Book Review – The Dark Days Club

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m guessing at this point, most people have heard about the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie coming out soon. If you hadn’t, well you know now.
Yes, it’s a thing and I will be watching it despite my apprehensions.

So imagine that movie with life-energy sucking demons instead of zombies and you have this book. 
End of review.

It’s true however, that this seems to have a great many parallels to Austen’s classic. Which is not surprising, since any Regency novel written since P&P couldn’t escape its influence.

Here’s a quick list of similarities:

1. An unusually well read heroine
2. A lead couple that can’t stand each other in the beginning but have great chemistry
3. Disapproving aunts
4. A misunderstood brooding hero that won’t help his own reputation
5. Strong female friendship
6. Pretty dresses!
7. Banter and witty humor
8. A seemingly perfect second male lead
9. Conflicting feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings
10. Conversations during dances

Things Dark Days Club does differently:

1. Demons…obviously
2. Badassery – of the beating people up kind
3. People of color
4. A plot involving a potentially world-destroying gem thingy
5. A sequel cliff-hanger
6. Shady government organisations
7. The heroine running away from the hero at top speed
8. Tattoos
9. Dead parents
10. Potentially evil house servants

There must be more but I can’t think of any right now. The point is, this book is really good, you must read it and I am steadily losing control of this review.
Let it goooooo….

DDC has Alison Goodman’s trademark realistic fantasy, compelling character development and absolutely gorgeous world-building. I could smell the smoke, I could. Despite not always agreeing with Helen’s actions, I always understood her motivations. The tension between Carlston and Helen is fan-yourself-worthy, and the plot knows where it’s going with the mystery. I’m really looking forward to the next one.

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