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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
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Hardcover, 405 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published August 2nd 2012)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
I take back every single time in the past that I've said, "what did I just read?" All of those previous times feel somehow inappropriate now, since I've just finished the mother of WTF?!? books.
"You aren't just being followed. You are being hunted."

Seriously...WHAT DID I JUST READ? I'm not sure if I've stumbled upon pure brilliance or sheer insanity.

First off, the book summary and cover were the first things to catch my eye and sucker me into wanting to read The Blessed. The stepback cover
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Kitty
Good lord this book! Mamas gonna need a stiff drink and a damp towel to keep over her eyes for this review. In the mean time have a looksie at the junk my boss was sent!





So, perhaps one of the most disturbing promotional items I’ve seen - the YA prayer candle!

That’s right ladies, complete with a blinged out copy of the cover on the front (those be REAL rhinestones right thar) and a prayer for fans to say after lighting, you too can send up offerings to a completely fictitious character. Anyone at
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Wendy Darling
DNF After 50 pages, I still don't have a clue who anyone is or what is going on. But the real problem is, I don't really care, either.
Sophia C
Rating: 2.5
Writing: 3
Plot: 2
Characters: 1

Theme: Saints

Worth the buy? No.

Whew! Okay, so recently, I've been trying to read a book (one whole book, like 400 pages) in one school period. That's 60 minutes, about. So anyway, I've been trying, and this was my first baby test-run. Yeah, 400 pages is a lot to read in an hour. Did I finish the book? Nope. I was literally 20 pages short! But that won't stop me from blowing off my homework to reach my goal :D Yay procrastination? Okay, enough about me, o
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Michelle
After reading a Kirkus review about this book, I had to get my hands on an arc. "Gritty thriller" and "breathtaking violence" was all I needed to hear, not to mention that amazing writing and the amazingly well-crafted characters. I could not put this book down. It is definitely in my top five of all time. It is so different. I love that the author does her own thing and isn't just re-writing other people's books. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is a real reader.
Sam
The Blessed is a very intriguing and slightly creepy YA novel, that will definitely appeal to some teens.

The Blessed is about three girls, Lucy, Cecelia and Agnes, who all end up in the emergency room at the hospital. Lucy, the party girl; Cecelia, the musician; and Agnes, the girl with a big heart. They're all running away and leaving their lives behind. They meet Sebastian, a hot and mysterious guy who seems to bring each of the girls what they long for. But can they trust him?

I didn't enjoy
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Jon
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Slight spoilers to follow in this review!

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 c
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Michelle
What just happened? ..... This is just awful.

Here is a list of why I did NOT like this book:

*The plot was SO SLLOOOWWW. It took 3/4 of the book to get to the point! The vagueness surrounding why these 3 girls have come together was annoying and unnecessary.

*The gratuitous swearing was.... gratuitous. There was also a lot of adult content which even as an adult, I thought was just uncalled for. This book does not belong in YA

*The repetition of the color descriptor: garnet. There are MANY OTHER
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Reut
Originally reviewed on reutreads, a young adult book blog.

I am honestly a plain old sucker for cults, everyone. Cults and religious undertones and engimatic boys? YES.

However,THE BLESSEDreally failed to live up to my expectations. I skimmed it and still don't really know what it was about.

The novel is over 400 pages long but it takes at least 250 pages for inciting incidents to occur. Those 250 pages, I kept holding out for something to happen and just had to keep skimming. Novels just shouldn't
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Elii Vela
Reseña cortesía de: TIL |The Itzel Library

Éste libro es una rareza total. Cuando leí Ghostgirl, me gustó. No que la fantasmita fuera el mejor personaje, en realidad era bastante patético, pero de alguna manera me atrajo la trama, aunque no lo suficiente para seguir la saga. Cuando recibí "Las Bendecidas", pensé que tenía la portada más horrible que pudieron conseguirle. Quiero decir, en Goodreads podemos ver las otras y son mucho mejores.

Continuando... La trama es de lo más complicada, inverosím
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Stephanie
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Agnes, Lucy, and Cecilia are three girls struggling to come to terms with all life has dealt them. All seems hopeless... until the girls each find a bracelet, linking them to a boy who claims he is a living saint. As the three become more and more involved with this strange young man, they begin to question all that they know about saints, martyrs, and their faith. And as one
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Liviania
I heard mixed reviews of THE BLESSED before reading the book, but I never quite understood what it was about. But there's something intriguing about books that people either love or hate. And based on my experiences with Tonya Hurley's debut series, there was still a 50-50 chance for me.

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
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Sarah
THE BLESSED has the distinction of being one of the strangest books I've ever read. From the very first page it's wrapped in a cloud of surreal mysticism, & the close of the novel shows no signs of grounding in future installments. For my own part, I've got no problem unhooking my tether to reality, particularly in urban fantasy. But in the interest of defending THE BLESSED against the onslaught of outraged reviews, let me issue some very specific reader warnings:

1) If you don't like surreal
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Kendra
The Blessed is, hands down, the worst book I have ever read in my entire life.

Let's just get this out of the way quick: if it weren't for the rampant transphobia, I would've just called this book comically terrible. But of course, The Blessed, in a really desperate bid to be relevant, throws around the word “tranny” (p. 346), makes a completely unnecessary comment about how Lucy “endures” a pat-down by a “very manly looking woman” (p. 307) , and uses the baffling phrase “trends gender” in a dero
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Jessica
I probably won't be popular here and I'm sure I'll be in the minority on this one but that's okay with me. I'm asked to give my honest opinion on books and this is my honest opinion. I did not like this book at all! It was just bizarre and didn't flow well for me.


