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The Dark Days Pact

(Lady Helen #2)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,904 ratings  ·  835 reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Suzy Yes! I was also thinking that there might be a possibility that she's still alive. Anytime that no body is found I automatically assume that the…moreYes! I was also thinking that there might be a possibility that she's still alive. Anytime that no body is found I automatically assume that the person may be still alive and/or faking their death. I personally think she's involved with the whole reclaimers/deceivers world and maybe Duke of Selburn is in on it too? I don't know. I just get the feeling that the there's more to the feud between Carlston and Selburn beyond the whole "he got the girl I loved" thing. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. (less)
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Sabaa Tahir
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty open about my obsession with Book 1 in the Lady Helene series, Dark Days Club, but HOLY HOT CROWS PEOPLE, Alison has written such an incredible sequel. It's the perfect balance of suspense and romance and cross-dressing and regency drama. It picks up pretty soon after DDC left off, and we are plunged right back into Lady Helen's world of reclaimers and deceivers. Lord Carlston is is usual broody, dangerous, fantastic self--someone give that man a standalone series.

And the research
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mith
EVERYTHING HURTS AND I NEED BOOK 3. also you can read my review HERE, as in, on a blog. if that kinda thing is your thing. (or you can scroll down too, if that's more of your thing than clicking to another blog thing. anyway.)

I don't know when I will be over this book because a few sentences ruined me and also Lord Carlston. MY HEART!

It's been a few weeks since the thing at Helen's birthday ball. She's now with Mr. Hammond and his sister, Lady Margaret, in Brighton, where she's learning to becom
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Alyssa
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman
Book Two of the Lady Helen series
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 and her maid, Darby, to
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Nastassja

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

How do you tell a sequel was good?

It is seen in the way a person can’t contain their joy after finishing the book; a restless energy that needs to be shared with a fellow bookworm (view spoiler); a startling realization, How am I going to survive till the next installment?! Desire to give a book the highest rating and praise it; to convince more friends to read it (pff, 496 pages is nothing when the pl

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Stacee
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading and loving The Dark Days Club, I knew I would be devouring the sequel as soon as I could. And when I saw The Dark Days Pact available, I legit screamed and downloaded it.

Lady Helen is still just as awesome as she was before. She's stronger this time around and I really enjoyed seeing her work out the new facets of her powers. The rest of the gang is all here and they're definitely in for some changes.

There are a lot of twists and revelations in this book and I was on the edge of my
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Laura
The Dark Days Pact is set in Brighton 1812 where Lady Helen will be spending the summer with Lord Carlston so she can continue her training to be a Reclaimer. Part of her training is learning to disguise herself as a man convincingly since woman are restricted to the places they can go among other things. Lady Helen is put in an interesting predicament when the Dark Days Club give her an assignment to find Benchley's journal and not to tell Lord Carlston who may be slipping into madness.

That's
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Fables&Wren
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
WrensReads Review:

I’m sorry but not sorry about the unpopular opinion that’s about to be typed onto this review: I cannot get on the Carlston fan-wagon. I am so team Selburn and I will forever dream of him winning the hand of Helen. Carlson just is way to broody, which would usually work for me but man is he a guard dog. Selburn is/was/still is too but his isn’t as like animalistic to me? I’m not sure. All I know is Carlston is still technically married and that should be a red flag to Helen.



The
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Giselle
An Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

We're back in the Regency Era with Helen and Carleston. The second book usually ends up being the "filler," but even though this was the second in the series, it didn't feel like that. The book progresses along and even if it was a little slow, I still enjoyed it. There's so much to digest, that you won't be able to put this book down. I just love Goodman's writing. S
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Kiki
Just so good. My sister and I have a running joke about this series; if one of these books is left unattended, lying on a table or the couch, one of us will holler to the other, “Lud, Lady Helen has been left here unchaperoned! Most irregular!”

It’s the tense, frustrating, heartbreaking ultimatums between the characters themselves that makes these books so gripping; it’s not just a case of “let’s fight demons” but also their impossible conflicts of the heart, so well drawn and slow-burning, fill
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Kuroi
London, 1812

To Lady Helen,

My dearest friend, I have been following your adventures with anticipation for quite some time now. When you told me of a secret society that vanquished demons hiding among the populace, no one was more thrilled than me that you were to be a part of it. I lived vicariously through your missives for a while, and I was proud to call you a friend.

