Cover Revealed: Passionaries by Tonya Hurley

The Blessed, Book Two
Coming January 07, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1442429543
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
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-------------------------Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in. Will the girls trust that their destiny as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or 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.

These book covers for The Blessed series, passed and present, are breathtakingly beautiful. The art of the portraits are just beyond. I could not get into the first book, THE BLESSED. I don't know if I was in the wrong head space for this niche, or if I just have such a knee jerk aversion to reading anything thematically religious. I don't read books on angels (sorry fans of Becca Fitzpatrick or Cynthia Hand, I am not on board), so why would I connect to a book on modern day saints and martyrs? But I also think that is very narrow minded of me, and I'm letting an aversion of religion get in the way of what could be good storytelling. A good story is a good story is a good story, right?

Blessed Trilogy, Book One
by Tonya Hurley
Coming 06/25/13
ISBN-13: 978-1442429529
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Pages: 432
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Brooklyn teens Lucy, Cecilia and Agnes find themselves in the emergency room at Perpetual Help Hospital at the lowest point in their lives. Lucy, the superficial party girl; Cecilia, a drop out rock chick; and Agnes, a hopeless romantic. All rebels running from their lives and themselves, plagued by broken hearts and broken dreams.

Enter Sebastian: mysterious, compelling, seductive.

He brings the girls together and seems to provide each of them with what they long for... and they begin to heal.

But Sebastian is on the run - and soon the girls are hunted too...

A dark, contemporary rock 'n' roll retelling of three famous female martyrs - Agnes, Cecilia and Lucy - and their transformation from street deliquents to soul models.

Original Cover Image: THE BLESSED

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