Blood & Flowers
Three years ago, Persia ran away from her drug-addict parents and found a home with the Outlaws, an underground theater troupe. This motley band of mortals and fey, puppeteers and actors, becomes the loving family Persia never had, and soon Persia not only discovers a passion for theater but also falls in love with Nicholas, one of the other Outlaws. Life could not be more...more
The book revolves around a puppet theater company, which is just such a charmingly original idea. And the puppets themselves are so lovingly descr ...more
There was a connection lacking with this book. I just couldn’t get connected – to the characters, to Faerie, to the plot, to anything. Perhaps it was because there were too many characters to even develop a connection with one, or that this book, like the Outlaws, was similar to organized chaos. But in any case, that was the books downfall: lack of connection and description.
The characters were mostly inconsistent half of the time. A character would do ...more
I confess, I was dubious going into Blood and Flowers. While I thought the premise sounded intriguing, the title felt a little overdramatic. I still don’t think the title is the perfect fit for this story, and I certainly had issues with the novel, but I enjoyed getting caught up in Blubaugh’s world.
Blubaugh has created a place where the mortal world and Faerie exist side by side, albeit at odds. The world building was nicely explained and an original concept. While no particular passages of pro ...more
[The Outlaws are making a production called the Bastard and the Beauty. Tonio's (the artistic director of the Outlaws) ex-lover named Major has come to take revenge and put them out of business. The Outlaws go to Faerie where Major shows up again and tries to get them banished, but they make a play called Sing Cubed and Floss' (the puppet maker who is faerie) family, who rule the part of faerie that they are i ...more
Persia left her drug-addicted parents to join a traveling theater troupe. There is something special about this theater troupe though. They use faerie magic! Soon troubles from the past begin to resurface, and everyone Persia cares about could be in jeopardy. They decide to hide in Faerie, but quickly discover they can’t run from their problems.
I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked the idea of a traveling theater troupe that used Faerie magic to animate puppets, but the charac ...more
Persia left her drug-addicted parents to join a traveling theater troupe. There is something special about this theater troupe though. They use faerie magic! Soon troubles from the past start to resurface, and everyone Persia cares about could be in jeopardy. They decided to hide in Faerie, but quickly discover they can’t run from their problems.
I have mixed feelings about this one. I enjoyed reading it, but the characters didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. I know I can’t ...more
Quick & Dirty: This was a YA fantasy filled with mysterious characters, an intriguing setting, and a unique idea. Some of the aspects fell a little short, but overall it was a very enjoyable read.
Opening Sentence: “In case you don’t know, you use a thin paste of the flour water to stick the poster down.”
Persia ran away from home to live with a traveling group of theater performers. They are considered outlaw’s because the plays they perform ar ...more
The story focuses on the Outlaws: a theater troupe of outcast misfits and one faerie, and their attempt to flee from a vindictive ex-lover of one of the Outlaws who has the power to disband and destroy them, all while they struggle to continue to do the thing that makes them most h ...more
The problem I had, was with the narrator. Persia tells the story, but she felt more like a secondary character. I also found her a pushover. She had ideas, told them, but then everyone ignored her or rolled their eyes. She could have been tougher, say something back, but she just stood there, doing nothing. Really! So now it sounds like the other characters are awful, but ...more
Blood and Flowers takes place in a world where everyone knows about Fey. Where everyone blames the Fey for everything; crime, drug abuse, etc. Where everyone is afraid of the Fey's magic. Persia and her friends, one who's in ...more
Blood and Flowers was written for a specific type of reader. A reader who adapts quickly to the surroundings they are put in. Because once you enter Blood and Flowers you will not be given any information about the past. There is no history, no backstory. Well there is. And you get a snippet of it, but you are never explained what it is or what happened or why it happened or how it happened. I think most read ...more
I really wanted to like this book, i thought it would be brilliant. We meet Persia, a girl who lives with the Outlaws, a theater troupe. They are trying to make themselves known while avoiding the unwanted attention of Major, a man who has a grudge and is giving them a bad name. In this world faerie isn't a secret, however it is frowned upon. Dust and coloured drinks come from Faerie and they have allowed the tasters to become addicts. The Outlaws have a ...more
Actually, the book was sorta confusing. I didn't understand what was going on other than they were putting on a somewhat illegal play. Then there was a jilted lover and accusations of Fae drug trafficking and "oh no, we might go to jail!". So then they ran away to Faerie where they just started putting on a new play.
In the world Ms. Blubaugh created, man and Fae live together, but they ...more
In Persia's world, the Fae and humans live together, but the Fae, with their faery magic, are not trusted by the humans. Despite this, Persia and her friends seem to be living a relatively good life together, until a few wrong words turn their world upside down.
Blood and Flowers is told from the point of view of Persia, but is by no means just about Persia. In ...more
The Outlaws, a mishmash group of outcasts who have become a close knit gro ...more
My thoughts: Penny Blubaugh’s vivid fantasy is not one to be missed. It transports the reader (alo ...more
I wanted to like this one more than I did. The idea of an underground puppet theater troupe is a great one, and Blubaugh goes all out describing the imaginative puppets, costumes, and sets the troupe uses. It's very vivid and definitely made me wish I could see them in person. Unfortunately, their plays are really on-the-nose (meaning that they too obviously mirror the actual plot of the novel) and didn't seem as politically charged or edgy as they ...more
"Beguiling and delightfully bizarre, Blood and Flowers is a new and refreshing addition to the fantasy genre courtesy of YA author, Penny Blubaugh..........................................................
Blood and Flowers is a magical, unique read and I was very reluctant to leaves its pages to re-join what I now can't help but see as a dull, dull world. While I do highly recommend thi ...more
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It was an okay read but I kept wanting more -a bigger plot. It seemed to be leading up to something but nothing HUGE happened. It needed some more excitement, in my opinion.
When they went into the Faerie (or Fairy?) realm, I loved the fantasy feel of it.
This book gets two stars, sadly.