Gates of Paradise (Casteel, #4)
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Gates of Paradise (Casteel #4)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  7,843 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Stunned by tragedy, desperate and alone, Heaven's daughter clung to the frailest of dreams!

The car crash that killed Heaven and Logan left Annie Casteel Stonewall orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by the possessive Tony Tatterton, Annie pines for her lost family, but especially for Luke, her half-brother. Friend of her childhood, her fantasy prince

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Paperback, 488 pages
Published July 15th 1990 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Michelle
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This book was terrible, a sad, sad echo of the first book in the series. The main character Annie is sickeningly sweet and good, much like Heaven was but so much more annoying. The relationship with her half-brother/cousin is...strange and unbelievable. Tony Tatterton, sigh, it's just a rehash of the previous two books in the series. And most of the time Annie is stranded in one room, confused about her nurse, Tony, her half-brother/cousin/lover, blahblahblahblah....more
V H
The three first books were told by Heaven, but this book is told by Heaven’s daughter Annie. It’s interesting to read about how she finds out her family’s secrets. It’s also interesting to see how she deals with everything after a terrible accident, what she does to deal with it and how other people treat her.

Some things in the book, and some characters, are just sick, unfortunately people like that exist in the real world as well, and what Annie thinks about it and how she deals with it is very...more
Melvin Mathews
Gates Of Paradise is the last novel, technically in the Casteel series and it feels like it too. All the loose ends are all tied up, the Tatterton, Casteel and Stonewall bloodlines are reconciled (Anne being the Tatterton and Luke being the Casteel-Stonewall mix) and everything is all hunky dory. Except it isn't when you read it.

Characters from the previous books are present here but their behavious is not what you'd expect. For instance the events in the book occur years after 'Fallen Hearts'...more
Sarina
I find everyone's distaste for this book rather interesting, as it was my favorite of all five in the Casteel series. Even if the Troy-being-her-dad storyline was not new for the reader, it was new for Annie, and I liked seeing him through her eyes. Luke and Annie's relationship was cute to me, although on the incest-y side; when I heard that both Fanny and Heaven were expecting at the same time, I figured their offspring would either grow up hating or loving each other. I am glad to see it is t...more
Erin
This is my least favorite book in the series and it grates on my nerves after just a few chapters. One thing that really bothers me throughout the novel is that eighteen-year-old Annie still calls her parents "Mommy" and "Daddy". The whole fantasy Farthy thing in the beginning is extremely repetitive and the recuperation at Farthy becomes that way after a while also. The only thing that saves this novel is the appearance of Troy at the end.
Rossy
Book number four in the Casteel saga.
Even though I finished it in only two days, I didn't really like it.
Everything is so predictable, you KNOW what's going to happen and can't believe some of the decisions that are made by the characters.
Spoilers:
I definitely hated the way things ended for Heaven (and Logan). They portrayed Logan as a totally different person, and maybe he changed, after all, many years had passed since the third book but I didn't think Heaven would've allowed such behaviour...more
Billie
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Jeni
Least favorite in the series.
Novels that were truly written by Ms. Andrews were Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. When Virginia became seriously ill while writing the Casteel series, she began to work even harder, hoping to finish as many stories as possible so that her fans could one day share them. Since her death many have wondered whether there would continue to be new V.C. Andrews novels. Beginning wit...more
Chelsea
I was really disappointed with this book. I felt that the story line was definitely lacking and it was very obvious that this book was written by the ghost writer. I also noticed that even some of the names were wrong in this book, such as saying Logan's middle name was Robert when all through the previous books it was stated that his middle name was Grant. Also, Drake's full name was wrong. I just feel that this book was poorly written and the ghost writer did not take much care to make sure th...more
Delicious Strawberry
While not as good as the other Casteel books (possibly because it was finished by Andrew Neiderman after VCAndrew's death), this book is still a very good read. The ending felt a bit rushed, but if you read the first three Heaven books and want to see how the saga closes, pick up this book. There's not as much action in here since it's supposed to be the end of the Casteel saga so the ending might feel cliched and I definitely think it could have been better, but c'est la vie. 4 out of five star...more
Chandler
This was by far the weakest book in the Casteel family series, partly because it shifted POV from Heaven (who I'd grown to love and had been so used to from the other three books) and partly because of the unsatisfying "ending" to Heaven's story. I felt like she deserved so much more. The story lines seemed a bit redundant by this book (although I understand why they were written). It still had the same feel as the other books but I think I had just hoped for something different.
Sara Stuckey
Honestly, I can't remember if I read this one or not.

But if I did...here's what happened:

Young teen-aged girl, poor cruel family, hot older brother, gets adopted by cruel rich adoptive-family, hot adoptive father (or step-father), hot adoptive brother (or step-brother), SEX SEX SEX, cruel, rich, adoptive family dies bequeathing everything to now-sexually-active pregnant-with-brother's-child, teen-aged girl.

Something like that.

And yet...I couldn't put these books down!
Iolanda
One lousy star.

