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The series that started back in 2004 concludes. Lucifer is on the march, Jack and Mimi (vampires AND angels!) seem to be part of his minions, Bliss is joining forces with the werewolves, and heroine Schuyler, as usual, is trying to figure out what’s going on. The last title in the seven-book Blue Bloods series (along with two companion volumes) is disjointed in structure and banal in its writing, and in terms of biblical legend, it makes little sense. Fans who have traversed countries and time zones with the gang over the years get the conclusion of a big battle, but it is so unimaginatively written, it might have been a description of a tennis match. Then all is wrapped up with a poorly explained miracle at the end. Though fans will be pleased all the loose ends are neatly tied, whether they’ll think the ending offered has been worth waiting for is a question. Those looking for another incarnation of Blue Bloods will not be disappointed. Apparently, more are in the works. Grades 9-12, --Ilene Cooper

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Harper (the Just Grace novels) demonstrates that less is indeed more in this quirky buddy-comedy sketch, first in the Bean Dog and Nugget series. Minimalist, two-color cartoons in orange and gray appear within rectangular panels, and Harper portrays her two protagonists as inflated stick figures Bean Dog has a tall oval shape, tiny Nugget is round with facial expressions that drive the story s humor. The dialogue, delivered in speech balloons, is similarly streamlined and snappy, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Bean Dog is enamored of his new ball, but he isn t very good at sharing or playing nice. After he nails Nugget in the head with it ( Think fast, Nugget! Catch! ), he gets upset when it bounces into the bushes ( That was a bad catch ). They throw their shoes into the bush in hopes of knocking the ball out, but it takes a transformation into makeshift superheroes (after a particularly funny extended riff on the line, Are you thinking what I m thinking? ) to retrieve it. Bean Dog and Nugget squabble over sweet treats in The Cookie, due simultaneously. Ages 5 C8. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (May)—PW

The series that started back in 2004 concludes. Lucifer is on the march, Jack and Mimi (vampires AND angels!) seem to be part of his minions, Bliss is joining forces with the werewolves, and heroine Schuyler, as usual, is trying to figure out what s going on. The last title in the seven-book Blue Bloods series (along with two companion volumes) is disjointed in structure and banal in its writing, and in terms of biblical legend, it makes little sense. Fans who have traversed countries and time zones with the gang over the years get the conclusion of a big battle, but it is so unimaginatively written, it might have been a description of a tennis match. Then all is wrapped up with a poorly explained miracle at the end. Though fans will be pleased all the loose ends are neatly tied, whether they ll think the ending offered has been worth waiting for is a question. Those looking for another incarnation of Blue Bloods will not be disappointed. Apparently, more are in the works. Ilene Cooper—Booklist Online

3Q 5P J S de la Cruz ends her popular Blue Bloods series with this seventh novel that features many of the strengths and weaknesses of its immediate predecessors. Set soon after Lost in Time (Hyperion, 2011/VOYA 2011), the novel finds the characters struggling to stop Lucifer from fighting his way into Heaven. Schuyler and Oliver, after spending time with Kingsley in London, find her father's family in the United States, while Mimi and Jack are sent by Lucifer out of the underworld, each with a terrible task. Bliss, still with Lawson and the others in her wolf pack, has also returned from the underworld to find that a year has passed. Chapters alternate between the three female leads and the historical incarnations of Gabrielle, all of whom, because of the plot-centered narrative, are now virtually indistinguishable and not particularly interesting as characters. In the end, Schuyler has to sacrifice Jack's life in order to vanquish Lucifer; to give up love (not to mention someone else's life) for the greater good is what she must do to undo the sin of her father (who chose love), although it does work out for her in the end. Oddly, the author ignores any of the possible ramifications of a world that no longer includes the Devil in favor of a happy ending. Still, all of the lovers are reunited, Oliver finds his own true love in a slightly icky, almost Breaking Dawn-esque twist, and fans of the series will likely not be disappointed.-Vikki C. Terrile.—VOYA

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  • File Size: 2231 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L7DP32
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas, and the Witches of East End series.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on January 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Blue Bloods series had a strong premise and a great beginning, but it foundered for awhile. The series always followed several narrators in each novel, but there were always some plotlines that didn't have the urgency or sizzle of the others. Even in GATES OF PARADISE, Schuyler Van Alen goes on a side adventure that involves hanging out at a college party. I mean, it's not like she should be worried about leading the charge against Lucifer and preventing him from invading Heaven or anything.

