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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 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.
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Biographie de l'auteur

Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, and Lost in Time. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter, and is hard at work on her brand new series, The Court of the Last Princess, due out in Winter 2014. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : ATOM (15 janvier 2013)
  • Collection : Blue Bloods
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 190741150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907411502
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,8 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 2.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Melissa de la Cruz est écrivain, chroniqueuse pour la presse et pour la télévision. depuis sa tétralogie Un été pour tout changer, elle est souvent comparée à Meg Cabot.

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Par Lyv le 16 février 2013
Format: Broché
Je l'ai attendu, je l'ai lu et j'ai été un peu déçue...
A plus de la moitié du livre, je me suis dit: mais avec tout ça, comment est-ce possible que l'histoire se finisse avec si peu de pages??? Et bien en baclant la fin...
Ce n'est pas la fin en elle-même qui m'a déçue, mais plutôt l'impression qu'une grosse partie du livre a été "raccourcie" pour éviter que le livre ne soit trop épais...
Dommage, l'idée de départ de la série était bonne mais la qualité des livres a diminué petit à petit, j'ai persévéré parce que je voulais connaître la fin, maintenant c'est fait...
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Good end to Schuyler's story 17 janvier 2013
Par Liviania - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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.

That being said, I think GATES OF PARADISE was a fitting end to the series and lived up to the promise of BLUE BLOODS. It finishes answering the questions of Allegra's past (a plotline began in LOST IN TIME, Book 8) and reveals just what happened in Florence. Mimi Force completes her redemption, and not a moment too soon. I have longed to never read a point of view from the self-absorbed, bratty Mimi ever again, but she managed to change enough that I no longer wished an unhappy end upon her and was a little afraid that might happen. And I do recommend that you read the serial WOLF PACT before GATES OF PARADISE because otherwise you'll have no clue what's up with Bliss or who those people with her are.

(But if you haven't read the series in awhile and are curious as to how it ends, you can probably pick up GATES OF PARADISE and figure out what happened in the mean time. And no, not all of the books in the series are essential reading.)

The final battle does involve a touch of deus ex machina, but I can be more forgiving about that in a series that revolves around fallen angels who are vampires. It's still an exciting scene that tugs on the heartstrings. Melissa de la Cruz is determined to make her characters work for their happiness, which is only fitting. Redemption is hard.

I can't help but feel that the Blue Bloods series might have worked better as an adult series. It's come a long way from it's Gossip-Girl-with-vampires origins. Given how many characters get married (or the metaphysical equivalent thereof) and all the past lives giving them knowledge and experience, it hardly feels like Schuyler or her compatriots are actualfax teenagers. But I can't complain too much. The series as is is pretty good. Cruz's mythology is complex and involved and her plot is a delicate, crazy house of cards that somehow managed to hold together.

There are series I've been much sadder to part with. But I'm happy these characters went out with a fitting end. Schuyler, Jack Force, Bliss, Oliver Hazard-Perry, Kingsley Martin, Mimi . . . they're a group of teens who started out spoiled New Yorkers and ended up fighting the Biggest Bad of all. It was quite a ride, and the highs were definitely worth it.
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A Very Unsatisfactory Conclusion to A Series With Much Potential 30 juin 2013
Par ~ShadowDancer~ - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Alright. To begin, I rated and reviewed this book on another site, so I will essentially just repeat it here because it basically sums up everything I felt after finishing this book.

*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 it could get any worse, but alas, I was sadly mistaken. This book, by far, has to be the worst one in the entire series. This is saying alot because I still remember when I first began reading the series and at one point in time, it was my favorite book mythology. First three books kept me so intrigued and invested in the world of the Blue Bloods, I liked the different characters, the ongoing plot, the mythological background, and all the mysteries that required answers. However, in the end, all I have are more questions, altered characters, no real answers, too much filler, a spin-off book series disguised inside of another story, and a very anticlimactic showdown between the antagonist {presumably Lucifer} and protagonist {presumably Schuyler ... but at some point in the series, I've received the impression that de la cruz kind of altered it and put that spotlight more onto Mimi aka. former Town Resident Head Bitch in Charge}. Finally, the conclusion just blew my mind but not in a good way.

