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!

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Yo simplemente... No puedo... Creer... que... Heaven tenga ese final tan cruel...El libro ... como los demas, te estruja cruelmente el corazon!!!oh dios.. por que fanny es tan.. envidiosa?!ah! dios!si hay problemas en esta saga...ESte libro te la oportunidad de leer la historia desde el punto de vista de Anni!!! Y OWWW!! Es lindo ver como Annie ve a su madre "Heaven".y oh!!! la casita de juguete!!waaaaa!! me hace recordar a Troy!!!!!!!TroyyyY!! te amoooo!!es triste el final de Troy... forever alone...AUnque es lindo que sepas que el conoce a su hija :'3pffff!!! esta serie sin duda es una de las mejores *-*


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.

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!!


This was by far the weakest book in the Casteel family series, partly because it shifted POV from Heaven (who I'd grown to love and had been so used to from the other three books) and partly because of the unsatisfying "ending" to Heaven's story. I felt like she deserved so much more. The story lines seemed a bit redundant by this book (although I understand why they were written). It still had the same feel as the other books but I think I had just hoped for something different.


I read this before I joined GoodReads. Rating it as I remember it. As with most of the different series I've read by Virginia Andrews, I liked the first and last (the 'prequel') better than the books in the middle.3 stars - I liked it


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.

Sara Stuckey

Honestly, I can't remember if I read this one or not.But if I'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!


** spoiler alert ** ##spoiler alerts##Terrible. So boring. Seemed like a preteen book. I know most of these books were young adult books but they didn't really seem like it until the ghost writer took over. I think V.C. Andrews did an amazing job with the books she wrote but then after that they became so immature and childish. This was boring and everything that happened I already knew or expected it to happen. If you've read the previous books in the series then you know that they're not really brother and sister or cousins. So THAT wasn't a surprise. And then when Troy came into the picture you knew EXACTLY who it was. UGH. It wasn't exciting and everything that happened wasn't interesting. I forced my way through the book and was happy when it was finally over. I'm trying to read some of the other books written by the ghost writer and like I said before, they're all terrible. I wanted to read all her books, which I will, the ones SHE wrote. The rest are garbage and I'm not gonna read them, unless I was maybe 10 years old....


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.


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.

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!!!!!!

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.


Gates of Paradise is the fourth book in V. C. Andrews’ Casteel series. The focus is on Heaven’s daughter, Annie, who is about to turn eighteen. She lives in Winnerow with Heaven and Logan and her sort-of-uncle Drake (now in college). There is no one she is closer to in the world than Luke Jr., the son of her aunt Fanny and father Logan. She often dreams of being with him forever, despite the fact that they are half-siblings (as far as they know). They fantasize together, often including Farthinggale Manor in their dream world, although they have never been there. Heaven’s past is a mystery to them; she refuses to talk about why she no longer lives at Farthy or talks to Tony Tatterton.This was another Andrews novel obsessed with the incest and rape. At this point, the books were being written by the ghostwriter, Andrew Neiderman. I don’t know if Andrews left behind notes that included so much incest and rape, or if Mr. Neiderman has the interest in it, or if he just believes he’s holding on to her desires.Full recap at http://dogearedandwellread.wordpress....

Patricia Atkinson

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


First in a long line of "main heroine's daughter" books that the ghostwriter would spew out, and like all of the ghostwriter's books, "Gates of Paradise" was a predictable bore.

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