark Days Club is a story that has interwoven genres embedded in the plot and a fantastic and kick butt heroine. I love books that have multiple genres infused in them and some of the ones in The Dark Days Club include historical, fantasy, supernatural, and paranormal. I always find it so exciting when the genre lines are blurred and if the author handles it well, the book will become a very enjoyable and memorable one, exactly what The Dark Days Club was to me. This book is almost 500 pages. That is long for me. I ended up buddy reading it with Giselle at Book Nerd Canada and we took our time with it. We both agreed that we enjoyed the book so much more because we took our time with it, were able to spend time processing everything and then discussing each part with each other. The first half of The Dark Days Club pretty much introduced everything to us. It left us in the dark many times and while I needed to find out what all these small mysteries are, I wasn't that bothered by it. The reveal of each mystery was done slowly and really well. The main protagonist, Helen, lives with her uncle and aunt, since her parents died when she was young. There is a stigma surrounding her family's name because her mother was believed to have betrayed her country (being a spy was one of the rumours). Helen is in fact someone who possesses power, like her mother, to fight off the demons of this world. She is swept into this dark and scary reality of demons, demon hunting, and Lord Carlston, a man believed to have murdered his wife but she now knows is also a demon hunter. I loved how smart Helen was and wasn't a follower. She questioned everything and stuck to her morals and beliefs. I also liked her bickering relationship with Lord Carlson and the very slow romance between them. There are some fantastic secondary characters but this story is Helen's so the focus is mostly on her. While The Dark Days Club was very slow paced, if you're not in a hurry to just finish a book but really want to take your time to enjoy it, I suggest you pick it up. Also, the last quarter of the book is what sold me on everything.. and the last chapter? I now need the second book. I can't wait until the sequel comes out and I can dive back into this world. I like that there was a turning point in Helen's life at the end of the book and I'm excited to see how she does now in a completely different setting and where the rules of the game have changed.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sloowwwww While I’ve been a fan of reading Romance in Regency London, there is something about this kind of London I’m not too enthused about: Evil lurking in the dark alleys, soul-sucking demons on the prowl, and a secret society tasked to stop this darkness from spreading. While that may sound enjoyable to some, I found my attention straying a number of times whilst in the cusp of this 496-page tome from Alison Goodman. All told, I was bored. There was no sense of urgency given the severity of what was facing this exclusive club (and the world for that matter). Steampunk has never been my strong suit. And since you can taste a bit of that in this book, it added to the overwhelming feeling of ennui. The story moved in the most sluggish pace that I could tolerate. I kept hoping that there would be something great to look forward to around the bend, but everything was irritatingly flaccid and predictable. There were no valleys or peaks. Even the confrontations between Reclaimers and Deceivers fell in a resounding thud. If you’re looking for any romance, it might be best if you look somewhere else. The characters held no personality whatsoever, and at times, the tensions between Lady Helen and Lord Carlston seemed forced. I admire the struggle that Lady Helen went through in order to make a decision on what she needed to do, but it took her forever and a day to come to a conclusion. Her waffling didn’t help any either. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m so glad I don’t live in that time when I’m expected to be subversive, mild-mannered and dependent on the menfolk. I probably would’ve ended up in the dungeon if it were the case. REASONS TO READ THE DARK DAYS CLUB If you’re a fan of Regency London. If you like reading about demons and the secret society that can defeat them. If you wouldn’t mind waiting for a heroine to come into her powers (which might happen in the next book because she was sorely disappointing in this one). If you like slow burn romance. If you enjoy steampunk(ish) reads.
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Wowza, what a ride! Allison Goodman is a master at depicting 18th century London in all its glory! She brings her own fascinating twist though. Reclaimers versus deceivers are thrown into battle every day and no normal human being even knows. I loved everything about this book. The detailed imagery and scenes, to the slow burning chemistry between our two main characters, to the detailed descriptions of gowns and carriages, loved it all. The only thing I had a problem was the pacing. It took a long time for me to even get into the middle of the plot. Or to have anything happen at all because everything happened so slowly but it was well worth the wait. The ending was just great, leaving book one enough closure, but knowing there's a whole heck more than can be done in this new world Goodman has created. Learned so much about 18th Century London that I had to Google some words because they were old fashioned. It gave me an even more broader sense of detail because I could depict everything as it was happening. There's also a lot of characters and their names are a little similar and I had a little trouble at first, but then I got used to all their titles and names. I love Lady Helen as a main character because she is kind and generous, but also very strong and independent. Her Uncle made me so mad at times. I would have liked to punch him lol Then there's Lord Carlston, he reminded me of Darcy from Pride and Prejudice being so mysterious and quiet. Be patient when you're reading this because it's a slow build mystery...as well as a slow burning romance. All tender looks and wanton stares! Gave me goosebumps when they would stare at each other LOL! Even having the characters dialogue with each other were just fun to read because they talked proper and formal. This is definitely a must-read for paranormal and historical fans alike! You won't regret it.
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOOOOOOOOVEEE! Wowza, what a ride! Allison Goodman is a master at depicting 18th century London in all its glory! She brings her own fascinating twist though. Reclaimers versus deceivers are thrown into battle every day and no normal human being even knows. I loved everything about this book. The detailed imagery and scenes, to the slow burning chemistry between our two main characters, to the detailed descriptions of gowns and carriages, loved it all. The only thing I had a problem was the pacing. It took a long time for me to even get into the middle of the plot. Or to have anything happen at all because everything happened so slowly but it was well worth the wait. The ending was just great, leaving book one enough closure, but knowing there's a whole heck more than can be done in this new world Goodman has created. Learned so much about 18th Century London that I had to Google some words because they were old fashioned. It gave me an even more broader sense of detail because I could depict everything as it was happening. There's also a lot of characters and their names are a little similar and I had a little trouble at first, but then I got used to all their titles and names. I love Lady Helen as a main character because she is kind and generous, but also very strong and independent. Her Uncle made me so mad at times. I would have liked to punch him lol Then there's Lord Carlston, he reminded me of Darcy from Pride and Prejudice being so mysterious and quiet. Be patient when you're reading this because it's a slow build mystery...as well as a slow burning romance. All tender looks and wanton stares! Gave me goosebumps when they would stare at each other LOL! Even having the characters dialogue with each other were just fun to read because they talked proper and formal. This is definitely a must-read for paranormal and historical fans alike! You won't regret it.
Date published: 2016-02-04