Review of The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman

thedarkdayspactThe Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2)
By: Alison Goodman
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

My Rating:
star

Summary:
June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

My Thoughts:
I fell so deeply in love last year with The Dark Days Club I couldn’t wait for this sequel. The moment it showed up I dived into it and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Goodman is impeccable at coloring her world with historical accuracy and it allows for the reader to fully become immersed in the time period. The idea that she’s added a paranormal aspects into such a realistic storyline with such vivid characters and world is just perfection.

The characters- oh how I love each of them. Lady Helen is such an excellent character to follow the story with. We read from her point of view and I just love seeing how she views her world. She isn’t a perfect character by any means which allows her to be so relatable. I love her interactions with the supporting cast and her struggle to fully embrace her powers and role in the Dark Days Club.

My favorite character has to be Carlston. He’s so mysterious, likeable and just a touch of Darcy. I think he’s the perfect mix of these things and his stony façade has me itching to always learn that tiny bit more about what’s under the surface. His interactions with Lady Helen are my favorite parts of the book. I only wish he could have been in this book even more. I don’t think I can ever get enough of him.

As with the first book the beginning starts a tad slower paced with the author spending time on the setting, clothing and traditions of the time. I love how she slowly immerses the reader into everything before pulling the rug and sending you on a fantastic ride wrapped in action, intrigue and suspense. Prepare yourself for the last bit of the book- you’ll not want to put it down and once it ends you’ll be desperate for book 3.

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Final Thoughts:
Yes, this review is short but I can’t say enough about this series. If you are a fan of paranormal and/or historical you must pick these books up. The character chemistry, world, storyline- are all just perfect. These are by far some of my favorite books ever.

Blog Tour- The Dark Days Club Character Playlist + Giveaway

DarkDaysBlogTourBannerI 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.

Rhianna––Umbrella

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

DarkDaysClubThe Dark Days Club
By: Alison Goodman
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Summary:
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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