Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

February 20, 2017 review 4 ★★★★

I would like to give a huge thanks to for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in the least.

Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison GoodmanThe Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
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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 and her maid, Darby, to spend the summer season in Bristol, where Helen can sharpen her Reclaimer powers. Then the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work take hold, and his sanity begins 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 ever higher for Helen, and her decision will truly change the world…

My Review

Let me start off by saying that this book has once again served to remind how much I would have failed as a women in the early 1900’s. I would have most definitely been ruined or shunned or committed for having vapors. God bless that woman who paved the way for all of us in future times cause DAMN! I mean novel reading is listed next to opium addict so you know they clearly had thier priorities in line. As if life wasn’t tough enough trying to defend the world from evil soul sucking monsters. Lady Helen would most likely be right there beside me.

The Dark Days Pact picks up very near the conclusion of The Dark Days Club. Lady Helen is still licking her wounds from her absolutely horrendous mess of a birthday ball.  Helen, the Hammonds, and Lord Carlston have relocated to Brighton which I am assuming is a English version of the Hamptons. There Helen will be trained in… acting like a man. This will allow her to do her reclaimer work unharassed by normal society rules. Things take a much darker turn with the introduction of Mr. Pike, a supervisor of sorts in the D.D.C. He assigns Helen a mission that forces her to keep more secrets than ever, even from those she trusts the most.

The setting is once again as sumptuous as ever.  Alison Goodman is a master of the times and it comes across crystal clear in her writing. She also captured Lady Helen’s internal struggles with letting go of her old life (and hair) perfectly. This only serves to highlight the differences of the sexes to the extreme since Helen has to now live as both.  Helen’s mentor, Lord Carlston seems as distant as ever. This is perhaps for the best as Lady Helen soon learns certain life choices are no longer available to her.

I feel like this book wasn’t so much about action (although there is plenty)as it was information. There are many stones unturned. It really is setting book 3 up to be quite the doozy. The Dark Days Pact has left us with many hanging threads. Anyone who loves turn of the century stories with a heroic lead will get a sure thrill out of this series.

Ligatus (Leg-a-toose)

Definition – an evil ass book written in blood

Go ahead tell me that doesn’t just roll off your tongue.

You must say with feeling while shaking ylour first at the sky.

Do you feel it now? I thought so

Let Me Break It Down
Overall Story?
4 / 5
Bad Ass M.C.?
5 / 5
Pacing?
2 / 5
Love Tingles?
5 / 5
World Building?
4 / 5
Cover?
3 / 5
Vile Villain?
4 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5

 

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About Alison Goodman

Alison is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology. Her latest novel –The Dark Days Club– is Book 1 in a new trilogy, and will be published in the USA and UK in January 2016, and December 2015 in Australia. It has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly as “a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy”. Alison calls it “Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy in English high society”.

EON was short-listed for Victorian, NSW, and WA Premier’s Literary awards, and won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It was also listed as an American Library Association Best Young Adult Book (2010), a James Tiptree Jr. Honour book, and a CBCA Notable Book.

Alison’s first novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues, won the 1998 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was also listed as an American Library Association Best Book (2004) and CBCA Notable Book. Her second novel, a crime thriller titled Killing the Rabbit, was published in the USA and shortlisted for the 2007 Davitt Award.

Alison was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Arts. She lives in Australia with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, and is currently working on Book 2 and 3 or The Lady Helen series.

Visit Alison’s website at www.darkdaysclub.com

Let Me Break It Down
Overall Story?
4 / 5
Bad Ass M.C.?
5 / 5
Pacing?
2 / 5
Love Tingles?
5 / 5
World Building?
4 / 5
Cover?
3 / 5
Vile Villain?
4 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5

Brittany

Brittany

About Brittany

Britt is a pretend adult who spends most of her day trying to work Mean Girl Quotes into day-to-day conversation. She reads. She Moms. She Caffeines. Sometimes she also likes to talk about all of these things in no particular order and apparently in the third person.

4 Responses to “Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman”

  1. Tammy V

    I also thought the pacing was a bit slow for the story in Dark Days Club. Just finished it last week. I like that they have “normal” humans as their helpers.

  2. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    I need to start this series, I have heard such good things! I would also fail. I have no chill, and would be screaming and crying at people and also probably dead. Which would have put an end to my “vapors” 😂 The badass women and the awesome time period setting have me SOLD. Great review, love! I will be adding the first book to my wishlist!

  3. Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    Still book twins I see. I just started this audiobook. It’s narrated by Fiona Hardingham which is amazing! I’m glad to hear you liked it because I’m super excited. I will let you know what I think and then we can flail about it as usual.

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