The Darkest Bloom

The Darkest Bloom

In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, long suppressed rivalries threaten to blow the empire apart. It?s up to a poor village girl with a talent for fragrances and the prince?s loyal bodyguard to find an antidote. To succeed, the pair must uncover secrets ? cryptic, ancient tales as well as buried truths from the In the empire of Aramtesh, scent has power. When disaster strikes and the crown prince lies poisoned, lo...

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Title:The Darkest Bloom
Author:P.M. Freestone
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The Darkest Bloom Reviews

  • Jasmine
    Sep 06, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

  • Serena
    May 24, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

  • Dreximgirl
    Feb 26, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

  • Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
    May 25, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

  • Paige
    Dec 22, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

  • Steph
    May 25, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    This was an entertaining fantasy adventure and a solid beginning to a series. I found the idea of Scent playing such a large role an intriguing premise. I liked both of the main characters. Ash is the loyal bodyguard to the Prince. He is observant and thoughtful. Rakel is a peasant ...

    My brother after I read him the synopsis: does it come with those cards you scratch and smell? ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    I loved the idea of scent being magical. The writing was vivid and I cared about the characters. I?m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    I really really enjoyed this! Some gorgeous fantasy storytelling, incredible characters and a wonderful tale of secrets, lies, trust, friends and royalty. Bloody gorgeous. ...

  • Lulai
    Apr 08, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

  • Kate
    Jun 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

  • Marta
    Mar 30, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

  • Alisha Tarran
    Feb 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

  • Oda Renate
    Jun 18, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

  • Samantha Shannon
    Dec 20, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

  • Cristal
    May 04, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    This was an entertaining fantasy adventure and a solid beginning to a series. I found the idea of Scent playing such a large role an intriguing premise. I liked both of the main characters. Ash is the loyal bodyguard to the Prince. He is observant and thoughtful. Rakel is a peasant ...

    My brother after I read him the synopsis: does it come with those cards you scratch and smell? ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    I loved the idea of scent being magical. The writing was vivid and I cared about the characters. I?m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. ...

  • Warda
    Jan 22, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

  • Jaycee Bond
    Jun 18, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    This was an entertaining fantasy adventure and a solid beginning to a series. I found the idea of Scent playing such a large role an intriguing premise. I liked both of the main characters. Ash is the loyal bodyguard to the Prince. He is observant and thoughtful. Rakel is a peasant ...

    My brother after I read him the synopsis: does it come with those cards you scratch and smell? ...

  • Alexwerwolf
    May 06, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

  • Nicole Sweeney
    Feb 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

  • Brittany
    Apr 27, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

  • Barbara Henderson
    Mar 01, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

  • Samantha Mayoh
    Mar 28, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    This was an entertaining fantasy adventure and a solid beginning to a series. I found the idea of Scent playing such a large role an intriguing premise. I liked both of the main characters. Ash is the loyal bodyguard to the Prince. He is observant and thoughtful. Rakel is a peasant ...

    My brother after I read him the synopsis: does it come with those cards you scratch and smell? ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

  • Nikki
    Mar 16, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

  • Brittany
    Apr 02, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

  • Sifa Poulton
    May 03, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

  • Katie
    May 29, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

  • Suzanne
    Apr 28, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    This was an entertaining fantasy adventure and a solid beginning to a series. I found the idea of Scent playing such a large role an intriguing premise. I liked both of the main characters. Ash is the loyal bodyguard to the Prince. He is observant and thoughtful. Rakel is a peasant ...

  • Divine Anas
    Dec 26, 2018

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

  • Maria Mihaela
    Feb 23, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    This was an entertaining fantasy adventure and a solid beginning to a series. I found the idea of Scent playing such a large role an intriguing premise. I liked both of the main characters. Ash is the loyal bodyguard to the Prince. He is observant and thoughtful. Rakel is a peasant ...

    My brother after I read him the synopsis: does it come with those cards you scratch and smell? ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    I loved the idea of scent being magical. The writing was vivid and I cared about the characters. I?m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

  • Chloe Trotter
    Mar 11, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

  • Bridget Sackfield
    Mar 21, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...

    I was so intrigued by this when I heard about it, a poisoned prince, fragrances, a loyal bodyguard and a quest to find the antidote and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this adventure! I really liked the focus on scents, not just in the story but in the writing. Scent subtly seeped in ...

    Decided to dnf this one. Not in the mood. ...

    This was incredible! I already knew the story because I was lucky enough to read an early version, so I treated myself to the audiobook instead. It is expertly narrated by Laura Aikman and Steve West. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they are both so talented at building suspense and...

    A bit of a hard start with the world building but other than that I absolutely adored this story, the plot an magic system was lovely. I loved all the representation with a bisexual main character who experiences panic attacks. I fully recommend. ...

