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Gates of Paradise

(Blue Bloods #7)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  13,257 ratings  ·  994 reviews
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
ebook, US , 368 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Mar 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
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
Sep 15, 2011 marked it as to-read
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.
Oh, God! The last book :'(

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
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Amazing…..
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!!!!!
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this series! It is one that gets better as the series progresses, and I love that in series because sometimes you get a series that trails off into bad territory so to speak. However, this series actually only had one (complete not novella) novel that acted as filler. The series progresses within the same plot we get introduced into in the first book, with an array of amusing characters sprinkled into the progressing series. This was a very satisfying end to the series. Loved ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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
sia xo
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it

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, however, I ca

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??
Rating: 3. 5 stars.

After years of hiatus, I finally went back to finish Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series.

This final book is a mixed bag, Ms. de la Cruz is still good at what she has always do best: romance and drama among teenagers with clever ideas here and there, the suspense about (view spoiler), some of the setting about Hell and the plot tw
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
Oh man, oh man, oh man. This book was a mess. It was a complete disaster, it was sloppy, and in my completely honest opinion it lacked everything a good book should offer.

There was little to no character development. The plot felt like it didn’t exist. Events took place in ways that felt entirely too convenient. The writing was awkward. If you didn’t read the novellas in between over 1/3 of this book would have made NO SENSE. And over half of this was completely pointless. Basically to sum it up
Apr 15, 2011 marked it as to-read

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.


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
Shweta Choudhary
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Schuyler c
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2011 marked it as continue-finish-series
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...
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
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I finally did it. I finally finished this series.

At one point in time, I loved this series. I loved how creative the author was and how unique the books were. But as time went on, the series sort of lost it's luster for me. I don't know if I got bored, or over saturated by vampires or what, but it's taken me years to finally decide to pick up this book.

I'm glad to know what happened to Schuyler , Jack, Oliver and the others...but I didn't really love the way things ended. I didn't mind what ha
bella farren
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, vampire, ya
3 / 5 stars

reread: 27/04/19

My reread of (one) of my teen favourite series was a wild ride. The first four books had me completely obsessed, I devoured them and neglected my uni work. I had been expecting them to dull and cringy, having aged like many of the other 2000's YA vampire books had.

Although there were a few cliches, this is what I consider a pretty unique vampire series. In my opinion, the last three are not as addicting as the beginning of the series, but still interesting. I sincerel
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, Great ending!
Totally worth the read:)
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhhh that ending!! I honestly never saw that coming! I really enjoyed this book. It was such a fantastic wrap-up to the series as a whole.
Rachel Patrick
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ornella (Nyx)
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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
I am going to admit, this series did not start off strong for me. I barely liked book 1 and if I hadn't already collected the entire series, I may have not read on. But now that I have finished the last book, I am really glad I did. This series gets stronger and stronger as it goes and the last half of the series doesn't even resemble book 1 that I didn't really like. So remember that if you start this series. The whole series is a unique take on the vampire genre and you are being told the stor ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
NOOO!!! You can't do this to me Mellisa! January 2013?!? You better change it to something like DECEMBER 31, 2011. ...more
Rara q.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
this book was dog shit
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok

** 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
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
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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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like

Other books in the series

Blue Bloods (7 books)
  • Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
  • Masquerade (Blue Bloods, #2)
  • Revelations (Blue Bloods, #3)
  • The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4)
  • Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, #5)
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