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

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.

Valeria

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 *-*

Carrie

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....

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.

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.

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!!

Chandler

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.

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.

Kim Smiley

** spoiler alert ** One of my favorites, although I've noticed that in any VC Andrews series, by the 4th book, the main character has a child who takes over as narrator and the parents always end up dead. Typical writing for this author.In any event, Annie Stonewall is turning 18 yrs. old, as is her half-brother Luke Casteel. These two were born on the same day and extremely close to one another, which kind of annoys Drake Casteel, Annie's 23 yr. old "brother" who Heaven and Logan raised as their own. Everyone gets ready to go to Fanny's 40th b-day party, where Heaven and Logan get into an argument over his dirty dancing w/ Fanny. When they leave, Logan is a bit drunk and drives off the road in an accident, killing himself and Heaven, and disabling Annie, who has temporarily lost the use of her legs.This is where Tony Tatterton comes back into the picture. Annie, (who has become quite the artist) and Luke have always fantasized about Farthy, but Heaven would never talk of her experiences there. Annie, believing that Tony is her great-grandfather, agrees to recuperate at Farthy, as she has always wanted to see the place.Well, it has become quite the run-down mansion. Tony once again takes control and employs Drake, who immediately becomes his "mini-me." Tony hires a nurse to help Annie w/ her therapy and what not and this woman does nothing but torture her w/ scalding hot baths and puts laxatives in her food to make her sick. After realizing this, Tony fires her and takes over her care. He begins confusing her w/ Heaven, her mother, and his dead wife. He keeps Luke away from her and won't even let her use a phone. He's paid off her Dr. to tell her what he wants her to hear, thus keeping her a prisoner at Farthy.In the end, Annie begins to feel her legs and gets to a phone to call Luke. He comes to visit, but is turned away even before he gets to see her. She is eventually rescued by Luke and Aunt Fanny, after a phonecall from Troy Tatterson is made, telling them to get to her right away before something terrible happens.In the end, Luke and Annie realize their love for eachother is wrong because they share the same father. Troy Tatterson calls Annie to let her know Tony had passed away and would she come to the funeral. Once at the funeral, she makes amends w/ Drake and Troy Tatterson reveals himself to be her true father, leaving Luke and Annie to be together and for the readers to have the happy ending they truly want for his couple.

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.

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

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!

Jeni

Least favorite in the series.Novels that were truly written by Ms. Andrews were Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. When Virginia became seriously ill while writing the Casteel series, she began to work even harder, hoping to finish as many stories as possible so that her fans could one day share them. Since her death many have wondered whether there would continue to be new V.C. Andrews novels. Beginning with the final books in the Casteel series they worked closely with a carefully selected writer to organize and complete Virginia's stories and to expand upon them. The identity of this writer was kept a secret from the general public at the request of the Andrews family for years. The ghostwriter has since been identified as thriller and horror novelist Andrew Niederman. The novels that may have been begun by Andrews and finished by Neiderman were Garden of Shadows, Fallen Hearts, Gates of Paradise, and Web of Dreams. Everything after Dawn was written by Neiderman.

Billie

** 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....

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.

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