Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd (‘Darkness Chosen’ series Book #1)

New American Library

Format: Mass Market Paperbound - Published: June 14, 2007 - 416 Pages - ISBN: 0451221737 - Published By: New American Library


Scent of Darkness

by Christina Dodd

‘Darkness Chosen’ series Book #1

This satisfying series kickoff finds Ann Smith, an inexperience, plain-Jane office assistant, dropping off some paperwork at the home of her handsome, successful boss, Jasha Wilder – and hoping to use the opportunity to confess her mad crush on him – when she catches him transforming from wolf to man. It’s just the beginning for the dumstruck secretary, whose discovery draws her into Jasha’s cursed world – his family’s ancient pact with the debil, the search for their clan relics, a gang of boisterous, unpredictable relatives who share his shape-shifting ability – and onward to her extraordinary destiny. Dodd’s latest is a fast-paced, well-written paranormal, with a full, engaging mythology and a  handful of memorable characters. In Ann, she creates the quintessential all-American girl, counterpointing nicely the rich tapestry of Jasha’s family history; the mix shows great promise for future volumes.

Review: I finished this novel on Monday, July 2nd, 2007. A great 1st novel to her new series, I thought it was terrific!

I thought Ann was an awesome female first character. Her personality is clearly written, you get a sense of what it would be like to be her.

And Jasha … an awesome first male character. Both are perfect for each other, even if neither wants to admit it. And once admitted, one doesn’t believe the other.

The action, the excitement, the danger, the plot itself was truly well written. Stories of the past help the reader understand why what’s what and why things are the way they are. You come to understand Jasha’s family, even with one thing that’s mentioned but not elaborated on, and I can’t wait until that’s brought to light.

For the first book in the series, it was a fast-paced, excellent read. The next novel, Touch of Darkness, will be out in August … and I can’t wait!



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