Scent of Darkness

Scent of Darkness 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

  • Title: Scent of Darkness
  • Author: Margot Berwin
  • ISBN: 9780307907523
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 bedrEvangeline 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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    1. I hate failing. I really do. From what I could tell, there was nothing wrong with this book. The idea was a good one and the writing was actually pretty good. For whatever reason, I felt like I had to drag myself back to reading every time I walked away. When I realized that I hadn't even made it to the halfway mark after trying and trying and trying, I finally decided to throw in the towel.To try and gain some insight as to why I wasn't jiving with Scent of Darkness, I took a spin through some [...]

    2. Wow! I was totally wrong about this book in the beginning when I first started it. I almost put it aside because I wondered at first where it was leading, but boy am I glad I saw it through! The majority of the story takes place in New Orleans, a city steeped in history,mystery and secrets. This is a story of the power of scent, it's almost magical qualities and the power to influence. Like the scent centered in this book, the author has found the right essence of intrigue, mystery, and sensuali [...]

    3. Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 4 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: Author/Blog TourReviewer: AimeeKayI’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 [...]

    4. This was certainly an interesting book. With its focus around scents, smells and a naturally beautiful body odor, it really reminded me of Patrick Suskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. The sensual descriptions of olfactory responses lent a certain amount of beauty to the novel - at times cartoon like scents almost washed out of its pages with the power of their description! Unfortunately, Evangeline was too passive of a character to be truly likable and with her narration, it was easy to [...]

    5. ~3.5 stars. I don't exactly know what to make of this story. It was a strange read, and yet it kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I liked the writing style, which provided a good amount of atmosphere without falling into too much description (although I could have used more description of the characters, to help me visualize them). The characters were unusual, and I can't really say I particularlyliked most of them; nevertheless, they certainly drew me into the story [...]

    6. When I first heard of Margot Berwin's Scent of Darkness, I was instantly intrigued. It sounded different, very different, from my usual read, and I was especially curious about the whole scent aspect. Luckily, Scent of Darkness turned out to be a tantalizingly good book, one that had me hooked from the first page to the last.Scent of Darkness begins the story of Eva, a seemingly ordinary girl. Raised by a single mother who never seemed to care, Eva always appreciated her summers in the New York [...]

    7. Scent of Darkness: A Novel I'm really at a loss as to how to explain my feelings about Scent of Darkness now that I've finished. There are so many things that I completely loved about this book, and so many others that just won't sit right in my mind. If there was one thing I could say definitely at this moment in time, it's this: Scent of Darkness is more than what it seems to be. Let me try to break it down for you. First off I have to praise Margot Berwin's writing. Without a doubt, this is [...]

    8. Evangeline is eighteen years old when her aunt Louise dies. Aunt Louise, her closest of family members, is a wizard with scents. She has created a scent for Evangeline but after her death it is left in a spare white room with an obvious sign - open at your own risk. With the encouragement of Gabriel, the young man that Evangeline has a huge crush on, she opens the vial, and a wondrous scent emerges. It is one that is not identifiable but draws everyone to the person wearing the scent - and that [...]

    9. It’s been rare lately that I’ve stumbled upon a book that capture me so entirely that I finish it the same day I started it. Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin is the latest book to receive that honor from me. It sucked me in on the very first chapter and by the evening, I overstayed my welcome in my cold bath to finish reading it.Scent of Darkness revolves around eighteen-year-old Evangeline, whose single mother barely gave her any thought. The person who loves Eva the most is her grandmoth [...]

    10. I loved it until. I will review this after it's release. I clung to the beginning and sort of felt the story slipping away from me. I have to admit it reminded me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind so it colored my perception. I think there will be a lot of people who love this book and (for shame) it would make a good movie, I know we aren't supposed to say that about literature. After all, movies butcher books Review in a few months I will say one thing, the bits and pieces of her the artist needs [...]

    11. This book transported me to another world. Berwin's writing tantalizes all the senses and uses magical realism to breathe life into the story of Eva and her mysterious scent. The dark pull of New Orleans practically permeates the whole book. Toward the end, the story gets a little macabre and the answer to Eva's search leaves me wondering about the futility of her story.

    12. Not really the greatest book I've read. Learned some interesting things though. Eva was quite the super confused character and that kind of pissed me off but at least it ended how I wanted to compensate things.

    13. I'm not sure what it was about this one, but I was turned off pretty much from the start. I found it odd all the talk about scents, but it did make sense in context of the book. In the end, this one wasn't for me.

    14. I thought the concept was interesting but I didn't feel like it was pulling me in. It was a good distraction from my airplane rides I guess

    15. Eva is the grandaughter of a woman who was known as a scentmaker; I can't quite call her a perfumer as she mostly made disgusting scents that smelled of blood and jasmine which evidently smells like death. The first 50 pages are filled with gothic doom and gloom as Eva's grandmother dies and she inherits her gloomy, dark, stone house in upstate New York. In this book you can foretell almost everything by its scent, including whether people are good or bad. I'm not sure if this is supposed to "ma [...]

