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Birds of Paradise

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  630 ratings  ·  188 reviews
He collected beautiful things.
Rare things.
Ripped them out of their natural environment and preserved them in all of their dead splendor.
The problem was I wasn't beautiful. I was all of the hideous and ugly realities of the world packaged into one broken human being.
He came to kill me.
That was his business.
He ripped me out of my natural environment, the prison I'd cre
Paperback, 1st Edition, 324 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by CreateSpace
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"My stomach was full of butterflies. With knives instead of wings."



I saw the cover of Birds Of Paradise one day on my Facebook Feed and what happened after that was a series of butterfly effects. I read the blurb, saw the teasers on the authors page and then somehow I was so enthralled with wanting to know more about the story, I requested an ARC.

I'm extremely conflicted on what rating to give this and whether or not I should give it a rating at all. I feel like there should be three things I
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MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog:

I'm only going to give you a little taste of what’s to come without divulging spoilers, because like me you need to go in blind..

BIRDS OF PARADISE: Is a full length dark romance novel by Anne Malcom. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' In this we meet house bound Elizabeth & Him.

We meet Elizabeth whose been jolted from a nightmare trying to shake it off to the reality that’s facing her in her bedroom. Because hiding in
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


description~WRITING - PLOT - PACE~
So this book was all kinds of awesome. I am purposely going to leave this review a little vague as I think this book is best gone into blindly. Plus, I also don't want to give too many details away that could spoil anyone's reading experience. The writing in this one was AMAZING. Seriously, it was just exquisite and intelligent. It was very well paced. The plot was incredibly engaging, original, and well crafted. There were twists and turns. It was told through a dual PO
Claypot_Reads -  Michelle
Okay so I have now read this book twice. I binged it once, and then I savoured it. I loved absolutely everything about it and it's not even the kind of book I usually read. I have decided that I will call it an #UglyBeautiful Story.

The circumstances in the book are so very ugly. The brutality that Elizabeth suffers. The complete despair she goes through. Her first meeting with "Him" and their subsequent dynamic. Everything is awful and ugly - I won't sugar coat it.


Anne Malcom somehow ma
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-romance

Elizabeth knows how death feels even before she dies. Physically. She's already lifeless inside and her happiness robbed by the people who were supposed to love her. She never cared. Nobody cared. Until Him.

He was hired to end her life. Honestly, putting a bullet in her head now would be easier for his target to escape the sh*t hole she's in. Problem is, he changed his mind.

First of all, I HAVE NEVER READ ANYTHING LIKE THIS! Well, in romance that is. Anne Malcom's writing style is extraordinary
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dark souls
Genre: Dark Romance/Erotic Thriller
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Shifting

Elizabeth Hades lived her life simply for the sole purpose of existing. Left battered and broken by her past, she rejected normality and sequestered herself into her own safe haven. But when a cold blooded man came to rip away her reality, she was forced to fight her demons or be consumed by his.

I was first attracted to this book when I saw the cover on social media. And when I read the blurb, I knew this is
Stephanie Osborne
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When an author gives you a Hero who is anything but a Hero, and a wounded broken heroine, you'd expect to not like them. How could they have a story worth reading, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. The most unlikely Hero, the broken but survivor of a heroine captured me. Totally and completely captured me.

Birds of Paradise is poetic. And even though this is completely different than anything Anne has written before, her style shows through exquisitely. The imagery, the brutality, the emotion... and u
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
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★Book Basics★

Genre : - Dark Romance
Series : - Stand Alone
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 5 stars


Now normally I am all about spoilers. I will hunt them down like a bloodhound before I read a book. And there is NOTHING that annoys me more than reviews that are all "oh I will be vague and not give anything
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Malcom sure can write. Her prose is captivating and hypnotizing. I enjoyed Birds of Paradise. I’m a dark romance lover and this was could easily be put in that category. Birds of Paradise is all about Elizabeth’s evolution from being utterly broken and dead. Her story was horrific and the revelation of the horror she endured was told through flashbacks and Elizabeth’s behavior and mental state. She slowly started to come back to life after being captured by Lukyan. He’s mysterious and dark. ...more
4.5 Stars!

Elizabeth Hades didn’t have a normal childhood and experienced severe trauma as an adult. As a result, she suffers with conditions that keep her caged in her own miserable world until one night when her fears are realized. Coming to terms with the person who holds her own demise in his hands, Elizabeth is given a choice though the options aren’t viable.

“Life was my penance, my sentence. The price I was paying. And I deserved to live through every second of misery. I needed more of it
Cat Imb || The Reading Cat ||
I received an ARC of this book from the author and I voluntarily reviewed it. Thank you Anne Malcom!

I could not rush this book. I couldn’t devour it like I wanted to. It pleaded me to savour every word; to experience every sentence. This book was dark, and artistic. Malcom really pushed the envelope with the poetic ring to her writing. She wrote an ugly story beautifully. She is a true artist. She has gone from being great at her craft, to being great at her art.

This book is mostly steered towar
This is not your typical romance, it’s dark and twisted and I loved every minute of it. Now I will say this is not my typical read either, I have read dark romance books before but typically that is not what I would gravitate towards but since Anne Malcom wrote it I’m reading it. And what I can tell you about this book though not a typical romance it was amazing. The story started out and I was pretty positive I was sure how this would all turn out and then I found out quickly how very wrong I w ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Birds Of Paradise is my introduction to Anne Malcom reads. And i'm sat here wondering where the hell have i been, not to have read her books before!! From what i have been lead to believe, this is her first Dark Read. Which amazes me, this book utterly floored me.

