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The Dark Days Club

(Lady Helen #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  17,990 ratings  ·  2,785 reviews
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 reputatio
Hardcover, 485 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published December 14th 2015)
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Erika Gill It's set in England in a similar time period but the creatures are not standard paranormal mythology and the characters and writing style is not as ec…moreIt's set in England in a similar time period but the creatures are not standard paranormal mythology and the characters and writing style is not as eccentric/comedic.(less)
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Emily May
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
In 1812, Prinny had been regent for one year. Britain was on the brink of war with America, and in its tenth year of almost continuous war with France and its emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. None of these countries, however, knew there was another, even older war being waged.

Alison Goodman did not disappoint.

In some ways, this book reminds me of Donnelly's These Shallow Graves - the setting, the mystery that emerges, and the heroine who is strong-willed but feels true to the time - though I thi
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
London, late April 1812: a month that had seen violent civil unrest, savage battles on the Continent, and the rumblings of aggression from the new American nation. It was also the month in which Queen Charlotte—after a two-year hiatus—returned to the practice of holding drawing rooms for the presentation of young ladies into high society. A battleground of a different kind.
My goodness, this book was delightful!

It's got everything I like! Historical romance? Check! Magic? Check! Murder?! Che
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice meets the Infernal Devices.

Alright, it's not exactly like Pride and Prejudice. There is no Mr. Darcy, only an infuriating earl that may of may not have killed his wife. And there is no Elizabeth, only a girl whose curiosity leads her to an underground demon-hunting cult, but is too reluctant to follow her call. The resemblances lie in the vivid and detailed depiction of the English society, with its etiquette, its balls and fancy gowns and dreams of marriage, all of them wra
Sabaa Tahir
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly, this book was so great. Amazing research, really fun characters and such an original idea. I read it because I am going on tour with Alison Goodman and now I'm just going to meet her and fangirl and she's going to be like "who are you, please go away."

Wendy Darling
It's no surprise that this book is terrific--every Allison Goodman story includes a world that comes alive in a way few books do. Paranormal Regency London shimmers with whirling silk skirts and is bound by careful decorum, yet our heroine finds herself defying everything she's been taught when she experiences powerful magic for the first time and is drawn into a web of intrigue and danger.

I'm surprised to find that I do have a couple of reservations about the book, so I need some time to sort o
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My favorite thing about The Dark Days Club is the historical accuracy. It is very clear from the first page that there was a great deal of research that went into this book. There were moments, places, and people in history I recognized. The setting feels so real with the incredible amount of detail included. It felt like I had traveled back to London 1812. I even found myself learning things. This is exactly what I want from a historical fiction book and Alison Goodman brought it.

The introduc
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Maybe it's because I just wasn't in the mood for it, but I found this to be so so slow. It had a great atmosphere, great characters, great historical aspects, but I just felt like I was being dragged along for an unnecessary amount of time.

*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Rounded up for old times' sake, because I was mostly bored by the novel.

This story is simultaneously well written and yet so incredibly slow. Frankly, throughout the book I kept wishing for it to be a fun, smutty Regency romp instead of a dour historical paranormal fantasy. Goodman is just so good at writing historical details and manners, and her characters are all over the age of 18, there is some fornicating and pornographic cards included in the story. But I just couldn't care less
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
Heeeeyyy, look, a GIVEAWAY! Go forth and win! Ends 02/18.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Book One of The Dark Days Club series
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 shad
I'm already 16 books behind, and this is the 9th book I'm putting on my current-read.

I gotta get it together. LOL.

Please let this be awesome. I don't remember why I added it, but let's go~~



I have never quite read a YA like this. I love the historical aspect (which the author has clearly done a good amount of research on), the romance (I ship it), the engaging plot (it’s creative and kinda creepy), the mystery (did not see any of t
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction/ fantasy, Australian author whose previous books I love, beautiful tempting cover - what more is there to ask for?
I enjoyed this one very much. Someone described it as Regency romance meets Buffy and that is not far off the truth. Alison Goodman is a big Regency fan and it shows. She writes excellent descriptions of life at that time from the rich to the poor. And then she throws in some supernatural beings and the drama begins. Great fun!
Lady Helen is a really good main chara

Actual rating: 3.5

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It is Alison Goodman at the Jane Austen Festival. She is a great fan of Regency era and while writing her book she did not only researched the era but had an experience living in the Regency era. Quote:"I checked the historical weather reports, read military and crime accounts in The Times, made notes on the phases of the moon, perused the fashion plates in La Belle Assemblée, studied numerous eighteenth- and nineteenth-ce

Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book!
It was so well-researched and bursting with historical details! I could tell right away that Alison Goodman really spent a lot of time learning about life in 1812, London! I've since been to her website and Pinterest board and I think it's amazing how she included important figures of the era, artists, fashions, buildings, etc! She even researched the moon and weather patterns s
A Regency London infiltrated by demons in human guise with only a small band of dedicated warriors able to detect and fight them! This is the world Lady Helen Wrexhall finds herself in, when at 18 she should be looking forward to her the dances and parties of her first season and her presentation to Queen Charlotte. Instead, she finds out dark secrets about her dead mother and herself and meets the dark and charismatic Earl of Carlston, believed to have murdered his wife. Lady Helen soon finds h ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic historical fantasy which I thoroughly enjoyed. There is a great heroine, Lady Helen, whose housemaid goes missing. Instead of wallowing in a world of society parties and marrying a suitable Duke, Helen opts to find out what has happened to her. Especially as she and the housemaid had a good relationship and are close. She gets involved with Lord Carlston with a view to asking for his help and embarks on a thrill ride that includes magic and demons. However, there are also mur ...more
A copy of this novel was provided by Harper Collins Australia for review.

