Thursday, 16 January 2014

Review: Scent of Butterflies - Dora Levy Mossanen

Such audacity she has, Soraya, a woman who dares to break free of the diamond-studded leash of her culture. A woman who refuses to accept the devastating betrayal her husband has perpetrated. A woman who refuses to forgive her best friend.

Soraya turns her back on Iran, fleeing to America to plot her intricate revenge. The Shah has fallen, her country is in turmoil, her marriage has crumbled, and she is unraveling. The cruel and intimate blow her husband has dealt her awakens an obsessive streak that explodes in the heated world of Los Angeles.

Yet the secret Soraya discovers proves far more devastating than anything she had imagined, unleashing a whirlwind of unexpected events that will leave the reader breathless.

My thoughts:
There is something about the way this book is written, I have come across books like this before and I have always enjoyed them. But to explain what it is in the writing I like, that I just can't. It is jumpy and one would think that would be bad, but cos of the way it's written it works. It's like I am always in her mind, being sad, confused, angry, thinking about certain events in her life, missing her husband, hearing his voice. It is the writing that makes it excellent.

Soraya, there was this one event where I was all noo! But at the same time I was all yes! And yes won. Feelings are complex, I can't say much more about it. But I enjoyed reading about her life after she left with a broke heart, and I enjoyed the flashbacks cos it was so alien. How after the revolution they went from dancing and wearing makeup to being scared. Because the morality police looked through windows and if they saw you in the street and a single strand of hair was shown they were there with razor blades. But she loved her country, the scents, the food, the life. 

Conclusion:
An interesting book about love, life and revenge. I want to see if her other books are written with the same style.

Cover
Ok


Paperback, 282 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Fiction
for review


38 comments:

  1. Wow...sounds really good. That writing style does seem to be a delicate thing. If its not done right, the book will be a disaster

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    1. So very true, it's a fine line sometimes

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  2. Hmmm...interesting. Sounds good -- but if the writing doesn't click, it can be frustrating!

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  3. I'm completely in love with the cover, and as a huge fan of peculiar writing styles, I'm adding this to my GoodReads TBR right now.

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    1. I just can't put my finger on what it was, but it was something

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  4. This one I don't think would work for me *sigh*

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  5. I love stories where I really feel like I'm inside the character's head. Sounds good.

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    1. It's better than feeling like I am standing outside the window looking in ;)

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  6. You have me curious about the writing, glad you enjoyed it:)

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  7. I am curious about the writing as well. you know I am sucker for great writing so this would be one I should check out.

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    1. Do check it out, maybe you can tell me what enchanted me, lol

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  8. We all have a style of writing that just fits like a glove, I know what you mean

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  9. This sounds like a wonderfully written book, and your review has me curious to see whether this storytelling style would work for me. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I do say check it out, only then you will know :)

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  10. Oh this sounds so interesting. I know what you mean, that some elements often don't work in other books, just work when the author knows how to write it. You have me curious about this one!

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    1. Spot on there. I do love when an author makes it work, and when it does not work, yeah then I give up

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  11. Sometimes that style of writing works for me and sometimes it doesn't.

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  12. Almost Friday! IS Friday for you. :)

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  13. Sounds like it could be a good read.

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  14. Glad you enjoyed it B, not my cup of tea though.

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  15. Sounds like this one had your feelings kind of all over the place which I always like. Beautiful cover too!

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  16. th writing intrigues me mainly like you describe it. I'm sorry if I didn't comment a lot this week it was my exams and well it was difficult to follow everything.

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    1. I hope your exams went well! And I do get that :)

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  17. Thanks for putting this one on my radar. It sounds fantastic!

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