Then, of course, we could not communicate for a few months, and I must confess, some of the details of your trials slipped my
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Kassidy
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sequel! I loved the development of the characters and the darkness of the story. The plot definitely picked up in this one.
Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I think The Dark Days Pact might be my favorite of all Alison Goodman's novels to date. This sequel picks up promptly where The Dark Days Club left off with Lady Helen in Bath for the summer, having been cast aside by her aunt and uncle. Now that Helen has discovered that she is a Reclaimer, she is under the tutelage of Lord Carleston as he trains her to join the Dark Days Club. But nothing is quite as it seems... Lord Carleston is prone to illness, a strange Lord Pike is stirri
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Well I was in denial for a while, but now with the cover officially up on Goodreads I can safely say I'll be opting for the ePub
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But I totally respect people who still plan on buying the physical copy, not everyone is a picky/judgmental about covers and consistency as me lol

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Yup it really seems like they're going with the plans for a cover change. Which means they failed me, Vikings books why did you fail me?

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I'm just over here praying that the VikingBooks doesn't go through with their
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Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
*4,8/5 stars*

Loved it! The Dark Days Pact is even better than its predecessor - there's so much more action, no slower parts like in book one. This novel is deliciously dark and suspenseful, gripping and ominous.
I love the beautiful writing style and rich world - the amount of research Alison Goodman has done for this series is simply astounding. I also couldn't help but notice the amazing character development Lady Helen has gone through in this book. I loved her in The Dark Days Club already,
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Fafa's Book Corner
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Gun violence, physical violence, blackmailing using a character's sexual orientation, blackmailing threatening treason, and a fair bit of gore.

It's been a few weeks since Lady Helen has decided to work with The Dark Days Club. Lady Helen has been spending her with Lady Margaret and her brother Mr. Hammond. Thus far Lady Helen has been presumably ill to the rest of society. Under Lord Carlston's orders Lady Helen has beg
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Asma
This was so so sooooo much better than the first one (which was also incredible) and while I'll probably never get around to properly reviewing this, EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT RIGHT NOW. OR START THE SERIES IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY.
Lata
The second instalment goes a little deeper into the characters, and shows us some of Helen's physical training so she can take on her role as a Reclaimer. I enjoyed Helen's chafing to get started, all the while having to learn about the restrictions placed on her behaviours in this role, thanks to her oath to the Crown. These restrictions often conflicting with the already ridiculous societal restrictions placed on gentlewomen. I found it amusing and understandable that Darby was better able to ...more
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
This book has definitely pulled me out of my reading slump! I managed to get through it in only two days, and like with all sequels, I regret putting it off!

It followed a similar pacing structure to the first book, my review of which, you can read here, and subsequently, I liked the first half a lot more than the second...even though that's where all the action is. I've just read a bunch of regency fiction for one of my university modules happening next semester and so the day-to-day goings of
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Sarah Churchill
I'll have to come back with a more in depth review when I'm awake more, but just know I LOVE THIS BOOK and this is now a firm favourite series of mine.
Sophie
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

The Dark Days Club was one of my favourite books I read last year. Goodman managed to perfectly recreate the Regency Era, adding her own twist with the Reclaimers. I was dying to get my hands on the sequel, and as soon as my copy arrived, I dove straight in.

In The Dark Days Pact, Helen is recovering from the fall out of her coming out ball. For the summer, she's fled to Bristol, in order to get away from the
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Jennie Damron
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WTF!!! I reject this ending!! Nope, I absolutely forbid it. What in the world just happened? Ok, I'm calm, I'll try to make sense. Right, so this book was amazing and well written. Lady Helen is still badass and Lord Carlston is just everything. The plot moved well and the story so fast paced I couldn't put the book down. But the way it ended... I refuse to accept it, that's right. Oh my heart is in pieces and it hurts.
Allison
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SOMEHOW BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK. I love Helen so so much and I just want to hold her to my bosom and CARLSTON IS EVEN MORE CARLSTON. 2 CARLSTON 2 FURIOUS. ETC. This is still such a slowburn romance-wise but......phewwwwwwwwwwwwww the wheels finally start rolling more and oh man. I LOVE HAMMOND AND DARBY AND QUINN AND DELIA. Everyone is amazing. Someone hold me.

