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The Blessed [Hardcover]

Tonya Hurley , Abbey Watkins
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Sept. 25 2012 The Blessed
From the author of the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy—a boy who believes he is a saint.

What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?
     Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.

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"A good story that uses faith as a powerful narrative device. Combine that with first-rate characters, scheming powers that be, and a harrowing plot you have a book that has bestseller written all over it, in big gothic letters." (The Book Passage)

“Brooklyn is the perfect setting for this dark, gritty thriller...Readers can rest assured that while these young women may be saints, they are definitely not angels." (Kirkus)

“Our new favorite dark, sexy rock-n-roll thriller.” (SugarScape.com)

“Intriguing premise, fiery dialogue, and digs about celebrity-obsessed culture that moves at the speed of Twitter…” (Publishers Weekly)

"Hurley has given me the story I’ve wanted for years—one with strong females accepting their lot and living to their full potential.

I will be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the second installment. For readers looking for a new story and for new characters to love and cheer for, then Agnes, CeCe, and Lucy are your next favorites." (A Midsummer Night's Read)

"...Hurley brings her deadpan wit and blackest humor to the first tale in this trilogy about spirituality, sacrifice and supernatural romance." (MTV Hollywood Crush)

"...A masterpiece. I wholeheartedly recommend The Blessed to you if you are interested in good writing, expert story telling, quirk and circumstance, or rock and roll. (Bookalcious Pam)

"The Blessed is raw and gritty. It's keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to remember that you actually need to breathe." (Beyond Books)

"The Blessed is creepy-cool." (Bust Magazine)

"I loved the unexpected twists in the plot and suspense. I felt really invested in the characters and I felt like it’s one of those books you could read over and over and never tire of. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!" (Kara Hayward, star of Moonrise Kingdom)

About the Author

Tonya Hurley is the author of the New York Times bestselling series ghostgirl and the Blessed trilogy. She has worked in nearly every aspect of teen entertainment: creating, writing, and producing two hit TV series; writing and directing several acclaimed independent films; and developing a groundbreaking collection of video games. Tonya lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

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1.0 out of 5 stars No..just no Jan. 11 2014
Format:Hardcover
Even though I DNF'd this one, I read enough to warrant a mini review.

I had a lot of trouble with this one. It started out interesting but then it went downhill from there.. Lack of plot in the hundred pages is not good for a reader like me. I need to be invested. I need to be entrapped, and sadly the characters didn't even interest me. I disliked both Lucy and Cecelia. I thought Agnes had potential but I thought her too be moody and way too love struck. Actually scratch that, all of them fell in love the first few moments they saw Sebestian and it annoyed me to no end. I don't know if they were under a spell but I found it so crazy.

The writing isn't bad, but everything else I found over the top detailed. I didn't have to know about this much detail, I found it dragging and even boring. Where was the story going? I was so very confused. There was all hidden meaning and it just didn't make sense. There was little talk of the saints and their stories until you're halfway in.

Got to page 279 where I decided to not even finish. I don't recommend this one, I'm sad to report. Don't be confused by the creeptastic cover, the story is not there if you're looking for one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!! June 29 2013
By Sir Reads Alot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished Precious Blood!!! If you are familiar with Tonya Hurley's other books and liked them, this will blow your mind!!! Three girls on a journey that they will never forget. Lucy, Agnes and Cecilia have never met before, but What brings them together? Is it an angel?A devil? A saint? Can't wait for the sequel to see how these girls handle the situation they've been thrown into! GET THIS BOOK!!!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop The Voices! Nov. 28 2012
By Elly Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Wow. This is a very dark depressing book. The lead characters are bullies, there is graphic violence, but I could have overlooked all of it, had the book not gone from character viewpoint to character viewpoint to character viewpoint IN THE SAME CHAPTER.
This was a jumbled heap of disjointed anger and sadness.
I felt like I needed a few showers after reading and needed to read something SANE and had characters I could sympathize with.
I have a feeling people will be attracted by the cover (I love the cover - it's quite brilliant) - but the story is horrible, hard to follow, and so disjointed.
Hated it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I liked...hated..liked this book? July 8 2013
By that reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book mainly because of the cover.Heck, even the book trailer looked awesome! I read the summary and it seemed like an interesting read. I'm not one to read books with a religious theme but this seemed to have a good twist to it. I read the book in just a few days. I wasn't a big fan of the character swapping narration roles but I've heard that the next books are going to have a single narrator. One for each saint, so I guess it was ok for this book. I really couldn't put it down out of confusion and curiosity. I wasn't a fan of Lucy or Agnes. Agnes was a whiny child and Lucy just had a black soul. I like Cecilia's character because she was more knowledgable about how cruel life can be and faced it with an iron fist. The other two girls just crumbled as soon as something got hard. Sebastian was also another great character...probably because he wasn't a whiny b*&#@.

