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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham
(Lady Helen #1)
Published by Brilliance Audio, Viking Penguin on Jan. 26th, 2016
Genres: Historical Fantasy
Page Length: 482 pages
Audio Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
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New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Dark Days Club from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • I was excited to be able to review an audiobook of this because, well, English accents are best experienced in audio form ;-). The narration is excellent, with different tones and accents for different characters. I also felt like Helen’s personality came out more strongly based on the narration, with emphasis and pacing making me like her all the more.
  • I have become a sucker for paranormal historical fiction and the world Lady Helen finds herself thrust into is quite interesting. The demons and monsters are fairly unique, in that they look human but have energy tentacles that Helen can see that suck the energy from different emotions depending on the type of demon. There is more than just that, but that is a pretty powerful visual eh?
  • Helen is my favorite sort of historical heroine in that she tries to fit into the social norms but just can’t keep her spunky and headstrong nature in check. I enjoyed her sarcastic quips about the stuffy events going on around her and I hope she finds a way to live a life better suited to her personality in the next book!

Weaknesses:

  • There were times in the middle of this book where I got bored. Like, bored to the point where I had to turn on music so I didn’t get sleepy while driving. It never felt like a slog, but it had fast moments and slow moments and there wasn’t always enough tension and mystery to keep me highly focused.
  • While I like a lot of the details, some of the details of the demons just starting hitting up against my suspension of disbelief. The various supernatural elements didn’t click together nicely and follow underlying rules that forced them to be consistent. I’m a stickler for believable supernatural elements apparently, whatever that means!

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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Comments

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this!! I had a tonne of fun reading it. It did get a bit slow at points but I’ve come to expect that from historical novels, and I remembered Eon was a bit like that too so I braced myself for it. Maybe now that Helen is learning more about demon hunting the second book might be a bit faster (I really need to go and buy it ASAP)

  2. I just read this recently too, and really enjoyed it, also gave it 4 stars. My main issue though was the pacing – it was so super slow, and took forever for Helen to find out anything about the demons and demon hunting!
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