* More Detailed Spoiler Content Below *

What I disliked:

1) The Presentation of Characters: Some characters were altered too far beyond recognition, and for my enjoyment, or not developed properly in my opinion. Oliver used to be a favorite of mine but he was no longer the determined, straight-laced, loving, and helpful character who loved Sky from the beginning of the series. Essentially, he was transformed into a 'mini-version' of Kingsley Martin, flaunting around the town, picking up girls and hooking up, partying it up etc. etc. A real loosey-goosey reputation was being passed along there. And this is pretty apparent from the first chapter the reader digs into. I just didn't like the 'new and unimproved' cocky Oliver who was judgmental, because honestly, well, one, I loved him for who he already was and two, one Kingsley was enough for this series. All characters eventually grow and evolve but this read more like 'character de-evolution' in my eyes.

Now, onto Schuyler Van Alen. The presumed protagonist and heroine of the story really didn't develop into anything much. In fact, at one point during this series, I felt like her development was really taking a backseat to Mimi's, which started to feel a bit 'odd', considering the fact that the plotline has had Schulyer spelt out as the salvation of the whole Blue Blood community for the entire series. So, if this is the case, why does she spend most of this book in the background, which is in theory supposed to revolve around the build-up to the final battle with the Blue Blood threat|antagonist Lucifer, whining about her 'lost love' {Jack} and moping around to find lost human family? I couldn't invest in her seriously, which is ashame, because I enjoyed following her at the beginning of this series. Sadly, by the end, she was nothing more than a love-sick girl who had the label 'savior' thrown on her, in theory alone, with no real storyline development to back that up. Sure, I give her points at the end for making a huge sacrifice but the whole set-up was just so rushed and out of nowhere. See, I would get these kinds of glimpses at times for who Schuyler really could have become but the problem is, it doesn't match up for the majority of the book, and sometimes, series. It's rather confusing and disheartening at the same time because you get pulled in for nothing ~ there was never any proper follow through, just random throw-ins.

Michael|Gabrielle. I think I was the most disappointed by their presentation, or lackthereof, inside the final book. The two uncorrupted archangels of the light, who voluntarily vacated their place in heaven to lead the Blue Blood Cause, are never even heard from until ... the end?! Seriously?! The previous book, Lost In Time, leaves the reader off with the impression that we are finally going to get some direct contact between Charles and Allegra in the present time, as he tells her the story she wants to know. Well, don't hold your breath. Nada. Nothing of the sort. We get a quick couple chapters that jump into the past and some rushed dialogue near the end. Then, they are literally thrown in at the end with Schulyer, out of the blue, after she presumably defeats Lucifer and they are miraculously restored back to their former glory {of light}. It just felt so out of place and then before you know it, they're whisked back off to paradise and there is even a quick glimpse of Bendix Chase with them in heaven *moves eyes side to side for uh, major weird and awkward feelings to that*. What are they, like a heavenly 'threesome' now or something?! Just too strange for my tastes. This was essentially the only relationship I held onto some hope for and I ended up with virtually nothing for them at all. That saddened me. The one aspect I was looking forward to in the final book just wasn't barely there.

The rest of the characters, I won't lie, I mostly didn't care for. The series became too boggled down in all the romance, broken bonds, and relationships, and nobody I shipped truly ended up together so when the plot went out the window, and the few characters I was left caring about did as well, that spelt 'doom.' I was mainly a supporter from the beginning of the series of Sky|Ollie, Charles|Allegra {aka. Michael|Gabrielle}, and Jack reuniting with Mimi down the road.

2) Too Many Unexplained Mysteries: Perhaps one of the biggest mysteries to go unanswered is how Allegra {aka. Gabrielle} was able to have any natural children in the first place, two daughters, when it was established earlier on in this series that Blue Bloods couldn't procreate. We get chapters in this book superficially demonstrating on the surface how Lucifer hooks up with Gabrielle, but nothing on how conception between them was even possible. I found it very disatisfying, I thought there was some hidden worthwhile story to be revealed here but nothing.

