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:
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
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.