Genres: YA Historical Romance, YA Paranormal Romance
Published by Viking Books For Young Readers
Released on January 26, 2016
A Regency period story of an aristocratic woman coming of age and discovery the secret legacy of her family and the insidious darkness moving wearing human faces and working their evil wiles. Oh yes! I was captivated by the blend of authentic historical and demon fighting working side by side.
The Dark Days Club introduces the first installment in the Lady Helen series. It has the job of introducing Lady Helen and her sparkling Regency society world. Helen is making her debut and has the the added burden of living down her dead mother’s scandalous reputation. As she prepares to take her curtsy in the Queen’s Drawing Rooms signaling she is now out and ready to participate in the London Season, she feels a mysterious restlessness building inside her and odd things happening around her. She is also confronted with the duty of discovering what happened to a housemaid who went missing and no one else cares to investigate. Her search takes her to needing the aid of the most notorious man in England. Only, Lord Carlston may not be the horrid rake everyone paints him to be and he may be the only person who can help her with the danger she now faces. Between dancing and meeting suitors and learning the secrets of the Dark Days Club and honing her own hidden powers, Helen is leading a double life that draws her further into the charismatic Lord Carlston’s world as they track a powerful villain with his own agenda. It would help if the man didn’t annoy her so much.
What a wonderful blend of history and paranormal! It was drawing room and ball room, but the stakes are much higher than a good marriage match. I thought the historical backdrop and setting were meticulously researched and presented without being dry, the characters were developed, and the plot built in a slow and steady pace with some blips of excitement.
Helen is an engaging character as is her faithful maid Darby. I enjoyed seeing Helen come of age and grow through the book. She has a lot thrown at her and she stumbles now and then, but it fit. She does pretty well considering she learns the truth about her parents, her hidden abilities and that demons walk about among people all in a short amount of time. There is a potential love triangle brewing which is pretty much my biggest niggle. It will depend on how that works out in the books following. I know which one I’m rooting for and its the one who annoyed her to high heaven most of the time.
The Dark Days Club ends at a good place. It wraps up the first battle round, so to speak, and leaves the reader eager for what is to come as they track their enemy and try to race him to get all three pieces of the artifact.
All in all, it was a strong first book with excitement and growth in a sparkling historical paranormal world. It is YA and is appropriate for mid to older teens along with adults alike. I can definitely add my voice to those who adore it and recommend it.
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