That being said, I think GATES OF PARADISE was a fitting end to the series and lived up to the promise of BLUE BLOODS. It finishes answering the questions of Allegra's past (a plotline began in LOST IN TIME, Book 8) and reveals just what happened in Florence. Mimi Force completes her redemption, and not a moment too soon. I have longed to never read a point of view from the self-absorbed, bratty Mimi ever again, but she managed to change enough that I no longer wished an unhappy end upon her and was a little afraid that might happen. And I do recommend that you read the serial WOLF PACT before GATES OF PARADISE because otherwise you'll have no clue what's up with Bliss or who those people with her are.

(But if you haven't read the series in awhile and are curious as to how it ends, you can probably pick up GATES OF PARADISE and figure out what happened in the mean time. And no, not all of the books in the series are essential reading.)

The final battle does involve a touch of deus ex machina, but I can be more forgiving about that in a series that revolves around fallen angels who are vampires. It's still an exciting scene that tugs on the heartstrings. Melissa de la Cruz is determined to make her characters work for their happiness, which is only fitting.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ~ShadowDancer~ on June 30, 2013
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Alright. To begin, I rated and reviewed this book on another site, so I will essentially just repeat it here because it basically sums up everything I felt after finishing this book.

*sighs* What can I say?! I'm sorely disappointed. However, by the time I got to two of the previous books in this series, Misguided Angel and Lost In Time, I was kind of already half expecting the disappointment for the final book. Now, I'll gladly take those two books over this one anyday. Stubbornly, I held onto some sense of false hope until the bitter end that the author would redeem the story and everything would make sense by it's conclusion.

Um, wrong. *shakes head*

I honestly didn't think it could get any worse, but alas, I was sadly mistaken. This book, by far, has to be the worst one in the entire series. This is saying alot because I still remember when I first began reading the series and at one point in time, it was my favorite book mythology. First three books kept me so intrigued and invested in the world of the Blue Bloods, I liked the different characters, the ongoing plot, the mythological background, and all the mysteries that required answers. However, in the end, all I have are more questions, altered characters, no real answers, too much filler, a spin-off book series disguised inside of another story, and a very anticlimactic showdown between the antagonist {presumably Lucifer} and protagonist {presumably Schuyler ... but at some point in the series, I've received the impression that de la cruz kind of altered it and put that spotlight more onto Mimi aka. former Town Resident Head Bitch in Charge}. Finally, the conclusion just blew my mind but not in a good way.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rojics on January 16, 2013
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Melissa de la Cruz has done it again. She brought the passion the mystery and the all empowering love. This book is the best by far. It will keep you so entranced that you won't be able to put it down after you start. The love the characters feel for each other will have you hear breaking and soaring. You will cry, you will jump for joy. Anyone can enjoy this book it is a masterpiece and IN the end she'll have you so happy but like any good author she'll leave you thinking. We all thought that this was the last book, but by the way she ended Gates of Paradise there may still be hope for more. Buy this book it will be the best money you have ever spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 15, 2013
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I didn't realize that this was the last book in the series until I read it. Lol, that's how much my interest in the series dwindled over the last couple years. It was overall an "ok" read. The series was jam packed with intense action that this book was kind of a let down. It was wrapped up too nicely in an unbeliveable, happy ending package. Not what I'm used to where every book was always getting better and better. Oh well. Overall, I loved the series, just not the end so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya C. Schweig on July 23, 2013
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This series started out really well for me but went downhill after book 4. It got a little too far out in left field and I feel it was drug out too long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13, 2013
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What to say about Gates of Paradise? It's hard to put my feelings into words about this book. There were so many emotions and I'm still kind of shocked. I'll keep this review short, sweet, and spoiler free.

Coming to the end of a series, especially such a long one, is hard. There are so many expectations and it seems impossible for the book to live up to them. All questions need to be answered and everything needs to be tied up nice and neatly. That takes a lot of work and it can sometimes make a book really boring. That was not the case with Gates of Paradise. I was left completely satisfied with this book and I truly loved it from beginning to end. The story never slows down and there are so many shocking things going on.

Everything in the Blue Bloods series was tied up at the end of Gates of Paradise. I honestly thought the whole book would be spent rehashing previous events and tying things up in a nice little bow. I didn't expect new questions and problems to be introduced but they were. Of course, they were also tied up at the end but it kept the plot going and those few shockers will keep readers hooked.

All of the old characters are back, including the wolves from Wolf Pact. If you haven't read Wolf Pact, it's not necessary to understand Gates of Paradise but it was nice to read beforehand. All the characters are coming to the final points in their journeys and no one really knows what's going to happen next. Whole different sides of some of my favorite characters were revealed in Gates of Paradise and I wasn't sure who to trust anymore. Melissa de la Cruz really knows how to keep readers guessing until the very end.

Overall, Gates of Paradise is the perfect ending to the Blue Bloods series.
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