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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061728624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061728624
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,584,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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The ending seems open for a sequel, but BLOOD & FLOWERS is a satisfying read all by itself.
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I would definitley recommend picking a copy up if you are a fan a faeries or if you are just looking for something different to read!
YA Bookie Monster
Really a great concept, but with the lack of development in the characters and world, it just didn't win me over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christie VINE VOICE on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 characters didn't leave a lasting impression on me. I know I can't end every book feeling like I have a new BFF, but with this one they all felt like strangers. This should not be the case after spending 300+ pages together. The cast was quite large, but Persia is the main focus. We see things through her eyes. The characters had the potential to be fantastic, but they just weren't developed enough for my liking. The world also wasn't explained well enough to really pull me in. Really a great concept, but with the lack of development in the characters and world, it just didn't win me over.

The ending seemed open for a sequel. I'd definitely pick up the next book and give the author, Persia, and her friends a second chance if this does turn out to be a series.

Cover thoughts: Gorgeous and a perfect fit for the story it accompanies. It does an excellent job of making me think faeries and magic are a big part of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.

Yet, her happiness is threatened when an old enemy spreads false rumors and accusations about the Outlaws, which may cause them to have to do jail time. So, the puppet troupe must retreat to fairyland and navigate a whole new society.

Blood And Flowers is an imaginative story about human-fey relations. It shows how humans blame the fey for drugging, and yet the fey do not trust humans either and there is definite tension as the two worlds collide. It also showcases how although satire can be dangerous, it can be incredibly important and meaningful. I also quite liked the magic used in the puppet show and also for a store that is in a rotating location.

Penny Blubaugh's novel is a quick young adult read. However, I never got a true connection to the characters because it went by so fast. Blood And Flowers is definitely more plot driven, which is fine but not for me. I also was disappointed that it was not as romantic as I was lead to believe it would be.

I recommend Blood And Flowers by Penny Blubaugh for fairy fans and people who love a quick read.
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Format: Hardcover
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 are very controversial and full of fairy magic which is illegal. Persia grew up with parents that were drug addicts so she never felt like she was safe, so once she discovered the outlaw group they became her family and her home. She loved being a part of it and loved all of its members. They all contribute to the performances in different ways, but they are all treated equal.

Their group has started a new production and it is their most popular play yet. They are getting rave reviews and have sold out performances. Then an old enemy of the group's leader makes an appearance and he will stop at nothing to bring the group down. They are being accused of far more illegal things than just using a little fairy magic and the law is not on their side. To try and protect themselves the group decides to leave and go into fairyland. They start over and get ready to wow the people in fairyland with their unique skills, but soon they realize that running away is never the answer. When you have a problem you need to stick up for yourself and take care of it.

There is a large cast of characters in the group and they all have a vital role.
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By Nicole on September 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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