Monday, 16 May 2016

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Book Review | CALLING ALL SHADOWHUNTER FANS

                                                                             


THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING FANTASTIC. Basically it's demon hunters(or demon repressors??) in the Regency Era.
BUT MIRONIEL, you say, HASN'T CASSANDRA CLARE ALREADY DONE THAT??!! ISN'T THAT WHAT THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE ABOUT??
Not quite. While the books both have similarities, they couldn't be more different. In fact the 'demons' or Deceivers, as they are called in the book, are more like the ghouls from the show Tokyo Ghoul. The demon hunters also don't usually kill the demons.
WHAT???!!!!! YOU SCREAM.
Let me explain. So the demon hunters are called 'Reclaimers' which I will not explain, because if I explained everything you wouldn't read it. And I want you to eat this glorious book. AHEM. Anyways, there are only two hundred Reclaimers in the world, and eight of them are in England....and there are at least 10,000 Deceivers in England. So they made this pact with the Deceivers: If you don't kill people we won't kill you type of thing. And it makes sense!!! Especially as it's incredibly hard to kill the Deceivers.
                                                                                    
LITERALLY THE DARK DAYS CLUB.

                                      NOW FOR ALL THE LOVES AND DISLIKES.
 

                                                                         LOVES:
- Lady Helen was so independent. Like she'd say 'yeah sure I'll be a compliant lady' and then turn around and do what she wanted to do, leaving me the whole time screeching 'YAAAASSSSS YOU GO GIRL.' She also almost always managed to keep a level head, even in crazy situations.

- The writing style was AMAZING.

-The secondary characters were all fully fleshed out and PERFECTION, even if a few of them are cloaked in mystery.....*coughLORDCARLSTONcough*

-The way the whole demon killing thing works is so neat! And dangerous. REALLY dangerous.

- The whole Regency era thing felt so real. You can totally tell (without reading the author's note, which you should btw) that Alison researched everything.

- There was hardly any romance! Which was a little strange at first, because I think we've all sort of gotten used to Regency era books to have tons of romance. While there were hints at romance to (maybe?) come if future books, The Dark Days Club was basically devoid of romance. I loved that! Lady Helen was able to focus on what she needed to do, without swooning over some guy, like a lot of heroines in her time period tend to do.

                                                                      DISLIKES:
- It was quite slow. Not boring, necessarily, but slowww. It took us like 150 pages (maybe more, I didn't count) before Helen found out about the Dark Days Club, and another 200 before things started to get really serious.

- Lord Pennworth's view of women was, to say the least, HORRIBLE. Now I get that that was the way he was supposed to be: you weren't supposed to like him, he was just expressing the 1800's view on women etc. BUT! IT WAS JUST SO ANNOYING!

- Helen's brother, Andrew. GODS YOU'D THINK HE'D BE MORE SUPPORTIVE AND NICE TO HIS SISTER.

                                                                                     


Honestly, this book was everything I ever wanted. *hugs it forever* EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. ESPECIALLY FANS OF THE SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES. 5/5 stars

HAVE YOU READ THE DARK DAYS CLUB? ARE YOU A SHADOWHUNTER FAN?(if so, read this book) DO YOU LIKE REGENCY ERA BOOKS?? QUICK TELL ME DOWN BELOW IN THE COMMENTS.

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