Dark Paradise

Dark Paradise

by Angie Sandro


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"A fast-paced and addictive debut. Sandro is a writer to watch!" — J.A. Redmerksi, New York Times bestselling author

From rising star Angie Sandro, a steamy Southern gothic romance that will appeal to fans of Beautiful Creatures . . .

Is this love affair their destiny? Or is it doomed?

Paradise, Louisiana, is far from idyllic for Mala LaCroix and Landry Prince. Haunted by strange visions, the pair are drawn together by a mystery concealed beneath the polite facades and the murky swamps of the Deep South.

Landry had a crush on Mala all through high school and was her greatest defender, but now-up close and personal-he is starting to suspect that the rumors of witchcraft and voodoo are true.

But he can't let his doubts tear them apart because a day of reckoning is coming. As Mala struggles to conceal her powers and avoid the curse that has struck generations of LaCroix women, Landry will have no choice but to face his own demons. Both of them will soon be caught up in a web of deceit that reveals the dark side of Paradise.

Word count: 96,000

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455554829
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Dark Paradise Series , #1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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.

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Dark Paradise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued from the beginning and could not put it down. I was glued to my kindle until the end and still wanted more. Mala LaCroix lives in the swampland in southern Louisiana and all she wants it to become part of the sheriffs department. She is studying and a crime screen will have her giddy and excited to try and help solve the case. But when she finds a dead body floating in the swamp on her land, she knows not to touch the body but she has to get the girl out of the water before she is eaten by alligators. When George, the deputy that she has a crush on, shows up and he knows the girl, Mala wants to help solve her death. looks like she committed suicide but you never know. Things pick up when Lainey's ghost keeps appearing in front of Mala and Landry, Lainey's brother, wanting them to help find her killer. Mala has always heard people talk about her family being witches and having powers but Mala thinks it is ridiculous. When things happen, George seems to always be there to rescue her. Mala and Landry are growing closer but can the truth and their past pull them apart? This is a fantastic story about hoodoo (voodoo), possession, hatred, fear of the unknown, past, present and future. If you like a little voodoo story set in the swamps of Louisiana, then this one is for you. I loved it and can't wait for Dark Sacrifice, book 2, due out August 2014. **Copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
mshoni More than 1 year ago
I had no idea that this was a “new-adult” mystery when I started it, but I’m glad that I picked it up. Mala Lacroix comes from a long line of women who are rumored to be “witches” in Paradise, Louisiana. The rumor is true, but Mala wants no part of it. When she comes across the body of a girl in the bayou near her home, she is drawn into the mystery surrounding the death and must confront (and use) the powers she has. Despite how the rest of the town feels about the Lacroix women, Landry Prince has always harbored a crush on Mala. When the dead girl is revealed to be his sister, Landry becomes more drawn to Mala and together they work to find out the truth behind the murder. I love a good mystery that includes elements of hoodoo/voodoo and this debut novel by Ms. Sandro gave me everything I needed.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. This book is the first book in the Dark Paradise Series. Mala is the last in a long line of witches; she has tried to escape her destiny that is until she finds a body floating behind her house. Mayla is able to tap into her powers for the first time and starts having visions of the dead girl who is wants justice for her murder. Mala sets off trying to find the killer and also falling for Landry Prince who is the girls’ brother. It is fully of romance, murder, mystery, and suspense.  I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This was really good! After I finished I bought the next 2 books right away because I didn't want to wait to find out what happens. I love the setting; the grittiness of being in the bayou was written excellently, and it really brought me; as the reader, into the story. I really liked the characters too; they weren't stock characters and they had personality to them. I was a bit pissed at how Mala was starting to act towards the end, but it didn't deter from my enjoyment of the story. The storyline was lots of fun, and kept me interested all the way till the end. I finished it in no time, and I couldn't put it down! I loved the mystery and supernatural elements; they really made the story intriguing. I will say one thing; I'm really tired of man sluts, but I really enjoyed the story, so I will put up with it if I have to. Great start to what I hope will be a fabulous series!
bbstargazer More than 1 year ago
