Hi Everyone. It feels like it's been a while. I haven't really solidly been blogging for a while... I've been ill which has taken me a while to get back up and running. I've been pretty good over the last year not to get a cold or anything until now. Typical. Then some personal issues as well has taken presidencie the last couple of weeks too. I've read some brilliant books but just wanted to do a short review rather than a long one.
The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1)
by Alison Goodman
Publisher - Walker Books
Release Date - January 21st 2016
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London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family's housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.
There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?
In The Dark Days Club, internationally best-selling author Alison Goodman introduces readers to a heroine who is just as remarkable as Eona—and yet again reinvents an establlished literary genre, making it her own.
Plus One (Plus One #1)
by Elizabeth Fama
Publisher - Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date - April 8th 2016
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A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law.
Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge--a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece--a Ray--in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol's violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn't forced them on the run together--a boy the world now tells her she can't love.
Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, Elizabeth Fama's Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.
We have two sides to a coin - we have the Smudges who work and live at night and then we have the a Rays who, you guessed it, live in the day. Sol is a Smudge, her grandfather is terminally ill and her brother who has recently got married is having a baby. Her grandfather's wish is to see this baby before he dies. So Sol has to kidnap her to fulfill his wish. What she didn't predict is that a Ray would help her and a conspiracy would unfold in the meantime.
When this was picked as January's Booklcub read I was thrilled I wanted the inside to be just as beautiful as the cover. I mean look at that cover...gorgeous right. What I found was that I was surprised me and it is one author that I will look out for in the future.