New Adult Night: Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro Review

Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro
(Dark Paradise #1)

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Suspense


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.
 The Good
  • Mala
  • Characterization of the south
  • Suspense
The Bad
  • Mala and Landry's relationship

  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.


  1. This sounds really interesting although I'm kinda wary of the New Adult genre :/

    1. I wouldn't really classify this as what generally falls into the NA age group. It doesn't have any of the cliches from most NA books. Read it, you'll enjoy it! :)


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