Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Interview with Melissa De La Cruz ~ Gates Of Paradise!


We would like to welcome Melissa De La Cruz to Two Women and a Book Review. It was an absolute honor to be apart of Gates of Paradise blog tour. 

1. You brought two completely different worlds together and combined them which has not been done the way you did it. What kind of steps did you take to make sure these two worlds came together as smoothly as they have?
 As to the worlds - do you mean the Witches of East End and the Blue Bloods universe? Or angels and vampires? I'm not quite sure. I think for me, it comes naturally to mix mythologies and stories and worlds, maybe because I came from a colonized country (the Philippines was a colony of the US), I am an immigrant to America, and I've navigated every world from the working to the upper classes, never quite fitting in anywhere, but always sort of figuring out the rules of the world I'm currently in. Being an outsider is pretty powerful, it's a great tool. I'm a product of many cultures and many beliefs, and I think that shows in my work, I've learned to see things from many different perspectives, which is helpful when you're a writer.

2. What is the single most powerful challenge you came across when you were writing Gates of Paradise?
I think just starting, 
3. Do you have any regrets?
It would have been nice to have had just a little more time with the ending, but I also hate when endings drag on. I know some readers want me to write "longer" but I'm just not that type of writer, I can't go on and on and on once something's already been figured out. I've always loved the Diana Wynne Jones model, in Castle in the Air, once Sophie and Howl figure out they love each other, it's like a paragraph, that's it. The end! I always liked that. She would have a twisty plot and then once everything was figured out it would end tidily.

4. [THIS IS A SPOILER --> PLEASE WARN PEOPLE!!!] What made you decide to make Oliver a Vampire in Gates of Paradise?
In my original draft of Blue Bloods, the first book, Ollie actually was a vampire, and I changed him when I figured out he was a conduit - and I think his journey - he's always been so instrumental to vampire society - so it just makes sense. He's an outsider who becomes the ultimate insider, and I really enjoyed showing that transformation.
5. If you had to do it over, would you change anything in Gates of Paradise?
No, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm really satisfied. I wouldn't change a thing

Friday, January 18, 2013

Gates of Paradise By: Melissa De La Cruz

Gates of Paradise By: Melissa De La Cruz 5 stars *****

Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.

I didnt realize when I started reading Gates of Paradise I would get so engrossed in it to the point that my day began and ended with this story. A story of a love meant for a lifetime but also a story filled with action and adventures that will keep your mind reeling even after you finish the book.

Gates of Paradise is a breathtaking and thrilling story that you will immediately fall in love with. Her writing style and characters will have your hands glued to the book and your eyes to the pages. It is truely a suspenseful adventure filled love story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you wish you were apart of their world. Bravo I couldn't have asked for a better end for this series even though I am going to deeply miss the connection and thrill I felt each time I read a new Blue Bloods novel. Thankyou Melissa for the amazing journey you took us on, I am truely looking forward to your other novels.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Echo By: Alyson Noel 5 Stars *****

Echo By: Alyson Noel 5 Stars***** January 2, 2013

There's still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker....and about herself. As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace. But when she learns that his connection to the evil Richter family goes far deeper than she ever imagined, she begins to question if love really can conquer all.

Dace is painfully aware that he wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the Richters' dark magic—and now his brother Cade is determined to use his love for Daire against him. Dace is willing to sacrifice anything to protect the girl he loves—including his own life. But will Daire allow it? And what if defeating Cade costs not only his life, but his soul too?

From the very first moment I started reading this book just like her last one I became instantly entranced. From beginning to end I became engulfed in Echo feeling like I was apart of the book and by the time I finished reading it I felt a kinship toward each character, feeling as if I grew up knowing each and everyone personally. Echo has a blend of many different things that make it such an amazing book and I can honestly say I loved this book alittle more than the last, maybe because Dace and Daire are finally together and have realized their love for one another or it could be because they have to fight evil to save the ones they love. Their are many reason I loved this book but what I do know is that when Alyson Noel writes a book she pulls out all stops. This book is filled with romance and is action packed and honestly you couldn't ask for more from a writer. Alyson Noel truely did an amazing job with Echo.

Best Wishes, Brenda