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? – Goodreads.com
I have mixed feelings about this book. The demon hunter concept and 1812 setting captivated me more than if set in present day mainly because of the rules of society and expectations placed on a ‘proper young lady’. As someone who also frequently spouts unfiltered comments and thoughts, I enjoyed Lady Helen’s quick wit and remarks considered inappropriate for a woman of that time period. However, the real draw for me was Lord Carlston with his dark, mysterious past and commanding presence. I immediately wanted to know more about him. The book is well-written and the author did an extensive amount of research, with incredible attention to detail and real-life historical characters interwoven into the story.
While I understand the author’s need to introduce the reader to Lady Helen’s world and establish the norms of 1812, it took over 100 pages to get to the heart of the story, and with this book coming in at nearly 500 pages, maybe some parts could have been trimmed to even out the pacing somewhat. With this book classified as YA, I’m not sure how much of that audience would stick around through the slower parts. Although the action picked up toward the end and didn’t leave the reader with a big cliffhanger, I expected something – more.
The Dark Days Club is scheduled for publication January 26, 2016. Thanks to Penguin’s First to Read Program for the digital ARC!