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Blood & Flowers

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Blood & Flowers

Fly into this enchanting story of a puppet theater group, forced
to hide in the land of the Faeries. Author Penny Blubaugh ties in
real modern problems among her fantasy world to offer a
multilayered novel with memorable characters.

Persia joined the Outlaws, a theater troupe, to escape her
drug-addict parents. Each Outlaw has a special skill, and hers is
making beautiful, unique program booklets to pass around during
shows. Members are both mortal and fey. Faerie Floss takes quick
offense at any comments that seem anti-faerie. Plenty of racism
abides in the fantasy realm here with a dictatorial government and
rules about magic use that seem drawn from strictures found in
real-world history. The group is forced to run away into Faerie
land due to a looming threat of arrest started by a rival over
unfair accusations.

With nowhere else to go but into the Faerie world, Floss's
estranged family becomes their guide in a sometimes dangerous new
culture and world. The troupe is forced to put aside differences
and decide what their future will be. The rival Major follows them,
adding another layer of suspense and drama.

The real story is of the group and how they become their own
family and home. Filled with fascinating details such as Faerie
restaurants, trolls and more, the setting is evocative and
picturesque. Blubaugh's second book (following SERENDIPITY MARKET)
adds an overlay of humor --- readers will enjoy the Mexican-Faerie
cuisine and the budding romance between Persia and fellow Outlaw
Nicholas. The ending seems open for a sequel, but BLOOD &
FLOWERS is a satisfying read all by itself.

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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Blood & Flowers
by Penny Blubaugh

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0061728624
  • ISBN-13: 9780061728624