The Dark Days Pact
Does anyone else think Lord Carlston's wife is still alive? I just have this weird hunch that Lady Elise is alive and it's going to be revealed in one of those dramatic moments at the end of book 2 where Helen and Carlston are about to get together but, BAM his wife comes back from the dead. (I could be totally wrong this is just a guess based on the fact that there was no body) (hide spoiler)]
And the research ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[just like the fellow Reclaimers share their bond (hide 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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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?
I'm just over here praying that the VikingBooks doesn't go through with their ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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"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.”