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Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7)

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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—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 t
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Hardcover, 355 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Elena
Jun 24, 2012 Elena marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
2013!? Seriously Melissa de la Cruz, 2013!?
You clearly want to kill me.

I physically need more Mimi and Kingsley, and I have to know what happens with Jack and Schuyler now!
I can't believe the turn this series took. At the end of the first book, I wasn't even sure I'd read the second one, and now here I am, after six books, literally freaking out because the last out comes out in one effing year. D:




-- Okay it has a cover. And a synopsis. Oh my God! She can't give us such a statement and then leav
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Saniya
Sep 15, 2011 Saniya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OMFG! O.O
THE LAST BOOK!
I AM GOING CRAZY HERE!
LAST BOOK! ='[
I didn't want this series to end! I wanted but not wanted! UGH! Its like reading "Last Sacrifice" by Richelle Mead. Its like reading Mockingjay. Its like reading a last book in a series you simply don't want to end.
AND I WANT A GOOD ENDING! I WILL KILL EVERYONE IF I DON'T GET AN AWESOME ENDING! <.<
Oh, God! The last book :'(
Ferdy
Spoilers

This is the last book in a series I thought would never end. I have a hard time letting go of any series even when they are rubbish, so now that this is over I feel like an ugly book shaped weight has been lifted of my delicate little shoulders.
Hmm… where to start with this no doubt long, ranty, bitchy review? Okay, well the Blue Bloods series is all about teenage vampires that were once angels who rebelled against god or something, anyway as 'punishment' they are reincarnated over and
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Winnie
Feb 03, 2013 Winnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Amazing…..
WOOHOO!!!
Review to come...


OMG!!!!!! it has a cover!!!! Thats ME and Jack! *** Sighs***


Who's heart is BROKEN???? OMG OMG OMG???? it better be a happy Ending!!!! OR, OR, OR - Oh Please!!!! LET IT be a Happy Ending!!!!!
sia xo
Jan 17, 2013 sia xo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final Post - *CONTAINS SPOILERS*

I just want to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the Blue Bloods series. Lost in Time's ending had left me avid & desperate for more, more of everyone (especially more Abaddon & more Araquiel). The SIXTEEN month wait for the final book's release had me anticipating an amazing string of events leading up to the final battle and all loose ends tied. I CAN say this book managed to tie everything together perfectly into a neat little bow. Unfortunately, howev
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Heather
Jun 16, 2013 Heather rated it did not like it
*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
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Natalie
BEST.SERIES.EVER. I'm dying


2013?!?! Why is this more than a year away are they crazy?! This needs to be released next year at the most. Horrible marketing, I shall complain... How can book 5, 5.5, and 6 all be released in the same year but the last book will be out in 2 years...???

Edit: Yay we have a cover! Buuut i have to say I'm so-do about it. And what's up with her hair??
Nicole
Jun 18, 2012 Nicole marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Blue Bloods.

I'm Excited to read this. Of all the series in the world was ever written. Blue blood is my first series that I'm planning to Complete. I don't just buy books I keep them Well covered and share them with my relatively close friends too.

-Cole

6/18/2012
Still waiting for this. Can't time speed up?
New Hopes for this book:
*Mimi and Kingsley should end up together forever
**I hope Oliver finds his true love!
***I just hope Schuyler Die. {no offense}
And Also, I hope Bliss' Sniff off will be o
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Shweta Choudhary
OMG!!! OMG!! OMG!! I am totally in love with this book!!!! The author didn't disappoint me ever!!! I have been waiting for this book for last one year and Its finally in my hands !!! <3 <3

This book leads to revelations of all the truth that were half unsaid in previous books . Allegra and Ben, Micheal, jack, Mimi, Schuyler , Kinsley. What would happen to them? How was Schuyler born? How Bliss was conceived? How Lucifer betrayed? The history Behind whether Ben is still alive or not and Schu
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Liviania
Jan 17, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
May
Jun 20, 2013 May marked it as continue-finish-series  ·  review of another edition
I don't know which is more depressing. The fact that it's the last book in the series or that it's not expected to release until January of 2013. I cannot wait that long.


Edit 20 June 13
I hadn't realized this came out. It's been a while since I read this series, and honestly I don't really know if I want to read it anymore...
Riley
EDIT: Spoilers ahoy!
I actually enjoyed this now that i think about it. I was leery about the whole battle, and even though I kind of knew how it was going to happen, Jack's death was a let down. He was being such an awful person before this, I wasn't that upset when it did happen; because we knew that Schuyler would do it to save the fallen. Now Oliver and Finn, Don't even get me started. I hated and am so confused by Oliver's decision at the end. Like what the hell? He wanted to become a vampi
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Humaira
Aug 29, 2015 Humaira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, Great ending!
Totally worth the read:)
Parvathy
A fitting end to an outstanding series. The last book of the Blue bloods series is the first book I read this year and suffice to say I wasn't the least bit disappointed.

The story continues from where it left off in the previous instalment with Schyluer in search of the gate of promise with a trustee conduit and best friend Oliver. Jack and Mimi in the under world carrying out their deception as Lucifer's trusted minions and Bliss trying to rally up the wolf pack. The story is pretty much predi
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Ornella (Nyx)
Oh, Jack...Can't say much without spoiling something. (view spoiler) Don't read that if you plan on reading the book, cause it will spoil it a lot.

