My love for anything from the UK and horror were satisfied with this lovely story! I even purchased it through Amazon's Kindle website with the audio-sync feature. You can't imagine how excited I was as I sat and watched the words highlighted in my Kindle, while listening to the story told to me. I adore read-a-longs, but to have it read via my Kindle- Amazing!
So The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman is summarized as young, eighteen year old Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation at the royal court of George !!! when she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few able to stop a cabal of demons that have infiltrated London society. The two investigate a conspiracy that threatens to plunge the newly Enlightened world back into the dark ages! Can Helen trust a man who's own life is nothing but lies? And does she have the strength to face the dangers to this hidden world and her family's legacy? (simplified blurb)
What an exciting promise of adventure, yes? I knew I wanted to read the book the day it premiered and I saw the cover. There was something that called to me. Something that screamed, "Alyssa, you MUST read that book!" Well, it took me three months, four technically, if you count the month I tried to win a copy, but I finally got it! Later in April, my hardcover copy arrived. Needless to say, that copy will sit proud and high on my bookshelf!
I have to admit, I had to use a dictionary regularly while reading the story. Not that I'm one to not use a dictionary; I use it all the time- especially the built-in dictionary in the Kindle app. But there were so many words I had no clue what they meant! Like, I didn't know the tiny, cloth purse women carried back then was called a reticule. What the heck! The British are so regal and formal. It was cool though and I enjoyed every minute of it. What good is reading if you don't learn new things, right?
I appreciated the formality of this book, but it got slow and a tad dry from time to time. Sometimes, I didn't want to hear the sexist ramblings of Helen's uncle. Sometimes I didn't want to hear Mr. Carlston's bullish temperament because he had to help Helen instead of being on the frontline of the paranormal war, but all in all, I guess it helped to make the story. The development of Helen and her power (especially when she beat up Carlston) was pretty cool and the explanation of the creatures that were lurking about London was vivid and very unique. I just wish it had moved a little faster.
Since you know I love covers, the book's cover is one of my fav's. It's pretty, with it's decorations, fancy lettering and even Helen on the cover. The decor and inner-pages were delicate and elegant as well, making it easy on these tired eyes of mine. It's a gorgeous book and the story was just as dainty yet dangerous; I love that sort of combination. Alison Goodman is an author I'll soon revisit- especially if there's a follow up to this book, as I am to believe...
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*London Falling is next.
**Book is from my personal library.
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