It was intensely gripping and utterly captivating. It like she's been writing Dark Romance for years. Superb writing, fast paced, flawless, and engaging. Chapter by chapter i was given just enough information to keep me turning the pag
Emma James
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an early read of Birds of Paradise. I totally loved this book. Well done Anne! This is my first Anne Malcom book, even though I have several on my Kindle.

I'm a huge fan of dark romance.... obviously as I write in the genre. It is hard work writing in this genre because as a person/writer, you have to dig real deep and pretty much go to the dark side and push your own limits to get your characters to perform for the reader.

Anne didn't hold back. She will give you a v
Tongan Book Lover
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, angst, stockholm
I'm out of breath right now. My chest is heavy. My arms are numb and my mind is blown! I have never read anything like this from this author before. The cover had me shivering, the blurb awakened my darkest desires but this story, this story, it transcended me into a beautifully dark yet ugly world. The wording was spectacular, it drew me in, it spoke to me. It was written and executed so beautifully you could literally feel all the emotions, the pain, the love, the darkness oozing off the pages ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Haunting, Dark, Gut Wrenching, Soul Breaking, Poetic, Gritty, Beautiful..Birds of Paradise is unlike anything I've ever read. This book was not like any other Anne Malcom book; it was so different but it's the kind of different that's such a game changer. Ms. Malcom stepped way outside of the box for this one then proceeded to crush the box and pave her own way as only she could.

"She wore her pain like a crown, wore broken like a doll and damaged like a warrior"

Elizabeth and Lukyan are anything
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I’m intrigued and I love the cover!!


Lorna Bishop
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just Wow wow wow wow. Little speechless at how fantastic this book is. It is nothing like this author has written before! It’s stunningly beautiful, dark , intense and sexy! An anti-hero that you must meet and will find yourself falling for even though you know you shouldn’t! This book is the authors best yet and it’s going to shock you
Deb Cechak
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intense, Haunting, Beautiful Words from Anne Malcom

I have read several of Anne Malcom’s books and they are good. I mean really good. As I sit here, attempting to find the words to describe the feelings I have about her latest story, Birds of Paradise, I know I cannot do it justice.

Intense: each page I read had my stomach clenching, my thoughts running wild, trying to determine what was going on in Elizabeth’s mind. Which man would she face, as she bravely, reluctantly, kept growing in both mind
Annette Brignac
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My absolute top read of 2018 thus far. This darkly beautiful stand alone shows how far Anne Malcom has pushed herself. And let me tell you, SHE OWNED IT.

The writing was absolutely PHENOMENAL. It's definitely her best work yet. I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book.

The story was so original. Definitely one of a kind.

The characters are strong, both in their own right. They both grew beautifully and it was such a thrilling sight to see. Their relationship is one of the most
Sally Ross
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy Amo Jones and BB Reid you are likely to enjoy this book. Equally if you enjoy Poe and Dante you will enjoy this book. It is something of a long form exploration into the themes of life and death yet it still remains a romance. This book proves that romance is a vastly underrated genre by many as it does what many strive to do but fail; take a close look at the human condition, life, death and twisted minds and turns that into something beautiful that resembles poetry at times. It's ...more
Melissa Ann
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For this being my first Anne book I am blown away by her writing! This story exceeded my expectations so much and I am emotionally drained from this story! Just WOW! Speechless is what I am! This story was so raw and gritty and emotional and just magnetic and hypnotizing! I could not put this book down! From the very first page I was immediately drawn in and couldn’t let go of this story! I honestly wish I could give this book more than 5 stars!!! Definitely not my last Anne book!!!!
Sarah V
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is probably the most unique love story I’ve read. It’s so warped, full of pain, ugly and yet so stunning, beautiful and understanding. These characters create their own brand of life and love. Congratulations to Anne Malcom for writing something so different (to me, personally) and releasing this amazing story.
Michelle Lambert
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t even begin to label this book! It’s just extraordinary! Anne Malcom has given us an anti-hero we don’t know how to feel about! Love him? Hate him? And the heroine? She has her own issues! Anne has gone dark and twisted with this book and it couldn’t be better! Must add to your TBR!
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, in-english
I loved the dark side of the book but unfortunately the story didnt grip me and my mind kept wandering.
B.J. Bentley
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I’ve read and reviewed an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This book is DARK and RAW. Elizabeth is a woman who lives inside her own prison. A prison she created after suffering a terrible tragedy: her life. She is broken, and her would-be murderer wants that for himself. Or does he?

This review is so hard to write without giving too much away, but I will say that it is both painful and beautiful. This is most definitely NOT a hearts-and-flowers romance. What it is, is two irr
Kelly Williams
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly dark read! I was not expecting this at all from Anne but nonetheless it was great. I loved these two. I loved the unconventional way Lukyan healed her. No matter how broken she seemed she came out a stronger person. I was not expecting the twist in this book either. This book was another great addition to Anne’s Arsenal!!
Stephanie S
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As if she had not blown me away in the past with her books, this one hits it out of the ball park for me.

This book was different than her previous books but it was FANTASTIC and I loved that she wrote something that was different for her and took a chance on it. This story was hauntingly BEAUTIFUL all the way through. You don't really know how much your body and mind can handle until it is put to the test. Elizabeth and Lukyan's relationship is messed up but when 2 people understand what they ha
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Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth, then as she grew up her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males an ...more
“She wore her pain like a crown, wore broken like a doll and damaged like a warrior.” 4 likes
“Some people don’t know that hell isn’t a place that exists after death. It’s something that exists in life,” 2 likes
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