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review 2014-07-31 14:29
No, no, no...
Dark Paradise - Angie Sandro

Arc provided by Forever Yours through Netgalley


Let it be known that so far I think I've only mildly enjoyed a single New Adult novel.

So yes, you can say that this genre isn't my cup of tea... well not so much the genre per se, but one of its leading characteristics: The high level of drama and angst that these stories normally possess.


This story, despite the initial fluidity of the writing and despite having nailed a perfect ambience setting, ends up being just another carousel of feelings, with the plot being removed out of the spotlight.


And it's a shame because this had so much potential! I can't help feeling that this could have been great, if the plot hadn't been smothered by so much emotions going rampant all over the place!


The story is told through dual points of view: _Malaise (Mala), and Landry...

Landry is a twenty one year old guy, whose voice tries to come out as sensitive and all that... but who just ends up sounding like a judgemental girl... with a penis!

Because c'mon!! 

"She frowns but is not deterred. You’d think she’d finally get a clue that I don’t find her remotely attractive. It’s not that she isn’t beautiful, she is. Stunning, if you like her type, but her pale skin and willow—that’s what they call model skinny girls—willowy frame isn’t what I crave. I want a girl with meat on her bones. Okay, I’m only obsessed over one girl’s curves,(..)"

And then there's the fact that he's a ladies man (is this the male equivalent of slut? Because this sounds so much better!),  but who gets tongue tied in the presence of one special girl... whom he apparently has been stalking for some time now... but of course in a non threatening way *pulls hair*.


Glaring Mistake #1: Stop making these obsessive/insane characters feasible love interests!

You know what ends up happening to women who get involved with guys like these?

Most of them end up dead.


I could go on and on about all the things that should make all girls run the other way when a guy like Landry appears. Yes, there are plenty of them, but you get the type right?


Spoiler!!!

 

Landry's sister is found dead. The guy has just basically seen her corpse opened up in the autopsy room,

 

(spoiler show)

 

 

(spoiler show)

and one minute later (fine, 2 minutes tops!! I am not kidding!)  the guy is already thinking about how wonderful and beautiful Mala is??

This is just wrong!

Doesn't he have feelings at all?? And I am not talking about those!

"God, she’s beautiful. I pluck a jasmine blossom from her hair and tuck it behind her ear. My heart stops beating for a few seconds when my fingers brush her earlobe. It’s soft, ah, silky. I stiffen my knees and focus on breathing in one slow breath at a time. If I dare touch her one more time, I’ll die, and she’ll have no idea she killed me."

Oh, my God...


And to say that he spend four days secluded in his apartment... drinking... and playing video games??

Video games?? Are you serious? (at least he didn't share his results on FB)

He could at least have been seeing some family movies with the sister in it... or something like that, it would probably help make him look a little more mature.


Okay, it's true that in the beginning on the book he claims that he's not the "sharpest tool in the shed" o_O but this does not excuse the idiocies he says. *shakes head*

"No wonder Dad wanted me to stop in to check on her. She’s not handling Lainey’s passing well after all."

Really Sherlock?? A mother isn't dealing well with her daughter's death?


On and on, this ends up being an overly dramatization of a southern soap opera!


  The author starts by having  a good grip on the story's pacing, _although, later on, the thing is just lost between all the hormones floating around_ but the characters and situations are so overly dramatized that this honestly become painful to read.


Glaring Mistake #2

I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting really tired of reading about girls in books that only know to call themselves names, and who only know how to fight one another over boys _as if they're starving dogs!_ and as if they have no pride whatsoever.

Girl on girl hate and slut shaming should just be forbidden in YA books.

"Clarice stands with her hands on her hips. “Seriously, Landry,” she yells. “You’re gonna ditch me for that slut?”

(..)

"I whirl in Landry’s arms, fed up. “I’m not the one begging like a bitch for a bone,” I say to her, shaking my head in disgust.
“Show some pride. He’s obviously not into you.”

I would like to be able to say that eventually the story gets better.

But I would be lying. In fact it only gets worse :/ and I so regret the time I wasted on this.


The writing style that, at the beginning, seemed so promising becomes so packed with clichés, and the sentences are so short and brisk, that instead of reading a book, it feels as if I'm listening to some crazy people talk. There's no fluidity, there's no nothing! Only dialogues thrown in like paint to the walls. Some hits, others don't...


