Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods Series)

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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. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael, or as they are known in the coven, Jack and Mimi Force.

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, the same one Michael was forced to make in Florence so long ago? ...

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Overview

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. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael, or as they are known in the coven, Jack and Mimi Force.

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, the same one Michael was forced to make in Florence so long ago? 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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
Through her mother's shared memories, half-angel, half-human Schuyler knows her destiny is to serve as the guardian of the Gate of Paradise, to protect it from Lucifer and the armies of Hell. What she does not know is Lucifer has already set a plot in motion to overrun the gate and take back Paradise, and to succeed, he has employed his most cunning weapons: the twins, Jack and Mimi. Though the twins had returned to Hell as covert agents of Heaven, Jack and Mimi soon discover that fooling the Prince of Darkness is not as simple as they'd believed. When Lucifer tasks the twins with killing their lovers, Jack and Mimi's tight bond begins to fragment. Only a powerful weapon can stop Lucifer from destroying the gate and taking what should never be his. The final chapter in the Blue Bloods series, Gates of Paradise brings a large cast of characters to the stage, many of whom have more than one name, depending on where they are (heaven, earth or hell) and who addresses them. Readers may find this confusing. The story world, which will be well known to readers of the series, may further mystify readers joining the tale in this last novel. Angels on earth become vampires, who possibly thirst for human blood. While these references and name changes don't directly impede the reader's enjoyment of the plot, it does sometimes become difficult to keep track of who is who. A character glossary would have helped tremendously. Still, it cannot be overlooked that De La Cruz weaves an intense story of passion and sacrifice, and spins together past and present in the high-energy conclusion of her best-selling series. Reviewer: Kasey Giard
VOYA - Vikki C. Terrile
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. Reviewer: Vikki C. Terrile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423157410
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: Blue Bloods Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 228,951
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz

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 a new series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Amazing.

    Doesnt even begin to describe how truly great this book is. I've been waiting so long and it didnt dissappoint. The ending, although rushed, was worth it. Thank you for the amazing story I've loved to follow throughout the years. This will always be a favorite. The growth is amazing.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    I just can┬┐t put it into words. This is probably the best instal

    I just can’t put it into words.
    This is probably the best installment of the series. I can’t even explain how amazing these books are. This was the perfect ending to the perfect series, and I could not be more thrilled with it. I was kept on my toes through each chapter. It does not disappoint. Melissa de la Cruz seemed to know what her fans would want, and she hasn’t lost her ability to throw in her iconic twists that you just can’t believe. I was given the scare of my life near the very end! But I love how everything turned out for not just some, but all of the characters—Schuyler, Mimi, Bliss, and also Oliver!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    great book with a great story line and great ending. I loved all

    great book with a great story line and great ending. I loved all characters and was sorry to see it end.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Mary Jok

    This book is soo awesome!





    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Words can't describe the way I feel about this book. But i felt

    Words can't describe the way I feel about this book. But i felt that it was the perfect ending to such a great series. I'm sad that the series has ended after this book but it ended perfectly. Blue bloods has always been my #1 favorite book series since I read Blue Bloods for book club. To see a book series end always brings tears to my eyes especially this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    One of the best series I have ever read. Truly beautiful and mez

    One of the best series I have ever read. Truly beautiful and mezmerizing. I have been reading the blue bloods series since two years ago and I was really looking forward for Gates of Paradise. On the release date, I went to my local book store and there was only one left. I did not care if anyone else wanted it, I took it the second I saw it. I have not read it yet but I am really looking forward to reading Gates of Paradise. Schuyler is my favorite character of the whole series. And I was enthralled with the romance between Schuyler and Jack. They both deserve each other. The sad thing is that the Blue Bloods series is over. Sad face. But I heard Melissa de la Cruz may be making a new Blue Bloods series. Which is so exciting!!!!!!! I will forever adore this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Beautiful Conclusion.

    I have adored the Blue Bloods series from the very beginning and I am pleased to say that the conclusion did the series justice. I read the whole thing in under 5 hours. It was fantastic. Each part of the book is like a puzzle piece, and they all come together at the end. Some may call it fast-paced, but I thought it was perfect. Sadly, I haven't read the Wolf Pact novellas since they're ebooks, so I was a little lost about the wolves. But it didn't detract from the conclusion. I loved how everything was ended so cleanly. There's not any guesswork of "what happened to that character?!" And I loved what Melissa de la Cruz did with Oliver. He was one of my favorite characters and I'm happy that he got a happy ending. It was a beautiful end to a beautiful series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    I cried

    One of the best book uve ever read. I cried when...well ill just leave that up to future readers :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    I Really love this book! It was a fantastic ending but too soon

    I Really love this book! It was a fantastic ending but too soon i hope there's still more to come but i doubt that. i loved it so many emotions!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Such a wonderful Series - this finale was by far the best. Melis

    Such a wonderful Series - this finale was by far the best. Melissa de la Cruz made my heart ache for these characters that I have come to love. I cried and laughed with this one. It truly was the perfect ending to the series - can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

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    Oh, how this series is truly one of my beloved stories. Its sad

    Oh, how this series is truly one of my beloved stories. Its sad to see the blue bloods series end! I was not disappointed on how this ended. I was almost choked on my food on the second to last chapter. I truly praise these serious, I've started with them when I was a young tween and now finished it as a young adult..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    This book had my heart racing SO much! What an action packed ad

    This book had my heart racing SO much! What an action packed adventure that kept me guessing the whole way through. I definitely want to read the Wolf spin off series now as well. I have to admit to being devastated through parts of this book, but to the reader who hasn't read it yet...keep going because in the end you will be pleased with how all the loose ends tie up. It might not have been what I was expecting, but it was GREAT! I'm so glad I picked up this series.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Whoa, I read this one so long ago, that I barely remember readin

    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 Bloods series, it wasn't anything spectacular. Not the best nor the worst of what I've read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Amazing job

    I love this serise it kept me on my toes and i loved all the romance good job

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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    Another series that I had a chance to finish and it was awesome!

    Another series that I had a chance to finish and it was awesome!!!

    Plot. After following this series for quite some time now, the plot is fulfilling. Ever questions is answered and things are at peace. I really loved the build up to such a awe-moment ending. When I read the last few lines it left me speechless and very happy.

    Characters. All the characters have grown significantly over the course of the series. They have change in many ways that have brought them to who and where they are at today. They made sacrifices that shaped who they are. Those sacrifices are hard, but it lead them down are road with the ultimate gift.

    Ending. I’m curious with the way it ended if any chance there will be a spin off with Oliver? If so, I’m totally on board to read it. The ending is vague yet FULL of questions that I need to know!!

    Overall, Gates Of Paradise is fantastic. Fulfilling in every way, the ending leaves you breathless and satisfied. A thrilling ending that will rock your world, Gates Of Paradise is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Amazing

    I am so content to how the series ended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Omg

    I have been waiting 4 ever to buy this book. Cant wait to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Goof D Good book but crazy ending

    Pretty giod but the ending made it look like their will be another book

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Another good one by Melissa de la Cruz

    a slow starter but did get better by chapter 4..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Okay series finale

    I'm one of the few who didn't love this final book in the series. It was ok and had a few exciting moments but overall it seemed rushed. It wrapped everything up and brought a firm conclusion. Most readers will enjoy this book. I probably would not read it again, though. For the record, I enjoyed all the others books in the series.

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