The story begins with three teen girls all in the same Catholic hospital E.R. Agnes has just tried to committ suicide, Cecilia was found face down in a mud puddle, drowning and Lucy was highly intoxicated. They are all kept overnight fo
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Julia March
Yes, this was really awful. Let me say though that I picked this up very excitedly. I was expecting something like saved (the movie) or the virgin suicides (another movie) or somewhere in between. I have been dying for something supernatural that is based somewhere in the catholic faith with saints and crosses and rosary's and bad girls! But, this is definitely not that. It's like gossip girl with a few supernatural elements and religion.

First of all the writing was awful. It was bizarre and no
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Kalla
THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE!

I got to page 100 and decided that I just couldn't handle any more of this terrible book. I wasted time on this stupid book when I could have been reading something good.

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The characters in this book were... well, STUPID AND ANNOYING. I can honestly say that I hated EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM. And that's pretty bad considering I didn't even finish the book. Seriously guys, it was THAT BAD.

This is how I felt every time one of the characters said something totally stupid,
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Jamie
This book is like nothing I've ever read before. A real breath of fresh air in the YA paranormal world. I could not put it down. I read all 410 pages of the advance as soon as we got it at Books Inc. for our teen reading group. The cover matches the book.. ethereal, eerie and like nothing else out there! I know this will be a movie. I love the characters, the clothes and the fact that brooklyn is a character all in itself. what story telling. I am dying for the next one!
harlequin {Stephanie}
Feb 21, 2013 harlequin {Stephanie} rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of YA fantasy fiction, without the fantasy part
Recommended to harlequin {Stephanie} by: accidental rental, slipped into my bag... It was a freak thing


A note to YA books everywhere.
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Kooky, vague, and an utter masterpiece.
Tori (:
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I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway! Thank you, Goodreads, for hosting it.

Precious Blood actually has a really interesting premise. It's just the characters that really got to me. I firmly believe that most of the events I hated in this book were because of the characters, not the plot.

This book centers around three girls--Lucy, Cecilia, and Agnes--who all have issues one way or another. Either they're an unloved celebrity, a broke rock star, and a suicid
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Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
A story about redemption and the ancient history of Saints, THE BLESSED will take you on a wild ride of discovery along with Lucy, Cecilia, and Agnes. Hurley's take on Saints is fascinating and stands on its own in the YA genre. I couldn't read fast enough! There is so much going on and with the way Hurley has written the novel, the pages fly by. I can say with absolute surety that THE BLESSED will be among my favorites of 2012.

Lucy, Cecilia, and Agnes are each broken in different ways when we a
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Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
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
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Janet
The Blessed is the first novel I've ever read that I think should be censored from school libraries. The reason is that I'm not sure that it would be healthy for all teens in extreme emotional states to read. The story can read as a validation of dark emotion and suffering,which is powerful for teens to relate to, but can be taken too far.

The Blessed is the story of three girls with variations of horribly empty lives (the hated 'it' girl, the strung out musician on the edge, the sensitive who h
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Arantxa Palacios
TU QUE BUSCAS LA ESPERANZA
TU QUE BUSCAS LA FE
TU QUE BUSCAS EL AMOR

VEN A MI Y A ESTAS TRES,
DUEÑAS DE MI CORAZÓN,
Y VERÁS QUE CUANTO QUIERES
Y DESEAS

YA SE ENCUENTRA
EN TU INTERIOR.

NO TEMAS,
PUES ESTOY CONTIGO
SIEMPRE.

AUN HASTA EL
FIN.

Esa fue mi frase favorita de todo el libro, la última xD Creo que fue lo único que de veras me gustó, el final.
No porque la trama sea mala, pues no sé si lo es o no, pero el inicio es bastante... pendejo. Quiero decir, pudo haber estado un millón de veces mejor.

Al princip
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Lief Jones
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3.5 STARS

My thoughts on The Blessed are very mixed. I was really excited to read it and when I found it on sale at Wal-Mart I couldn't resist myself. The book design is beautiful, and the marketing was brilliant.

The novel is definitely atmospheric. I'm the type of person who can enjoy a boring book with basically no plot as long as the prose is pretty and the book is aesthetically/atmospherically pleasing, and The Blessed was both of those things. That isn't to say there wasn't a plot
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Joany Vries
Een van de vreemdste, vaagste boeken die ik ooit hen gelezen, maar desondanks en heuse pageturner.
Emmy
Oke. Interessant.... En raar. En vaag. Maar toch. Binnenkort mijn recensie.
Clementina Filosa-morton
This is another gem from Ms. Hurley; a morality tale but with all the reality of the active life of three teens who are not quite sure what direction each is going. A meet-up with a mysterious stranger from their Past helps to resolve that issue. Exciting theme with the character's personalities leaping off the pages.
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Tonya Hurley is a New York Times and international bestselling author of the ghostgirl series (Little, Brown) and The Blessed trilogy (Simon & Schuster). Her books are published in nearly 30 countries and in more than 20 languages. Ms. Hurley has a worked in virtually every aspect of teen entertainment: creating, writing, and producing two hit TV series; writing and directing several acclaimed ...more
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