Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Gates of Paradise by Melissa De La Cruz

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7) by Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion 
Release Date: January 15th/2013
Pages: 355
Type: Hardcover

 What It's About!

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—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.


"You made a sacrifice and Heaven rewarded you."-Gates of Paradise

I literally just put this book down and even though I loved it, I've been left a little unsatisfied and confused. Really Melissa De La Cruz, THIS is the LAST bluebloods book?!

Though many things came together, I was still left with questions and a big gaping hole.


First off, near the end of the "big battle", Oliver showed up all bloodied and wounded with a sword in his hand, Schyuler goes all "omg he's gonna die, he's only human, what is he doing here?". And that, my friends, is an excellent question that was never answered. I kept reading expecting to get some explanation as to what he was doing there and why he was all bloodied and carrying a sword, but it never came. It's the last book. Yes, I'm a bit miffed >:( Secondly, at the VERY END OF THE BOOK, Oliver is apparently now a freaking vampire. When. did. this. HAPPEN?! Seriously, this 'final book' better be a joke. There is no way any sane person can leave it at that with nothing else in a final book. Unless I completely missed something?!

I also felt like Melissa De La Cruz set up another possible story for Schyuler and Jack, it was probably supposed to be an end, but it sounded more like a beginning. So MAYBE Melissa plans on writing some sort of spin-off series with these three particular characters? I sure hope so. Then there was the "Great Battle". There was all this build up throughout the book about it, but it was only a few pages long, it was so rushed, I feel like it wasn't written with the care it should have been. I also would have liked to know more about what happened with the wolves during and after the battle, but maybe that will be in the second 'Wolfpact' book? Again, it was rushed, but mostly just the last half of the book.

Other than those points, I actually really enjoyed Gates of Paradise. The last few books have been okay, but this book really went back to it's original roots, having the same feel as the first 3 books, which were my favorites. The other books between the first 3 and this one felt more like filler books than anything. Overall I LOVE the Bluebloods series and I'm super sad that this is (supposedly?) the last and final book in this series. I really enjoyed how Melissa wrote about the wolves in this book, especially since I had read 'Wolfpact' a while ago, so I already felt like I knew these new wolf characters, and liked how they emerged into an already familiar world that Melissa had created with the Bluebloods series years ago.

Ugh, I'm just not ready to let this series go!



  1. I love how quickly u were sucked into the series. I must read them again. I didn't know there was another one out. Sounds good!

  2. It definitely takes you for a ride!

  3. Best series ever! I have adored these books from the very first one and I liked how it ended.

    1. Me too! I thought the ending could have been a little better though :(

  4. Hey! I've been looking for this book all over the internet but with no luck. I'm from Venezuela and the book is nowhere to be found. I had read all the books via online and I fell in love with the story! If you know where can I download it please tell me or if someone has it to read it on the pc please send it to me to this email: ary_scs7@hotmail.com I would appreciate it so much!!! Thanks!

    1. Have you tried the Book Depository? They have a lot of YA books for just about all countries, if not all and have free shipping!


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