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Gates of Paradise [Mass Market Paperback]

V.C. Andrews
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July 15 1990 Casteel Saga (Book 4)
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 sinister Casteel spell...treacherous, powerful and evil!


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Praise for Virginia Andrews: 'Beautifully written, macabre and thoroughly nasty... it is evocative of the nasty fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and The Babes in the Wood, with a bit of Victorian Gothic thrown in. ... What does shine through is her ability to see the world through a child's eyes' Daily Express 'Makes horror irresistible' Glasgow Sunday Mail 'A gruesome saga... the storyline is compelling, many millions have no wish to put this down' Ms London 'There is strength in her books - the bizarre plots matched with the pathos of the entrapped' The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of the spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began the renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than sixty novels in nearly twenty bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two foreign languages.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Awful April 28 2006
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First let me say that I am a big V.C. Andrews fan; I love "Flowers in the Attic", "Petals on the Wind", "Heaven" and "Dark Angel" with a passion. I found this book to be incredibly insulting. The destruction of the characters Heaven, Logan, Fanny, and Tony that got started in "Fallen Hearts" continues here; the first 2 are shells of themselves, the latter are caricatures. What the GW did to Tony Tatterton in particular disgusted me; initially he was a fascinating, complex, powerful character--here he is a weak, crazy, old man.
The hackneyed phrasing found on every page of this book is truly laughable. The dialogue between Annie and Luke (yet another brother and sister who fall in love--I really don't get the GW's obsession with that)is especially nauseating (i.e. "Or maybe [Farthinggale Manor] becomes whatever you want it to become...If I want it to be made of sugar and maple, it will be." Yuck. This is an 18 year old GUY saying this, by the way!) Why a man was hired to write books from a teenage girl's perspective, I will never know.
This book, along with "Fallen Hearts", "Web of Dreams" (the other 2 pieces of garbage that ruined this series) and every other ghostwritten book published afterwards is not for fans of the REAL V. C. Andrews like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Happening at Once July 15 2003
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Annie had a cruel blow when her mom Heaven and her "dad" Logan died. It was worse when she discovered she couldn't walk. It hadn't helped matters that the nurse assigned to her was apathetic. To top it all off, Tony isolated her from Luke Jr. and everybody else in her life. I was glad when Annie met her birth dad Troy. It was quite a shock for Annie that Tony by mistake thought that she was Leigh. In a way Leigh was practically with Annie in spirit.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The ghostwriter's laughable first attempt July 30 2003
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I have two problems with this book. The first one is that the ghost writer did not use one single line of original dialogue throughout the entire story. He just rehashed the whole plot with Heaven again. If you read Fallen Hearts, you won't miss anything in this book. All the elements are there, and back again. Annie dies her hair blond, hmm....Somebody decides to go for a midnight walk and ends up in someone else's bed in the middle of the night. Sound familar? Tony completed deteoriated, the ghostwriter didn't even get the color of his hair right. And, he wasn't the strong, dangerous and intriguing character from the first book, he became a cookie cutter villian that spouted whole lines of dialogue from the previous books back at Annie when he was having a "moment". The ghostwriter blames this on senility. That sounds like an easy way out.
The second thing is, as numerous other reviewers have pointed out, Annie is the most moronic, whiny, little fool. I guess Heaven and Logan really messed up there. I personally didn't care about what happened to her, especially since the same things from every other book VC wrote were just transferred onto her simpering, crybaby little head. What a horrible end to a genuinely touching series. This is one of the few VC Andrews books I never reread back when I was really gung ho for all these books.
This is also the ghostwriter's ghastly debut. The good news is that he gets better. It would be hard to outdo this book with it's pure lack of everything. With this book, he could have just handed you a piece of paper directing you to the various pages numbers of previous VC Andrews books that he directly ripped off, instead of wasting more paper. A six year old with mad libs and a list of adjectives could have been more creative. But to give him credit, like I said, he does do better in some of his later series.
So anyway, you probably don't want to buy this book. Get it in the library, before you go on a long plane ride.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad. July 4 2003
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This book is a must read if you are reading the series of books as a whole. It's not the best book, but it's worth sticking out till the end. Annie is not my favorite character, but I liked her better than Christie in the Cutler series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Annie is so strong willed ! April 17 2003
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Annie is so smart and nice but gets abused by a man who wants to get in a line of women Im kindof sad hetries to sleep with his own granddaughter what kindo sicko is he! I believe Annie is so strong and keeps her dream and her love,Luke and Im glad thier not related cause their Prefect for her! Luke is such a nice guy and hes bright loving and afuture he holds on to so he can have Annie in his future! I thught it was a great book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Sun Never Comes Out For Annie (Boo-hoo) Aug. 24 2002
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Though not as bad as some of the ghost writer's latest, it is still not very good. The kindest thing I have to say is that the characters, at their best, are not nearly as worthy of my sympathy as Cathy or Bart from the Dollanganger series. I don't understand how Annie and Luke could fall in love. It's a pretty trashy notion, not to mention, unrealistic. It's about as tragic as an episode of Jerry Springer. The whole thing with Heaven and Logan plunges an already pathetic plot into melodrama. Annie has a few fainting spells, and when she is conscious, she's bemoaning her lost childhood. One thing I have to give GW, though, he must know that writers are not supposed to demonize the bad guys. He tries to make us sympathize with Tony, but he fails. Perhaps he tries to compensate by demonizing the good guys. Huh? He pulls that off, I must say. I come away from the book liking no one, sad that the writer couldn't have killed off the whole cast of characters while he was at it. It worked for Shakespeare.
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