Most of the characters behave as some sort of Tasmanian Devils on steroids! It's insane!

And draining to read!

As if all the drama, drama, drama wasn't high enough, we get human sacrifices and amnesiac characters _how soap operish is this?


And, as if all of this wasn't enough, the author also had to throw in a love triangle... because... who knows, not enough balls in the air?!

Or is this a New Adult pre-requisite? 


Honestly I just picked this up because due to same crazy assumptions I thought this would be something along the lines of Tami Hoag's books.

Next time my brain concocts such an idiocy I'm just going to re-read Tami Hoag's Cry Wolf or Between The Lines.

Now that's a dark, intense story!

 



p.s- Oh, and calling a character Georgie? Georgie?

What is she? Five years old? 

 

 





Buy (more like borrow it if you can) Dark Paradise:

 

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text 2014-07-30 12:11
Reading progress update: I've read 157 out of 400 pages.
Dark Paradise - Angie Sandro

The guy just admitted that he has been stalking the girl!

So, I am sorry if I don't find these little theatrics amusing :/

 

"I should fall to my knees and beg. “I really am sorry, Mala.”
Pain flares in my right knee when I hit the ground. Crap, I fell on a rock."

 

Too bad it wasn't your head! o_O

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text 2014-07-29 15:59
Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 400 pages.
Dark Paradise - Angie Sandro

Are you kidding me?

The guy just saw his

sister corpse a minute

(spoiler show)

ago, and he's flirting already??

 

"God, she’s beautiful. I pluck a jasmine blossom from her hair and tuck it behind her ear. My heart stops beating for a few seconds when my fingers brush her earlobe. It’s soft, ah, silky. I stiffen my knees and focus on breathing in one slow breath at a time. If I dare touch her one more time, I’ll die, and she’ll have no idea she killed me."

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quote 2014-07-29 00:57
My heart crawls after him.
Dark Paradise - Angie Sandro

 

 

I'm doomed!!

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review 2014-07-24 13:01
NICOLE'S REVIEW: Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro
Dark Paradise - Angie Sandro

Mala is in denial about her powers. She's been trying to escape her whole life but finding a dead body floating in the bayou near her house puts all those carefully crafted notions out of her head. Landry has always had his eye on Mala - hanging out where she works, looking at her, staring at her when in school - but when Mala is the one who discovers his sister's body floating in the water he's not sure what to think anymore. Satanic rituals? Hoodoo? Can Landry put his trust in a girl who's painted as a witch involved in blood rituals? Can Mala figure out what the malevolent spirit wants before she gets consumed by her own budding powers?


It's told in the alternating voices of Mala and Landry. Mala is a sort of pariah seeing as how she's a descendant of witch women and people with all their prejudice and preconceived ideas concerning witches treat her like she's got the plague. Mala's used to it though and spends her time at the police station helping out. She's over-dramatic sometimes and a little naive at others. She's also part of this confusing romance and torn between two boys - George and Landry.


George doesn't really have that much of a presence in the book. He's just this guy who Mala works with and fancies. He kind of sees Mala as this little girl or damsel in distress who needs to be sheltered and protected. I have no idea what Mala sees in him because aside from the pretty face there really is nothing to write home about.


Landry on the other hand is crazy. He's always had a crush on Mala but never really had the guts to go talk to her. When he finds out Mala's the one who finds his sister's body he is easily persuaded into believing that she's performing crazy blood rituals and his sister is an unwitting victim. And he expects Mala to fall at his feet? Expects that they could actually have a relationship together? From their first confrontation to their following interactions, Landry is either hating/angry at her or flirty and charming. Maybe if he were a little less psycho they might have a chance.


I did like the atmosphere of the book. It's creepy and mysterious and I don't know how I made it through because I am not good with ghosts. I mean just mentioning ghosts makes me feel tainted. I just kind of wished that instead of focusing on the romance because all that messy drama overshadowed the good horror/mystery vibe the book had going.


Nevertheless I'll be checking out the second book, mainly because I want to see where the author takes this series and also because Mala's powers are growing and I want to know if they're going to driver her crazy in the end. And Landry too because crazies also deserve a happy ending.

Source: thetwinsread.blogspot.com/2014/07/nicoles-review-dark-paradise-by-angie.html
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