I’d heard a lot of good things about this author’s other books, so I jumped at the chance to read and review Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club. Except that I knew by the end of the first chapter that we were not meant to be.

Because I like lists, and there are a few things about this book that were off for me, here are some weird/unlikeable things about Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club:

1) The writing style. Now, I am not th
Starry-Eyed Jen
An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Did you enjoy  Buffy the Vampire Slayer ? Do you like Regency era fiction? Then hold on to your bonnets because you are going to loooove this book! It really is an incredible cross between the two, with Lady Helen battling demons in her petticoats, while also trying to maintain her reputation as a well-bred lady.

There's also a Chose
Fafa's Book Corner
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Alyssa ! I had heard about this author years ago along with her infamous series Eon. Back in November the publishing company released a sample for all the upcoming books. This book was amongst them. At the time I had been hearing so much about this book that I decided to read the sample. It was slow but I fell in love with the setting and Lady Helen. Alyssa's review convinced me even more
Maggie ☘
*4,5/5 stars*

"Sometimes there is no right choice"

The best part of The Dark Days Club was the amazing mixture of historical and paranormal world-building, and especially how greatly historically accurate the book was! Alison Goodman researched so many historical facts - from politics, food, weather, clothes, dancing, real historical figures, to living conditions and opinions of people from Regency era. It felt like I moved through time and was really there with Lady Helen. I'd say that this book
Natalie Monroe
Jan 04, 2017 marked it as to-read

Brain: Hang on, we have loads of titles we haven't read yet—




Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Preview chapters review:

Honestly, I wasn't very interested in this one before I downloaded the SNEAK PEEK on NetGalley, but now . . .

What is it about the idea of prim and proper early 19th century ladies fighting demons and monsters à la Buffy that is so appealing?

Lady Helen is an orphan raised by her childless aunt and uncle. She exists under the constant gloom and speculation of her parents' deaths . . . Her mother, you see, is rumored to be a traitor.

As in treason. Against England.

So that
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
My dearest friends,

I am convinced that Buffy the Vampire Slayer + Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had a book baby and named her: The Dark Days Club.



Bio: eighteen; avid reader; curious cat; die-hard romantic; assumes the strength of two grown men when necessary; rebellious; loyal friend; witty; no filter.

Seeking: Answers surrounding the mysterious death of her parents and a man that loves unconditionally, and isn't in a rush to get marrie
Wren (fablesandwren)
I absolutely loved this book.

The world building was so unique and beautiful. There was such detail in every word that Alison Goodman put in there. I usually am not the biggest fan of Regency Era books, but it's books like this that make me believe I am born in the wrong Era.

There were like two different words building for me because I am not that knowledgeable in this Era as I am in others. So I was learning more about that while learning more about the paranormal-side gracing the story.

Helen is
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
I actually DNFed this a month ago, but picked it back up again due to positive encouragement from my co-bloggers and needing to cover this book live on radio (which you can listen to here).

While the pacing of the first half of the book was rather slow and arduous, with a LOT of world building and setting up of the story, it begins to speed up in the second half. Helen gets integrated into the Dark Days Club as she learns more about the scandalous deceivers and how reclaimers can fight against th
If you haven't read this, oh boy, you should. You really, really should.
This was my first read by Alison Goodman and since Eon & Eona have released, I've heard nothing but amazing things about her books.
I can totally see why.
Guys, the WRITING. It's so amazing. I was blown away and this is a person who talks about writing in her reviews though sometimes doesn't even care about it. The world felt so genuine, so realistic, and you can tell that Goodman did her research thoroughly.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I took a while to get through this book because I loved it right from the beginning and I wanted to savor it.

I adored Lady Helen from page 1. She's smart and so logical while in the middle of an illogical situation. Lord Carlston was enigmatic and perhaps unintentionally swoony, but I just couldn't get enough of the two of them together. Even though {much to my disappointment} there wasn't much that happened between them. The few long gazes and silent conversations that run rampant in the regen
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I was sucked into reading this one by the claims that it was like Buffy the Vampire Slayer set in Regency England. That sounded like a ton of fun! Unfortunately the story never really delivered and was a bit of a bore. Pity as the building blocks were in place for a good story. This was a Regency set paranormal story that mixed mystery, action, weird paranormal happenings, and even a tad of romance.

The sad thing is I felt like the story started well enough. The early stages of the story were int
A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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. T
Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
T/W- Descriptions of Deaths, Violence

This is definitely one of the most conflicting book reviews I've had to write during my time here on Goodreads. I really wanted to like this one... but I'm still very much on the fence about it. The pacing was far too slow and did take time for the main plot to really kickstart. The main character Helen lives with her Uncle and Aunt in London in the year of 1812. She is now an adult and close to being presented to the Queen, until one of her close handmaids w

The Dark Days Club begins with the protagonist, Lady Helen Wrexhall’s Court Presentation before Queen Charlotte. Helen is an orphan. Her parents perished at sea ten years ago leaving her and her brother, Andrew in the guardianship of their Uncle and Aunt, the Lord and Lady Pennworth. Helen is constantly reproached for her natural intelligence, curiosity and wit, which is of course unbecoming in a young, unmarried lady. Her resemblance to her mother is frowned upon, especially
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Alison is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology. Her latest novel --The Dark Days Club-- is Book 1 in a new trilogy, and will be published in the USA and UK in January 2016, and December 2015 in Australia. It has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly as "a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy". Alison calls it "Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy in E ...more

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