Another under-developed mystery that still bugs me is the significance of 'The Mistress' from Misguided Angel. She's introduced in the Florence Chapters, from past events, as Lucifer's first human mistress and she's pregnant, but we're left off with Gabrielle, as Tomi, finding her, while she announces that Andre {presumably Michael} is the father of her baby?! Yet, we find out here in this book, that Andre was never really Lucifer like Tomi was misled into believing, it was Michael all along. 'The Mistress' character seems rather random and a waste of time in the grand scheme of things if nothing more was to become of her in the Florence storyline for this final book. We don't even truly learn of her fate in this timeline, after all is said and done. Misguided Angel is also the book in the series that first introduces the idea of the 'Nephilim'; thus, confusing things even more. They are suddenly the children between the Silver blood fallen angel|vampires and human women. So, explain to me again, how is it that the evil Blue Blood counterparts, the Silver Bloods, are suddenly able to procreate in numbers without explanation?! Yet, nothing of the sort has EVER happened between blue bloods and their human familiars, until Gabrielle|Allegra?! Nothing about this gets tied up.

I'll try to stick to the unexplained mysteries specifically presented in this book from here on out. Suddenly, there are now random blue blood vampires who can survive without the blood of humans?! Really?! Yet, the great and uncorrupted archangel vampire Gabrielle, who by all rights was not cursed by sin, lasped into a years long coma from refusing to take the blood of another human after her human familiar|lover|husband died?! Not to mention Schuyler, who is supposed to be part human herself, and is the product of the uncorrupted, why should she have to take any blood at all then?! I seriously shook my head when I read this new detail suddenly introduced after six books. There was no explanation to it and this only created more questions with no valuable answers.

The Archangel Michael's sword was presumably shattered and destroyed in The Van Alen Legacy, when Bliss took the sword upon herself, jabbed it into her heart, and sacrificed herself in order to spare Schuyler her life at Lucifer's hands. Yet, out of the blue, it miraculously appears for Schuyler to use in the end of this book. Shook my head again at the absurdity of this because it's treated as if nothing ever happened to it and there's no hint of explanation as to how it's back again. More detail the author has flagrantly disregarded as this series has progressed and concluded.

Schulyer has two fathers. Ok. While in theory, this might sound intriguing, there is zero explanation as to how this is possible and the reader is left to 100% completely draw their own conclusions how it came to be that Charles, aka. Michael the Archangel, is also Sky's father by blood. Yes, peeps, this isn't in any way referring to his legal adoption of her. No. We are talking genetic|blood link here, and she is literally saved from death at the end because Michael's blood {aka. the sangre azul} flows through her veins. She is healed. We already know from past canon that Charles used to have black hair and it's explained that this is how Sky got her black hair {remember, both Allegra and Bendix Chase were blondes}. Blue eyes from Bendix Chase and Black Hair from Charles|Michael.

Stupid. I was actually more onboard for the reveal that Michael was her real and only father and ... the end. I couldn't care less about the Bendix and Allegra story, I've already ranted in a past review why I couldn't stand that relationship, nor Allegra as a result of it.

The brief timeline for Allegra and Bendix and their comings and going from New York were in contrast to the previous book, especially since Allegra left Charles and New York to never see him again.

3) The Filler: I was very annoyed with the chapters dedicated to Schuyler finding her human family. It was out of place and had no real significance inside this story. I skimmed most of these chapters because I found that there really was no need for it to be revealed that Sky has yet again, ANOTHER SISTER {this time from her human father's side of the family} especially when the first sister was already disregarded and thrown away for a spin off series. And at least that sister, aka. Bliss, had some real significance in the beginning of this series. I was also annoyed because it was apparently obvious that her sole purpose for being introduced was to throw someone into the storyline for Oliver to pair up with by the end of the series. Which added further insult to injury when I consider he already loved Sky and I shipped them early in the series. Bottom line, I didn't give a fig about this new sister. Also, curious how she was described as a blonde version of Schuyler when it's already been established that Sky is a replica of her mom, Allegra, LOL, only with the dark hair and blue eyes?! {*rolls eyes*} And seeing as how this girl and Allegra share no relation at all?! Yeah, that makes absolutely no sense either.

