Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Synopsis

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?

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7)
Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication: January 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Vampire, Urban Fantasy
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Rated: ★½

Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

WOW! Just WOW! If you’ve managed to stick with the series so far, then I really think you will be well rewarded with this book, but not before a few heart shattering moments. The first half of the book did begin a bit slow, though (for this series) don’t they always? We pick up with Schuyler, Oliver, and Kingsley trying to figure out the riddle to the Gates of Paradise, while also trying to distract themselves from their miserable love lives.

Schuyler’s chapters are, sadly, a bit of a bore as de la Cruz tries to quickly tie up loose ends. This means that Schuyler, instead of searching for a way to help the vampires, or even look for her missing boyfriend/husband, decides to jaunt around the world to finally find the other half of her family – her father’s family. Oliver, meanwhile, does not get a narrative chapter, and instead is demoted to background character. De la Cruz manages to throw him a bone at the end, but he deserved better (not saying he deserved Schuyler but… he deserved better). Bliss’ chapters are, as always, a complete bore that led to me simply skimming her sections. No big loss there.

Now, Mimi and Gabrielle’s chapters were fantastic. They really keep the story going and are full of excitement. We find out what caused the discord between Michael and Gabrielle (though I honestly didn’t really understand her little monologue towards the end blaming Michael for everything). Michael and Gabrielle’s ending, however, was rushed beyond belief and I sorely wish we could have had at least a full chapter’s worth of interactions between Michael, Gabrielle, and Schuyler. Mimi’s sections did not disappoint. It is amazing to see how you can start a series off despising a character, only to have that character become one of your favourites. Her ending was perfect and one of the things that really sealed the deal for me with this book.

I wish we had seen more of Jack, but when you read the story, you know why that can’t happen. During the last few pages of the book, I did have a mini meltdown that left me wondering when I became to invested in the story, in the characters. I suppose if you stick with something for so long, and an author can keep her characters on course, regardless of the situation, you’ll always feel for them. That is what I felt for this book. I’m glad I finished the series out, but do wish we could have had more time to wrap things up.

Quotes & Excerpts

She loved him, she realized now, because he was always fighting the dark that was in him, that was part of him. He wanted so hard to be good, even though he was made for this. He was made for evil. He was the reason Lucifer had almost triumphed. If Jack had not turned at the last moment, Heaven would have been theirs so long ago.

-Chapter Twenty-Eight: Mimi

“I know you. I know this isn’t you. And even if it is, I still love you. As much as I always have. You will always be mine. Take me–I am yours. Take whatever you need from me, I will give it gladly. I will always love you, I promised you that when you left, and it’s true now.”She looked at him, and no matter what happened, she knew that it was true. She would always love Jack. Even like this. Even if he no longer loved her.
-Chapter Forty-Six: Schuyler

She had stood in the gardens of Elysium, she had tasted the water from the fountains, and when she was given a choice, she had chosen to come here.
With him.
-Chapter Sixty-Three: Mimi

[…] the vampires had been forgiven. The curse was lifted, and the lost children of the Almighty were given a choice. They could ascend into Heaven, or return to mid-world and continue their immortal life. But the path back home would always be open to them

-Chapter Sixty-Five: Schuyler

Redemption was in their hands now. Salvation an individual choice.
-Chapter Sixty-Five: Schuyler

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