Release Date: December 14th 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
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Read it in: 6 hours
Word Rating: DELICIOUS!
London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her debut at the court of Queen Charlotte and officially step into polite Regency society and the marriage mart. Little does Helen know that step will take her from the opulent drawing rooms of Mayfair and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies.
Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of ruined reputation and brusque manners. He believes Helen has a destiny beyond the ballroom; a sacred and secret duty. Helen is not so sure, especially when she discovers that nothing around her is quite as it seems, including the enigmatic Lord Carlston.
Against a backdrop of whispered secrets in St James's Palace, soirees with Lord Byron and morning calls from Beau Brummell, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club is a delightfully dangerous adventure of self-discovery and dark choices that must be made ... whatever the consequences.
WHY LADY HELEN AND THE DARK DAYS CLUB IS LIKE EATING CAKE:
IT'S SO RICH. Which also means it's not going to be for everyone. And that's okay! But if you keep in mind that this book is literally the size of cake (it really is), rather slow (which I liked, as I thought it suited the novel) and quite descriptive at times, you're much more likely to enjoy it! I myself had to read it in small doses for the first hundred pages or so, otherwise I started to feel a bit put off, but once I got over the 200-page bump, I couldn't tear myself away and was utterly addicted till the very last page!
THE WRITING IS SO GOOD. I didn't just feel like I was in the story, I felt like I could almost taste the story it was so descriptive and captivating! I really felt like I was in Victorian London and I loved every minute of it. Reading it felt like I was swimming in chocolate. It was slow, especially at the beginning where I went into it not really sure what to expect and was kind of overwhelmed by the slowness and the descriptiveness of it, but once I got used to the writing style, it was plain sailing!
THE CHARACTERS WERE BAKED TO PERFECTION. I loved Helen as she manages to be strong in a place and time where females weren't allowed and were looked down on if they dared to have a backbone! And all the other characters were fleshed out and had their own stories and secrets that made them all stand out from each other as well! I loved Helen's growth throughout The Dark Days Club and I'm excited to see how she continues to grow in the second book!
I WANTED MORE! (And you know all the best cakes leave you wanting more...) There is going to be a second and third book (WHICH I AM SO HAPPY AND RELIEVED ABOUT) but I want them NOW! This did take a while to warm up and really get going and by the end I felt things had really only just started and I was left grinding my teeth for the second book! (Although, supposedly, the second book isn't coming out till 2017 so excuse me while I go and cry a sea of tears.T_T)
::Thank you Harper Collins for the review copy!::
HAVE YOU READ LADY HELEN AND THE DARK DAYS CLUB?! OF YOU HAVEN'T WILL YOU? (ALSO PLEASE DON'T ASK ME TO TYPE THE TITLE AGAIN AS IT MAKES MY HANDS HURT!) AND BEFORE YOU GO TELL ME! WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK SET IN VICTORIAN LONDON?!