Naturally, I held a high hope and expectations of this book (I could attest to the author's brilliance because I had the pleasure of reading her Eon sNaturally, I held a high hope and expectations of this book (I could attest to the author's brilliance because I had the pleasure of reading her Eon series, which is one of my all-time faves btw). And let me just happily say that The Dark Days Club rightly met those high hopes and expectations.
Some may find other parts of the book to be quite dragging and superfluous but never once have I found and felt anything to be so. I had intended to read this book slowly because I wanted to literally savor every word and every detail. It was such a gratifying reading experience! I fell in love with the setting (London in Regency era), the originality of the plot and the paranormalcy, the decorums of society, manner of the dialogues, Lady Helen and Lord Carlston and the tension between them...and many many more. Alison Goodman's extensive research of the world-building and its adherence to some historical facts is truly impressive! I can't praise this book and the author enough. I could hardly wait for the DARK DAYS PACT! ...more
I didn't mind the lack of discourse regarding magic in the first book at all. I was hoping then it would be developed further in this book. Alas, it iI didn't mind the lack of discourse regarding magic in the first book at all. I was hoping then it would be developed further in this book. Alas, it isn't completely dwelled upon as I would like it to be. Also, it would have been a delight to know more of the magus Artan and his past because among everyone, I find his character to be the most intriguing. Underdevelopment of magic and few plotlines aside, I still immensely enjoyed this sequel. The epilogue simply brought a sigh of contentment, for the characters I came to adore deserve such ending....more
(view spoiler)[Frankie's boyfriend, Noah, died from physical assault right before her very eyes. She did not do anything, (she's hidDNF. Read only 50%
(view spoiler)[Frankie's boyfriend, Noah, died from physical assault right before her very eyes. She did not do anything, (she's hiding at the time, ducked between two cars at a distance) there's not enough justifiable reason why she couldn't act correspondingly in such a very alarming situation. Before Noah was beaten, he saw her and imperceptibly shook his head as a warning for her not to come over. She listened. All the while Noah got beaten to death, she did not scream for help at the club (they're at the parking lot side of a crowded club) she didn't even try to call the police or anyone for that matter, anything she could have done to prevent said bf's death, she did not do. (hide spoiler)]
I'm surprised I got to endure till 50% to realize I should've given up past chapter 1. Not to mention, I never warmed to Frankie nor to hot bad-boy Marco. They have that kind of instant-love that I did not find endearing at all. I'm disappointed. ...more
I had a good feeling about this book. That feeling of having to read something I've long been looking for in a book. Which was why I read it waaay4.5
I had a good feeling about this book. That feeling of having to read something I've long been looking for in a book. Which was why I read it waaay too early than I initially planned. And damn right I was. My hunch was.
So unexpectedly good. So unexpectedly evil. I may have had an idea or two about this book from its synopsis and blurb but oh my gosh it still made me so surprised so many times. Mainly in good ways (fair amount in bad ways too). The setting (forest trees), and what the main characters are up against (spirits! I imagined these spirits as twisted versions of those embodied magical cards in Japanese anime, Cardcaptor Sakura), made this book a refreshing read because they're definitely very unique.
I admired the headstrong Daleina and liked that she had the weakest power although she made it up with her strong determination and perserverance. I loved everything about her experience in the academy. The entrance test, the lovely friendships, Bayne the wolf, spirit summonings and most especially Merecot! I'm gonna special-mention Merecot because she's the girl that everything Daleina was not. Not that I didn't love the latter. Merecot's arrogant (-bitch lol), the strongest and the most talented. I thought I was supposed to hate her. Yet...surprise! I ended up loving her character. I was so genuinely saddened by her abrupt MIA-ing. Even almost gave up reading then. (Mental rating of 5 slid down to 4.5 stars). She's easily the most interesting character for me. She's another main reason to look forward to the next and why a second book is a must!
Letdown was-- Daleina's training with Champion Ven wasn't good enough for me. It did not really satisty me as it should. And Hamon... honestly, I couldn't even care less if he dies. He's righteous and reasonable at times but he annoyed me. A lovesick and a sissy. It's like that's all he ever was. 4.5 turned 4 stars.