I truly wanted to make this a 5 star review.  I can't...not because it isn't a great story (it is), but because the story isn't finished.  This book is part of a series and I have begun to realize that it takes a special kind of finesse to write a really good series.  The trick is that you have to answer all of the questions that you start the story with, then develop a new story line, character, or plot for the second book.  That is what made book series such as 50 Shades of Grey so popular.  You could buy one book and read it, then be anxious to see what happens in the next book, but satisfied with the conclusion of each individual story.  I had a difficult time being drawn into this story.  It felt more like someone was giving me information and less like the characters were interacting with each other.  I think maybe this book may have been more the backstory for the series instead.  I see books 2 and 3 are available so I will be reading those...look for those reviews soon.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked from the start! Dark Paradise is not your typical paranormal romance. I was constantly surprised by each twist and turn the story took. For once the love triangle didn’t feel forced or annoying—it fed the story and conflict in a compelling and totally awesome way! Well done, Ms. Sandro. Plus Landy is completely and utterly delish! The chemistry was off the charts. Loved the way Dark Paradise ended. Yes we were left with a cliffhanger, but there was still a really satisfying sense of closure as well (as the final chapter was so aptly named). Very excited to read the next part of Mala’s journey!
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Coming from a long line of “witch women,” Mala LaCroix has one thing in mind and that is to blend in with everyone around her. She has always been judged for who her mother is and she is determined to be as normal as anyone else. But soon things start to change around her the minute she discovers a girl's death body floating in her family's territory. Not only is she being haunted by the dead girl, but she is also finding herself being pulled by a force that she cannot control. The visions are only the beginning of her journey where she will discover secrets that are being kept in her town and the powers that have haunted her family for generations. Landry Prince has always been caught in the middle between her family's beliefs and of the girl he has always had a crush on, Mala. When he finds out that his sister has been missing, and that his sister has mysteriously appeared in the LaCroix's territory, he can't help but wonder if Mala and her mother have anything to do with his sister's death. Yet after having an spiritual connection with Mala, have only added to him wondering what could his dead sister want from Mala so bad that she keeps giving her visions of her death. Now he has to find his sister's killer, deal with his family, and possibly try to get the girl that he loves.  I found myself liking the book a lot, the cover is what caught my attention at first, and the synopsis had me wanting to know more about the story. From the very beginning, I thought that the book had potential, the characters are well thought out, and the mystery throughout the story had me reading for hours. I enjoyed reading about the LaCroix family, it's been a while since I've read anything related to witches, and ghosts, that I thought that Angie Sandro did a good job executing the story. It was easy to picture the setting in the book, the way it is written really adds to the mystery. With that said, there were just a couple of things that could have been executed differently. The relationship between the main characters could have been developed a bit more, the story almost became a mystery novel without the romantic chemistry in the characters. Mala's personality evolves throughout the story that it changes her decisions constantly. She desperately wants to get rid of the visions that she has of Landry's sister, yet she is determined to find out what really happened to her no matter what. The ending was so unexpected, the big twist in the story really got me. Overall, I enjoyed reading Dark Paradise, if you enjoy reading paranormal mystery books this is definitely the book for you. (:  *ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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jeneaw34 More than 1 year ago
  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 beings to become more complicated that she ever imagined, she has powers that she never wanted to use but doesn’t have much of a choice but to use.   Mala was pretty kickass, a little naive at times for her age, but kickass none the less. She has had to deal with everyone in town thinking her and her family are all very strange, but she just goes on with life and doesn’t let it bother her. I liked the fact that she liked who she was and just didn’t care what others really though about her. Like Landry, now he was a mystery to me. He was so back and forth with Mala. One minute he was angry with her, the next he seemed to be trying to make a move on her, and was fascinated with the idea that maybe she was practicing witchcraft, then back again with being angry at her. Kinda made my head spin, but I could see the ups and downs with his emotions due to grief, so I moved on past it. Plus, their families have no love for each other, so there’s that.   The opening scene sucked mt right in, and the setting helped it in all the right way. The Louisiana bayou is the perfect place for a witchcraft/voodoo things to be going on. There were some creepy and terrifying moments, especially some of the encounter with Lainey’s spirit, and I was on edge trying to figure it all out right along with Mala. And with so many characters, all of who had their own secrets to keep it was hard to tell who was telling truth where the murder was concerned and whether or not to question their actions, like George for example. Couldn’t put my finger on what it was about him that didn’t sit right, but it was all suspenseful and I didn’t want to stop reading until it was all revealed. The ending was necessarily a cliffhanger, but I caught myself going back and reading a couple of paragraphs over again, because I caught something that made me question the motives of one person that I was sure what one the good one’s. So I am certainly excited to see what all that means and where is goes.   Dark Paradise is a great blend of creepiness, murder and romance. the second book, Dark Sacrifice will be out in August, and I can’t wait to read it. I think fans of the New Adult genre will like this one!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
