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Dark Paradise

(Dark Paradise #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of "witch women," she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She's haunted by visions of the dead girl, demandi
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW ... this book is something. I couldn't wait to read it but I didn't expect to like it this much. It started off good but I didn't want to get my hopes up in case it ended up being stupid. But that didn't happen. I think Angie Sandro will be added to my favorite author list.

Summary: Mala LaCroix is a witch or at least that's what everyone else thinks. Being judged and bullied since the day she was born she's working hard to prove that she's not like her mom. She doesn't need anything happenin
Angie Sandro
Jan 16, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Dark Paradise began as a series of “what ifs” and grew into something magical.

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I wanted to like this one because it was set in Louisiana but I just gave up after awhile. It puts a bad taste in my mouth when it makes them seem like all country hillbillies. Not to mention the sheriff being named Georgie and old aunt voodoo lady. I just couldn't get past all of that to enjoy the actual story line.

1.5 stars

Arc provided by Forever Yours through Netgalley

Let it be known that so far I think I've only mildly enjoyed a single New Adult novel.

So yes, you can say that this genre isn't my cup of tea... well not so much the genre per se, but one of its leading characteristics: The high level of drama and angst that these stories normally possess.

This story, despite the initial fluidity of the writing and despite having nailed a perfect ambience setting, ends up being just another carousel of
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars: A gothic, atmospheric tale with ghosts and big secrets.

Mala traverses through the murky swamp, looking for her trap. Gators and all kinds of creatures inhabit this swamp, but Mala is undeterred. She has grown up in the bayou and gators don't frighten her easily. Unfortunately, today isn't Mala's day. When she reaches for the trap, her rope breaks. She can either leave it or go hunting for it. Mala despite the alarm bells going off in her head, decides to go after the trap
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

It's not everyday you see a young adult book involving voodoo/hoodoo. I have to admit I wasn't sure about this book at first, but I was pleasantly surprised indeed. I am even more thrilled to find out it is a trilogy. Yay! And now for the story...

Mala LaCroix only wants to fit in with everyone else and not to be judged. But that's hard to do when everyone in town has judged her since birth, because of what family she descends from
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Good story and great characters. I'm also a fan of crime novels and supernatural books. Can't wait to see what happens next! Are Landry and Dena also able to see the dead people?
Do you believe in ghosts trapped between the living and the dead? Take a trip through the Louisiana bayou, to an isolated area with roots firmly entrenched in the belief of voodoo, hoodoo and fear of those who possess the gift of magic. In a place where poverty, superstition and family history can mark a person as an outcast, or worse, a young woman from the wrong side of the bayou discovers the body of a local girl, and the mystery of what happened to her and who did it, take a backseat to the ...more
Ren Puspita
4 stars

Dark Paradise is a debut novel from Ms Sandro and I can say for a debut, this novel exceed my expectation. Combine gothic theme, ghost, hoodoo, suspense, mystery, a little bit police procedural and drama, Dark Paradise make me can't stop reading its pages. With alternate POV narration from both h/H Malaise LaCroix and Landry Price, Ms Sandro bring us to the investagion behind Landry's sister, Lainey Prince murder.

Mara never believed in magic, less about hoodoo, even she comes from a long
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
Considering I don't typically read this genre, the blurb piqued my curiosity and as it turned out, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Yes, I did!

This read like a movie in my head which is what added to my enjoyment I think. For me, this felt like a cross between the movies, Beautiful Creatures (haven't read the book, just FYI) and The Gift. 2 movies that I actually both really liked. Hello, supernatural, witches and ghosts!=)

The story opens up with quite a punch and it just builds up from there. Grante
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy from NetGalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Warning: possible spoilers.

It’s rumored that Mala LaCroix and her mother are witches. Even though Mala wants nothing more than to avoid the disapproval of some of the town folk (stemming also from the fact that her mother is a prostitute) and become a detective, she can’t avoid the fact that weird things are happening to her. After she pulls a dead body out of the swamp, she’s haunted by the victim. To make matt
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I really did not enjoy this book. At first I enjoyed Mala and Landry, but the story just did not draw me in at all. The magic was introduced really oddly, and I hated Mala's mother and George, both secondary characters to Mala and Landry. I hated the whole town and how they ostracized Mala because of her mother's reputation. It was all really infuriating.

Mala and Landry's relationship was odd and seemed to progress in awkward jerkin
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love when a story, when an author, can take me by surprise. When the unexpected turns into something wonderful dark and rich.

When the bayou shows it's true colors. The horrors of the unknown and the magic of the whatifs.

This is a debut novel for Sandro and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed with it. This isn't your typical YA paranormal mystery read. It is dark and gritty and completely messes with your mind. It has a pretty fast paced plot as well as one heck of a tangled romance in it,
Michelle Hauck
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The action starts on the very first page of Dark Paradise when Mala finds the body in her bayou. And the suspense and interest builds from there. The list of suspects continues through the whole book and leaves no character safe. Every time you think the story will slow down another twist comes to light. This story is one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time. It kept me guessing until the page-turning end. And what an end. I have to gag myself to keep from giving away fantastic spoiler ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 Stars...Well written, fresh, with plenty of unexpected twists. The characters well-drawn and colorful. I felt that the supernatural aspect was well done. I do admit to having to look back during the dramatic ending to see who's pov it was, since things were a bit chaotic. Don't expect an HEA in this book, but it's not exactly a cliffie, either.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: requested
This is a book that had me suckered in from the get-go. First of all, look at the cover. It's just gorgeous. It's so simple and yet is so striking, and it would definitely grab my attention if I saw it on display in a book store. And then of course, we move to the story itself. Dead bodies, magic, and budding romance? Yes to all of that, please.

