The Blessed

The Blessed

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Brooklyn teens Lucy, Cecilia and Agnes find themselves in the emergency room at Perpetual Help Hospital at the lowest point in their lives. Lucy, the superficial party girl; Cecilia, a drop out rock chick; and Agnes, a hopeless romantic. All rebels running from their lives and themselves, plagued by broken hearts and broken dreams. Enter Sebastian: mysterious, compelling, seductive. He brings the girls together and seems to provide each of them with what they long for ...and they begin to heal. But Sebastian is on the run - and soon the girls are hunted too ...A dark, contemporary rock 'n' roll retelling of three famous female martyrs - Agnes, Cecilia and Lucy - and their transformation from street deliquents to soul models. Including gorgeously seductive colour artwork. Stay tuned for the breathtaking sequel, The Passionaries, out Summer 2013. 'Our new favourite dark, sexy rock-n-roll thriller.' Sugarscape 'Intense, visceral, powerful. * * * *' Books for Keepsshow more

Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 34mm | 480.81g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444904752
  • 9781444904758
  • 1,022,744

About Tonya Hurley

Tonya Hurley is the author of the New York Times best selling series Ghostgirl. 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 in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughter. The Blessed is the first in a trilogy. Look out for Book 2 in August more

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this dark ... tale centres around three well-developed, engaging, strong female characters ... this story will grip readers from the dramatic opening to the climactic finish Book Trust A powerful ... piece of of modern Gothic, depicting a nightmarish city where those in power are evil and corrupt Books For Keeps Intense, visceral, powerful. * * * * Books For Keeps Intense, visceral Books For Keeps This story will grip readers from the dramatic opening to the climactic finish. booktrust 'Our new favorite dark, sexy rock-n-roll thriller.' '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 'Intriguing premise, fiery dialogue, and digs about celebrity-obsessed culture that moves at the speed of Twitter...' Publishers Weekly '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 powerful piece of modern Gothic, depicting a nightmarish city where those in power are evil and corrupt. Books For Keepsshow more

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this dark ... tale centres around three well-developed, engaging, strong female characters ... this story will grip readers from the dramatic opening to the climactic finish Book Trustshow more

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1,898 ratings
3.05 out of 5 stars
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4 20% (372)
3 26% (484)
2 20% (388)
1 16% (296)

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(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.) Three girls are all admitted to A&E the same Saturday night. Agnes who slit her wrists because her boyfriend cheated on her, Cecilia who accidentally drowned herself in a puddle after her band had played because she drank too much, and Lucy who accidentally overdosed whilst at a party. The three girls have never met each other before, and although they are all admitted at the same time, still do not meet then. Whilst all of them have different problems, they also have some similar ones. Each girl has someone that's getting to her in some way, and each girl is given or finds a strange bracelet at the hospital - one with cream coloured stones and a small charm. One night all three girls find themselves drawn to a church called 'The Church of the Precious Blood', where they meet a boy called Sebastian - a boy who claims to have given them the bracelets. He claims that the bracelets are 'Chaplets', and the charms on each are 'milagros', and they are what has drawn the girls to the church. What the girls don't know is that Sebastian has just escaped from the psychiatric wing after a 3 year stay, instigated by the priest who used to worship in the very church that Sebastian and the girls are now in. Why has Sebastian gone to such lengths to get the girls to the church? What secrets are hidden within its walls? What answers will they find there? And why are both the psychiatrist and the priest so desperate to get Sebastian back? This was an okay read. I found it quite dull and didn't really see where it was going most of the time. I persevered, and was slightly interested in Sebastian's background and why he had been sectioned and spent 3 years in a psychiatric hospital, but I found that even that was 100% explained. I felt like I could most relate to Agnes, with her selfish attention-seeking mother, and uncaring boyfriend. Both Cecilia and Lucy were themselves selfish and attention-seeking though, and I didn't really like them at all. Both seemed to be only out for what they could get, and although the author tried to show their good sides, neither of them were people that I would want to be friends with. At 57% the book took quite a gruesome turn, and turned into more of a horror novel which I totally wasn't expecting! There were actually quite a few gory scenes that I really didn't appreciate. There is also quite a lot of religious talk in this book. Obviously it takes place in a church, and there are loads of sayings and stuff from the bible littered about, and quite a bit about different saints and stuff. I can't say that I was over impressed by all this. I'm not overly religious, and the religious undertones just didn't do it for me. I didn't read this book expecting to have to wade through religious mumbo-jumbo. The one good thing about this book was the fact that the author used the phrase 'I couldn't care less' correctly. So often people say 'I could care less' - if you could care less, that means that you care!! Thank you to the author for actually using this phrase correctly! Overall; I'm sure other people will enjoy this book but I personally was not a fan. 4 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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