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)