Gates of Paradise (Casteel, #4)

ISBN: 0671729438
ISBN 13: 9780671729431
By: V.C. Andrews Andrew Neiderman

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Stunned by tragedy, desperate and alone, Heaven's daughter clung to the frailest of dreams! The car crash that killed Heaven and Logan left Annie Casteel Stonewall orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by the possessive Tony Tatterton, Annie pines for her lost family, but especially for Luke, her half-brother. Friend of her childhood, her fantasy prince, her loving confidante...without the warm glow of Luke's love, she is lost in the shadows of despair. When Annie discovers Troy's cottage hidden in Farthinggale's woods, the mystery of her past deepens. And even as she yearns to see Luke again, her hopes and dreams are darkened by the sinistesr Casteel spell...treacherous, powerful and evil!

Reader's Thoughts

Tasha

like any V.C. Andrews book when i picked this one up i could not put it down it held my interest it had a different turn at different pages it never left me feeling bored (like some books i have read) I will be reading this series again very soon

V H

The three first books were told by Heaven, but this book is told by Heaven’s daughter Annie. It’s interesting to read about how she finds out her family’s secrets. It’s also interesting to see how she deals with everything after a terrible accident, what she does to deal with it and how other people treat her.Some things in the book, and some characters, are just sick, unfortunately people like that exist in the real world as well, and what Annie thinks about it and how she deals with it is very realistic, as is her struggles.This saga seems to become more and more like a soap opera by each book, or maybe they’ve been like this from the beginning, it just that I notice it more now. Although the book as interesting, I still think the saga could have ended after the last book. And in this book as well, the ending could end the whole saga, so I am looking forward to reading what happens in the last one. The first book, Heaven, is still my favourite.

Victoria

The 4th book in the Casteel series. In this book, Heaven, Logan and their daughter Annie are living in Winnerrow. Annie and her half brother Luke have a close bond and even share the same birthday.After attending Fannie's birthday party, Logan, driving drunk, crashes and he and Heaven are killed, leaving Annie alone and paralyzed. Drake, the son Heaven paid Fannie for in book 3 is now grown and in college. Because of Luke and Annie's fascination with Farthy, Drake visits and then decides after the accident that this would be the perfect place for Annie to heal.After Annie moves to Boston with Tony and a nurse, she soon finds herself a prisoner in this old house that's not the castle of her dreams. Again, a stranger is seen lurking about the cemetery and the maze. Of course it's Troy and again Annie is draw to this mysterious person. More of the same from the first 3 books. Not one of my favorites of the Casteel series. Even though those had hardships and trials to bear, this one just seemed heavier on the tragedy side instead of the romance that VC Andrews tends to blend into her stories.

Melody Manful

Okay, I haven't read anyone of the Casteel series until my grandfather came home with Gates of Paradise from his ship, and I 'borrowed it', well stole it's more like it -- because once I read the prologue I couldn't put the book down! I loved every word in the book. It's safe to say that since I got the book in 2008, I've read it more than 200 times. This is how much I loved this book. V.C. Andrews is totally an inspiration, and this book was amazing. I get that people don't find it the strongest in the series, but I haven't read the rest of the series, and not really sure if I should, because I want this one to be my favorite, forever and always, with Luke and Annie XD. I really loved this, and highly recommends it!!

Salvina Lanfranco

though most readers found this book the least 'interesting' yet for me it was the best in the Casteel series as it answered most of my unexplained facts and as to Tony . . describing him as monster and lusty and everything so vile and horrid . . it was all over the other four books in the series and so for me nothing so new and so unexpected. And in the end at least he got what he deserved!!!!!!

Niobe Garcia

Not a big fan of this one. For starters, I couldn't get past the fact that Heaven had died (and so young). It just seemed unfair, the way life continued to play such mean tricks on the poor girl. I wasn't much of a fan of Annie Stonewall. The book just didn't seem part of the other 3 books. I know that the author changed by this point, but I was unable to become sympathetic with Annie. Her feelings for Luke were always described as fairy tales which made me think of young children love, which was so different from the love life Heaven had and which I had become accustomed to. Each book in this series took me about 2 weeks to get through, but I actually had to take about a month off after beginning this one. I have to read Web of Dreams even though I'm skeptical, but I think it's about time we learn the truth about Leigh, since she is the true beginning of all these characters.

