Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review : Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publication date: 7/29/2014
Pages: 411
Source: Own

The Story:
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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My Review

So I have been obsessed with Scotland since last summer when I discovered Outlander. As it goes, I have been on the hunt for YA books that resemble Claire and Jamie's adventure. When I saw Doon on Instagram guess what I did right after . . . took my butt over to Amazon and put it on my Books I Dream About! Wishlist; Luckily, my Secret Santa choose it for me :) Low and behold, here we are!

The first thing that drew me into Doon, aside from the fact it is basically the YA version of Outlander, was the relationship between Veronica and MacKenna (the two protagonists). Their quirky, brainshare dynamic is the same I share with my own best friend, Tiff.

Doon is an adventure with two feisty girls who want more than what life has dictated for them and aren't afraid to go after it. Vee never felt like she belonged, like anyone cared about her and Kenna has bigger plans than letting a hot guy with a sexy Scottish accent keep her from her dreams of being a star on Broadway. Together they step out of their world into a hidden magical one, Doon.

Taken in by the palace, the best friends must prove the accusations of witchery are false while fending off the charms of Scottish princes. To make matters worse, they must uncover whom is the real Big Bad Witch whose powers threaten to destroy Doon. Will the girls succeed or will they fail watch as darkness consumes Doon?

If you love an adventure in Scotland filled with humor, mischief and hot guys, the Doon series is for you! Don't wait any longer, go and get your copies.

Character Breakdown:

Veronica -- As I mentioned above, Vee and Kenna's friendship reminds me of mine with my best friend. Having said that, I felt most relatable to Vee's character. She is a bookworm, feels like she doesn't belong in this world, fantasies about being the lead in a fairy tale, has a sense of humor only her best friend gets and loyal.

MacKenna -- First off, Kenna's character reminds me of my best friend. She is goofy, hates books, doesn't believe in fairy tales, and loyal. MacKenna is definitely my favorite character in Doon. I appreciate her humor and the fact that although she and a guy from another world are crazy about each other she doesn't let it hold her back from her dreams -- no matter how hard leaving him behind was.

"His eyes widened at the same moment I realized that I'd sniffed him. Fabulous. Now he would think I was some deranged girl who went around smelling people" (page 96).

*** Check out the Doon series' website for more information: HERE 

*My review on Goodreads  |  Amazon

Happy Reading!


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