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August 8, 2014

DNF: Dark Sacrifice by Angie Sandro

Series: Dark Paradise 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
A GIFT AND A CURSE

Mala LaCroix sees dead people—really. After using her psychic gifts to catch a killer, she's locked in a psych ward and must strike a deal with the devil to secure her release. Apprenticed to a dark arts practitioner, Mala vows to free herself and save her loved ones from danger. But she doesn't know who to turn to when her crush on Landry Prince turns into something more serious.

A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH

Landry has sacrificed everything to protect Mala. A near-death experience changes him forever, and now he, too, possesses supernatural powers he doesn't understand. Mala and Landry must band together to defeat the dark forces—both human and otherworldly—who would use their abilities for evil. Even as they fall for each other, they must prepare to battle for their very souls


Trust me, I'm more disappointed than probably Angie Sandro herself by my DNF call on DARK SACRIFICE. I liked Dark Paradise enough so I was excited to read the sequel unfortunately reading book 2 fast became a chore and I can no longer go on after the 65% mark. I know that I stand corrected on some points that I will raise below and my answer to that is: let's agree to disagree. 

  • The melodrama had me rolling my eyes to the point where I was worried I might have a permanent involuntary muscle movement. On Mala's last day at the psych ward where ONLY family members can visit her, a wild card managed to sneak in and drop a bomb on Mala, fingering who her father is which unfortunately involved George. The angry lash outs and subsequent hugging with Mala's new found Aunt was like a scene from Days of Our Lives, it felt too plotted, convenient, and staged to me. 

  • The love triangle between Mala, George, and Landry is too juvenile to the point where Mala is coming across like a hussy to me. Two guys want her and because she can't make up her mind she strings both along. And THEN because George initially rejects her due to the abovementioned bomb, Mala turns to Landry instead. This is why I quit YA. 

  • As Dark Paradise is labeled New Adult-Paranormal, I feel ASandro tried too hard to inject angst to her series. After all, NA is infamously popular for it's angsty stories so why not do that here right? I don't really mind it if said tumult feels like it belongs but it felt forced here and I'd do away with emotional storms if I can.

  • Landry's dad is the perceived villain in the series but after a conversation with Landry, the Reverend presented a plausible explanation to redeem himself which Mala overheard and somewhat accepts. That said, why would you let the poor man lurk around to "protect" y'all when you can help him clear his name and correct another mistake especially when the case involves murder? 

  • I wish there was more of Magnolia, Mala's hoodoo priestess aunt, at this point she's the only character holding my interest. 

  • Mala's deceased/ghost mother apparating and giving you "the talk" at the most inopportune time meaning when Mala and Landry are trying to get it on, is not only awkward but again juvenile. Really, Jasmine?! You decide to do this post mortem instead of maybe sharing your expertise as soon as Mala got to an age where she understood what you do for a living and what a prostitute means? 

  • Too much obvious plotting. Supies, you know what I'm talking about here. You know when a story is flowing organically and the characters are telling the story as opposed to the very visible strings the author is pulling to get the plot from point A to Z. 

  • I'm not sure if there's a series plot or not. It seems DARK SACRIFICE is a continuation of Dark Paradise plot wise while at the same time it also feels like it's a new story. Is Mala and Landry up against an invisible villain that's been after them since the beginning or did they suddenly turn into bad luck magnets? 

Don't get me wrong, I do love the premise of Dark Paradise as a whole. The swamps of Louisiana doesn't need much to up it's creep factor so adding ghosts, hoodoo, and other deadly stuff to the mix? Can't get any better than that! Alas, I'm one of the very few who didn't like the direction this series is taking, the more I read, the more I find it hard to suspend my disbelief. I wish you better luck with Dark Paradise than I did.










43 comments:

  1. LOLs @ the rolling your eyes part. I'm all for angsty, but please don't over do it. What is up with all that angst in NA reads anyway? eh, well if you do continue the series, I hope the next one is better.

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  2. Oh no! I remember your review of Book 1 and I know you enjoyed it! It's always dissapointing when the second book doesn't live up to the first book, especially when you were super excited for it. So sorry you didn't enjoy this Braine! Hopefully, your next book will be much better!

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    1. Thanks, Amir!

