I am so thrilled to be highlighting The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman today. I recently reviewed this book and if you missed that- I’ll sum it up- I LOVED it. TDDC was an engrossing read with beautifully implemented historical bits along with some incredible paranormal aspects. I feel that everyone with a taste for Jane Austen style writing, period dramas, paranormal and a slow burn romance should read this book.
Character Playlist-Lady Helen from The Dark Days Club
This playlist is all about the main character in The Dark Days Club – Lady Helen Wrexhall. The novel is set in 1812, and in those times a young noblewoman’s life was severely restricted. The Dark Days Club follows Helen’s adventures as she discovers that her world has a dangerous and demonic underbelly, and her family has some very dark secrets that will change her life forever.
The Verve –– Bittersweet Symphony
Although The Dark Days Club is set in the Regency era, the lyrics of this song about modern life really resonates with me, and the anthemic music always gives me goosebumps. The video is brilliant too. For me, Bittersweet Symphony is about the desire for change and how difficult it can be to find a way to shift your own circumstances. Lady Helen finds herself in this predicament at the beginning of book.
No Doubt –– Just A Girl
As a young noblewoman living in the early 1800’s, the only life path for Helen is to marry, produce children and act as hostess for her husband. Until that time, she is “just a girl”. I like the irony in this song and it suits Helen’s personality: she has far more courage and integrity than most of the men in her family.
Jessie J –– Price Tag
Helen’s uncle wants to find her a suitable husband and get her married as quickly as possible—he’s not sure her fortune will overcome the taint of her infamous mother!
Queen –– I Want To Break Free (Official Video)
A more light-hearted song about finding a way out. I’ve been a Queen fan since I was a teenager, and this is one of my favourite songs. The official video is hilarious too.
4 Non Blondes ––What’s Up?
Another favorite song of mine, and one that echoes Helen’s growing uneasiness as she starts to ask her self: what’s going on?
My Demons – Starset
A hint of what is to come in Helen’s world. This song has a great driving beat and sense of dread.
Lady Gaga – Born This Way.
Helen does not know it yet, but she’s not who she thinks she is!
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
Helen is beginning to realize that something is very wrong in her opulent world, and this song is about yearning for something more.
Jessie J – Who You Are
This could very well be Helen’s theme song for Book 1.
Britney Spears – I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman
Lady Helen is making her debut to polite society, a time when a Regency girl steps into “official” womanhood. Yet, curtseying to the Queen does not bring instant wisdom and maturity. That is a much longer and harder journey.
Kelly Clarkson –Breakaway (With Lyrics)
“Take a risk, take a chance, make a change and breakaway; a song for Helen as she takes her first step into a strange new world.
This is such a great song about friendship. Helen finds a great friend and confidante in her maid, Darby and their bond grows throughout the book.
Katy Perry––Wide Awake
When Helen discovers the truth, she’s finally wide-awake!
Mahalia Jackson ––Trouble Of The World
A beautiful song sung by one of the greats. Helen finds the truth about her world hard to bear.
Annie Lenox and David Bowie ––Under Pressure
Helen feels the pressure of the decisions that she must make. This version is a tribute to the late great Freddie Mercury and, now sadly, the brilliant David Bowie.
Des’ree -––You Gotta Be
Helen has to find her true strength, but will it be enough?
About the Book
The Dark Days Club
By: Alison Goodman
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
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 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?
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