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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever Yours (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455554820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455554829
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,695,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More 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

Customer Reviews

Mystery, murder, love triangles.
GingerReader22
From the very first pages, I was swept up in the suspense of this story.
Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages
The characters are well balanced and the story line well written.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages on July 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GingerReader22 on July 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
"Dark Paradise" By Angie Sandro

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,
Ginger

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.
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By P Tupper on October 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It seems I learn something new with each book, whether it is a fact about an author, a new publisher with whom I was unfamiliar, or, in the case of Dark Paradise, a new genre. Most of these revelations have been pleasant. This latest one, not so much.
I think the problem may be that I am not the right demographic for this new genre. As I read Dark Paradise, something just seemed off to me. I had the feeling that the characters were SUPPOSED to be shallow, immature and confused. It turns out I was right. Dark Paradise is part of a new category of fiction intended to be the older sister of YA, namely New-Adult fiction.
According to Wikipedia, New-adult fiction is defined as this:
“New adult literature touches upon many themes and issues to reach the readership that falls in between the categories of young adult and adult fiction.
Many themes covered in young adult fiction such as identity, sexuality, depression, suicide, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, familial struggles, bullying[14] are also covered in new adult fiction, but the various issues that are dealt with in the category hold it separate. Some common examples of issues include: first jobs, starting college, wedding engagements and marriage, starting new families, friendships post-high school, military enlistment, financial independence, living away from home for the first time, empowerment, loss of innocence, fear of failure, and so many others.
This category focuses heavily on life after an individual has become of legal age, and how one deals with the new beginnings of adulthood. Commonly, these themes and issues have been seen taking place post-high school in popular new adult fiction titles, but there are exceptions.”
Dark Paradise certainly fits.
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Format: Paperback
This is one well written book Angie Sandro is defiantly one to watch this book is a fast paced read and one hell of murder mystery I was literarly glued to the book I could not wait to see what happens next
Now for a little about the book is about two well maybe three mane characters first is Mala LaCroix she has spent her whole life trying to escape from her mama's shadow her mom tells her she As the last in a long line of hoodo woman that she will be siting on her grave asking her how to control her powers 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.
Then their is Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, and she has no idea he dose till they try to solve his sisters murder when mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if she could have done it and with all the rumours about the LaCroix family she is also 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 but their is one unexpected problem that she has not seen Georgie the deputy has feeling for mala to and is trying to keep them apart both laundry and George are jealous of one another now stuck in their own prisons how will maps fix everything I so hope book two gets here soon
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