I am a bit conflicted over this b
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Rachel Patrick
Mar 30, 2013 Rachel Patrick rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

The synopsis said Gates of Paradise, the final book in the Blue Bloods series, would be "heartbreaking" and have "unbearable sacrifice." That was not a lie. While the end was still rushed, as so many series finales seem to be, it still cleaned up pretty nicely, leaving someone who started the series years ago--someone like me--feeling like they'd lost a huge part of their life.

My only problem with this book--besides the somewhat rushed final scenes (I want a bloodbath) and being confu
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Connie
Mar 13, 2013 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paloma
Jun 24, 2013 Paloma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
NOOO!!! You can't do this to me Mellisa! January 2013?!? You better change it to something like DECEMBER 31, 2011.
Leah
Jan 23, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I have finally finished the Blue Bloods series. And it was such an amazing finale. I wrote in my review of Lost In Time that I expected good things from this finale, and it didn't let me down. Yes, I would have liked a bigger battle (or a longer battle I think I mean) but all the build up to the battle was amazing. It was like a chess match, and everyone on the good side were just getting all their pieces in place to defeat the big bad and it was pretty freaking epic.

Schuyler is one of those
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At A Glance

Genre:
Young Adult; Vampire
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: YES
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 6
World Building: 4
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 4
Writing: 6
Ending: 5

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part:
You get to have some answers answered.
Worst Part: Yah, good luck keeping the plot straight.
Thoughts Had: who is that!?; WOLF PACT?!?!?; i'm lost.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
n/a
Recommending: eh

Short Review: Okay, first thing, i listene
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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
I can't deny it. I have followed the blue bloods to hell and back. I have read them through seven books and it feels quite sad knowing this will be goodbye.

When I got my hands on the book, I felt relief and happiness wash through me because here it is finally, within my grasp, after a long long wait. I'm not a very patient person so you can only imagine what I had to endure. Soon though, when I got the book, I felt anxiety too. Because suddenly, I'm scared to reach the last page.

I've always enjo
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Alexis
Can't believe that after this book, it's over now. :(
But I'm gonna read this one and put off my other CR for now.


OMG! I finished it! It's really really sad that this is the last book. :( I love this series that much. Don't really care about what others would say. The battle is not that epic but really, it's memorable. It's just right.

I was a bit afraid that there'll be no battle like what happened in Rapture (Fallen series), but thank heavens, that it didn't end like that. And the secret is no
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Cheryl
Jan 31, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I am not a faithful fan of this series. However I have read several of the books in this series. For this reason, I never felt a strong connection to the characters but I was still curious to see how this series would end. For me, I found Mimi, Kingsley, Bliss and Lawson’s stories the most intriguing. The rest of the characters were alright. Schuyler who I thought to be a main character was disappointing to me. She was uninteresting. She did not do much during most of the bo ...more
Erin
Apr 10, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jeremy Martin
This is the last book in the Blue Blood series. I have adored these books from the very first one. But as the series started to get further in number, the books started to lack their usual luster. Plots started to get shaky, and some things were simply forgotten. Some of the books were so cliche and typical that you felt angered that such a beautiful and interesting plot got ruined.

First complaint was that the author published a spin off series from this book. If you read the last book (Lost in
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LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
It was a bit of an underwhelming finish. I liked the majority of the story, but a few things just kind of popped in there, like Schuyler visiting her human relatives, which just seemed like a bucket list item the author wanted to get out of the way for the fans. Also, I was glad Bliss was back, but the werewolf characters she's with are unfamiliar to me, (I got them all confused) and Bliss keeps mentioning all the things that happened to them when she first met them, which happens in a spinoff s ...more
Jean
Sep 19, 2015 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

** Spoilers **


Schuyler starts off stupid again in this final book. Why would she be any different, right?
She feels like she is being watched but she doesn't tell anyone. They are at war or will soon be, why keep something like that a secret?
I was not to sure about Schuyler's and Jack's relationship.
In the beginning, I thought he was really into her but then the reader is told about him liking
Gabrielle in his past lives, it kind of put a damprer on their romance, in my opinion.
I did not like the
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OMG! OMG! OMG!
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I CAN'T, CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! 2013? THAT'S A WHOLE YEAR AWAY. I'M SO EXCITED. I AM OFFICIALLY CREATING A LIST OF BOOKS I CAN'T WAIT TO READ. IN THE MEANTIME, I SHALL GO OVER THE SERIES AGAIN... SOMETHING THAT I'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO DO BEFORE READING THE GATES OF PARADISE NEXT YEAR. I SHALL BE A GOOD LITTLE READER AND WAIT PATIENTLY... PROBABLY COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS TILL THE RELEASE.
Liz Patino
Oct 27, 2015 Liz Patino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About the book/plot:
Now that Mimi finally saved Kingsley from hell she had to give up a soul to take a soul. Her original plan was to give Oliver's soul, but she got close to him and she didn't want to do that. So instead of giving up his soul and leaving Kingsley there she gave up her soul for him. How cute, jk because then she turned mean and had no feelings for anyone but herself, after all she's gone through. She was depressed for a whole year thanks to Lucifer. After she had gotten over her
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Becka dittmann
Feb 19, 2014 Becka dittmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought "Gates of Paradise" by Melissa De La Cruz was a very good book. Sadly it was last one of the series, but was a great way to finish it out. Mimi and Jack meet up to kill one another so they can finally be with the ones they love, but when they time comes for them to do so, nether one of them can do it. They decide that they will go work for Lucifer to get their bond broken. Schuyler learns that she has a sister she has never met, and goes to meet her grandmother. On her journey to fulfi ...more
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