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Dark Paradise Paperback – Jul 1 2014
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About the Author
Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.
Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.
Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.
Top Customer Reviews
What Dark Paradise has going for it, it has in spades - that Southern Gothic atmosphere. Between the hoodoo, the swamp, the legacy of slavery and mixed heritage children, the prejudices of small town gossip, the dichotomy between haves and have nots - oh, and especially the ghosts... this book is rich with flavour. It's easy to sink into this world where everyone seems to know everyone - or be related to everyone - and the past hangs heavy. The murder mystery that kicks of the story is like the cherry on top of it all.
Mala and Landry provide our two windows into the world, narrating different chapters of the tale for us. I liked them, for the most part, even when they acted a little off the wall - the stress of the situation gives them a certain latitude, I think.
I loved the crazy cast of characters in this book - from Mala's alcoholic mom who works as a prostitute when she's not numbing her brain with booze to block out the ghosts she sees, to Landry's parents who run very hot and cold, to Mala's crazy aunt from New Orleans. There's a stack of very memorable people in Dark Paradise.
There were a few things that were a little off in this book, for me. One is the age of the characters. I had a hard time getting a solid fix on Mala - she's college-age, but I kept slipping and thinking she was mid-late high school. The same with Landry and even George, though the latter is a deputy.
I found the relationship between Mala and George really convoluted. Because her situation with Landry is so fluid across the book, I think it would have provided a nice grounding point to have a clearer situation with George.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Mala is exactly what I want out of my heroines. She didn't take no for an answer, she had a backbone, and she didn't give in or give up. I have so much respect for Angie Sandro just for the way that she wrote Mala! It was so easy to picture these characters as people. Angie Sandro gave them all voices fitting to their circumstances. My one draw back was the relationship between Mala and Landry. I'm not exactly sure what it was, maybe the back and forth?, but I struggled with it at times.
Out of all the books I've read lately, this is one of those that you can immediately see it being optioned as a tv show or movie. It was a great story that you just got lost in. The paranormal elements of Dark Paradise never seemed too heavy. This is a book that crosses over many genres, but I don't feel like it was overly saturated. Everything fit cohesively into a brilliant story!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
The first book in the Dark Paradise series.
Release date July 1st.
Mala LaCroix's life isn't ideal. Her Mother is the town hooker, alcoholic and rumored witch. The man she has been crushing on for years thinks of her as his annoying kid sister and oh yeah, she just had to pull a dead girl out of the bayou behind her house. To make matters worse the dead girl is now haunting her and forcing her to use powers she can't control, powers that she has denied the very existence of for years.
Landry Prince is in love with Mala. He watches her from a distance, never having the courage to talk to her let alone speak his true feelings. However when he discovers that Mala might have information on his sisters brutal murder he will stop at nothing to find out the truth, even if that means proving that Mala herself had something to do with it.
I can't express how much I loved this book.
Mystery, murder, love triangles.
Check, check and check.
Throw in some witch hoodoo and I'm completely hooked.
I loved Angie's writing style and her characters. The way she described the town and the people within it made me feel like I had been living there my whole life, walking along side Mala while the judgmental looks and un-approving glances were thrown her way.
I don't want to dive too deep into the story for fear of accidentally spoiling something so I will leave you with this.
Add "Dark Paradise" to your TBR list, pre-order it, wait in line at midnight to get it.
You will not be sorry.
Until next time,
In compliance with FTC guidelines I am disclosing that this book was given to me for free to review.
My review is my honest opinion.
Then their is Landry Prince who has always had a crush on Mala. She has no idea he does until they try to solve his sister’s murder. When Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual he wonders if she could have done it. All the rumors about the LaCroix family put her in danger but as they try to find out why Laney is haunting them he starts to form his own bond to her a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything-their families, their love, and even their lives. I loved Mala so much. She had so much more strength than she thought she did. And I found myself cheering her on when she was trying to get a point across. At first I had a love/hate relationship with Landry until his true colors began to shine. I think he is a wonderful person even though he is a little rough around the edges. This book left on a cliff hanger and I would read the sequel.
~Reading In Wonderland
What I Liked:
I really liked how different it was. It was dark, broody, and not the typical take on a paranormal subject. The author really took the location of the deep south and made it into a character as well.
It was interesting seeing the ghostly interactions and trying to solve the real mystery. I had guessed on who had done it a few times, but was most definitely wrong. I like when the whodunit part of things actually stays a surprise and I'm not able to guess it right away.
What I Didn't Like:
I didn't like how confusing it got at times. There were instances that weren't really explained. The whole ghost part was the most confusing. It wasn't always clear when Mala was being possessed. As well, it wasn't clear what kind of 'power' Landry had either. I wish it was a bit easier to follow.
Because of the confusion, it did drag a bit. It was hard to get through certain parts since I wasn't entirely sure what was going on. When it was easy to follow-I flew right through parts!
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