OK, I admit it: I picked this book up purely because of its cover. The girl is so creepy and there is something not quite right about her–I think it is the eyes… Anyways, I am glad that I judged a book by its cover, because The Blessed turned out to be a really good read!
This novel starts out as we are introduced to three different teenage girls. Each of these girls finds themselves in the same emergency room on the same night. Agnes is the kind of girl who tries to do everything right, but ends up feeling miserable. She tries to kill herself after her most recent breakup with a boy who she was head over heels in love with. Cecilia is a very talented musician, but she is heading down the wrong path. After a gig, she parties a little too hard and is rushed to the ER when she almost drowns in a puddle. Then there’s Lucy. She is a famous socialite who has everything anyone could want. Unfortunately, that comes with a price, as she is surrounded by people who are a bad influence. She is brought into the ER because of an accidental overdose. After each of these girls are treated and released from the ER, they are visited by an enigmatic stranger. The young man says his name is Sebastian and he gives each girl a bracelet. What follows is a strange story that connects the three girls’ fates together as they mirror the saints they are named for. Sebastian holds the key, however, to the truth about why these girls’ lives mirror the saints’ lives.
The Blessed is good pick for anyone who likes realistic fiction, with a mysterious air about it. While reading this novel I was never really sure if there was something supernatural going on or not. Plus, all three of the main characters (Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy) were very interesting and you really wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening to them. The Blessed is also pretty suspenseful. I would definitely call it a page turner and it will leave you guessing all the way to the last page. Click here to find The Blessed in the Library!