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Book Review: Fiona’s Guardians by Dan Klefstad

Fiona’s Guardians
Author: Dan Klefstad

Published: October 2, 2020
310 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: September 21- October 4, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

When a vampire seduces you, death is minutes away. When she hires you, you’ll soon wish you were dead.

It’s a truth known to every guardian who worked for Fiona, including Daniel. Aside from managing the day to day chores and keeping her protected, he manages an investment portfolio to buy stolen blood from hospital workers. The 250-year-old Fiona needs 10 pints of human blood every night. As a result of this, Daniel and Fiona are always on the lookout for police, but fail to notice their gradual encirclement by Mors Strigae, an ancient order of monks dedicated to the extermination of vampires. Gone for a century, the monks start a new war when they destroy Fiona’s sire. This time, her vampire family is pushed to the edge of extinction — and the humans who serve them are hunted and executed.

After 35 years, what keeps him loyal? And will he ever be allowed to leave?

Jessica’s Review:

Fiona’s Guardian’s is a vampire novel for the 21st Century!

Vampires have been around forever in legends and are the most well-known ‘monsters’ out there, and now Dan Klefstad helps to bring them into the 21st century.  This is the perfect time for a new vampire to be released as we are in the month of October when all things scary come out to play, and now we have Fiona to look out for.  (Be especially wary of her if you are of the O negative blood type, as that is her preferred drink. And she WILL find you if she finds the need).

Klefstad brings a fresh take on the vampire lore: They need 10 pints of blood NIGHTLY and because of this, Fiona hires human ‘Guardians’ to help her with acquiring her needs of her special dietary restrictions.  We meet Daniel who has been working for the 250 year old Fiona for the last 35 years and he is finally nearing retirement. He just needs to find a replacement.  But things are easier said than done.  

There is so much more to the novel than it seems.   Dealing with Fiona’s special diet and the extreme lengths that Daniel has to go to to appropriate her 10 pints of blood nightly. We do get to see a good bit of that.  But why does Daniel stay with Fiona after all this time? 

We are also dealing with the Catholic Church and some monks in a society called the Mors Strigae determined to kill all vampires and the humans who work for them.  The novel goes back and forth between both sides as the battle fights on. 

Fiona’s Guardians is composed of short chapters, which I always enjoy.  Those short chapters make it hard to put down! I just wish I had had more time to read more of it together rather than spaced out over time. And Ms. Fiona even speaks to the reader a few times herself!  Fiona is what this novel is about whether she is in the scene or not: Everything is about Fiona. As I read the novel I pictured Fiona as Angelina Jolie. I would absolutely love to see her play Fiona! 

I have worked with Dan over the past few years when Fiona’s Guardians started as short stories including The CaretakerThe Caretaker is Daniel’s letter of warning to the applicant that is chosen to replace him.  I am happy to see Klefstad’s hard work pay off as Fiona’s Guardians finally is published.  Many thanks to Dan and his publisher Burton Mayers Books for granting me an e-arc to read and review. It has been a pleasure and I hope we see more of Fiona in the future!  

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Video Review: The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas

Today Kim is bringing you a video review of The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas. Kim apologizes in advance as she has no clue how to pronounce the author’s last name!

The Good Demon
Author: Jimmy Cajoleas

Published: September 18, 2018
320 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

True Detective meets The Exorcist in this gripping YA mystery debut about one girl’s exorcism—and her desperate quest to reunite with her demon.

Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t understand that her demon—simply known as Her—was like a sister to Clare. Now, Clare will do almost anything to get Her back. After a chance encounter with the son of the preacher who exorcised her, Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town, discovering its deep-seated occult roots. As she searches for Her, she must question the fine lines between good and evil, love and hate, and religion and free will. Vivid and sharp, The Good Demon tells the unusual story of friendship amid dark Gothic horror.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker

First Published: May 26, 1897

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Kim’s Version of the Book:
Barnes & Noble Leather Bound Classics
Published July 1, 2011
399 pages

Book Description:

Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.

Bram Stoker’s novel became one of the masterpieces of the horror genre, brilliantly evoking a world of vampires and vampire hunters whilst simultaneously exposing the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and frustrated desire.

Kim’s Review:

Wow! I FINALLY read Dracula! Over the years, I have started Dracula over and over again, physical book, audiobook, and I could never get through the first two chapters. I decided that I would be a failure as a book nerd and horror freak if I didn’t read one of the most classic horror books of all time . . . So I sat down and read the whole thing. I really enjoyed it.

I’m all about an insane asylums and I got plenty. Renfield is a fascinating character and I’ll admit that I’m still crushing on Dr. Seward. I thought that the mutual admiration society amongst all the characters got really hilarious at times, but hey, compliments are helpful in times of stress and strife. Even all the implied horror and action was satisfying. My one real issue was near the end when they were traveling back to Transylvania and literally nothing happened for over 50 pages. That got really boring, really quick. However, overall, such a great read that I would recommend to everyone.

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