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 a gorgeous cover (who am I kidding, I totally am) then I would want to read it just for that... (which I did). The moment I read the blurb, I was hooked. From the first page, I was creeped out. Totally creeped out. I'm talking serious heebie-jeebies. Just thinking about it now creeps me out. And you're totally sucked into Mala's (the main character) world right from the get-go. The novel becomes more and more addictive the further you get into it. This morning, I was about a third of the way through. And now I'm done. I sat down and just read for hours today because I had to know what was going to happen. This is one of those books that makes you neglect the world around you. Be prepared to miss meals. I make it a point to not read anything about the authors or their other books when I find a new author. I don't want any outside influences on my first impressions. So I don't know if the author was born in the south but she is totally in tune with how things work down here! My husband and I decided to move our family from Oklahoma to southern Texas ... I mean close to Louisiana when I say southern Texas. Things are just different down here. ESPECIALLY when you get into Louisiana. This is Cajun country and if you're from anywhere up north, you're going to spend your days wondering what in the hell they are talking about and/or eating/drinking most of the time. My point is that this author really makes you feel like you're living out on the bayou and not in a way that makes you feel stupid. The author doesn't talk down to you or over-explain things (which insinuates that us readers are dumb) (and I didn't mean that as an over-explanation because I don't think that you're dumb) (at least not the majority of you). The author just writes like it's as easy as breathing. About halfway through the novel, I picked out who I thought the bad guy would be. Oh, I was totally sure that I was right. I get all cocky when I can pick out the bad dude in a novel and now I've started doing it earlier and earlier in my readings because I think that I know everything. Well, I was WAY off this time. It was nice being wrong because who I picked would have been too simple for this mysterious and witch-y vortex of words. Basically, I love this novel. I can't get enough of this novel. It was creepy and sweet and gripping and gritty and spooky and creepy and funny and everything else in between. It had a little bit of everything but not in a way that made it too much or insincere. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. A must read. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
Crytal More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in return for an honest review. Dark Paradise is not what I was expecting to read. Not necessarily in a bad way, but not in a good way either. The story its self was ok, actually it was good. I was hooked, couldn't wait until the next time I could pick it back up to keep reading. But when I was reading it, I didn't feel hooked. I was just reading to finish the book. One big thing that I didn't like was that there were a few too many curse words. I'm not a prude, I just don't think that they were needed to tell the story. Another "pet peeve" if you will, was the non-ending. Up until I was on the last page, I didn't realize that this book was the beginning of a series. I'm not opposed to a series, but I do believe that each book of that series should have its own ending and wrap up the story line.  This next dislike is not really the fault of the author as I believe the other two things to be, but more a problem with me. I don't like to read books about tension between races. I know that this is something that happens, and more in the South where the story takes place, than where I'm from, but I don't like to read about it. Had I known that this was an underlying plot point, I would not have put in a request to review this story. It's just not something that I want a reminded of that people in our country take part in. All that being said, if I haven't lost you completely by now, I will repeat that there was something about this book that kept me reading. I liked the characters, though I wish we'd have known them a bit better. Alternating view points is not something that I typically like when reading, but for Mala & Landry, it worked. I enjoyed seeing the story from both of their eyes. I did enjoy the story even though it may not seem like it from my review. I would recommend it to people who are looking for a paranormal new adult book. It was nice to read a paranormal that was not about vampires, werewolves and the like. There is a bit of romance (less than I thought I'd be getting though) but there were enough twists to the love that it shouldn't bore anyone. Overall, Dark Paradise gets a solid 3.5 stars from me.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  The setting of Dark Paradise had my attention right from the start. Angie Sandro opens this book in such a way that you just cannot put it down. From the very first pages, I was swept up in the suspense of this story. Her adroitness at writing the characters without letting them fall prey to the stereotypes of the south also made me want to keep reading.   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.