Among the plenty of emotional suprises this book had slung, the one that truly tilted my own conjured world was the awaited "main event" that happened near the end. I could not even begin to describe how so unexpected, so heart-poundingly cruel that was! Sigh. Another book to add in my growing list of books with didn't-see-that-evil-one-coming ending! This one might even climb the charts. From 4 back to 4.5 stars.
My theme song for Daleina in the Academy: Hope Will Lead Us On - BarlowGirl ...more
Those sexy little hate-stare games of two seemingly mismatched pair got me all hooked from page one down to the last. Filled with sTeasing. Delicious.
Those sexy little hate-stare games of two seemingly mismatched pair got me all hooked from page one down to the last. Filled with sexual tensions, flirtatious dialogues and funny banters. Ya'll romcom lovers out there need to indulge yourselves in this book! ...more
Funtastic indeed! This has been a crazy wild ride! What with Lila Bard's pirate/privateer experience and her natural tendency to look for trouble befoFuntastic indeed! This has been a crazy wild ride! What with Lila Bard's pirate/privateer experience and her natural tendency to look for trouble before it finds her, then there's this charming enigma that is the Captain, the ever wayward but somehow changed Prince Rhy and the frowning powerful magician Kell who's torn between staying loyal to his kingdom, his brother--the prince, and wanting to run away and to just succumb to freedom. Add to that intricacy the buzzing Element Games, which triggered practically everyone (by everyone I mean the main characters per se) teeter to madness and then just as we thought everyone's safe after book one, well cheer not, for bigger badder scarier enemy's on its way about to inflict a carnage of darkness on a certain thriving London, or worst case scenario, possibly on all the alternate worlds (which I hope's never gonna happen). I want the next book please! ...more
I struggled just only a teeny bit for the first half of the book as I found it a little less than easy to connect with the characters yet. But secondI struggled just only a teeny bit for the first half of the book as I found it a little less than easy to connect with the characters yet. But second half onwards, I quickly picked up the pace. The adventures suddenly became so engaging and I was enjoying every second of it! It's sooo good I couldn't even bring myself to stop, afraid of losing the momentum. The setting is what made the book pleasantly unique. Those different-coloured Londons easily sucked me in. I've always liked the idea of London. It has always been one of my personal dream destinations and this book and its creative imagery of its worlds proppelled me to be enraptured by the city even more.
I loved Kell and Lila, notwithstanding my sentiment of the book's first half, loved their oddities and how they stick with each other till the end. These partners-in-crime ought to be a couple or something! But well, I was just honestly glad the romance wasn't overdone. It was rather fleeting even. I liked it that way.
I was initially planning to read other book after this but screw it. I gotta jump into the second book asap! I've not a single inkling of what may happen in the next book and I want to know what other tricks the author has up her sleeves. ...more
Anything this author writes has the spell to completely hypnotize me. Then electrocute me to the core!
I DID NOT EXPECT THAT ENDING because that's gotAnything this author writes has the spell to completely hypnotize me. Then electrocute me to the core!
I DID NOT EXPECT THAT ENDING because that's got to be the most evil thing I've ever read yet. I couldn't hate the author more for doing this to me. Ironic, because that's exactly the reason I LOVE her all the more. Con got me whipped with her skills of creating hideous characters/monsters, creepiest settings and cryptic symbolic stuff and the evilest twisted revelations. She did all that with her knack for thorough words, in a very very detailed way it's not shocking if others would find themselves feeling drowned from all the words and ultimately getting lost. And I did. I got lost but I found myself enjoying the feeling of such predicament like I was crack in the brain (the effect of the electrocution I guess). Oh my poor soul, at the very mercy of this author just by writing a book. A book filled with biblical preternaturals and so much more, much worse, that made it one of the darkest most gruesome books I deem to date.
