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The Blessed Hardcover – September 25, 2012
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This was a jumbled heap of disjointed anger and sadness.
I felt like I needed a few showers after reading and needed to read something SANE and had characters I could sympathize with.
I have a feeling people will be attracted by the cover (I love the cover - it's quite brilliant) - but the story is horrible, hard to follow, and so disjointed.
First, I'm going to do something that I rarely do. I'm going to wax poetic about the cover for a minute. I'm a Kindle reader. At least 90% of what I read is strictly e-books. However, in this case, get the book - the actual hardcover book with the jacket. This book is simply gorgeous. There are also illustrated pages inside that aren't to be missed, however, the cover is a jewel. I'm not a book collector, but this one is going on a place of honor where people can see it.
Now, the other part is that the jacket for the book does its part to enhance the reading experience for you. It adds to this luscious, yet edgy, atmosphere that's pervasive throughout the book.
Of course, the jacket can't carry it alone. You need story, and boy do you get it!
Now, I confess that I am a horror lover, and yes, this book is horror. I'm not sure if the author describes it that way, but if I had to pick a genre, it would be horror. Sub-genre might be religious horror. I'm also Catholic, so Saints + Horror is always an interesting combination to me.
The book is not for everyone. It's got hardcore gore and all of the characters are very damaged. All three of the girls are terribly self-destructive in different ways. You wouldn't want to be friends with them, but they are a blast to read about. One of the girls, Lucy, seemed to be a bit too directly based on a certain Hollywood Party Girl, but the other two were a bit more original.Read more ›
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 in common. Agnes is a typical teen who attempted suicide. CeCe is a musician who drowned in a pothole. Lucy is a celebutante who overdosed. But by the time they leave, they all have something in common. The three girls each leave with an expensive antique chaplet. (All of them know what a chaplet is, despite the fact that only one of them is a Catholic school girl. I had to look it up.) Only CeCe saw Sebastian, the boy who left them behind. But soon enough all four of them are drawn to Our Lady of Perpetual Blood during a fierce three-day storm. That's when things get weird.
I liked that THE BLESSED doesn't stick to one interpretation of events. It gets inside the head of many of the characters, including the possibly villainous psychiatrist Dr. Frey and the paparazzo Jesse, who is sometimes Lucy's ally. All of the characters have their own agendas and their own ways of seeing the world, and the truth lies somewhere between how the individuals present it. That doesn't mean I've figured out the truth.
I don't know what I think. THE BLESSED is a fever dream of a book, jumbling rock and roll, celebrity, and religious iconography together with abandon. But I know I'll be back for the second book.Read more ›
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 really wanted to give The Blessed the benefit of the doubt. People say "What's on the inside is what counts" but The Blessed isn't any better on the inside with it's ridiculous plot and unlikeable, shallow characters.
The Blessed is the story of how Cecilia, Agnes, and Lucy became saints in this modern retelling of the classic biblical stories. All 3 girls' paths cross with the mysterious Sebastian who claims he is trying to help them. During a storm, all 3 girls feel an urge to go to the church and they find Sebastian there waiting for them. Cecilia, Agnes, and Lucy may have powers within that they never knew about.
Honestly all of the characters in The Blessed are extremely shallow, unlikeable and just plain ridiculous. Throughout the entire book, I hated reading about these petulant characters and it made reading this book a chore. They weren't likeable at all, despite the fact that the author tried to make the reader empathize with them. I couldn't even distinguish any of the 3 female protagonists, their character arcs were developed poorly. At one point in the novel, one of the girls suggested that they hold a fashion show in the Church and have the altar act as a catwalk. They wanted to model the Priest's robes because they were bored. Please tell me, why would anyone suggest doing that?Read more ›
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