Friday, December 30, 2016

Review: THE DARK DAYS CLUB

I'm back today with a review about Alison Goodman's book THE DARK DAYS CLUB, which was published in January 2016.

The cover of the hardcover that I have is absolutely gorgeous, but it doesn't really capture the action feel of the book.




Here's the little Goodreads blurb:

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? 


...and my review!

I really enjoyed THE DARK DAYS CLUB. It takes a while for the action to start, but the plot is so thick and interesting that I didn't mind at all. Goodman does a great job weaving in historical facts. I don't know very much about the time period, so I like how much historical background she provided.


Based on EON and EONA, I expected THE DARK DAYS CLUB to have a little bit more romance than it did. Lady Helen has two love interests, and I did feel like her choice of one man over the other could have been a little better explained. Goodman did foreshadow that one wasn't the right choice for Helen, but I think I looked upon the spurned love interest with a tad more favor than Goodman wanted me to.

An excellent read! I'm really looking forward to the next one. Which leads me right into something else...

The sequel to THE DARK DAYS CLUB, THE DARK DAYS PACT, comes out at the end of January 2017. I'm so excited! Here's the cover:



It bugs me because it doesn't match the cover of the first book AT ALL, but that's not going to stop me from buying it. I mean, I've been waiting for book two FOREVER (or it feels that way).

That's it for today! See you soon!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays!

I'm wishing you all a fun and safe weekend surrounded by family and friends! I really appreciate all of your support in 2016, and I can't wait for another great year of blogging and bookishness. Blogging wouldn't be the same without you!

Best,
Birdie

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Update & Recent Reads!

Hello! I hope December is treating you well! Between making up all the work I put off during NaNoWriMo and the big push right before the holidays, the beginning of this month was crazy. I'm going to try to blog a couple more times this month, but it looks like December is going to be pretty slim on the blog posts.

Today I read two fabulous books, and I thought that I would briefly review them. Both books were quite sad and not your typical holiday fare, but I highly recommend both of them.

The first book I read today is A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness.


A MONSTER CALLS is an incredibly powerful book told from the third person limited perspective of a boy who is visited by a monster. Pretty much anything I say about the plot with spoil it, but believe me when I say that this book is excellent. It's short, clocking in at around 200 pages, and features beautiful illustrations. Even though it is solidly in the MG camp, adults and teenagers will get a lot out of it. It would be a crime for me to give it fewer than five stars, but they are five crying-because-it's-so-sad stars. 

The second book I read today is THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, a book by Marieke Nijkamp.


I've read some angry reviews about this book and quite a few gushing reviews about THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, and at the end of the day, all I can do is add my two cents. I agree that this book is intense. And harrowing. It chronicles fifty-four minutes of a school shooting from multiple perspectives, which allows the reader to see the shooting from quite a few angles. I have to say that I feel like some perspectives are missing. I would have loved a peek into the shooter's head or seen the story unfold from Fareed's point of view. 

While some reviews say that the shooter comes across as pure evil, I didn't feel that way. Whether that was because of A MONSTER CALLS (which drives home the point that people are neither good nor evil) or how I interpreted the story, I don't know. 

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is a book for teenagers and young adult readers, and I would recommend it for teenagers in high school because of some advance/mature themes.

Anyway, thanks for reading! I'm off to read a fluffy romance. And eat cookies. I need a happy book after these two!