Gates of Paradise Mass Market Paperback – Jul 15 1990
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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.
About the Author
One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, first in the renowned Dollanganger family series which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. The family saga continues with Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger, and Secret Brother. V.C. Andrews has written more than seventy novels, which have sold more than 106 million copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five foreign languages.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on July 4 2003 by Amazon Customer
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! Read morePublished on April 16 2003
I didn't think this book was too bad, but not at all like the other Casteel books. I was sad when Heaven died, only because Annie is a whiny little brat. Read morePublished on July 4 2002 by KATE
Annie Stonewall and Luke Casteel Jr. have always been in love. But, their love is forbidden because they are both half-sibilings and cousins. Read morePublished on June 19 2001 by Tiffany
I have read every book V.C. Andrews has written. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it.Published on May 22 2001 by Sandra L. von Pier