    I need book two now!! Honestly, the first 50 pages felt so slow. You are immediately catapulted in this world where everything goes around fragrances and I was seriously struggling to comprehend the structure of this world. I almost - almost - gave up, it takes a while to adjust to ...

    I thought Shadowscent was excellent - full of adventure, captured and kept my attention, with an exciting plot and the author giving hints and unravelling things as the book progressed. Increasingly (as I read more YA Fantasy), I really appreciate a book that feels well thought out...

    Thank you to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten! The Darkest Bloom is P.M. Freestone?s debut novel and the first in her Shadowscent series, sweeping re...

    Rating: 3.5 Stars The Darkest Bloom follows two perspectives, Ash and Rakel. Ash is a guard to the prince of the kingdom and Rakel is a village girl wanting to become a Master Perfumer. But when the prince is poisoned, Ash and Rakel must band together to find the cure before it is too...

    I really loved this one. In a beguiling desert world where scent is power, young Rakel has to survive against all odds. She has but one plan: use her extraordinary gift of scent and perfumery to create a life for herself and her ailing father. Instead, she is embroiled in the scandal...

    I picked this up curious by the blurb but expecting a middling read. Something about the cover, I guess, and that I've heard no one talk about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. I loved the scent angle in this book, the evocative way aromas were used to bui...

    Note: My review is for the audiobook version of Shadowscent narrated by Steve West and Laura Aikman. I've been getting a little bored of YA fantasy lately because it has all been starting to feel the same (mind you, I'll still eat it whole because I'm an escapist glutton). This br...

    So these days I have my "work-read" book, my "chores" (audio)book, and my "bedside" book. Sorry Amber & Dusk I've been going straight to sleep lately which is why you're sitting there unfinished. And normally that works, even books I love I can wait until the next day to open th...

    When I picked this book up, I was intrigued by the fact that smell was the power because that sounded interesting. Then I started to read and found it to be slow-burning, and I didn't quite like the style of writing in the beginning, as it was different from what I am used to, not ...

    Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book it went on my wish list. It sounded completely unlike anything I?d read before and I was so fascinated by this beautiful sounded story. I?m so happy to say that it was everything...

    This was an entertaining fantasy adventure and a solid beginning to a series. I found the idea of Scent playing such a large role an intriguing premise. I liked both of the main characters. Ash is the loyal bodyguard to the Prince. He is observant and thoughtful. Rakel is a peasant ...

    My brother after I read him the synopsis: does it come with those cards you scratch and smell? ...

    Incredible first book to what no doubt will be an amazing series ...

    I loved the idea of scent being magical. The writing was vivid and I cared about the characters. I?m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. ...

    What's not to love?! Maybe the huge cliffhanger?! But otherwise amazing adventure with great funny characters! ...

    I really really enjoyed this! Some gorgeous fantasy storytelling, incredible characters and a wonderful tale of secrets, lies, trust, friends and royalty. Bloody gorgeous. ...

    This is a beautiful book that conjures images and scents from a far away world. It follows the adventures of Rakel and Ash as they travel around the land gathering items to save the dying prince and clear their names. Written from both view points the story unfolds at a great pace and ...

  • fEeT
    Apr 01, 2019

    When I first read the blurb for this book, I immediately wanted to read it. A fantasy story based on scent? How unique that is. I just fell in love with the sound of the story. But what it ended up being wasn't to my taste. It's not that it was bad. I found it too mediocre. I liked ...

    Good. Really good. A good fantasy adventure and great start to a series (with a cliffhanger ending ugh). Check out my full review (and giveaway!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQcYX... ...

    A sweeping and sensuous debut. Anyone who knows the genre will recognise the base notes of The Darkest Bloom ? the journey to collect ingredients, the deciphering of ancient riddles ? but it?s also not quite like anything I?ve read before. P.M. Freestone has achieved a great fe...

    I got to read an early draft of this, and you all are in for a treat. Such an interesting world, and such a page turning plot-pace, and such stubborn, driven, delightful characters. ...

    OOOOHHHHH This is quite a fresh fantasy book especially with that unique magic system based off of fragrances and poison???? hmmmzzzz ...

    I really enjoyed this - I loved the whole concept and the unique world building. The main storyline doesn?t really kick off for a good hundred pages plus, but I love the build up too - it didn?t really feel like buildup, and I would happily have read a book just about Rakel mak...

    This was an amazing read. I loved the world, the characters and the plot. I admit to being frustrated with the lack of backstory we get for one of the characters but a reveal later on in the book more than made up for that. I felt that both main characters were very well developed and ...

    This book was a big introduction to this world and universe. The action was here but I think the depth of the story will be better in the next book. ...

    10 reasons you should read Shadowscent: 1. Interesting worldbuilding: The magic, culture, and language revolves around scent. And the method of telling what time it is is really cool :). 2. Great, non-annoying, protagonists: Ash is a great character, he?s so snarky, and petty (...