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Review: Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin

Review: Scent of Darkness by Margot BerwinScent of Darkness by Margot Berwin
Published by: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on 1/29/2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Magic, New Adult
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Submitted, Blog Tour

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Evangeline is eighteen years old when her grandmother gives her the ultimate gift-a scent she has created just for her. From the moment Eva places a drop on her neck, her entire life changes.

Previously unnoticed, she becomes the object of intense desire for everyone around her. Men dance close to her; women dip their noses deep into her hair; even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. Gabriel, the quiet student Eva has admired from afar, falls head-over-heels in love with her. But soon the gift begins to control Eva’s life: strangers follow her around, sniffing and touching her at every turn. When Eva meets Michael, an artist who barely registers her smell, Eva wonders if he is the one person who can love her for herself. Or is her scent impossible to escape?

A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, Scent of Darkness seduces the reader’s every sense.







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I’m torn.  I loved the writing in Scent of Darkness; however I hated the main character.
Berwin’s writing was amazing.  Her descriptions of the world, the people, their thoughts and emotions all were absolutely stunning.  The way she put her words together was moving and kept me turning the page to read more.
However, I really disliked Eva.  She was selfish and she just annoyed me.  Maybe if the story hadn’t been told from her point of view and I didn’t have to listen to her thoughts I would have enjoyed the book more.  She just seems to let things happen to her.  She complains about the things that happen to her and she says she can’t stop them from happening. But she never seems to make a real effort to change anything; she just lets herself get dragged along.
I also didn’t seem to be able to connect with any of the other characters.  They were all beautifully described, but the only one that seemed to be more than just a pretty shell was Michael.  The problem with Michael is he was even more self absorbed than Eva.  The only difference is he is supposed to be since he was the bad guy.
The writing was so beautiful though.  I think if I had been able to connect with Eva I would have given the book the Royalty award along with 5 controllers.  However all the beautiful writing couldn’t save that part, so I’m giving it 4 out of 5 controllers. I would recommend picking it up for the summer; maybe another reader can connect with Eva better than I could.



My Rating

4 out of 5 Controllers

rate 4

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About Margot Berwin

Margot Berwin earned her MFA from the New School in 2005. Her stories have appeared on, in the New York Press, and in the anthology The Future of Misbehavior.

Her first novel Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire was published in 2009 by Pantheon. Her new novel, SCENT OF DARKNESS, also by Pantheon is coming out on January 29, 2013.

Margot Lives in New York City.

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