Precious Blood/The Blessed (The Blessed #1)
by Tonya Hurley
What is it about:
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.
What did I think of it:
This is a book that has multiple titles, so beware when starting on this series. My copy is called Precious Blood, but the same book is also titled The Blessed and The Blessed Book.
Going by the reviews it seemed like this is a book you either love or hate. So of course that made me very curious about it. Luckily I won a copy of this book in a giveaway, so I could give it a try.
And this is a beautiful story.
Agnes, Cecilia and Lucy are three very different girls, but all three are missing something in their life. Enter Sebastian: he reaches out to them and tells them they are special. What insecure young girl wouldn't be affected?
I like how this story doesn't immediately give clear answers, but raises lots of questions. Who is Sebastian? What does he want from the three girls? Are they indeed as special as he tells them, or is he playing with them?
And when strange things begin to happen, the story gets even more complicated. Is what the girls experience really happening? Why is it happening, and can they handle it?
I must say I was captured by this story and fell in love with it. I can understand why some people don't like this story though. It's often unclear what is going on, and if the things that happen are real or not. It's a set up that can easily ruin a story, but in my opinion Hurley pulled it off.
Overall this book is beautiful and thought provoking, and I will most certainly get hold of the next book in this series.
Why should you read it:
It's a beautifully written (Paranormal) YA read.