Blood & Flowers [NOOK Book]

Overview

Three years ago, Persia ran awayfrom her drug-addict parents and found a homewith the Outlaws, an underground theatertroupe. This motley band of mortals and fey,puppeteers and actors, becomes the lovingfamily Persia never had, and soon Persia notonly discovers a passion for theater but also fallsin love with Nicholas, one of the other Outlaws.Life could not be more perfect.

Until an enemy with a grudge makesan unfair accusation against the group andforces them to flee the mortal...

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Overview

Three years ago, Persia ran awayfrom her drug-addict parents and found a homewith the Outlaws, an underground theatertroupe. This motley band of mortals and fey,puppeteers and actors, becomes the lovingfamily Persia never had, and soon Persia notonly discovers a passion for theater but also fallsin love with Nicholas, one of the other Outlaws.Life could not be more perfect.

Until an enemy with a grudge makesan unfair accusation against the group andforces them to flee the mortal world and hidein the neighboring realm of Faerie. But inFaerie, all is not flowers and rainbows—withbloodthirsty trolls, a hostile monarchy, anda dangerous code of magic, the fey world isnot quite the safe haven the Outlaws hadhoped for. And they must decide what’s moreimportant: protecting their right to performor protecting themselves.

From critically acclaimed author PennyBlubaugh comes this mesmerizing tale offamily, faeries, and finding a place to call home.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cheryl Clark
Persia is part of an underground theatre troupe that performs with a mixture of spectacle, puppets, and magic. Together, the motley theatrical group resembles something like a family, but that cohesiveness is threatened when an old enemy resurfaces, panning their performances and floating rumors that they may be practicing illegal magic—and even worse, smuggling drugs. With few options and the possibility of prison hovering over them, the group decides to cross into the magic world of Faerie. But even there they are not completely safe. There is a dangerous faction that wants to destroy the outlaw puppeteers and will resort to anything to ensure their downfall. If the premise of this novel sounds silly, the book itself is even worse. The plot, characters, and dialogue are corny and tedious. The threat to the group in the form of a theatre critic is rather trite and not nearly enough around which to build a novel. The author seems more concerned with describing glitzy costumes than with creating an interesting plot. Pass this fantasy by for a book with more substance. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

As in Serendipity Market (2009), Blubaugh blends the magical and mundane into an original fantasy, told here by an 18-year-old who finds a home among an eclectic group of human and faerie folk. With a "penchant for dropping out of school" and "a mile-wide love of Shakespeare," Persia left her "drugged-out, fey-bashing parents" a year ago to join The Outlaw Puppet Troupe, known for its fringe, slightly subversive underground performances. Finding The Outlaws was "like coming home to the place" she'd "been looking for forever." Persia's unidentified world is rife with illegal pixie-dust dealing, a tumbling economy and environmental troubles. Fey-phobic authorities blame the faerie for everything bad, and The Outlaws are prime suspects with a faerie puppet-maker wielding magic behind the scenes. When their gay artistic director is subpoenaed on false charges by Major, his corrupt, vindictive ex-lover, The Outlaws flee their world of blood and flowers into Faerie, a practically perfect place. Here they assimilate with local faeries, trolls and griffins, until Major appears to deliver an ultimatum. To avoid becoming "a lost bunch of misfits," The Outlaws stage what could be their final production. While the denouement feels anticlimactic, atmospheric language, arresting "culture mash-up," unique characters, an alluring overlap of fantasy and reality and strong themes of family and friendship create a provocative read. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Kirkus Reviews

As in Serendipity Market (2009), Blubaugh blends the magical and mundane into an original fantasy, told here by an 18-year-old who finds a home among an eclectic group of human and faerie folk. With a "penchant for dropping out of school" and "a mile-wide love of Shakespeare," Persia left her "drugged-out, fey-bashing parents" a year ago to join The Outlaw Puppet Troupe, known for its fringe, slightly subversive underground performances. Finding The Outlaws was "like coming home to the place" she'd "been looking for forever." Persia's unidentified world is rife with illegal pixie-dust dealing, a tumbling economy and environmental troubles. Fey-phobic authorities blame the faerie for everything bad, and The Outlaws are prime suspects with a faerie puppet-maker wielding magic behind the scenes. When their gay artistic director is subpoenaed on false charges by Major, his corrupt, vindictive ex-lover, The Outlaws flee their world of blood and flowers into Faerie, a practically perfect place. Here they assimilate with local faeries, trolls and griffins, until Major appears to deliver an ultimatum. To avoid becoming "a lost bunch of misfits," The Outlaws stage what could be their final production. While the denouement feels anticlimactic, atmospheric language, arresting "culture mash-up," unique characters, an alluring overlap of fantasy and reality and strong themes of family and friendship create a provocative read. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062084439
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 821 KB

Meet the Author

Penny Blubaugh is a writer, librarian, and former flight instructor. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and dreams of living at the End of the World in a house with a witch's-hat roof. Serendipity Market is her first novel and was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

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    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.

    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.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    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.

    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.

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