- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (17 December 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423161106
- ISBN-13: 978-1423161103
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,13,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gates of Paradise (A Blue Bloods Novel) Paperback – 17 Dec 2013
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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 a new series.
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But it wasn't.
If anything, I couldn't help thinking about Cassandra Clare's works as I read this series and especially while reading this book. There are so many similarities I'm reminded of the time I stopped reading her book due to me feeling she was plagiarizing her work, but I got past that.
Gates of Paradise is the biggest piece of fluff in the Blue Blood series; and that's saying something, since this is a commercial series and is meant to be lighter, versus extremely meaningly. Instead of battles and intrigue, we see strings from the first few books being tied up.
That's awesome, but when the battle for Heaven's about to happen? Yeah, does not equate.
Schuyler actually back tracks to the person she was early in the series. Jack tries to change, but remains paper thin. Mimi's the only character with a ton of growth, but even that seems forced. Oliver finally has a back bone. Kingsley is as sexy as ever. The Coven is as selfish as ever.
I truly believe this series could've ended after the Van Alen Legacy, or maybe even Masquerade. There wasn't much in the way of plot in this story; in fact, the big fight scene for Heaven is simply told to us; not shown. I do not recommend this book, though I recommend this series.
This is a series completed.
Gates of Paradise was a fantastic end to the Blue Blood series. So many things were wrapped up and it had a steady pace until we reached the end and then all Hell broke loose (quite literally in their case). The ended revealed something I knew to be true in my heart, it had action, heartbreaking loss, deaths and at the end salvation for some. Gates of Paradise proves once again how great the Blue Blood series really was. For those who don't know there is one book, Vampires of Manhattan, and it's a spin-off of the Blue Bloods world so you don't have to let go just yet. Unfortunately I do believe that, that will be the only book, bet than nothing I say.
The plot is really where I have problems with the Bluebloods series and Gates of Paradise. As amazing as the Bluebloods series was at first, the plot started diverging in a pretty random direction--almost like there just wasn't enough content for 7 books. It also felt like the worlds of Melissa de la Cruz's series started overlapping in an entirely unnecessary and illogical manner. With Gates of Paradise we still have the annoying inter-play between series, but we started to move away from some of the random demon-human babies and that was a welcome relief. They were still there, but their role was mercifully de-emphasized.
As much as I've struggled with the end of the Bluebloods series, Melissa de la Cruz has been able to maintain an awesome cast of characters. Her characters have certainly evolved since the beginning of the series, but they haven't become completely different people. More importantly, I like the characters--especially Mimi and Kingsley--and I truly wanted them all to have happy endings.
Gates of Paradise was a better than expected ending to a great series that started to go downhill. I am defiantly ready to close the door on this series, but it was a satisfactory conclusion. While I won't be reading any of the other series that involve this world, I am looking forward to reading different things from Melissa de la Cruz.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a blend of history and fiction. This entire series deserves every single star :))))