Advice to the author: You presented Sky's importance and plot as being connected to the Blue Blood mythology, even though it was made known she was part human. The blue blood story wasn't properly developed anywhere near where it should have been so if focusing on Sky's human origins out of the blue suddenly struck your fancy, you should have done some of us a HUGE favor and shoved THAT into a spin-off series too. That way, maybe I could have actually gotten some satisfactory closure on Sky's blue blood origins, since that's what the story centered around. You Know those chapters where you rambled on and on about that sister?! You could have actually spent time explaining Sky's connection to Michael, and how that was actually made possible. THAT was more relevant, seeing as how you revealed that he was also her father. And, he was the RELEVANT father for this book, given the ending with Lucifer.

4) Disguised Spin-off Plot: More chapters that I skimmed and felt were also a complete waste of my time was the crafty plot and characters of the Wolf Pact spin-off series hidden in this last book. Gosh, what a waste, I didn't care because I have no intention of reading that series now and I shouldn't have had to in order to follow those boring chapters inside of a blue blood story.

5) Anticlimactic Showdown|Conclusions: There wasn't enough of the antagonist, Lucifer, hands-down. There should have been more conflict and build-up between him and Sky and it just wasn't there. It was a quickie confrontation where Sky has to make a choice and then a sacrifice. I understood and followed the general idea, which was good in thought, but I think the overall execution could have been done much better.

And in the end ... the big bad secret that Charles|Michael was keeping from Allegra|Gabrielle {since she already knew about the attempted killing of Bliss after birth}?! He chose to save and spare her life in Rome, which enabled Lucifer to live. Wow {*mock sarcasm follows*}. What a horrible horrible man|angel|vampire he is for daring to love her to those lengths and for deciding that her life was worth saving first and foremost. So, she distanced herself from him in each life time following that, until Florence happened, and her idea of just punishment in this life was the breaking of their bond for a boring 'mary sue' version of a human guy, which almost cost Charles his life. Yeah, moving on from that one.

6) The Conclusion: A Bad and Disappointing Twist. Oliver's request from God is to be made a Blue Blood Vampire himself?! I was appalled. I hated this ending and if any more stories, spin-off or otherwise, flow from this, I will NOT be reading it. First off, the blue blood existence was a curse. The Vampires sole journey was to regain favor in God's eyes to obtain perfect paradise once again. Also, for plotline reasons, it made no sense for Oliver to fall for Finn only to choose an existence where he will ultimately outlive her for all of eternity?! Yeah, awesome {*mock sacarsam rears it's ugly head once again*}.

Plus, the Blue Blood salvation|redemption aspect is a bit of a letdown. Throughout the series, and especially from what Cordelia revealed earlier on, alot of Blue Bloods turned from the code so how were they all suddenly 'morally' ready for re-entry into heaven just because Lucifier was destroyed?!

This is shoddy writing.

After finishing this last book, I've come to my own conclusions that it feels like the author lost interest in this series a long time ago and was in a hurry to just finish and get it over and done with. There's so little attention paid to the details, both big and small, it's almost embarrassing.

*Alright, so basically, if you're on the Jack|Schuyler and Mimi|Kingsley shipping bandwagon, and don't give a fig about much else like good plot and good continuity, and as long as these two couples get their happy or semi-happy ending, then you're probably completely onboard with this book and series, willing to praise it to high heavens, and rating it with four and five stars. But for the rest of us, we mourn what could have been and with just cause.*

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She did it again. 16 janvier 2013
Par Jennifer Rojics - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Melissa de la Cruz has done it again. She brought the passion the mystery and the all empowering love. This book is the best by far. It will keep you so entranced that you won't be able to put it down after you start. The love the characters feel for each other will have you hear breaking and soaring. You will cry, you will jump for joy. Anyone can enjoy this book it is a masterpiece and IN the end she'll have you so happy but like any good author she'll leave you thinking. We all thought that this was the last book, but by the way she ended Gates of Paradise there may still be hope for more. Buy this book it will be the best money you have ever spent.
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The last book 16 mars 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I didn't realize that this was the last book in the series until I read it. Lol, that's how much my interest in the series dwindled over the last couple years. It was overall an "ok" read. The series was jam packed with intense action that this book was kind of a let down. It was wrapped up too nicely in an unbeliveable, happy ending package. Not what I'm used to where every book was always getting better and better. Oh well. Overall, I loved the series, just not the end so much.
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A little disappointing 24 juillet 2013
Par Tanya C. Schweig - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This series started out really well for me but went downhill after book 4. It got a little too far out in left field and I feel it was drug out too long.
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