The Blessed Hardcover – Sep 25 2012
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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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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!
But, y'know, I didn't love or hate THE BLESSED.
(And I'm still not entirely sure what it's about.)
One fateful night in Brooklyn, three young women - Agnes, CeCe, and Lucy - end up in the hospital. They have little in common. Agnes is a typical teen who attempted suicide. CeCe is a musician who drowned in a pothole. Lucy is a celebutante who overdosed. But by the time they leave, they all have something in common. The three girls each leave with an expensive antique chaplet. (All of them know what a chaplet is, despite the fact that only one of them is a Catholic school girl. I had to look it up.) Only CeCe saw Sebastian, the boy who left them behind. But soon enough all four of them are drawn to Our Lady of Perpetual Blood during a fierce three-day storm. That's when things get weird.
I liked that THE BLESSED doesn't stick to one interpretation of events. It gets inside the head of many of the characters, including the possibly villainous psychiatrist Dr. Frey and the paparazzo Jesse, who is sometimes Lucy's ally. All of the characters have their own agendas and their own ways of seeing the world, and the truth lies somewhere between how the individuals present it. That doesn't mean I've figured out the truth.
I don't know what I think. THE BLESSED is a fever dream of a book, jumbling rock and roll, celebrity, and religious iconography together with abandon. But I know I'll be back for the second book. Hurley's created an intoxicating version of Brooklyn, one populated by saints and prophets, and I can't wait to see where she's taking this crazed thrill ride of faith and violence next. I don't think THE BLESSED is for everyone, but I appreciate that. I like that a book this strange is getting a big marketing push. Like Lucy says, you gotta go big.
The Blessed is an extremely problematic book that I struggled to read. Thank you Simon & Schuster for repackaging this book with a different cover. My ARC's cover is absolutely dreadful and reminds of a possessed Amanda Seyfried. It's kind of ironic that I decided to read this book based on it's horrific cover. Honestly I decided to read this book because of the horrific reviews and the putrid cover, I really wanted to give The Blessed the benefit of the doubt. People say "What's on the inside is what counts" but The Blessed isn't any better on the inside with it's ridiculous plot and unlikeable, shallow characters.
The Blessed is the story of how Cecilia, Agnes, and Lucy became saints in this modern retelling of the classic biblical stories. All 3 girls' paths cross with the mysterious Sebastian who claims he is trying to help them. During a storm, all 3 girls feel an urge to go to the church and they find Sebastian there waiting for them. Cecilia, Agnes, and Lucy may have powers within that they never knew about.
Honestly all of the characters in The Blessed are extremely shallow, unlikeable and just plain ridiculous. Throughout the entire book, I hated reading about these petulant characters and it made reading this book a chore. They weren't likeable at all, despite the fact that the author tried to make the reader empathize with them. I couldn't even distinguish any of the 3 female protagonists, their character arcs were developed poorly. At one point in the novel, one of the girls suggested that they hold a fashion show in the Church and have the altar act as a catwalk. They wanted to model the Priest's robes because they were bored. Please tell me, why would anyone suggest doing that? That's pretty offensive and just a form of desecration. The girls all think it's a great idea until Sebastian gives them a disapproving look.
Hurley tried to make it seem like they grew so much throughout the novel, but truthfully they didn't. One second they were all bickering and calling each other derogatory terms, excuse my french, but would saints call each other bitches and whores? Right after this they were acting like they were best friends and as if they didn't all curse each other out! Did I miss something? You just cursed her out and now you're hugging like you're nothing just happened! This is extremely unrealistic and just poor plot and character development on Hurley's part.
If a guy trapped you in a church during a storm, would you honestly fall in love with him? The girls immediately fall for Sebastian despite the fact that he's obviously off his knockers. He claims that all 3 girls are Saints that have special powers. He has some sort of mental problem and he just escaped from a psychiatric ward, so why do you believe him? The author never really makes it clear what his mental handicap is or if it's a greater power. In some segments of the book, the author makes it seems as if he is truly divine and sometimes he just seems psychotic! I'm not sure if Hurley tries to make it open for interpretation or if she didn't bother to make it more clear. Either way, the lack of explanation regarding Sebastian was truly annoying!
Some readers will definitely find The Blessed to be offensive. I was extremely offended by a joke that Hurley made during a scene in the beginning of the book. She joked that putting the psych ward on the top floor helped the ward save money because many of the patients jump from the top floor. How is this funny at all? That's extremely offensive and just isn't acceptable to include in a book. Another thing that may bother readers is the way Hurley handles the New Testament, it kind of seemed throughout the novel that she was poking fun at organized religion. The girls didn't feel like they were saintly at all and it felt as if Hurley was saying that saints don't exist. I know I'm just making inferences but I couldn't figure what the point of this book was.
The plot in The Blessed is nonsensical and just a mush of events that didn't really fit well together. The author unsuccessfully tried to blend two storylines into one but it didn't flow very well. By the end, I was a bit confused with everything that happened and I was pretty unsatisfied with the lackluster ending. I wouldn't dare to pick up the sequel, which is called The Passionaries. After reading The Blessed, I can't imagine picking up any of Hurley's other books.
The Blessed is truly one disaster of a book that never truly redeems itself. There really was no clear plot or character development in The Blessed. I feel as if I wasted so much time reading this book, the only perk is that the author creates a creepy environment and that I didn't waste my $ on it. I would recommend avoiding this book because it is extremely disappointing!
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