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Posted September 9, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by Blood and Flowers. It was one of t
I was pleasantly surprised by Blood and Flowers. It was one of those books that I have sitting on my shelf for ages. The cover scares the crap out of me so I always procrastinated picking it up, but I did love the summary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm glad I got around to reading it. (Don't let the cover fool you - there's no weird frost bitten pollinated nymphs in the story. Or at least, I didn't see any.) It's a fun romp of a tale that sucks you in and doesn't let you go until the final page.
Even though the plot was fairly predictable - one day I will be surprised! - I absolutely loved the world and the characters. Every single character was well fleshed out and (in their own way) hilarious. I'd happily risk all the dangers of Faerie if it meant being able to hang out with them for a while.
And Faerie! And the human world that borders Faerie! I loved all the subtle ways the world of Faerie influenced the human world; it wasn't this in-your-face, "Oh, look, we have FAERIES on THIS earth!" kind of world. It was really well blended, so to speak.
Posted September 2, 2011
A Wonderful Tale of Magic and Suspense
Blood and Flowers is magic and fairy tales that are weaved into magical storyline in this original fantasy, created for young adults. The story is told from the perspective of 18-year-old Persia, who finds a new family with The Outlaw Puppet Troupe after leaving her drug addicted parents. The Outlaws are a mix of human and faerie and their troupe is filled with odd, but interesting characters who are known for their creative and political controversial underground performances. When the the faerie are blamed for being connected with bad things The Outlaws find themselves as prime suspects. Tonio, The Outlaws artistic director and matriarch of the clan, is brought up on false charges by Major, his ex-lover who is out for revenge, and The Outlaws flee to Faerie, a seemingly perfect world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Blubaugh has included faeries, griffins, trolls and a number of other fantasy beings, making this an ultimate fantasy experience. She has added elements of suspense and drama, then delivers with an ending that I was thoroughly pleased with. Happy or not, I really can't say, lest I spoil the book. You will have to read it to find out.
I recommend Blood and Flowers by Penny Blubaugh to fantasy fans and readers who are looking for a quick read that is extraordinary and that promises to transport the reader into a different world.