Blood and Flowers (ARC) by Penny Blubaugh
Pub. Date: March 1st, 2011
Age Level: 14+
Source: For review, from publisher.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is an ARC and passages and quotes below are subject to change in the final copy.
Synopsis via Goodreads
Three years ago, Persia ran away from her drug-addict parents and found a home with the Outlaws, an underground theater troupe. With time, 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 one of the other Outlaws. Life could not be more perfect.
Until an enemy makes an unfair accusation against the group and forces them to flee their world and hide in the neighboring realm of Faerie. But in Faerie, all is not flowers and rainbows. With bloodthirsty trolls, a hostile monarchy, and a dangerous code of magic, the fey world is far from the safe haven the Outlaws had hoped for....
Following up her critically acclaimed Serendipity Market, Penny Blubaugh has created a beautiful and mysterious world where anything can happen—especially what you least expect.
Persia; pg. 16
We use Tonio and Max's apartment to house paraphernalia, mostly because Tonio is Tonio, after all, and almost but not quite mostly because Max scored a huge apartment when his parents tried to buy him off so he'd quit being gay. He stayed gay, especially after he met Tonio, but he kept the apartment out of "spite or maybe pure cussed meanness," as he likes to say.
Persia; pg. 119-120
So what do people do when they're in a tense, tight situation? The kind that sometimes makes breathing hard, t
hat wakes you up in the middle of the night and makes you rub your stomach, that peers over your shoulder and occasionally bumps into you just so you don't forget it's there?
Here's what the Outlaws did. We performed, adhering to that old adage, "The show must go on."
Persia and Floss; pg. 204
I saw pieces of gold brocade, white lace, and cloth the color of the sky during an eclipse. I saw ankle boots and floating puppets in various stages of dismemberment. In one corner I saw a huge black box that loooked like it wanted to transform into a house or a room but couldn't decide which was more effective.
Floss was on her back on the floor, eyes fixed on the ceiling where w wide-eyed, screaming face stared down at her. She was pointing at it and muttering, "No, I need you to be much more ethereal."
The face sighed.
Persia; pg. 260
I pulled back after several long minutes where there seemed to be nothing in my head but happiness and tried to see his face in the firefly light. I couldn't see much. The fireflies were too busy with their own lives to shine much light on mine. But that was okay. I didn't really need to see. I could feel. And what I felt was warm, and solid and true.
Blood and Flowers is a truly lovely and unique novel and I hope that these passages have inspired you to read it. You can learn more on my thoughts of this book by reading my Review.
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