Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Gates of Paradise
Series: Blue Bood Series #7
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publishing Date: January 15, 2013
Rating: 3 Stars
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Book Blurb

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.

My Thoughts

Oh, Jack...Can't say much without spoiling something. (view spoiler at GR) 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 book. In one hand, I did like the story and how it flowed. I always have liked how it would go back and forth and show what everyone was doing for the battle. My problem was with the writing. 

I read this series a while ago and I don't know if it was Cruz's writing that changed or just me as a reader. I thought the writing was really childish and some parts were so cliche. I couldn't believe they had let her print some of those sentences. 

The ending was another bit that I'm not too sure about. I liked it over all but I would have liked to see it a bit more in depth I guess. Felt a little too rushed. Then there is Oliver. I had liked Oliver since the first book, I don't know what happened in this one. I guess he really did spend way too much time with Kingsley and well, let's just say it only works for Kingsley. And that last page...I don't get it...Would anyone care to clarify? I thought that wasn't a good thing...

If you have been keeping up with the series this is a must read to finally get closure and understand what the hell did happen in Rome. Just going to have to overlook the writing :P


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