    16. No, just no. I couldn’t finish this book with all of its unrealistic characters and moody/teenage prose. This story would be great for a fanfic site where every detail and thought was expressed from the viewpoint of an “outsider” girlbut this isn’t literature. The author had a great idea, and flopped when it came time to follow through

    17. Тази книжка ми беше подарък и ми вървеше много тегаво Наистина тъмно, мрачно, тъжно! Давам три звезди, защото авторката пише наистина задълбочено и красиво, но беше книгата, която бих избрала сама. Със сигурност ще се хареса обаче на хората, които харесват мрака и тъмнит исто [...]

    18. A few weeks ago, I read a short review in Entertainment Weekly for Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness. It sounded intriguing and when I found out my local library had a copy, I quickly requested a hold. I can’t describe how I feel about Scent of Darkness because I just don’t know what to say. Berwin’s Scent of Darkness is a coming of age story. Eva grew up with a mother who resented her because she was the product of a one night stand. Being Catholic, her mother didn’t get an abortion a [...]

    19. This was a weird book. Basically, it was about a girl whose scent was so irresistible that everyone loved her and loved her scent. She couldn't figure out if these two guys, Michael and Gabriel, loved her for her scent or for just for herself. In the end, this really turned out to be a voodoo and tarot card book set in New Orleans. We find out that her grandmother did not create the smell, but rather it was the scent of her own blood. Basically, it was just really creepy.

    20. -deep breath- Ok… so… this book was… interesting. It took me a bit to get into it. In my eBook copy, there are 235 pages and 70 chapters, which means, on average, there are about 3.5 pages per chapter – and within those chapters, the author & editor decided to add in those little marks to divide the chapters, themselves, up even more. So it’s very choppy and disorienting at first.When you get used to how she writes, and also, when the story ACTUALLY begins, is about 50 pages in, to [...]

    21. I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. A coming of age tale set in both New York and New Orleans, Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin was not at all what I expected. Mixing an interesting cast of characters, symbolism from the New Orleans Bayou and the physical sense of "scent, Ms. Berwin's tale is at times dark, haunting and strangely erotic. While developed somewhat slowly, the romance in this book takes both the character [...]

    22. Reviewed by: April Book provided by: PublisherReview originally posted at Romancing the BookA 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 [...]

    23. I got a copy of this book to review through the Vine program. The concept sounded very intriguing to me. The writing was very sensual and deliberately paced. While I enjoyed the beginning of the book, I found the wrap up of the story to be bewildering and unsatisfying.Evangeline is eighteen when her grandmother passes away and leaves her her house. In that house Evangeline finds a gift from her grandmother, a scent that will make Evangeline incredibly desirably to all who smell her. Evangeline [...]

    24. Originally reviewed at Owl You Need is a Good ReadI really wanted to like this more than I did. I was told to read this book by someone that has very similar book taste to my own and so I thought I would love it. I think this was just a bit weird for me. I liked the idea behind the story but not really the story itself. Fragrance + a grandmother who is a master of scent = super special scent that can change your life. Neat! Wellybe not to so neat.I think one of my main problems was that I didn't [...]

    25. Giveaway! Enter by February 23 @ Let Them Read Books!Scent of Darkness is a beautifully written novel of a young woman coming into her own, full of lyrical prose and lush description. The promise of a scent left to Evangeline after her grandmother's death, a scent that would change Evangeline's life forever, was very intriguing, as was the mystery surrounding the creation of that scent. The scent opens up plain and shy Evangeline's world, thrusting her into a spotlight she's unaccustomed to, mak [...]

    26. A sensual tale that bewitches the mind, tantalizes the heart, and stimulates the idea of a person's scent and how it truly effects others.The premise of scent intrigued me from the start. We've heard of pheromones and how they invisibly affect people, but I'd never thought of scent and its abilities. Many vivid descriptions were used throughout the book to draw the reader into the plausibility of this theme.Mentions of the Bayon and New Orleans, Cypress swamps and marshes carry an eerie and myst [...]

    27. Evangeline spends every summer with her grandmother, Louise, because her single mother doesn’t want her around. Louise lives in a stone house in a tiny town, hanging out with her Tarot reading friend and making scents. While Louise loves Evangeline and teaches her many things, she never lets her into her workroom. That area is closed to her until Louise dies and leaves her house to 18 year old Evangeline. Evangeline, arriving at the house the day after she graduates from school, finds a young [...]

    28. I chose to read this because it sounded different; it would be a change for me from my usual type of book. I don't pick many literary novels as you well know because I'm not an allegorical thinker and I often find they go over my head. Sometimes I am rewarded with a book I adore, sadly this time I found myself drowning in confusion. It is not, I don't think, completely the fault of the author as the writing is in some parts very evocative of time, place and feeling. I think the problem was my in [...]

    29. Another masterpiece from the great talented Margot Berwin! First, admiration for the idea of the book, but second and more important - amazing storytelling. It's very hard to re-create the magic world of fragrance into simple words, that can make you feel part of the story yourself. And that's exactly where the book came alive for me, because I think the scents are true invisible magic, that can enchant you only if you let it in. I believe the perfumes have the possibility to take you into certa [...]

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