Yes, it was that bad. And maybe because the narrator was another dismal, crappy lifeless ghostwriter character. I wasn't expecting it since Heaven was the complete opposite, everything that her daughter, Annie isn't. It's a shame Heaven and Logan died in a car crash, causing Annie to become crippled and being sent back to Farthinggale Manor back to her great-grandfather (supposed to be but is actually her grandfather) Tony. Despite longing for her half brother, Luke Jr (absolut...more
Christina
The second big Andrews series and the one I liked the most. Something about the Casteel family hit a stronger chord than the Dollanganger clan.
Veronica Foale
It's like junk food for my brain. Don't judge me. Meh it was okay for a VA book.
Karla
Terrible. And yet, I must read this damn series to the end.
Kailee Fogg
It was good, but it was pretty typical.
Kim Smiley
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Victoria
The 4th book in the Casteel series. In this book, Heaven, Logan and their daughter Annie are living in Winnerrow. Annie and her half brother Luke have a close bond and even share the same birthday.

After attending Fannie's birthday party, Logan, driving drunk, crashes and he and Heaven are killed, leaving Annie alone and paralyzed. Drake, the son Heaven paid Fannie for in book 3 is now grown and in college. Because of Luke and Annie's fascination with Farthy, Drake visits and then decides after t...more
Carrie
Gates of Paradise is the fourth book in V. C. Andrews’ Casteel series. The focus is on Heaven’s daughter, Annie, who is about to turn eighteen. She lives in Winnerow with Heaven and Logan and her sort-of-uncle Drake (now in college). There is no one she is closer to in the world than Luke Jr., the son of her aunt Fanny and father Logan. She often dreams of being with him forever, despite the fact that they are half-siblings (as far as they know). They fantasize together, often including Farthing...more
Niobe Garcia
Not a big fan of this one. For starters, I couldn't get past the fact that Heaven had died (and so young). It just seemed unfair, the way life continued to play such mean tricks on the poor girl. I wasn't much of a fan of Annie Stonewall. The book just didn't seem part of the other 3 books. I know that the author changed by this point, but I was unable to become sympathetic with Annie. Her feelings for Luke were always described as fairy tales which made me think of young children love, which wa...more
Melody Manful
Okay, I haven't read anyone of the Casteel series until my grandfather came home with Gates of Paradise from his ship, and I 'borrowed it', well stole it's more like it -- because once I read the prologue I couldn't put the book down! I loved every word in the book. It's safe to say that since I got the book in 2008, I've read it more than 200 times. This is how much I loved this book. V.C. Andrews is totally an inspiration, and this book was amazing. I get that people don't find it the stronges...more
Rabbit {Go Go Power Rangers}
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Courtney Schafer
Blech to the book that started the theme of what happens in every book 4 by VC Andrews until the book Ruby. Annie was a weak character and Tony Tatterton was at his worst (until you read Web of Dreams).
Connie J.estrada
LIKED THE BOOK, BUT THE CREAPY WAY THAT TONY HAS THIS OBESSION WITH HIS WANTING TO CONTROLL ANNIE, AND HOW HE WANTS TO TURN HER INTO ANTOHER LIEGH. FULLY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF POWER HUNGRY DRAKE, AND HOW HE CONFUSES ANNIE AND THINK SHE IS HEAVEN, THEN TALKS HER INTO DYEING HER HAIR BLONDE. IT IS JUST TO SICK FOR THE REASONS BEHIND IT ALL. I FOUND IT SAD HOW MUCH OF HER LIFE TROY HAS MISSED. I THOUGHT THEY WERE ABLE TO RECONECT. WHAT I LOVED MOST WAS HOW FRANNY REALLY WANTED TO BE A DECENT MEMBER OF...more
Valeria
Yo simplemente... No puedo... Creer... que... Heaven tenga ese final tan cruel...
El libro ... como los demas, te estruja cruelmente el corazon!!!
oh dios.. por que fanny es tan.. envidiosa?!
ah! dios!
si hay problemas en esta saga...

ESte libro te la oportunidad de leer la historia desde el punto de vista de Anni!!! Y OWWW!! Es lindo ver como Annie ve a su madre "Heaven".

y oh!!! la casita de juguete!!

waaaaa!! me hace recordar a Troy!!!!!!!

TroyyyY!! te amoooo!!

es triste el final de Troy... forever a...more
Winifred
Annie lives with her parents in Winnerrow. she has a half brother luke whom she really likes and luke has the same feelings for annie. Annie's parents are killed in a car accident which has left annie paralysed. Tony tatterton takes annie to fathingale manor for her to recuperate but he actually tries everthing to keep her an invalid. She also finds out tony's brother troy is not dead. Annie tries to find out why her mother left farthingale manor.
Erin (Paperback Stash)
I loved these books as a youngster. There was something about the melodramatic world that hooked me. As adult they seem too overdone, but back then they were fun. I need to re-read it for a proper refresh. This series wasn't as good as the Dollanganger one, but took different turns and still remained one of the best Andrews series. The series got less interesting as it progressed - I liked Leigh and Heaven's books more - but this one was decent.
Erin (Paperback Stash)
I loved these books as a youngster. There was something about the melodramatic world that hooked me. As adult they seem too overdone, but back then they were fun. I need to re-read it for a proper refresh. This series wasn't as good as the Dollanganger one, but took different turns and still remained one of the best Andrews series. The series got less interesting as it progressed - I liked Leigh and Heaven's books more - but this one was decent.
Erin (Paperback Stash)
I loved these books as a youngster. There was something about the melodramatic world that hooked me. As adult they seem too overdone, but back then they were fun. I need to re-read it for a proper refresh. This series wasn't as good as the Dollanganger one, but took different turns and still remained one of the best Andrews series. The series got less interesting as it progressed - I liked Leigh and Heaven's books more - but this one was decent.
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