I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro
Series: Dark Paradise #1
Published by Forever Yours, Hatchett on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Love & Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller
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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, demanding justice and vengeance.
Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister's killer, 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.
Word count: 96,000
5 HUGE STARS! I LOVED THIS BOOK! Mala is an outcast. She lives on the swamp and is the daughter to the towns witch/prostitute/drunk. She manages to keep her heart and life sheltered all the way out in the sticks. She has a close knit group of friends. She struggles to make the bills, and go to school. Her summer break was meant to be spent working. Instead she finds the body of the Reverends daughter floating in her swamp. Finding that body turns the town upside down as skeleton’s start popping out of closets left and right.
I loved Mala. She was the number one reason that I enjoyed this book. Sure the twisty plot, and over all creepiness oozing from the pages didn’t hurt, but if Mala had been half the character that she was, then the book would have been just a good book to me. As it is, I am obsessed with this story. I want to stop my life and read it over again. I want to relive her first kiss with Landry, the murdered girls brother, I want to enjoy her Mama’s brand of wisdom again. I want to be scared out of my mind again when Lainey ‘the dead girl’ haunts Mala.
The book has a little bit of everything, Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Horror and the Supernatural, yet it doesn’t feel schizophrenic. It feels rich. Even though the book is a series the ending of this book is a complete one. It’s not a sudden cliff hanger, rather than a slow let down. The author closed one door, but she left the other 50 open. And trust me, I want to go into and dig around in all 50 of those rooms. Well except the ones that contain Magnolia, Mala’s hoodoo practicing relative. That woman freaks me out.
I sit here, writing this review, knowing full well that the next book will be coming out in August, and the third book in September. How awesome is that? That’s virtually no wait time, and yet it feels too long. I am hooked.
P.S. #TeamLandry #Georgeisapoopyhead