Hurley's high concept trilogy has a real point of difference.
Brooklyn teenagers, Lucy, Cecelia and Agnes are three very different heroines. Each in peril. Each lost at the start of our journey, and found by our readers on a stretcher in an emergency room. Lucy, the superficial party girl; Cecelia, a drop out rock chick; and Agnes, a hopeless romantic, are all rebels running from their lives and themselves, plagued by broken hearts and broken dreams. Enter Sebastian. A hot bad boy-type who gifts each of them with a gorgeous ruby-beaded chaplet and then disappears into the night.
THE BLESSED takes a singular look at love and relationships by drawing on the legends of the female martyrs of early Christendom – St. Lucy, St.Cecelia and St.Agnes. Saints were the first superstars of the Common Era and young martyr tales are amongst the first YA titles. This tale is a re-imagined redemption remix. Crashing the ancient with the present, the mythic with the modern, the romantic with the abhorred, and most poignantly, the superhuman supernatural with the foibles of the human heart and flesh, it is epic, in every sense.
Tonya Hurley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ghost Girl