Scent of Darkness

Scent of Darkness

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In her best-selling debut, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire , Margot Berwin brought us to the rain forests of Mexico--to a land of shamans, spirit animals, and snake charmers--in the search for nine rare and valuable plants. Now, with her hotly anticipated second novel, Berwin takes us somewhere darker: deep into the bayous of Louisiana, to a world of fortune-tellers, soothsayers, and potent elixirs. Scent of Darkness is a magical, seductive story about the power of scent, and about what happens when a perfume renders a young woman irresistible.
 
Evangeline grows up understanding the extraordinary effects of fragrance. Her grandmother Louise is a gifted aromata, a master of scent-making and perfume. When Eva was a girl, Louise carefully explained that lavender under her pillow would make her dream of the man she would marry; eucalyptus would make her taller; almandine, fatter; and jasmine, Louise promised, would wrap her life in a mystery. When Eva is eighteen, Louise leaves her the ultimate gift--a scent created just for her. The small perfume vial is accompanied by a note in Louise's slanted script: "Do not remove the stopper, Evangeline, unless you want everything in your life to change."
 
From the moment Eva places a drop--the essence of fire, leather, rose, and jasmine--on her neck, men dance closer to her, women bury their noses deep into her hair, even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. After a lifetime spent blending into the background, Eva is suddenly the object of intense desire to everyone around her. Strangers follow her down the street; a young boy appears at her door asking for a fav∨ and two men, one kind and good, the other dark and seductive, fall deeply, madly in love with her. As her greatest gift becomes an unbearable curse, Eva must uncover the secret of her scent and the message her grandmother, the woman who loved her most, wanted to tell her.
 
A bewitching tale of love, blood, power, and magic, Scent of Darkness is a wildly inventive novel that will seduce the reader's every sense.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780307907523
Branch Call Number: FICTION BER
Characteristics: 220 p. ; 25 cm.

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Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This novel follows Evangeline, a young woman who is very close to her grandmother, not so much to her mother. She travels from her home in New York City to her grandmother's home in the nearby mountains whenever she isn't in school. Her grandmother is a creator of perfumes and when she passes she leaves Evangeline not only her home, but the gift of a scent created just for her. The scent is a powerful one, driving everyone who sees it to want her, and while it brings Evangeline the man she desires, it also attracts a man who is very dangerous to her. As Evangeline searches for the secrets of the scent she is drawn to her fate, and to a woman who assists her in unravelling it and giving her a new responsibility.
This was an interesting book, but Evangeline seemed older than her years and experience would make her for me. Remembering that the events here only happened within a few months following her eighteenth birthday, her thoughts and comments seem too mature at times. Also I didn't connect with her emotionally, as she always seemed too analytical even in her intense relationships.

ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"Bequeathed an original fragrance designed just for her by her perfumer grandmother, 18-year-old Evangeline becomes an object of intense desire to the men, women and even pets around her and eventually wonders if a lonely artist who does not register her scent may be the only person who loves her for herself. By the best-selling author of Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464

hgeng63 Mar 01, 2013

Banal....Thought this was going to be like Patrick Susskind's Perfume. It is not.

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