Other than character's likability, the story was really just a long drawn out thing that suddenly hit a climax and then ended. There was some build up for the climax. But that climax! That was just out of no where. It was like story, story, whining, angst, story, HOLY S*** BALLS I'M GONNA VOMIT....story, story, end! Never have I read a book with such a graphic and disgusting scene. It took up three chapters, so you could see it from everyone's point of view. But seriously there should be a warning on this book about how graphic the climax is.

One last concern is the writing. This author is experienced but I have a strange feeling this wasn't proof read. One example from this book would be when Agnes was talking to Sebastian. She was standing, he knelt before her, and leaned in for a kiss...yeah. That totally made sense if he was going for her knees. I swear I reread that paragraph multiple times thinking I had misread it. Mentally I think once somethings published it has been proof read a thousand times but this book proved me wrong.

All in all I do want to read the next book. Why? I don't know. Why did I read all of Blessed? Maybe it was the concept that was so strong that is keeping me wanting more. I just don't know.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn"t Put The Book Down July 1 2013
By Debra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very well written with so much insight of our younger generations struggles in to days world. The bonding friendship and love of the main characters, Lucy, Cecilia, and Agnes is inspiring. And who can ever forget Sebastian! This book was put together so well. The whole plot of the book was creatively thought out and with much research. I read it in two days and can not wait for the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Edgy Saints... Jan. 7 2013
By OutlawPoet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
When three self-destructive girls find themselves in the same hospital on the same night, they meet Sebastian, a mysterious boy who seems to know more about them than anyone ever could. Will he help them find their true selves? Or lead them into the darkest pits of Hell?

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First, I'm going to do something that I rarely do. I'm going to wax poetic about the cover for a minute. I'm a Kindle reader. At least 90% of what I read is strictly e-books. However, in this case, get the book - the actual hardcover book with the jacket. This book is simply gorgeous. There are also illustrated pages inside that aren't to be missed, however, the cover is a jewel. I'm not a book collector, but this one is going on a place of honor where people can see it.

Now, the other part is that the jacket for the book does its part to enhance the reading experience for you. It adds to this luscious, yet edgy, atmosphere that's pervasive throughout the book.

Of course, the jacket can't carry it alone. You need story, and boy do you get it!

Now, I confess that I am a horror lover, and yes, this book is horror. I'm not sure if the author describes it that way, but if I had to pick a genre, it would be horror. Sub-genre might be religious horror. I'm also Catholic, so Saints + Horror is always an interesting combination to me.

The book is not for everyone. It's got hardcore gore and all of the characters are very damaged. All three of the girls are terribly self-destructive in different ways. You wouldn't want to be friends with them, but they are a blast to read about. One of the girls, Lucy, seemed to be a bit too directly based on a certain Hollywood Party Girl, but the other two were a bit more original. And Lucy showed a bit of unexpected depth and growth.

As for the darkness and edge in the book, it's always kind of tickled me that people think of saints as white robes and halos, pure and pristine. In this book, the authors presents us with Saints as martyrs - complete with the blood, pain and gruesomeness that martyrdom requires. She pulls no punches. Martyrs might die righteously, but they tend to die painfully.

I found the story unrelenting and absolutely fascinating. I wanted a bit more backstory - why these three girls - and more about Sebastian. And I simply can't wait to see what they do next!

For me, this one was an enthusiastic and unapologetic five star review. I want more!
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