Also, I cried? It's just such a TENSE book. The whole thing is tense. The ending is AMAZING. Book three will be even better.

Hats off
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Emily
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Hm ... while this is still as compulsively readable as the first Lady Helen novel, I didn't like it quite as much. A lot of that has to do with the main plot, which has the members of the Dark Days Club dealing with problems that they somehow all have to keep secret from one another. I found it confusing after awhile, and somewhat stressful to read. I think I also personally reacted to the more misogynistic undertones present in the sequel, like (view spoiler) ...more
Jillian
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I love how in the end she explains how she wove real people, places and things that happened in to her fiction story . She is a phenomenal story teller . I love how Helen has to try to balance the 2 worlds and I really can’t wait for the last book in December.
Lindsay
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lady Helen's story continues in this Regency Urban Fantasy.

Lady Helen Wrexhall has moved to Brighton and is staying with the household of Lord Carleston and training as a Reclaimer. However Carleston is becoming increasingly unstable and the hostile leadership of the Home Office is against him, including disbelief in the very real threat of a Grand Deceiver. Lady Helen herself still chafes against the strictures of being a woman in Regency society and how it conflicts with her role as a Reclaime
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Veronique
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed the first book, I had high expectations for this novel, and I am happy to say that all were met :0)

Goodman gives us another compelling and intense story. Once more the Regency setting is portrayed by a plethora of true historical details, from figures and places (Brighton shines) to clothing and how to wear it, and many more tiny little touches that depict a vivid, colourful, and believable world.

This instalment felt a lot tenser, and this was not just because of the thrilling sc
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I love this series, but I do get so rankled by some of the historically accurate but still frustrating ideas about women and their place in the world. It makes me want to break out a tennis racket and start whacking people 🙄

Helen is such a woman of her time, which is really great and interesting - until it becomes frustrating when you wish she would step up and be badass. I’m still not the biggest fan of Carlston *cough* though I don’t dislike him; I like Selburn but he’s just so o v e r p r o t
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Theresa
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
WOW this book was even better than the first, I am so blown away by this.

THE POLITICS. THE INTRIGUE. THE SCHEMING. It knows no bounds. My only gripe with the first one really was that I didn't find it all that original, which is definitely not something that can be said of this one. I LOVED IT.

In this book, Lady Helen is growing into her new powers and it was so much fun watching her develop. Especially as she is not only trying to get used to life as a reclaimer, she is also battling prejudice
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
ETA 6/28/18: Ugh! Why didn't I wait until closer to the last book's release to re-read this? I keep doing this to myself with my favorite series. But also? I think I loved it even more upon my re-read. So, it's not all bad...

*****

Such a great sequel! I might have even liked this one MORE than The Dark Days Club. In fact, I know I did. I also kinda maybe sorta think my theory about the Grand Deceiver is wrong now, which I'm kind of glad of because that would've taken the story in a direction that
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Lauren Stoolfire
The Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman is such a fantastic underrated historical fantasy book series and this sequel is just as good, if not better than book one. If you like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grimm, or The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, you need to meet Lady Helen and Lord Carlston. I can't wait for book three!

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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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“Slowly he turned into the curve of her palm, cut lip pressed against her skin. She heard two whispered words, felt them kissed into her flesh: amore mio. My love. Two words: the shock of them held her still.” 8 likes
“He has offered to help me, and right now I need his help."
"Is it just his help, or are you going because you wish to be with him?" He leaned closer, face fierce. "Do you love him? Is that it?"
"You, of all people , have no right to ask me that."
"Maybe not, but I ask it anyway. Do you love him?"
"Love him?" Helen's voice rose. "Apparently I am not allowed to love in this godforsaken world!"
"Apparently neither am I," he said through his clenched teeth. "Yet..."
Yet what? His face. his body, were so close. So dangerously close.
"Stay," he breathed.
She shook her head.
He stepped away, the sudden distance between them full of pain.”
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