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The Blessed

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    I had an opportunity to get a copy of the audiobook for review.

    I had an opportunity to get a copy of the audiobook for review. It was a book that I was semi-interested in because the physical book as a cover that is interchangeable, the blue side that looks very heavenly, but the other side is dark, black and mysterious. This gave me the idea that maybe the book could be darker than I was originally thinking it might be from the summary.

    When I first started listening to the audiobook I noticed right away the narrator, actress Kara Hayward, has a very distinctive voice. Which is not a bad thing, but I noticed right away that I was paying more attention to the way that she was pronouncing the words than what she was saying. It did take a long while before I got used to it. But I do think she did an excellent job showing each characters personalities throughout the story.

    The actual story did get a little dark, but maybe not as much as I was expecting. The resonating and very upfront religious focus in the story was a little off putting to me. But you really cannot deny that you didn't expect that when you look at the summary and the cover. It is very obvious.

    It's a slower paced book, the girls all going through some very painful times in their lives. It's emotional and overall they really do all have very strong, distinct, personalities. Quite easily they could become best friends or mortal enemies.

    What I can say is that now, even weeks after I have finished listening to it. The story has still stuck with me, and not in a bad way. I find myself thinking about the characters and how they eventually come together in those last chapters, it really ended on a high note. It is something that I will be looking forward to the next book in the series, because it's peaked my interest.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

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    The Blessed centers around three girls, Lucy, Agnes, and Cecelia

    The Blessed centers around three girls, Lucy, Agnes, and Cecelia, who all wind up in the emergency room at the same time for different reasons. While there, they meet a mysterious stranger, Sebastian, who gives them each beautiful bracelets with charms on them. They later find out who Sebastian is, or believes he is. Circumstances throw all of them together as they seek refuge during a storm, where Sebastian tells them more about the Saints, who they also learn were all martyrs, killed for their beliefs.

    The story gets more complicated and darker as it progresses. It is deeply rooted in religious undertones, and is unique in both topic and plot. Much of the story centers on getting to know the three girls, with different twist and turns, emphasis on saints and martyrs, combined with conspiracy and mystery.

    I found this book interesting and different, though somewhat difficult to grasp at times. All the characters are well-developed and well-written, but I didn’t really connect with any of them. This book is thought provoking, with some dark connotations This is one of those books that you have to really focus and pay attention to as you read. Though this wasn’t something that fits my personal taste, it may be something you would like, especially if you are looking for something unique with a different perspective.

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    Posted October 18, 2012

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