Review: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted February 12, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz
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Also by this author: Masquerade, Masquerade

Gates of Paradise

Series: Blue Bloods #7
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Number of pages: 355
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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. 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.

I loved how this series came to an end.  It ties up quite a few loose ends, and leaves room for new adventures. 
I loved Mimi in this one.  She shows so much emotion in this book, and only wants to keep those she cares about safe.  The one person I didn’t care for is Jack. You don’t know if he’s really back on Lucifer’s side, or what’s going on.  Bliss is awesome as always. I’ve always loved her, and was so glad to see more of her in this last installment.  I had been very frustrated with Schuyler throughout this series. She definitely redeems herself here.  She is completely sullen in the beginning, but put her big girl panties on and deals with the task her mother has left her.  
GoP kept me captivated the entire way through.  There are some pretty shocking surprises, and I was left with my jaw hanging.  You realize the power of love as the story continues.  You range through pretty much every emotion: rage, anger, joy, love, loss.  Cruz did a great job rounding out this series without making anyone too upset. 
I have loved every minute with these characters, and was devastated to tell them goodbye.  

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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