Title: Blood & Flowers
Written by: Penny Blubaugh
Release date: March, 2011
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 perfect.
Until an enemy with a grudge makes an unfair accusation against the group and forces them to flee the mortal 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 not quite the safe haven the Outlaws had hoped for. And they must decide what’s more important: protecting their right to perform or protecting themselves.
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 they are not. They are just fine, but they could have listen more to Persia and her ideas. I really liked Max and Tonio. They reminded me of those two gay guys in Modern Family. Unfortunately there isn’t any character development and with so many characters I really missed that.
And then what’s up with the villain, Major, in this story? He didn’t feel that evil at all. I just felt sorry for the guy. Seriously, the outlaws are five people and one fey against one little *evil* men. They could easily have done some nasty faerie tricks with him, scare him to death and he would have run and never looked back. It also bothered me that they didn’t have a really good reason to hide in faerie. They felt more like a bunch of cowards. Ouch, I know!
I did enjoyed reading about the play and their performances. Those parts where very light-hearted and fun to read. I just wished there was more action, the actual feeling of magic and something wonderful happening when you actually enter Faerie.
I’m not a fan of this story and I am wondering if the sequel is going to get better.
If the reviews are going to be top notch, I may read it, but for now let’s say I tried to love it. I really did.
Title: Blood & Flowers