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Posted February 26, 2013
3.5 Stars 'Scent of Darkness' is a sensual and enticing contemp
'Scent of Darkness' is a sensual and enticing contemporary romance novel that follows main character Evangeline - better known as "Eva" - as she receives her last gift from her grandmother - a perfume created solely for her. Eva's grandmother was an aromata - a gifted perfume creator. Once Eva places a drop of this scent on her skin, her life begins to change. She seems to attract men like flies to honey, drawing the attention of Gabriel - the guy Eva had been watching from a distance. It seems as though both men and women are drawn to Eva - to her very scent. When she meets Michael - an artist who is barely able to smell her, she wonders if she has finally met the one person who will love her for herself.
This novel was an intriguing look into the mystical world of perfume and the mythological powers that scent can have. I enjoyed reading about the mythology behind different scents and about the lives of aromatas. The characters were decently formed, but didn't seem to be very deep or dimensional - except for Eva. She was an interesting main character, but did seem a bit stereotypical at times. The storyline was enchanting and definitely had intrigue mixed with mythology and definite romance. I thought the writing was well done and the book had an overall good pace. There was nothing wrong with the book in any sense, but it just didn't draw me in like I thought it would. Recommended for fans of romance and contemporary fiction.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted June 7, 2013
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A very unique story, Scent of Darkness is told in an abstract sort of way that almost leaves the interpretation of the story and its characters to the reader, allowing different readers to take away different ideas. This is how I felt as I read and finished the story in any case. The writing style that Margot Berwin uses in Scent of Darkness flows rather beautifully, almost like a novel in prose. Both of these aspects are what truly stand out for me and made the story unique and unlike anything else that I have read before. Was this a positive or a negative? Honestly, a bit of both. Let me explain. Overall, I enjoyed the story very much and found it to be entertaining. It was also a very quick read for me, grabbing from the beginning and intriguing me until the end. I also enjoyed the prose-like style. An example of the abstract type of prose is as follows: “Human beings are defenseless against scent. They can’t hide from it because they can’t see it, or touch it, or hold it. All by itself it crawls into their brains, and by the time they’re in love with it, or the person it’s coming from, it’s too late. They’re tied to it forever, through the long, tight leash of memory.” This is taken from the first page and sets a fairly representative tone of the entire story, I feel.
Imagine a scent that is created just for you; a scent that takes over your body, your life and changes each and every aspect forever. Scent of Darkness is Eva’s story; the story of how a few drops of scent, created just for her, by her Grandmother, creeps through every pore, every vein, and every milliliter of her body. The effect not only changes her, but all of those around her – strangers, lovers, and friends, humans and animals are captivated and obsessed by Eva. Scent of Darkness is the story of how passion blinds and can create or destroy lives.
I truly loved the way that the author uses scent and the craft of creating scent to weave her story. I found this rather fascinating to be honest. The character development was interesting and I found myself really liking Gabriel, the friend turned lover of Eva. Michael, the passionate and rather greedy artist I found to be both on the likeable side as well as the distasteful side. Eva, I simply could not attach myself to. I actually found myself wanting to smack her a few times because, to me, she seemed incredibly self-centered. Keep in mind, this is completely my own personal opinion and thoughts and others may find themselves intrigued and like Eva. I do want to say that I loved the ending and commend the author on the excellence of it.
Overall, the story was very well crafted and enjoyable. I would recommend Scent of Darkness to anyone who enjoys paranormal/mystical types of stories and is looking for something unique. Would I read this author again? Yes, I would love to compare her writing style with this work with her other works.