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The Blessed

(The Blessed #1)

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,260 ratings  ·  467 reviews
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 f
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 stepbac
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. ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
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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
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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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
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
Tayane Cristie
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, 2016-fails
I don't know what I just read, but I know I didn't like it. That's what you get when you go to weird books just by it's cover and by reading a few lines from a synopsis. Weird is definetely the right word for this story. I like weird, weird is good sometimes, but it didn't work here.
The author tried to build a gothic-like story, with churches and something about saints, and when you reach the end you realise she had no idea what she was doing. At least this is what it seems to me. I didn't feel
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was probably one of the most ridiculous books I have read in a very long time. The plot was just odd and it made no sense most of the time, the characters were awful and I felt so disconnected to all of them and it was just generally terrible. The only reason this book got 2 stars rather than 1 was because I managed to finish it, which was a struggle at times.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Julia March
Jun 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 BLESSED really 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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Pam Pho
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kooky, vague, and an utter masterpiece.
harlequin {Stephanie}
Feb 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My dog chewed through this book, but not enough to stop me from finishing this book. It must’ve been a warning from him about how terrible of a book this is...maybe I should’ve taken the hint.
My first feeling while reading this book was "What on earth am I reading?!", but I kept reading. The blurb actually sounded pretty interesting, I wasn't sure what I was going to get from this book but what I did get was not at all what I had expected to come out.

This was a very interesting and confusing story. You have the three main characters Lucy, Cecelia and Agnes who are introduced at the beginning at Perpetual Help Hospital. Agnes attempted suicide after her boyfriend dumped her, C
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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
Aug 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free as part of the First Reads program. I think I stopped caring what happened about 100 pages into it. First of all, the action and dialogue are choppy at times – sometimes there isn’t enough transition, other times the description goes on and on. Second, while about 90% of the story is told from the perspective of the three main characters, Agnes, Cecilia and Lucy, there are odd times in scenes between the girls and Sebastian when moments are relayed from his perspective, ...more
DNF @ 50%. Could not get interested in any of the characters. I don't know why the author chose to have three girls and one guy in this really really weird situation (trapped/sheltered in an abandoned church during a horrible storm... for three days....... yyyyyeah)... the girls were not differentiated enough, and two of the three were fashun idiots - automatic points off. I hate fashun idiots, especially in books. They go on and on about what they're wearing and I. do not. care. Just shut up an ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
"I have no idea what I just read," seems to be the consensus on Precious Blood. But why?

The plot was kind of messed up. Thank God no one knew I was reading this. Explaining it would have been a nightmare.
"Well, there are these three girls, who haven't really done anything right in life, but somehow now this guy they meet thinks their saints. And this guy is either crazy, or completely sane. And we're just supposed to believe everything he says. Even though, this guy could have killed someone a
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
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
At first i didn't know what was going on in this book but as i was starting to understand it i liked it more and more.There isn't much action going on, meaning that the characters for the biggest part of the book stay in one place but the story is made in a way that makes you keep reading the book in order to discover what the characters really are .
I was so font of the story that i managed to finish the book in one day (something i haven't done for a book since a long time ago) and the ending
Clementina Filosa-morton
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book, great characters, really enjoyed their differences, and yeah, the mythos of the world, I hope we learn more about all that stuff, and yeah, my family members were annoyed with how much I expressed my emotions at all the unfair and injustice things that happened! Yeah.
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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 ind ...more

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