shadowscent: the darkest bloomSo, either the blurb is doing an absolutely horrendous job of selling this book or it’s just a preview into what is bound to be a mediocre book. I don’t know what it is, precisely, that turns me off of Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom by P. M. Freestone, but something about it just isn’t grabbing in the slightest. And ultimately it just seems like one of those books that I’ll regret having spent my time reading. And this is especially since I read some of the very few reviews for this novel and several pointed out some pacing flaws which, in my opinion, can really break a book given half the chance. Ultimately, this is one of those books that, if you’ve read it and loved it, I’d really hope for you to drop a comment on this post convincing me to read it because I’d hate to miss out on a hidden gem simply because I couldn’t see it’s potential. I’m skeptical and therefore will not be adding this particular book to my TBR simply in the interests of avoiding reading a book I won’t like.

From what I can tell the plot has a lot of potential, but it does seem to fall short merely in the fact that it’s a pretty simple plot with little intricacies in the middle. The story follows a “poor village girl” who has been enlisted to find the antidote for a poison that has been slipped to the crown prince all because she has an uncanny ability to smell out ingredients. Of course, the prince’s bodyguard is going along to accompany her on the dangerous journey–and likely to be the love interest–to ensure that the essential ingredients make it back to save his sovereign. And that’s basically it. A unique premise, naturally, but one that I feel is missing something more.

What are your thoughts on this particular novel? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Will you not? Let me know in the comments!

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