PS. That Petals to Wonderland (the author's next work) sneak peek in the very end scared the living daylights out of me! It reminds me of the Japanese horror movie, One Missed Call. That creepy-mysterious-callers -and-pranksters context never ceases to quiver my spirits ever since I was a child. That won't stop me from being beyond excited to read it though. ...more
Ten burning hells! It feels like the wait for the next book will be more excruciating and tortorous than having to suffer being captured and imprisoneTen burning hells! It feels like the wait for the next book will be more excruciating and tortorous than having to suffer being captured and imprisoned in Kauf. Even if the ending isn't as cliffhangery as the first book's, still...I WANT MORE! I badly want to see the Commandant suffer and die an ugly death. And bleeding skies I want more of Elias. Now I know why I couldn't decide who to ship him with. Turns out I want him for myself. Lol. I think I'm in love with him. XD ...more
I was not entirely bought by the romance in this book. Honestly, I got fed up with the "I love yous" exchanged between Zahra and Aladdin. The three2.5
I was not entirely bought by the romance in this book. Honestly, I got fed up with the "I love yous" exchanged between Zahra and Aladdin. The three-word felt like it was mentioned a thousand and one times the intrinsic magical feeling it conveys got frayed and did not affect me as it usually does. This surprised me a great deal coming from a romance freak through and through such as myself. I've recently gone through the most wonderful retellings eg. Cruel Beauty, Lunar Chronicles, A Court of Thorns and Roses that I expected to adore this one the same. It sadly did not happen. It even got to the point wherein I had to force myself to skim through the last few pages (even the action parts couldn't manage to budge me) because I just want to get it over with. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the first half of the book and I think that's the only consolation this book did me. ...more
I'm so glad I picked this book as my first Sophie Kinsella read. I've been craving for some light chick-lit lately and this book felt like a tad perfeI'm so glad I picked this book as my first Sophie Kinsella read. I've been craving for some light chick-lit lately and this book felt like a tad perfect antidote for that. Loads of fun. Lots of quirks. In fact, I lost count of the times this book earned fits of uncontrollable laughter and giggles from me. It was downright hilarious! It's kind of a quick perfect getaway to take a load off stress. ...more
(view spoiler)[The shocking revelation about Day in the second book led me to believe he's going to die in the end. I was emotionally prepared. Whatev(view spoiler)[The shocking revelation about Day in the second book led me to believe he's going to die in the end. I was emotionally prepared. Whatever's gonna happen, I thought I could handle. NOT. Damn.
Day may have survived (yey) but the whole ending still had me crying, what with all the amnesia and June trying to let go because of guilt, and they met again after ten years and again tears rolled down my cheeks because I realized I missed them. I was a mess. (hide spoiler)]
I won't say this is a favorite but I gotta commend Marie Lu for her skills at developing her characters as well as not failing to give the readers the suspense of action and element of anticipating the worst all throughout the series. ...more
The kind of story this book has is one of the reasons why I love prowling on fictionpress. One just has to hunt/browse thoroughly and you'll be sur4.5
The kind of story this book has is one of the reasons why I love prowling on fictionpress. One just has to hunt/browse thoroughly and you'll be surprised there are actually some hidden contemporary gems on the website.
I devoured this book in just one sitting. I felt too much for Lily. That was how realistic this book was. I fell in love just as much. And I may have seen it coming but my heart was still crushed when some situations can't help call for it. It speaks of a story that was too irresistible to miss a beat. I could not literally put it down.
PS. I kept listening to [Come Back To Me - Trading Yesterday] while reading. I just thought it would make a good OST for this book =)...more
Well here I thought I would love this book as much as I do Cruel Beauty. But I finished it with my heart still not getting over the latter. Don't getWell here I thought I would love this book as much as I do Cruel Beauty. But I finished it with my heart still not getting over the latter. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great riveting read. I was rather enchanted and enjoyed this as much.
PS. It's quite bizzare of me that I subtly prefer the bad guy over the love interest despite...well everything. xl...more
The premise for me is not original but I loved how everything (the plot, setting, characters and mystery) was introduced and entirely played out tillThe premise for me is not original but I loved how everything (the plot, setting, characters and mystery) was introduced and entirely played out till the end. I began to care for almost all the notable characters, despite how dizzying some names oftentimes caused me. Above all, I shamelessly enjoyed the romance. It made my fingers and toes curl of uncontained giddiness. I cursed the ensuing wars for being such a nuisance to the delight of my romance junkie soul. Said soul simply loved this book....more