Review of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

TheDarkDaysClubThe Dark Days Club
By: Alison Goodman
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts:
This novel was so well done and hit many attributes I look for in paranormal historical fiction. I really didn’t know what to expect going into reading this book because it was the first book by Alison Goodman to read. I’d also not heard much of anything about The Dark Days Club. I based my desire for it on the summary and that beautiful cover. I never dreamed I’d love it nearly as much as I did.

The Dark Days Club was incredibly descriptive, well written and overall a slow read (lots of details that some might find dull but I found engrossing). I found the slower pacing allowed me to ease into the world and characters. The further I read the more I was interested in knowing about the mysteries this book presented- Lady Helen’s mother’s past as well as the current missing maid.

True, the book wasn’t overly action packed at the start but I was never bored. It was the perfect blend of beautiful writing, intrigue and characters I slowly began to know and love. Lord Carlston was everything I want in a lead male character and mentor to the main character. He was dark, handsome and had a past that wasn’t looked upon nicely by society. As the book continued the pacing became much faster and I was so entrenched in the story I was pained when not reading. I needed to know what would happen next.

The setting and time period were clear to me and I easily visualized the clothing and locations. Goodman’s writing was superb and descriptive. The characters, as I mentioned, were so well done. I fell in love with the entire cast of characters and really didn’t want to part with them when the book ended. I know for a fact I’ll be rereading this book soon.

The romance was perfect- it was my favorite type, the slow burn. I shipped the ship hard. It had the feel of a Jane Austen romance to me which I adore always- Paranormal Jane Austen is a winner with me always.

Final Thoughts:
In my opinion, The Dark Days Club is a must read for any fan of Jane Austen style writing, period dramas, paranormal and the slow burn romance.


  1. says

    This one had looked interesting to me, but I was getting a little worried since it’s only about 10 days from being released and I haven’t really seen much out there about it. So, I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one. I love slow burn romances.

    • says

      You know, I’ve not seen a lot of blogger buzz either but it deserves all the praise and love! It was so beautifully done. I’d def give it a go if it seems like something you’d be interested in and yes…the slow burn ship was AMAZING

  2. says

    This book is actually one of my most anticipated reads of 2016, I’m so glad you loved it, I hope I’ll give it the same rating! 😉 I haven’t read Alison Goodman’s other books actually, but that summary is so appealing! The romance is a slow-burn, it’s great news, it’s my favourite type too! I’m happy you shared you review, because I’m even more excited to read this book now 😉

  3. says

    I’m super excited to read The Dark Days Club! I loved Goodman’s Eon/Eona duology, and I really can’t wait to see how she handles this historical YA 😉 So happy to see that you adored it!

    • says

      I really need to purchase Eon/Eona! I’ve heard great things and since I adored this book so much I think it is highly likely I’ll love them as well. I hope you enjoy TDDC

  4. says

    Holy crap, I had never heard of this book before this week, and now all I’m seeing is glowing reviews! I’ll have to pick up a copy… this is exactly the kind of book I need in my life right now. Great review!

    • says

      YES YOU MUST. I hadn’t heard much about it either and saw folks get it at BEA. It wasn’t much mentioned but after reading the summary I became mildly obsessed. The book was better even than I expected.

  5. says

    Ooh, I think I’ve read one of Alison Goodman’s first books, and heard good things about a couple of the others. This sounds even more awesome.

  6. says

    I’m happy to see that you liked it!

    I love slow burn romance! And now I’m so excited to dive into the book! I totally would’ve started reading it now if I wasn’t reading Queen of Shadows. Anyways I’m happy that I got!

    Great review 🙂

  7. says

    Eeee 😀 Yes yes yes. I’m thrilled that you loved this book Kristen 🙂 Gorgeous review sweetie. <3 Ahhhh. I want this book SO BADLY. Just waiting for my hardcover pre-order. <3 Sooon. I really wish to love it as much as you did. Fingers crossed 🙂 You make it sound amazing. So glad you loved the slow romance. <3 It sounds so good. Thrilled that you loved this one 🙂 Thank you for sharing. <3

  8. says

    Great review Kristen. I’m so sad that this book didn’t work for me because I was very excited about it. I think it was one of those cases where I was expecting something a little different and the book was never going to work in that way. Alas!


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