Doon (Doon #1)

Doon (Doon #1)
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Age Range
13+
Release Date
August 20, 2013
ISBN
978-0310742302
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Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt - and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams.

But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

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Interesting take on Brigadoon!
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
What I liked: I really enjoyed the hauntingly beautiful love story here. I've always loved the idea of fate and how everything happens for a reason, and this book does a wonderful job with that. Veronica is easily and quickly taken with the Doon world, while Mackenna is a bit skeptical, which I loved. I enjoyed their friendship and how they were always there for one another, even when Veronica thought she was going crazy!

What left me wanting more: I thought the story flowed really well, though towards the end it seemed that everything started happening too quickly. It all felt a bit rushed. I still enjoyed the ending though, even if it was really predictable. All in all a fun read with a beautiful setting!
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3.7
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Frothy Fun
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3.0
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Any Brigadoon fans out there? I just had a fun time reading Doon, by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. The hook is that two teen girls discover ancient rings and find themselves mysteriously transported to the magical land of Doon. The problem is, there’s an evil witch on the loose and only two weeks to stop her–and fall in love with some hunky Scottish hotties.

The raciness of Doon really pushed the envelope of what I consider to be clean teen fiction. Mentions of “girly parts” and almost sex-scenes would normally be no big deal to me, except that this book was from Blink, an imprint of the Christian publishing house Zondervan. I think teen girls would love this book, but I know some grandmas who would freak out if they knew what they had purchased at the Bible bookstore.

Luckily I’m not a grandma! I loved this book tremendously and couldn’t put it down. Hopefully publishers fix the typo on the back cover in the next edition. (I am very sympathetic to typos btw. I have made them in print too, and it feels awful.)

P.S. I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinions and review.
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Loved it!
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I. Loved. This. Book. It is so hard to say what I loved about it the most. I am torn between the characters and the setting.


Lets start with the setting. Scotland and Doon. Obviously, Scotland is a fun setting- period. But then you add in this fantastical place of Doon. There are castles, and mysterious fog, and hotties in kilts. I guess I need to talk about the characters, because that's where my mind is. Duncan and Jamie are delightful. DELIGHTFUL. I don't get all swoony over book characters, but these two make me want my own kilt wearing hunk.


Duncan and Jamie are brothers and the princes of Doon. Duncan is also an open book with his feelings for Mackenna. He is charming and clever and oh so delicious. His brother, Jamie, has the same level of hunkiness but he's a brooding mystery. I LOVED seeing how these two characters interacted with the female leads. Now, add in a delicious Scottish accent and I became a melted puddle of mush. I dinna want the story to end! (See my Scottish accent there? eh?)


Veronica and Mackenna were also great characters. They were very different, but that difference seemed to make them stronger characters. Veronica is the hopeless dreamer and optimist. Mackenna is a bit more cynical. Each characteristic brings out the best in Veronica and Mackenna. In fact, the story would be pretty flat and predictable if both girls wanted the same thing. I enjoyed seeing how they each developed as the story went on. I am also THRILLED to know that this is going to be a series. I will be reading all of these books and relishing them as if they were dipped in gold.
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