      Yeah, I was excited for this so it's so unfortunate that it didn't work out

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  3. Oh no. I just booked the author for book one on my blog for Something Wicked. I am so sad to hear this sequel was a disappointment, but at least you would recommend the first one, right?

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    1. Oh yes and I'm probably one of the very few who didn't like this. I do recommend not just book 1 but the entire series. As you can see, my complaints are very subjective so please, DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT!

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  4. Sorry you didn't like this one more. There was a lot of drama but for some reason it didn't bother me at all.

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    1. I think my intolerance for drama is a personal preference. I don't read much NA to begin with and when I do, I'm very picky with it. Plus my personal life is crazy as it is, I don't really want to expect to more crazy if you know what I mean.

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  5. Boo for love triangles and mellow drama! Seems like you've been striking out a lot on your reads lately; didn't you DNF Karina Cooper's latest novel too? o_O Happy Friday, Braine!

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    1. No! I'm reading Engraved now and loving it. I think you saw that on my Google+? I was pertaining to this when I posted that photo. Sorry to confuse you

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  6. The love triangle and the over the top drama sounds like something that I would struggle with in this one as well

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    1. I'm just so over that trend especially when the female is undecided and would taste test her suitors. LOL

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  7. Oh no! You were so into book one, but I get a rash over some of that stuff too so I don't blame you.

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    1. I just can't stand love triangles anymore, I wish i could skim those parts but it's so woven into the story it's kinda hard to ignore.

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  8. I'm sorry you felt so disappointed! I remember being really excited about the series after your review of Dark Paradise. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh my, Braine. I'm sorry this one was such a disappointment. I understand all your reasons though. It seems silly to say but sometimes the fiction is too far beyond belief. I appreciate you explaining your thoughts and I hope your current read is rockin'!! ;)

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    1. Oh it is rockin!

      Yes, fiction, even fantasy, should still be believable to an extent especially the human element part.

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  10. What a bummer. I really liked book one.

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    1. Hey don't take my word for it! Please read this, I'm sure you'll like it way more than I did.

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  11. Melodrama is the WORST. I can see why you stopped reading.

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    1. Yeah, I can hear the ominous/dramatic musical score in the background on some scenes LOL

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  12. Oh dear, sad to hear the melodrama wasn't all that entertaining (let's face it - sometimes it is!). Too bad it was completely obvious and all the angst sounds like a turn off.

    I really love your new design Braine, it's very unique and suits your blog.

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    1. Melodrama - yeah on some cases I can take it and it's needed but here it feels forced to me.

      Design - thank you! I appreciate the feedback :)

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  13. Ah yes I understand, many disappointing points there... I completely understand why you DNF it. It's just sad it wasn't up to book 1.

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    1. Like I said, I'm disappointed not so much with the book but the fact that I can't read any further.

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  14. Bummer. I just read a book that I could barely get through but it's so hard for me to quit. I need to give myself a cut off point - 50 or 100 pages or something.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I'm usually a trooper but there are just certain books that I can't get through, unfortunately this is one of them.

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  15. WoW! Yes no thanks. Everything tells me to run away

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    1. LOL I feel bad now, girl TRY it, you might end up liking this.

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  16. My eyes were rolling just reading your review..nope. not for me. LOL

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  17. The first reason is hard enough to get past, but a poorly-handled love triangle? I loathe that. I'm sorry this was a disappointment for you!

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    1. I'm so over love triangles, there's nothing romantic about it at all, it just fuels an "ordinary" girl's vanity which turns said girl into an annoying femme fatale wannabe

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  18. There is something about the swamps of Louisiana in a spooky story. I love it! V.C. Andrews had a series in that setting (ghostwritten by someone else after her death) and I remember being impressed by the way the setting lent itself to the story so well.

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    1. I think it's the Spanish moss and the magic of hoodoo... I havent read any V.C. Andrews but I've seen adaptations of her books. It's cool!

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  19. Ah man . . . I'm sorry. I was super excited about this series too based on your review for book 1, but it looks like I need to reevaluate . . . :(

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    1. Hey try it still, i'm just one person so please Don't Take My Word For it!

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  20. Well dang girl. That blows. Always sucks when the follow up just doesn't work in near any way like that :/

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    1. Yeah... in a way that's one series knocked off my list.

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  21. Hope your next read is more to your liking Braine <3

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