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Gates of Paradise, The (Blue Bloods Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa de la Cruz
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Book Description

Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. Will Bliss and the wolves she has recruited to join her win the battle for the vampires? Is Schuyler prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice? Love and vengeance, duty and and loyalty, life and death, are all at odds in the gripping, heartbreaking finale of the Blue Bloods series.

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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

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, and Lost in Time. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter, and is hard at work on her brand new series, The Court of the Last Princess, due out in Winter 2014.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2178 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L7DP32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good end to Schuyler's story 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Potential January 14, 2014
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Wow. Hours of time devoted to this series that I will never get back. Holes in the plot you can drive a mac truck through. Just because a book is a fantasy doesn't mean the author can just have random things happen with no real explanation. The first 3 books were great, but it slowly got less and less enjoyable with each book. PLUS, I shouldn't have to read a spin off series to understand what is going on! Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but I was hoping things that didn't make sense would be explained in the end.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She did it again. 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
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Ruined the Entire Series for Me April 5, 2013
By Nic
Format:Hardcover
About the Book:
It is the last book of the Blue Bloods series, and our group of protagonists are doing their damnedest not to allow Lucifer access to the Gate of Promise, which leads to Heaven. Schuyler, Oliver, and Kingsley are trying to figure out how to unlock the gate so that the blue bloods can go back to Heaven. Bliss now has the hellhounds/wolves (I had trouble figuring out whether the hellhounds and the wolves were different or not). She and Lawson both must free the other wolves from Hell as well as find the remaining vampires to help them fight for Paradise. Finally, we have Jack and Mimi, who are working for Lucifer. Well, they want Lucifer to believe they are on his side, which is limiting what they can do to help the angels of light.

Review:
If I had to choose one word for this book it would be disappointed. I felt so let down from Gates of Paradise that I was in a rage for several hours after I had finished the novel. Although I had issues with nearly every book of the Blue Bloods series, I still found myself pushing them aside because the series was so enjoyable. It was far from being the best series ever written, but it was fun, unique, and managed to pull you in, and I was itching to see how it would end.

So what made this book so disappointing for me? Well, to start off: the romance. Now, anyone who has read the series is probably wondering why I stuck with this series for so long if I had issues with the romance. I'll admit that I nearly always found the romance throughout the series cheesy (and I'm even a romantic), but for the most part, the characters' primary thoughts were about the ongoing battle between the blue bloods and the silver bloods. I didn't get that from this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love this series. It brings a new perspective and there is always a new twist around the corner.
Published 16 minutes ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Love this book and all the ones before it! Definitely worth the read. Although it was used it was in great condition :)
Published 20 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic End to a Great Series
This book had my heart racing SO much! What an action packed adventure that kept me guessing the whole way through. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Myn
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Spectacular
Whoa, I read this one so long ago, that I barely remember reading it. I read this during my spring break at the beginning of April, and while a satisfying conclusion to the Blue... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, need more character development
Good, made me want to read more. Characters were very interesting. Good for kids, too. (Pre Teen) and up would be fine.
Published 2 months ago by Michele Lee Dodson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Great book. I loved this series and would recommend it to anyone that wants a great series to read. Great job
Published 3 months ago by Tracy Kreeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Can't seem to get enough of this genre, even though it is YA. Thid was a quick and enjoyable read, especially if you like the other Blue Blood Novels.
Published 3 months ago by kate patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars good
like it as well as the rest of her novels it was as I expected it to be from this author
Published 4 months ago by KIMBERLY HOLMES
3.0 out of 5 stars I just wasn't that into it
I read the first books really quickly and one after the other. The way this one flowed I just wanted it to end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad to say Good Bye
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Man oh man, did this book come full circle! I enjoyed every moment of it and if you are a fan of the series, I do not think you will... Read more
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More About the Author

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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