THE DARK DAYS CLUB, BOOK ONE; THE DARK DAYS PACT, BOOK TWO, OF THE LADY HELEN SERIES, by Alison Goodman, Viking & Razor Bill/Penguin Random House


 

Books One & Two

Book One:

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?

Out: January 2016

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I  love, lurv historical fiction!  Because this is a trilogy or series, not sure which direction the author is going in, I needed to get my hands on both book one and two so that I could read straight through the first two to appreciate the growing story more.

I can’t say enough about the research this author obviously did. She delved into the Victorian era in London meticulously and accurately depicted many setting elements in her book with divine accuracy and clarity.  I was there, in the period enjoying the long gowns and balls right along with the author.  Setting was marvelously combined with strong character growth and the whole story-line was set up for the reader perfectly.

This book swept me off my feet! The plot transitioned smoothly from one plot moment to the next and was filled with many plot twists and turns increasing my love for the characters with each one.  I’m a new fan of Alison Goodman.

This book, I give:

 

 

Let’s move on to the 2nd book:

The  Dark Days Pact:

June 1812.

Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

Out January 2017

MY THOUGHTS:

Be still my heart!  I’m so invested in this story, I want book three now… now… NOW!

Lady Helen’s character continues to grow and develop.  Everything is coming at her from different angles now. Lord Carlston is ummm whew!

The vivid settings, the amazing characters, well fleshed out and so extraordinary.  The plot is moving fast now, building conflicts and extremes as it goes.

I must have the third book! Alison, Don’t fail me now!
MY THOUGHTS:

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This is the second book of the Lady Helen series, the first being the Dark Days Club.

I think what holds my attention with this series are three things. First and foremost, the setting. It is an excellently written historical setting made to feel authentic by the author and her focus on all the tiny details that made everything so incredible and immersive, and her cleverly applying these details in such unique and appealing ways. You wanted to live in 1812.

Secondly, I think the Protagonist was also written well. Her character arc was accurately portrayed as she worked toward her goals. She is strong and clever, resourceful and humane. Her friendships and interactions with the others strengthens her believably.

Thirdly, the fact that a woman in an era that is expected to act the gentlewoman is in fact so much more and she owns it.

I did love the unpredictability of the plot. You had no idea what was happening next.

I highly recommend you start with book one and go from there. A great under rated book series.

I gave this book:

 

 

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