Book Review: Gates of Paradise

Book Review: Gates of ParadiseGates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Blue Bloods #7
Published by Hyperion on January 15th 2013
Pages: 368
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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.

Reviews: The Van Allen LegacyMisguided Angel / Lost in Time

It is no secret that I have adored this series since the very beginning. Sure, it has had its ups and downs, but overall, it is a series that I, to this day, will recommend for even those that are sick of vampire tales. Why? Because it is so different then about 99% of other vampire books out there.

Gates of Paradise, the final installment of the Blue Bloods series, was filled with excitement, sadness, and a whole lot of WTFery. I am not big on final book spoilers, but this time I don't think I can help myself.

Like the previous installments, Gates of Paradise, is divided into multiple POVs. Schuyler, Mimi, and Bliss are back in action, plus the addition of a new character who finally gives some insight as to what happened in Rome. I have always loved Schuyler and Mimi's POVs. But Bliss has always been hit or miss. With Gates of Paradise, it was beyond a miss. Why? Because I had NO clue what was going on. If you have been following this series, you will know that Wolf Pact is a spin off for Bliss. And Gates of Paradise builds on the story line from Wolf Pact into Bliss' POV. Therefore, unless you have read Wolf Pact, you will probably find yourself completely lost.

Just a hint of warning, the following may (and probably will) contain spoilers. 

You have been warned.
 
Up until the ending of Gates of Paradise and Bliss' POV aside, I will admit I enjoyed the final installment. Everything pretty much was working out how I expected it would. Then I got to the final part. This is where a whole lot of WTFery and maybe a small rant on my part begins.
 
The ending. Based on the Harry Potter and the Hunger Games series, I have begun to see a trend of series endings taking the high road, so to speak. For the most part, every detail has been tied up with a pretty little bow, and everyone gets what they wanted. Gates of Paradise was no different. My two biggest issues were Schuyler and Jack and Oliver and Finn.
 
Schuyler and Jack

Now, I know part of this issue here was the suspense. Readers are left believing that Jack has perished, and Schuyler has moved on with her life. Okay, fine. But when Jack suddenly reappears and Schuyler doesn't recognize him right away, I wanted to throw my Nexus. But that is not what got me really upset. The fact that he could not 'find' her for THREE years was unbelievable. In a world of technology and a group of tight knit friends, nobody could tell him? Really? Don't you have a cell phone? I mean if Bliss can find Ollie and Schuyler in a few pages, maybe real-time a day or two, how the hell could Jack not find Schuyler? Ugh.

Oliver and Finn

I have been wanting Ollie to find his happiness for a few books now. After the disaster with Schuyler, I knew he needed to find his special someone. And he does… in the form of Schuyler half-sister. Weird. Creepy. WTF. Sure, I am glad he found his happiness, but Schuyler half-sister? Couldn't we have had a brand new character just appear?

And Ollie a vampire. How does that even work? Gates of Paradise gives no explaination. Just he met the Almighty and had his wish granted. There are simply no words.

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