Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Beach Week: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

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Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series is Gossip Girl meets Twilight meets Da Vinci Code. It takes the best parts of those and puts them all together into one highly dramatic, incredibly stylish, and questionably historic vampire love story. Gates of Paradise is the satisfying final flourish of this seven part series.

If you haven’t read the series before, let me recap for you. There are very rich, very trendy, very beautiful vampires living among us. But these vampires were never once human, like in most vampire stories. Instead, they are fallen angels who were cast out of Eden when they conspired with Lucifer to take over heaven. All except for one: Schuyler Van Alen, a half-human, half-vampire hybrid who is destined to lead the vampires back to Eden and to protect the other half of her lineage from the coming rise of evil.

In this last book, Schuyler must find the Gates of Paradise to send the vampires back to Heaven before Lucifer can destroy it and wreak his hellish havoc on the world. She has been separated from her love, vampire Jack Force otherwise known as the dark angel Abaddon, who must do one last task for Lucifer before he and Schuyler can be together. Her quest has brought her to an unexpected clue to the Gates—the truth behind her human father, who died when she was just a baby.

While Schuyler works out her daddy issues, her half-sister Bliss Llewellyn is traveling through time with Lawson, a very handsome werewolf in a mysterious kind of way, and his wolf pack. They’ve been charged with repairing a tear in the very fabric of time that is allowing Lucifer to change the course of the past, present, and future.

And what about Jack? He has returned to the Dark for a last chance at love with Schuyler. He and his celestial twin, Mimi/the angel Azrael, are each charged with one more task for their former Dark Prince: to kill their respective loves, the very reasons that they sought release from their bond to Lucifer.

Though there’s talk of good and evil and consequences and Heaven and Hell, vampire books don’t get much more fun than this. Gates of Paradise ends a series full of feisty dialogue, steamy scenes, backstabbing friendships, eternal love, and non-stop action and it definitely delivers. So go ahead, pack it in your beach bag next to your SPF and when you’ve settled onto your beach towel, your toes snugly in the sand, give it a read and lose yourself in this crazy mash of drama, style, battles, and romance.

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