Lithuanian illustrator and photographer Natalie Shau has created a set of book covers for The Blessed, a book series by Tonya Hurley.
The dark, thrilling series centers around a group of modern-day teenagers that have been reincarnated as saints. According to Kirkus reviews, "the girls may be saints, [but] they are definitely not angels." Shau kept this description in mind when designing the covers, merging the unlikely elements of teenage-hood and sainthood together with deftness and clarity.
The subjects have an ethereal air to them -- translucent skin; luminous eyes; a halo; -- that's blemished with the earthly pleasures of sex and intrigue. There is a darkness to the Saints that's not typically associated with Godliness and holiness.
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