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Blood & Flowers

3.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  161 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews

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

Hardcover, 344 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by HarperTeen (first published February 11th 2011)
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Mar 18, 2015 Sesana rated it really liked it
In retrospect, it was probably somewhat risky to go directly from one book about fairies that I didn't like (Why I Let My Hair Grow Out) to another book about fairies. This time, at least, it worked out for me, though I can't help but wonder if I would have liked this book a little less if I didn't have something I disliked to compare it to so readily.

The book revolves around a puppet theater company, which is just such a charmingly original idea. And the puppets themselves are so lovingly descr
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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
Jun 27, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I don’t know what I was expecting when I started reading Blood and Flowers but it certainly wasn’t what I got. I’ve read this author’s Serendipity Market which was a delightful and quirky collection of stories that were all interlinked by one major happening and, I guess, Blood and Flowers continues in somewhat the same vein. Both books have a folksy feel to them, folktale-ish, dare I say communal continuity to them that is at odds with the sharply individualized tales that I am so familiar with ...more
Miz Lizzie
In a city just across the border, if you can find it, from Faerie, Persia ran away to the best family of choice she could possibly join -- The Outlaw Puppet Troupe (think Bread & Puppet Theater here -- AWESOME!). She performs as well as makes fabulous handmade books for programs. She's crushing on Nicholas, a law student who moonlights with the Outlaws. Tonio is the artistic director and writer of their political commentary puppet plays. His partner Max owns the apartment they all crash at a ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 29, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
Recommended to Amanda by: Star Book Tours
Shelves: arc
This was an okay read for me. I really liked Persia, the main character, and most of the supporting cast as well, but the story just moved too slowly. It wasn't until partway into Chapter 12 that the Outlaws even escaped into Faerie, whereas the back cover blurb makes it sound like it happens right away. However, the overall concept of Blood & Flowers is a creative one, and readers who are looking for something new in the realm of faeries should enjoy this book.

3 stars

Jul 07, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think the book had a major plot line or real adventure. The story is like this
[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
Jul 02, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
A fascinating romp through a strange Fey world which subtly influences our own. Though a fairly predictable plot, an ultimately fun read.
Mar 01, 2011 Christie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ARC Review:

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
Oct 14, 2010 Christie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
ARC Review: 2.5/5

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
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

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.”

The Review:

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
Apr 06, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Blood & Flowers was definitely an enjoyable, new spin on the faerie trend, but it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. If you’re like me, you’ll start this book with the idea that it will be somewhat dark. It’s not.

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
Sep 03, 2011 Nina rated it liked it
Blood & Flowers has everything for me to fall in love with it. But sadly beside the pretty cover, it wasn’t meant to be.

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
Claire (YA Bookie Monster)
Feb 27, 2011 Claire (YA Bookie Monster) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, my-arcs
What first drew me to Blood and Flowers by Penny Blubaugh was its beautiful cover, but what kept me reading was the unique concept and great story. Oh, and faeries. I'd forgotten how much I loved faeries, but was thankfully reminded how much I love them by Blood and Flowers!

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
Apr 17, 2011 Lindsay rated it liked it
Blood & Flowers is a thrilling debut by Penny Blubaugh with a creative plot, fresh characters, and wonderful writing that keeps you interested and enthralled throughout the entire story. In this literary world where humans and Fae live side-by-side as common enemies, Blubaugh tells the story of Persia and her Outlaw Troupe, the perfect friends and family that are impossible not to love and enjoy. What I really love about this book is the interaction between all of the troupe members. You can ...more
I've read Blood and Flowers a long time ago and now I know what I want to say about it.

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
Cassie at The Orange Bookshelf
Let me start with saying I have never read a book where the cover so accurately described the writing style. Not the topic or anything, because obviously a cover should go with that, but the way the author describes the events, characters, and setting. This cover would attract me from across the store. Something with the vibrant colors and the overall just oddness of it. And the book is very much like it. Blubaugh writing style is very unique and kind of difficult to explain. All I know is that ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Himesugar rated it it was ok
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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
MissHavoc {Cry Havoc! Reviews}
Well truth be told, I had a hard time getting through this book. The beginning was a little slow and confusing.

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
Jenna H.
May 06, 2015 Jenna H. rated it really liked it
Blood and Flowers weaves magic and entertainment to tell the story of teen Persia and the Outlaw theater troupe that she is a member of.

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
Rhiannon Ryder
May 10, 2011 Rhiannon Ryder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sent out to me by the lovely folks at HarperTeen, Blood and Flowers was one of those books I'd heard a little about and was excited to see for myself. I love a good surprise read where you don't know much before you get into it. So I patiently waited for Thurman to read it (I've been waiting to read a lot of my books lately! The hubby's been monopolising The Beyonders, Thurman- Blood and Flowers! yesh!), and then I dug in.

The Outlaws, a mishmash group of outcasts who have become a close knit gro
Feb 20, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Persia works as a program-maker for the Outlaws, a group of traveling puppeteers who perform satirical shows. When the Outlaws run into a bit of trouble with the law, they escape to Faerie, a magical place that, if one wishes hard enough, can offer refuge. However, the fey don’t have a great reputation in the mortal realm, so the Outlaws might be in more trouble there than they were before…

My thoughts: Penny Blubaugh’s vivid fantasy is not one to be missed. It transports the reader (alo
Jan 11, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
(3.5 stars) Persia is a member of the Outlaws, a renegade puppet theater group that contains both human and fairy members. They put on productions that make people think, staying in a place for a short time before moving on. When they are threatened by legal action against one of their members, the troop has nowhere to go but Fairie. While magical, there are great dangers here as well, particularly for Floss as her family has ruled this particular section of the land for a long time and both her ...more
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2.5 stars

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
Excerpt from my review below. To read my full, in-depth review go here:

"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
Apr 28, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it
This is a story of family, not of blood, but family nonetheless. It's the story of Persia the daughter of two drug addicted parents, and the story of the Outlaw Puppet Troupe, one Fey the rest human, how they work together and pull together in the face of adversity. Besides Persia, the troupe also includes Tonio & Max, Floss, Nicholas and Lucia. It's an Urban Fantasy, set at an unknown time and place, "in a world with lots of problems" for which "the inhabitants of Faerie are blamed for almo ...more
Aug 05, 2011 April rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, for-review, paranormal
In Blood And Flowers by Penny Blubaugh, there exists a world in which the realm of humans and the realm of fairies exist side by side. Persia, a mortal girl, has left the house of her druggie parents years ago, and joins a puppet troupe known as the Outlaws which is run by fey and humans. Life is peachy with the outlaws – Persia feels she belongs and even has a crush on fellow Outlaw Nicholas.

Read the rest of my review here
Jun 24, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of let down by this book. I was so excited to start reading it but I couldn't get into it. The characters annoyed me - I don't know why exactly.

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.
Mar 13, 2012 Ifahh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading until page 157 (where they entered the realm of the fey) I looked up from the book and had a big question mark on my face. It got confusing as the story progresses. Needless to say I stopped reading half way.
I thought this book was alright. It didn't wow me, but it wasn't awful. It was cute, but kind of bland in my opinion. The characters were sweet, but there could have been more.
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Penny Blubaugh was born in Chicago. She grew up in Colorado and has been writing since age 12. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.She lives with her husband and cat in Chicago.
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