The Dark Days Club | 2 star review
Series: Lady Helen #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
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?
This book drove me crazy – it was one of the books I wanted to read for YALC 2017. The characters were awful and the plotline was so underdeveloped and I almost had to put the book down on many occasions. It was so slow and the plot took forever to actually kick into action – even then I struggled with the pacing. Following Lady Helen in her need for perfection and finding the perfect husband, it was a draining experience, one that wasn’t enjoyable to read about or one that I particularly cared about. I thought overall she was a whiny know-it-all who looked down on all those around her, she was so unlikeable and I didn’t fully understand why her friends were nice to her.
I thought the general plotline was weak and underdeveloped, it took nearly 250 pages for the action to really start and it was badly done. Can we please talk about the awkward horrifically done “sex” scene? I mean I still don’t quite understand it’s place in the book or the logic behind any of the demons. It was all very confusing, under-explained and pretty badly done if I’m honest. The folklore behind it all wasn’t at all explained, and there was no explanation for why the world was the way it was and what that had meant for the people around the world.
I think the one thing that The Dark Days Club was missing was a clear idea that was the driving force behind everything. You know that one thing that makes everything move forward and this was missing that key element. It felt like multiple stories that had been moulded into one and none of them had been properly explored which was a disappointment.
My favourite character in The Dark Days Club would have to be Lord Carlston and that is at a push and really he was the only character I liked. I struggled through the majority of this book but he was the only character that made any sense and cut through all the other bullshit – excuse the language! Saying this though, he is so far away from my list of favourite all time characters he may as well be on the other side of the world. He was the best of a bad bunch.
My least favourite character in The Dark Days Club was Lady Helen – which is no surprise, to be honest. She was a whiny self-centered horrible person. Her lack of understanding of the world around her, the fake defiance around her marriage plans, the fact that she thought she was awfully hard done by – all of this made her so unbearable to read about. By the end, I was hoping she would get sucked dry by the demons!
I wouldn’t recommend The Dark Days Club to anyone really. It isn’t a well-written book in my opinion and there are definitely better books out there to spend your time and money on.
Have you ever read a book that has disappointed you so badly it puts you off an entire genre? I don’t think I wanna read a book about demons for a little while.