The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

The Dark Days Pack is the second book in the Lady Helen series (though it may be a trilogy I am not sure) and oh my gosh, it increases the stakes, the emotions, and everything in story.

Okay, so I am not exactly making sense but it is sort of difficult to talk about the sequel of a book because you have to ensure not to give anything away about the first one in case people haven’t read it yet. Speaking of which, have you read my review of the first book? If not, what are you waiting for?

I am going to assume that you have read the first book so everything in this review might be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first book. You should stop reading at this point.

Okay?

All right, at the end of the first novel, Helen goes off or rather is cast out by her uncle because she is discovered in rather compromising situation with Lord Carlston who is very prominently not her would-be-fiance. Of course the situation is hardly as simple as people assume it to be and the romance does not exactly launch until quite a few pages into the second novel but gosh, the chemistry between Lady Helen and Lord Carlston is intense. In fact, the room is steaming from the intensity of their attraction and they don’t even touch.

Whew.

So that was exceedingly well done. The conflict between the Deceivers and the Reclaimers becomes more fleshed out in the second book as does the conflict within the Reclaimer society. The relationships between the Reclaimers and their aides as well as those who would harness the power of the Reclaimers for their own nefarious purposes becomes more complex and drawn out. And then the twist, oh the twist.

Okay, see, this is how I can’t say anything more without giving things away and it’s frustrating because this book is so very awesome and needs to be spoken about  and discussed in greater detail. I absolutely need the last book in this trilogy if it indeed is a trilogy immediately. Waiting is so very hard work.

I know I haven’t said anything useful in this review but if you want to take anything away from it: I liked it better than the first one. Everything is…more. Read it.

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