Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit
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Another favorite series delivers a low blow, crushing my girlish hopes of the epic finale and heartstopping romance.
What do you expect from a series that ended previously on a high note of girlish squicks and dancing around the room? Right. You expect epic conclusion. You expect the high to be even higher. You definitely do not expect the series to soar into the sky and then crash down on earth with 80 percent of the boring content of talking, walking, wedding preparations then more talking. An
and even WORSE is that it's coming out in november
THIS IS CALLED THE DARK DAYS DECEIT and i just saw Sept. 2018 so i'll be in my grave until then.
when will I GET SOME NEWS ...more
So, just review book 3 anyway. It was pretty good and it rounded up all the loose ends. It seemed a little long but I was happy with the end result of the love triangle. The final battle was really exciting. Helen has come a long way since that first book.
Goodman is not afraid to kill off fairly major characters and there are a couple of sad deaths. Ho ...more
I really appreciated this trilogy. I’m shelving it in my “new-adult-gems” GR shelf because the characters are over 18 and this is the type of NA I am always searching for—the kind that isn’t basically porn!
This is still one of my f ...more
Book One - The Dark Days Club - was sooooooo good! I need the sequel, and this one! ...more
Beware spoilers ahead!
Trigger warning: Death, physical violence, drugging someone, manipulation, cheating, sexism, misogynistic society, graphic fight scenes, and abuse of power/authority.
The Dark Days Deceit was read for the theme Reborn Tales. For a book group called The Theme Thieves.
Lady Helen is preparing for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn. She receives a letter from her aunt Lenore saying that she will be visiting soon. This scares Helen as her aun ...more
It's one of those trilogies where each book builds on the one before it, and makes t ...more
So here’s my plea: Get on it. Please. I’m sitting here, having just finished the final book, and I want to scream about it to an audience who would understand my blathering, but I can’t because a). this book isn’t being published until November and b). far too few have read the f ...more
Once more, the early nineteenth century setting of Bath is painted in many, historically correct, details. This is something that has always impressed me, namely the amount of work the author has had to do to gather all these, and then use them in a light hand. The result creates a compelling and vivid world, but also a contrast to the fantastic component of the novel. Each side pulls our characters, on one hand having to follow ...more
Oh, wait, sorry. I meant demon-hunters.
It's an easy mistake to make. When last we saw Lady Helen, she'd pulled her partner - smolderer-in-chief William, Earl of Ca ...more
However, Helen and Lord Carlston have become rather lackluster as individuals and as a couple, which is such a disappointment b/c I felt like they at least had potential in the first book.
Interesting plot twists especially towards the end of the book. (view spoiler)[Totally suspected Delia - but I bega ...more
I am so disappointed. Here are the reasons why:
1. Completely predictable. I knew who the Grand Deceiver (wait...let me repeat the phrase 20 million more times like in the book) b/c there was no way for Helen to become free otherwise. As the character says in the book, Helen was so afraid of her own powers, she led herself down this dumb path. Her wanting to coalesce to society in the first two books makes sense as ...more
This series was honestly a treat for me as a history nerd. The level of detail put into the historical construction is just breathtaking, and you get a brilliant sense of the English Regency period. It works very well as a series to read if you enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices too, which is set a bit later in the Victorian period.
The only thing I would say is that whilst I adored Lady Helen as a heroine, I d ...more
It has been some time since I read the first two books, but reading this one made me remember all the details pretty quickly and I was glad to be with the characters once again.
That said, this ...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
The Dark Days Deceit, by author Alison Goodman, is the third and final installment in the Lady Helen series. This series is set in 1812, during what is called the Regency Era. It is a blend of the Regency Era, along with the supernatural. Lady Helen Wrexhall has spent the past 6 months training to be a warrior, often masquerading as a man since women doing men's work is frowned upon. She, along with Lor ...more
What a trilogy and what a finale! Seriously. I know I've said this in both of the other reviews for this trilogy but ignoring the risk of sounding like a broken record for the final time: if you like young adult fantasies, specifically stories and writing similar to Cassandra Clare (note the term "similar", it's not the same story at all), check this trilogy out. I had not heard of this series prior to being sent this final novel from Penguin Random House Canada (thank you!!) and now I ...more
Lady Helen and Darby have, yet again, braved a "man's world," kicked some ass, and showed those regency period gentleman a thing a or two about what women are capable of. They were b ...more
2) The Dark Days Pact ★★★★★
"You are my heartbeat. My pulse. You are the fire in my blood and the laughter in my soul."
This trilogy is the best Victorian YA fantasy I read. I had an amazing time and once I finished to read the first book, I needed to finish the entire trilogy before being able to pick up another book. Lady Helen is the most realistic Victorian YA heroine, the romance didn't bore me out of my mind and the History research made by the author was the best ...more
ALSO, it's the FINALE. Be still, my heart.
If Carlston and Helen don't get together, THERE WILL BE WORDS. If one of them dies, THERE WILL BE ANGRY WORDS. ...more
I’ll share more of my thoughts later on.
PS. I still love Lord Carlston! Lady Helen, on the other hand, can go lick Julia Roberts’ hairy armpits.