What really stood out to me the most in this book was the setting. I used to frequently visit my dad down in Louisiana, and I've grown to be a sucker for
Jun 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
There’s this thing that seems to happen a lot in books that I just don’t understand. Reading these books makes me very angry and cranky. This book certainly did that. Clearly I am just not the target audience because I know there are people who enjoy guys like this.

The book started off fantastically, I’ll give it that. I grew up in Florida and I have a healthy fear of gators. Mala is much braver than me. And though there are no gators around, she finds a dead body instead. Great opening, right?
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Who won't fall in love with the cover of this book? I really loved it and it is catchy. Simple but elegant. Whoever is the designer, he/she did a really good job in here. Anyway, I am not sure how will I review this book. I am having a hard time.

Well, this book made me re-think if I will continue reading or not, it is not because the book has a bad story or the book doesn't fit in my criteria, but it is because the book is kin
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is not romantic. It’s not a fantastical story of beautiful creatures and a love too powerful to be contained. Paradise is anything but. This is a story that’s raw, dirty and frightening, and at first, I couldn’t really decide if I liked it. Then I read the second half of the book and came to the opinion that it’s pretty fantastic!

In short, it was a thrill ride. I was anxiously waiting to see how the story unfolded but at the same time, I felt a little queasy for most of the book. I don
Kristen Jett
Simply put, I loved this book. After finishing, I had to force myself to pause and not buy the sequels immediately because my to read long is long...but this book was amazing.

A gothic Southern read, DARK PARADISE tosses you into the life of Mala - the daughter of the town's voodoo witch...and if that wasn't enough to bear, her Mama is also a prostitute. All Mala wants to do is live her life and follow her dreams of working in crime enforcement, but everything seems to be getting in the way of t
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars
Super duper suspenseful with a lot of magical elements interwoven. I really liked Mala and hated how everyone always put her under stereotypical categories based on her family without even trying to get to know her. I had a lot of conflicting thoughts about Landry...sometimes I liked him but sometimes he acted like a big fat jerk. Georgie was a bit controversial too, but I kind of wish Mala would give him a chance. Just a tiny one. Also, I wish that some things were clearer, I won't s
Jenny Morris
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Intriguing characters set in a tangible setting that make me want to take a trip to Louisiana, except I'm just a little too scared to stay. Angie manages to give a dark feel to her story that recalls memories of watching Supernatural and loving the dark and gritty parts. She has a talent for turning phrases on their heads and making them fresh and totally unique to her characters. Several times I turned to my husband and read her lines out loud because I was in awe of her creativity.

When the st
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! The scenery is so vivid you can feel the Louisiana humidity on your skin. The budding romance between Mala and Landry is steamy and the mystery of the death of Landry's sister kept me turning the pages.
Ash Luna
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it


I received Dark Paradise as an ARC copy, it was different than what I normally read.

The cover gave me some excitement because it gave little away.

I have to say Dark Paradise left me breathless and begging for more so much more!




It starts off with Mala finding a body of a beautiful young girl in the Bayou in her backyard.

Mala is such a sweet girl she gave the book such a great vibe.

She is going to school to become a cop and she is a tomboy who can cook a mean gumbo.

She is the
So, I Read This Book Today
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery, suspense readers
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: The Publisher
But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. - William Butler Yeats

There are souls which fall from heaven like flowers, but ere they bloom are crushed under the foul tread of some brutal hoof. - Jean Paul

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

The nature of evil. Dissected, pulled apart, studied, and still, no one really knows,
Katherine Paschal
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mala has lived a hard life out in the swamp with her mother. Mala works two jobs and goes to school on scholarship so she can finally meet her dreams of being a police detective. Meanwhile, her mom works as a prostitute and “crafts” spells on the side for some extra money. While in the swamp to check her traps for fish, Mala stumbles on a dead body of a girl. Mala doesn’t know her, but soon enough she is involved in the mess of the girl’s murder, is haunted by the dead girl, and stalked by the g ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I like when I find a New Adult book that stands out from the rest. There seems to be the same theme most of the time. This is more a witchcraft and voodoo happening type read, yes there is romance mixed in, but the slow building, comes along slowly kind. It follows Mala, who comes across the body of a dead girl, after calling it in to 911, and to make matter worse than it all taking place on her property, the guy that Mala has been crushing on, is the deputy who responds to the call. Mala life
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. What can I say about Dark Paradise? I guess I start off with the cover, which is beautiful and I completely understand what it means after reading the story. Immediately after reading the title I couldn't help but think of the song Dark Paradise by Lana del Rey and it does in its on way fits right along with this story.

The writing was beautifully written, you could feel what the characters were feeling. The pacing was great, nothing seemed to rush nor did a chapter felt like it w
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
(But I'm rounding up to 4 because I'm super excited for book 2, which is always a good sign!)

Since I've been reading a bunch of contemporary lately, I thought it'd be a good idea to throw something into the mix to change it up. Something paranormal or fantasy or SOMETHING. And I do like magical, witchy stuff. So I decided to pick up Dark Paradise. I'm not entirely certain what I was expecting from this book, but whatever it was, I was so very wrong. It threw me for a comp

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YES! YES! YES! I could really leave my review as just those three words and be extremely happy with it. Gosh, I really don't know where to start. Well, I went into this novel with a few hang-ups. I've been burned by witch and ghost novels in the past. I've sworn off these kinds of novels because of how terrible some of the ones I've read in the past have been. But this one spoke to me, I guess. If I was one of those people that can be won over by
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