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London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her debut at the court of Queen Charlotte and officially step into polite Regency society and the marriage mart. Little does Helen know that step will take her from the opulent drawing rooms of Mayfair and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies.

Paperback, Australian, 448 pages
Published December 14th 2015 by HarperCollins - AU
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Emily May
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 think
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?! Check
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 wrap
"A delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy"
- Publisher's Weekly, starred review

You know those books that are so good they fill you with a strange desire to visit your local bookstore and discreetly find every copy of it that they have in stock and line them up on the most prominent display?

This isn't one of those.

I nearly DNFed it several times. The first came around 125 pages in, when I was sure that I must have misread the blurb. I could have sworn that it had mentioned dem
Sabaa Tahir
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mohammed Arabey
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ماذا لو قلت لك أن بيننا أبالسة، وحوش شيطانية بشكل بشر، يعيشون بيننا وتحسبهم منا، مهمتهم إشاعة الفحش والعداء والدم والطاقة السلبية، فهذا ما يمنحهم قوتهم

لتتعرف علي المزيد..ننتقل إلي بريطانيا ، ربيع 1812

حيث الفتيات المجتمع الراقي بين التطريز وحفلات التقديم

في اجواء جين اوستن الفيكتورية الثرية، تأتي تلك الرواية الأنيقة
نادي الايام المظلمة

*** الحكـــاية ***

الملكة تقيم عرض التقديم لفتيات المجتمع الراقي بعد توقفها لسنتين منذ سقوط الملك جورج الثالث في انتكاسة الجنون

وهيلين، فتاة في الثامنة عشر مدعوة له ل
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
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*
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
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
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
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

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-century museum exhibi

Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
*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
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Upon hearing about this book, I was super excited. I mean, it’s written by an Australian author and the premise alone sounded fantastic! In between high society parties, socialising and living in polite society, Lady Helen Wrexhall soon discovers that her world is much darker than she could have anticipated. Demons walk among society, sucking the life force and energy out of unsuspecting humans (quite literally) and Lady Helen is one of the few people who are able to do something about it so our ...more
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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
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 Chosen
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
*4,2/5 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
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
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 married.


Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WrensReads Review:

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
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-unhaul
Maybe it's more a 3.75, but I have to think about it. I'll gather my ideas around and then write something.

When it comes to Alison Goodman's works one word always comes to my mind: underrated. I do see why her books might not appeal to some people, but I still think they do not get all the hype they should. They're well written, the characters are well developed and the author knows how to write good settings and magic systems. There is enough attention paid to the plot and there is slow burn ro
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 thorough
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
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
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie Monroe

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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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