Warning...spoilers ahead! (and lots of fangirling)
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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.
I started this book YESTERDAY and finished it this morning. For another (shorter) book, that's not a big deal. But keep in mind that this puppy is 483 pages long. I seriously could not put it down.
One of the reasons I haven't been writing many reviews is because I haven't really been reading books good enough to warrant a review. I know that sounds harsh, but it's true. But DARK DAYS PACT is not like the other books I've read this year. It's pretty much perfection in book form.
There's a sort-of love triangle, and I know that Lady Helen isn't going to end up with the guy I'm rooting for. Trust me when I say that the shipping in the Lady Helen books is strong. There was shrieking when I was reading this book. Not going to lie. I know there are some of you out there who can't stand love triangles, but this one is well done.
I loved how Alison managed to make this book even better than the last one. The world pulls you right in, and even though the writing is in third person, you still feel like you're there in Helen's head. The dialogue is great, and I love the way Alison writes her characters, although there are A LOT of them (maybe--dare I say it?--too many).
If you have not read this series, start immediately. You don't know what you are missing.