Release date for book 3 in The Dark Days Club series, The Dark Days Deceit (November 20th, 2018) is getting closer and closer and I couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate the upcoming book, Viking and Penguin decided to set a re-read campaign to get ready for the highly anticipated 3rd book! Below you will find my new review upon re-reading book 2, a mood board inspired by the book, and my original review!
Book Title: The Dark Days Pact
Book Author: Alison Goodman
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Date Read: April 26th, 2017; October 9th, 2018
Synopsis: June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.
The Re-Read Review:
I can’t believe I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed this book! Alison did an incredible job with throwing me back in to the world of Lady Helen without skipping a beat. I remembered the major details from book 1, and from this one from the first time I read it, but there were little bits that were refreshed upon re-reading that made me fall in love with it all over again! It was gripping and exciting and made me feel like I was reading it for the first time!
The Dark Days Pact really brought me closer to all the characters from book 1. I admired Lady Helen’s bravery and tenacity. I fell more in love with Darby and her loyalty. Hammond really stole my heart, and Carlston had my heart pounding all over the place! Re-reading this reminded me that this was such a perfect second book to a series. It not only continued the story from book 1, but it added so much more detail to the world and really highlighted important issues from that time period, such as racism, sexism, and homophobia.
I think what I loved the most about this one was, not only the highlighting of the above issues, but the proving wrong of said issues. It was very clearly laid out how wrong those behaviors were in a beautiful way that truly fit the storyline. I enjoyed the support our gay character received from Lady Helen, and loved how she pointed out that it was wrong that a white character and a black character would receive funny looks for their blossoming relationship, and I truly loved how badass Lady Helen was and how she and Darby continued to prove that women were not the weaker sex. Amidst the excitement, darkness, and peril of the story, there was plenty of positivity and girl power to go around!
This one was definitely my favorite in the series so far. It was heart pounding, emotional, and unpredictable! I was so glad I re-read it because I found those little details, and glorious bits of humor, that really brought the story to life for me, and made me change my theories for the next installment. It made me really excited to read The Dark Days Deceit soon because I’ve been dying to find out what happens next and how Alison will surprise me!
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The Original Review:
The Dark Days Pact is riveting and heart-pumping! You will be kept on the edge of your seat. This second installment of the series is better than the first! Be prepared for action, sleuthing, danger, and forbidden passion.
“Their angry eyes locked. The raw connection was no more than a second, but it blazed with pulsing heat.”
I think I must have held my breathe for, at least, the last 50 pages. What an action packed ride this was! The Dark Days Pact held all the same time period and character details, but was much faster paced than The Dark Days Pact. I enjoyed witnessing Lady Helen’s training and felt like she began to adventure out “Sherlock Holmes” style in her investigations. This second book was quite comical (in a good way) at times, and was also full of scandal and betrayal. The concept of duty, for The Dark Days Club, was highly reinforced here, and the plot and some of the new characters introduced more doubt and suspicion to the story.
“…she wondered if she might be crushed by so much doubt and responsibility.”
We are introduced to Ignatious Pike in this second book. Pike comes off as one of the main antagonists. He is sexist, homophobic, hateful, and devious. He plays a large role in the story, and I am sure we will see more of him in book 3.
We are also introduced to Reclaimer Stokes and Comte d’Antraigues. Both are somewhat mysterious characters, but play equally large parts in the story. Stokes becomes somewhat of an ally but still maintains his club duties, and the Comte, a deceiver, actually plays a beneficial role to our heroes, which is very intriguing.
I finished this book much faster than the first, and now I am so upset knowing I have to wait almost a whole year for the 3rd book! Alison Goodman did an AMAZING job in keeping with the time period and character development. The story line is progressing fabulously and I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath during much of this book!
“For the past two weeks, she had been studying Mr. Grose’s recently published Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue alongside her alchemy books, trying to treat the startling revelations of attitude and behavior within it as if she were merely learning another language.”
Quotes are from the book, written by the author.
About the Author:
Alison Goodman writes in a variety of genres, ranging from the genre-bending DARK DAYS CLUB titles, to the EON/EONA fantasy duology, to the YA science fiction thriller SINGING THE DOGSTAR BLUES. She was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne Universtiy, holds a master of arts degree, and mentors emerging writers. A long-time lover of the Regency period, she has a treasure trove of material to be viewed at pinterest.com/alisongoodman. She is online at darkdaysclub.com and on Twitter @AlisonGoodman.
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