Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards on December 1, 2016
Excellent unspooling of intrigue here, written in a smooth and natural cadence so welcome to the reader. We're grabbed at the start with the mother's reaction to the Bleak Society's transmission, and since we are a tech-wired society, the hacker-based plotting grabs us well. Nice job. The author has taken the complex 'wiring' of the tech-based storyline and allowed even the least tech-minded to understand. Author shows an excellent talent for dialogue, and we get some very real speech patterns and humor, such as 'Batman cash.' Very vivid description there and in many other instances. We get a lot of sensory details like the soft snaps of slippers that make this a very real world and a very realistic experience. The Blood Doll Killer is a unique threat, again pleasing to the reader for its departure from the usual killer profiles. The author has put a lot of work and knowledge into the FBI-worthy investigation and pursuit portions, and the underground vigilantes also pull at our attention level, being such a reflection of the kinds of hate groups we see in our media every day. Well done. Author writes bad guys with particular talent. The end, with the doll named Sarah, is especially chilling and an emotionally-wrought last note of a terrific story. Well done.
5 Star Review by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite on July 10, 2016
Dr. Bon Blossman's young adult mystery novel, Fiona Frost: Blood Dolls, is a fast-paced and exciting investigative murder mystery pitting the young forensic specialists against an unknown group with high-tech resources and a sinister plan of murder and revenge. Fiona is a strong, competent, and fearless character who's a marvelous role model for young adults. Watching as she, Maddie, Wolfe, and Remy work with the FBI to solve the mysteries of the Blood Dolls and the Bleak Society is highly entertaining, and the resolution of the story will challenge even the most skillful of those readers who like to solve the mystery on their own. Blossman's plot is filled with red herrings and twists and turns, and it all happens at a breakneck pace. Her writing is accomplished, and her style is perfectly suited for this genre. Fiona Frost: Blood Dolls - Fiona Frost Mystery Series, Volume 5 is a captivating mystery that's most highly recommended for mystery lovers of all ages.
KIRKUS REVIEW - JULY 18, 2016Teenage investigator Fiona Frost returns to help stop a serial killer causing vehicular accidents across the United States in Blossman's (Fiona Frost: Shillingstone Witch, 2015, etc.) YA novel.
Fiona will soon be leaving behind her renowned forensic training program for an internship at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Agent Richard Jonas, however, has the interns forgo the 30-day program so that they can assist in catching the Blood Doll Killer, who's been dropping blood-filled porcelain dolls from bridges onto passing cars with fatal results. Things are off to a shaky start when wealthy Remy Sinclair, who'd previously "stalked and manipulated" Fiona, joins the internship, along with Fiona's boyfriend, Wolfe Nero, and best friend, Maddie Christie. As the killer's murderous efforts continue in various cities, Jonas surprises the four teenagers by taking them into the field. Fiona eventually suspects a link between the Blood Doll Killer and the Bleak Society, a group that's been hijacking TV networks and asserting a mission to bring criminals to justice. Corresponding to this is her speculation that the accidents aren't as random as they appear. As the mystery slowly unravels, Fiona remains on call regarding another threat: a potentially deliberate salmonella outbreak. Along the way, she juggles the investigation with her personal life; Wolfe and Maddie are both miffed that she readily forgives the apologetic Remy for his past behavior. But such troubles have to wait when the killer calls Fiona to let her know she's scheduled to die next. Blossman's novel is a consummate mix of mystery and drama. Although narrator Fiona persistently notes Wolfe's handsomeness, their endearing romance never overwhelms the investigation plot. However, the teens mostly just proffer theories, and the FBI's investigation would likely have been much the same without them. The possibility of supernatural elements, though, shows Fiona's flexibility, as she sets aside her skepticism in light of peculiar evidence. It also leads to a convoluted pile of suspects and murder scenarios that are fortunately cleared up by the time the story finds a resolution. Blossman's prose is intelligent and refined, but it's not above a hilarious bit in which Fiona and Wolfe endure a flatulent taxi driver.
A dramatic thriller featuring a wily, young protagonist who tackles crime with the ingenuity of a seasoned professional.
5 Star Review By Tracy Slowiak, Readers' Favorite - July 4, 2016
In a creepy and fast paced new read by author Dr. Bon Blossman, Blood Dolls, the fifth installment in the Fiona Frost mystery series, readers will be treated to an excellent entry in the genre of mysteries for young adults. Following protagonist Fiona Frost as she puts her internship at the FBI academy on hold in order to investigate The Blood Doll Killer, this book is a real roller coaster from start to finish. Fiona and her friends from the Academy are thrown into the world of the supernatural during their exploits, and all that Fiona thought she knew and believed will be challenged with this case. What started as a summer internship in preparation for college has turned into much more. Will Fiona and her friends make it to the fall, or will they become the next victims of the killer they are chasing? You'll need to read this great book to find out!
I so enjoyed Blood Dolls. Author Dr. Bon Blossman has done a spectacular job in the continuing story of the highly engaging character of Fiona Frost. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from the start all the way through the very last page. Any reader who loves an inventive and surprising mystery, not just young adults, will enjoy this book. I am so pleased to highly recommend this book, and I certainly look forward to reading more from the extremely talented author, Dr. Bon Blossman, as soon as I possibly can!
Given Literary Seal of Approval and 5 Stars by Literary Classics Book Reviews -June 20, 2016Fiona Frost will be going to college in the fall. The summer following high school graduation she has procured an internship at the FBI training academy. While attending the academy she and a group of friends are met with resistance when a serial murder case arises and their age is called into question when they try to step in to help solve the crime. Proving themselves capable will not be easy. But everyone needs to work together to solve the mass murder plot which must be stopped. Our young protagonists experience the usual teenage jealousies and dramas, but they are driven to overcome their youthful tendencies to outwit the serial killer before he takes his next victim.
Author Bon Blossman's Blood Dolls is full of twists and adrenaline-pumping excitement. This is a "stay up all night to finish" read. Teens will love this book which encompasses computer technology, the occult, and medical science along with drama and age-appropriate romance. Recommended for home and school libraries.
5 Star Review By Divine Zape, Readers' Favorite - July 16, 2016
Fiona Frost: Blood Dolls Volume 5 by Dr. Bon Blossman is entered as a young adult fantasy story, but will entertain adult readers as well. This is a tantalizing story in the detective genre that will make readers curl their fingers into fists and curse as they read on. A young girl, with a confusing belief about the supernatural, finds herself investigating a cunning and elusive serial killer instead of being fully involved in an internship she'd so much wanted with the FBI. But serial killers don't give themselves up like a mailman delivering a package. Fiona has to work her way through a complex network of unforgiving enemies and untold challenges to find out the truth, and does she really?
Dr. Bon Blossman is very imaginative and comes up with a very powerful plot. I loved the idea of the Doll Blood Killer, a villain whose fate readers will be aching to discover. I loved the wonderful writing style, the confidence that comes through the writing, the intense drama, and the many aspects of the conflict. Fiona is a young protagonist and it is good that she isn't portrayed as all-powerful and knowing answers to everything. Readers can follow her growth progress and be alarmed at the surprising decisions she makes. There is a lot that will leave readers open-mouthed when it comes to the plot. Yes, the surprises are many and the author lets readers guess some as they turn the pages.
This is the first book I have read in the Fiona Frost series and it's so well accomplished that one doesn't have to read the previous books to become attuned to the story. Fiona Frost: Blood Dolls Volume 5 is a book I'd recommend for its success on several counts -- great characters, a complex plot, and excellent writing.