January 21, 2016

The Dark Days Club Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Dark Days Club! Today I'll be sharing my review of the book - and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway!

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1)

Author: Alison Goodman
Genre: YA Historical/Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill


New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman's eagerly awaited new project -- a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of 18-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 reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap? 

The Dark Days Club is the exhilarating first book in a promising new young adult historical fantasy series. The story follows our heroine - Lady Helen - as she prepares for her formal presentation to the Queen and to high society, only to have one of her family's maids disappear strangely during the night. Lady Helen is determined to find out what has happened and who - or what - is responsible. Her curiosity sends her to the darkest parts of Regency London, and right into the path of Lord Carlston - a man with a dark reputation and one of the few people who know the truth about what's happening in the shadows in London and the rest of the world. Lady Helen will stop at nothing to figure out the truth, and when she does - her deep curiosity might be the end of Lord Carlston and herself.

I've been waiting impatiently for this book to be released for months now - ever since I read the description. After the long wait, I'm so happy to say that the novel far surpassed any hopes and expectations I may have had beforehand. It's a true breath of fresh air and unlike anything I've read before. The setting - Regency London - is the perfect background for the story and easily sets the scene and the mood for the book, which just happens to be dark and Gothic - favorites of mine. The characters were all well written - especially Lady Helen, the story's main character. She's a fantastic lead for the book - intelligent, full of burning curiosity and determination, along with being a young woman of high society that feels as if she doesn't quite fit the mold required of her station. I immediately identified with her character and loved watching her mature and come into her own throughout the book. She's a great main character for this new series, and I can't wait to see what she'll get herself into.

The plot was intriguing and instantly had me hooked from the first pages. I don't read much historical fiction, but the blend of this time period with the paranormal aspects was a perfect fit for me. I enjoyed the entire story line - from the small details of Lady Helen's life and the time period the book's set in to the creepy demons that are lurking around and infiltrating society on all levels. The author used the perfect mix of detailed descriptions and vivid imagery - it brought the story to life in front of my eyes and I felt like I was inside Lady Helen's world right beside her the entire length of the book. The story was written in the third person point of view, which isn't my favorite. If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll know that I'm a huge advocate for the first person POV due to the deeply personal connection the reader makes with the story's narrator. No other writing style is able to give us such an in-depth look at a character to the point where we know almost every single thing about them by the end of the book. The third person POV doesn't allow such a deep connection between the reader and the main character; however, the author was able to bring the characters and the story to life for me as a reader, which is always a sign of their talents and writing ability (in my opinion). If an author can bring a story to life using the third person perspective, it's a huge accomplishment in my book and only provides more evidence of their storytelling abilities. 

Overall, this was a mesmerizing novel that had a few great twists, plenty of surprises, and a plot that almost instantly pulled me inside of its pages. I can't wait to see where the next book will go and what Lady Helen will get herself into. I very highly recommend this book to fans of all types of literature - especially those who enjoy historical fiction, Regency settings, fantasy, paranormal fiction, and mysteries. You're going to want to get your hands on a copy of this book - I promise it won't disappoint!
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 English high society".

EON was short-listed for Victorian, NSW, and WA Premier’s Literary awards, and won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It was also listed as an American Library Association Best Young Adult Book (2010), a James Tiptree Jr. Honour book, and a CBCA Notable Book.

Alison’s first novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues, won the 1998 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was also listed as an American Library Association Best Book (2004) and CBCA Notable Book. Her second novel, a crime thriller titled Killing the Rabbit, was published in the USA and shortlisted for the 2007 Davitt Award.

Alison was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Arts. She lives in Australia with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, and is currently working on Book 2 and 3 or The Lady Helen series.

Visit Alison’s website at www.darkdaysclub.com

 *Author biography and picture taken from Goodreads page.*

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