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Three modern-day teens have been reincarnated as saints?or so they?ve been told. This dark, thrilling follow-up to Precious Blood blends the gritty with the miraculous.

As we learned in Precious Blood, Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy ?may be saints, [but] they are definitely not angels? (Kirkus Reviews). They watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in, and now they have choices to make of their own. Will the girls trust in their destinies as saints and martyrs and ...

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Overview

Three modern-day teens have been reincarnated as saints—or so they’ve been told. This dark, thrilling follow-up to Precious Blood blends the gritty with the miraculous.

As we learned in Precious Blood, Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy “may be saints, [but] they are definitely not angels” (Kirkus Reviews). They watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in, and now they have choices to make of their own. Will the girls trust in their destinies as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or will they lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance.

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Editorial Reviews

The Book Passage
"A good story that uses faith as a powerful narrative device. Combine that with first-rate characters, scheming powers that be, and a harrowing plot you have a book that has bestseller written all over it, in big gothic letters."
MTV Hollywood Crush
"...Hurley brings her deadpan wit and blackest humor to the first tale in this trilogy about spirituality, sacrifice and supernatural romance."
Kara Hayward
"I loved the unexpected twists in the plot and suspense. I felt really invested in the characters and I felt like it’s one of those books you could read over and over and never tire of. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!"
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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Cecilia, the tattooed rock star; Lucy, the fashion/blog star; and Agnes, the caring teen may seem to be unlikely companions. However, they were brought together by Sebastian in the first of the “Blessed” books. Based on circumstances surrounding Sebastian’s death at the Church of the Precious Blood, the young women are believed to be the reincarnations of St. Cecilia, St. Lucy, and St. Agnes. Worshipped by their followers, they are at the same time threatened by those sent to eliminate them. Dr. Frey, head doctor at Perpetual Help Hospital, publically denounces them as mentally ill, but he privately sees them as a threat to the modern, commercial world. Cecilia, Lucy, and Agnes struggle to understand the visions of Sebastian, stigmata, and other unexplained experiences while they themselves question who they are. After the discovery that Sebastian’s heart has been stolen, events build to a dramatic conclusion that will leave readers anxiously anticipating the next novel. Some crude language and graphic violence may be disturbing to sensitive readers. However, this thrilling novel will be enjoyed by many as a change from the typical paranormal series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—This second installment in Hurley's supernatural Catholic-themed trilogy finds three teens who have been reincarnated as saints grieving separately over the loss of their surprisingly shared beloved, Sebastian. There's Cecilia, the gritty musician; Lucy, the socialite; and Agnes, the good girl. The teens are dealing with the fame and notoriety of possibly being reincarnated martyred saints, when they learn that someone has stolen Sebastian's heart with the intent of making it a religious relic. Both the girls and their nemesis, psychiatrist Dr. Frey, want the heart. Hurley's premise is interesting. Unfortunately, the world-building and background information doesn't quite gel. New readers will feel like they've tuned into a movie halfway through and may struggle to be invested. While the protagonists are distinct and capable of being formidable heroines, the heavy-handed messages of self-worth, belief, and faith sadly come off as cliché. "Ciphers" like Frey, people in powerful positions bent on manipulating the populace, are indistinguishable mustache-twirling baddies. Dialogue can waffle between trite or melodramatic, with an occasional swear word used. The emotional weight of the conclusion's stand-off is overshadowed by cartoonish, Matrix-like moves and gore. Loose threads and characters still in danger pave the way for book three. A strictly additional purchase where there are fans of Blessed (S & S, 2012).—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Revered by some, hunted by others, Lucy, Cecilia and Agnes may have survived the staggering violence that claimed Sebastian's life, but their hopes of returning to any semblance of normal after the events at Precious Blood are quickly and quite decisively dashed (Precious Blood, 2012). Their new and very public status as saints has left them targets for haters, most notably an Opus Dei–like faction of the Catholic Church hellbent on killing the girls before they realize their full power. Once again, Hurley brings a dark and shadowy version of Brooklyn to life. It's the perfect backdrop for this subversive, gritty novel. And while it lacks some of the spectacular drama that characterized the first novel, perhaps since the deliciously nefarious Dr. Frey remains too far in the wings, readers will find plenty to hold their interest. Though the evil doctor sacrifices far too much screen time by relying too heavily on his minions, the girls pick up the slack. Readers will also relate as Lucy, Cecilia and Agnes struggle to make peace with their destinies and to maintain faith in each other and in themselves despite their extraordinary circumstances. At the end of the day, sanctity aside, they are teenagers trying to make sense of the cards they've been dealt. Unfortunately for them, the deck is stacked. A terrific second volume. (Paranormal thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442429543
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Blessed Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 347,104
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tonya Hurley

Tonya Hurley is the author of the New York Times bestselling series ghostgirl and the Blessed trilogy. 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 with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

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