Chelsea

I was really disappointed with this book. I felt that the story line was definitely lacking and it was very obvious that this book was written by the ghost writer. I also noticed that even some of the names were wrong in this book, such as saying Logan's middle name was Robert when all through the previous books it was stated that his middle name was Grant. Also, Drake's full name was wrong. I just feel that this book was poorly written and the ghost writer did not take much care to make sure the story line was accurate, even with something as simple as names of characters. I was also very disappointed in how Logan was portrayed in this book. In the first two books he was seen as Heaven's savior and forever friend even though they occasionally had fights that tore them apart. However, this book made it seem that he never really cared and always let her down. I got the feeling that for every mistake he used a line like "I'm sorry. You know I never want to make you hurt." To me it just did not follow with the characteristics V.C had originally created for him. I was very disappointed in this book to say the least.

Michelle

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This book was terrible, a sad, sad echo of the first book in the series. The main character Annie is sickeningly sweet and good, much like Heaven was but so much more annoying. The relationship with her half-brother/cousin is...strange and unbelievable. Tony Tatterton, sigh, it's just a rehash of the previous two books in the series. And most of the time Annie is stranded in one room, confused about her nurse, Tony, her half-brother/cousin/lover, blahblahblahblah. You want to beat your head against the wall. Also, I hate Logan. I can't believe Heaven would be with such an imbecile. The end.I will, of course, read the final book in this series. Sigh.

Patricia Atkinson

the story of annie and how she lost her parents and ends up at tonys.as the time goes on she realizes the mystery that her mother had kept from her for so many years.

Delicious Strawberry

While not as good as the other Casteel books (possibly because it was finished by Andrew Neiderman after VCAndrew's death), this book is still a very good read. The ending felt a bit rushed, but if you read the first three Heaven books and want to see how the saga closes, pick up this book. There's not as much action in here since it's supposed to be the end of the Casteel saga so the ending might feel cliched and I definitely think it could have been better, but c'est la vie. 4 out of five stars isn't so bad, after all.

Sara Stuckey

Honestly, I can't remember if I read this one or not.But if I did...here's what happened:Young teen-aged girl, poor cruel family, hot older brother, gets adopted by cruel rich adoptive-family, hot adoptive father (or step-father), hot adoptive brother (or step-brother), SEX SEX SEX, cruel, rich, adoptive family dies bequeathing everything to now-sexually-active pregnant-with-brother's-child, teen-aged girl.Something like that.And yet...I couldn't put these books down!

Destiny

This was my least favorite book. This book with a few tweaks her and there in the story line seems to be a copy of the second book in the series. Annie is taken in by Tony Tatterton but she soon finds out he has an ugly side.

Winifred

Annie lives with her parents in Winnerrow. she has a half brother luke whom she really likes and luke has the same feelings for annie. Annie's parents are killed in a car accident which has left annie paralysed. Tony tatterton takes annie to fathingale manor for her to recuperate but he actually tries everthing to keep her an invalid. She also finds out tony's brother troy is not dead. Annie tries to find out why her mother left farthingale manor.

Connie J.estrada

LIKED THE BOOK, BUT THE CREAPY WAY THAT TONY HAS THIS OBESSION WITH HIS WANTING TO CONTROLL ANNIE, AND HOW HE WANTS TO TURN HER INTO ANTOHER LIEGH. FULLY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF POWER HUNGRY DRAKE, AND HOW HE CONFUSES ANNIE AND THINK SHE IS HEAVEN, THEN TALKS HER INTO DYEING HER HAIR BLONDE. IT IS JUST TO SICK FOR THE REASONS BEHIND IT ALL. I FOUND IT SAD HOW MUCH OF HER LIFE TROY HAS MISSED. I THOUGHT THEY WERE ABLE TO RECONECT. WHAT I LOVED MOST WAS HOW FRANNY REALLY WANTED TO BE A DECENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, AND WANTED NOTHING MORE TO DO WITH HER WILD WAYS. HOW SHE LOVED HEAVEN ALL OF THESE YEARS AND WAS REMORSEFUL. THAT WAS THE BEST PART OF ALL.

Courtney Schafer

Blech to the book that started the theme of what happens in every book 4 by VC Andrews until the book Ruby. Annie was a weak character and Tony Tatterton was at his worst (until you read Web of Dreams).

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