Another week has been and gone and that can only mean one thing, that it is time for another book review. this week it is the turn of Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone. So, without further ado, let’s do this!
I have no idea what I was expecting this book to be but this wasn’t it. this is unlike anything that I have ever read before, but somehow also like so many books that I have read. it was a strange experience.
It isn’t a bad story, not by any means. In fact, at times I did find myself really enjoying it. I did however feel like it needed more work. It was an intriguing premise for a story. I loved the idea of it. I’ve never read a story that is so based around scent. It is a unique and pretty original concept. It had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it didn’t quiet live up to that potential. The beginning of this book was brilliant, it was incredibly interesting and gripping. There was a lot of world building and the story was fairly complex. It really drew me in. unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way. as the story progressed it lost its steam a bit. It lost its complexity. I found that it became rushed and underdeveloped. It felt like it was trying to cram too much into the book. it went to many places and met to many people. It meant that it was impossible to connect to anyone on anything. It made it really hard to keep places and faces clear in my mind. It just made the whole thing feel disjointed and rushed. This book either needed to be twice as long or spread out over multiple books, it wasn’t bad, but it definitely needed work!
I had similar pretty similar feelings about the characters. if I am honest. I didn’t dislike them, but I also didn’t really connect with them. They just felt a little two dimensional. A bit flat. They had the groundwork for complexity, especially the two main characters, but the author failed to build on it. successfully. This meant that the characters lacked depth and were difficult to connect to. I honestly felt nothing for them, in fact I can barely even remember anything about them! I can’t even remember their names! I just wanted more from them. I feel like had they been more complex and three dimensional, then maybe I would have been able to connect to the story as a while slightly better.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad book, it was just a bit mediocre. It had potential but fell flat. It was a bit shallow and also pretty predictable. It felt like a story that I had read before! I honestly don’t know if I will continue reading then series or not.
3.5 out of 5
And there we have it. it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. Have you read Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom? what did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.