Published in: 2013
Edition read: E-book
Series: 7th and final book in the Blue Bloods series
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?
We did it guys, we made it through this series and no longer do I have to read about Schooler and her tragic blandness. I do have to say that at one point in this book, Schooler dies. I know, halle-freaking-lujah. Unfortunately, she *somehow* comes back to life- exactly how, I don’t understand as one minute her throat was slit and the end was nigh, the next she’s standing up wielding a sword. The she and Jack had a make-out session in the midst of a battle because that is clearly when one needs to make out, nevermind that Jack was the reason that Schooler had her throat slit because he just stood there and did nothing. Bloody hell.
The book itself is disjointed, it jumps around between multiple POVs and it gets a bit hard to keep track of everything after a while. There’s a lot of things that just kinda happen with no real reasoning, there’s these massive scenes that are brushed off as nothing, and it was all just so nonsensical.
This book attempts to tie everything up into neat little bows, but it’s not well written at all and the flow is completely off. The author tried to cram too much into one book and she was still introducing new elements into the book with less than 100 pages to go- which didn’t help the story at all, just added pointlessness to it. Honestly what was the point of Schooler licking her father’s paintings to see if he painted with his blood? That bit made literally no sense whatsoever. And somehow, Schooler discovers she has two biological dads. Why? Just Cos. Bloody hell.
I am just so glad I finally finished this series.
Gates of paradise rating: 5/10
Would I re-read it? Schooler’s death scene, yes. Rest of book, no.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, young adult paranormal fiction focusing on vampires.