Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (January 26th 2016)
Hardcover: 482 pages
Series: Lady Helen #1
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
A very cool regency, steampunk-y, supernaturally read! This was definitely a different type of historical young adult kind of book. I mean, how often do you read about demon groping sex tentacles? Yeaaaah…
A bit of a slow start, the beginning sets up the universal (which is a pretty authentic 1812 with a paranormal spin) but it also gets us ready for the craziness that’s about to unfold! There’s a hidden society, cool magic, crazy demons and demon hunters. There’s also a lot of veiled and not so veiled sexual tones, ha.
Lady Helen is our heroine, and a good one at that. She’s intelligent, witty, honourable and has good common sense (sometimes a rarity among the YA heroines). I was definitely a fan of Helen and her maid Darby. Love that there’s two strong females and so many yeses to their friendship!
She smiled, a rare impishness making her seen far younger than her twenty years. “And, in truth, being your Terrene is not too far from what I’m doing now, is it? I’m to keep you well and safe, and maybe stab you in the hand now and then.”
Helen laughed. “Darby!”
Carlston, our sorta mentor/love interest (??) is so brooding and dark and kind of a jerk, though he’s working on being slightly less. He’s got quite the reputation and scandal that follows him and despite all that he does have a good heart, which is why I still like him. But he’s gotta step up his hero game a bit in the next couple books.
There’s just a hint of romance, just barely a whisper but man it makes me happy.
She averted her eyes from Carlston, remembering the caress of his hand, his warm breath on her skin. Sweet Heaven, she had stepped closer to him and touched him.
Helen is actually a bit reluctant to step into her role as a demon-hunter, and this book really focuses on that, the introduction of The Dark Days Clubs, and the potential shift of balance between good and evil. Good news, no cliffhanger ending (ish)! The story itself is both standalone and a perfect sets up for the rest of the series.
Overall, this was definitely a fun and strange and intriguing read. I loved the historical aspects, the world building, the characters and the demons. I’m definitely pretty excited for more Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club!
PS. This book is serious prettiness.
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