Review: Doon

(Doon #1)
by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
YA Fantasy
August 20th 2013 by Zondervan

Goodreads summary:

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.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at

~Destiny awaits!

What I thought:
I really love this cover! I think it is such a good representation of the tale within and the story-book world that the characters travel to. So many covers don't do this. You think it's going to be one type of story based on the premise and cover and get something completely different. That definitely isn't the case here.

There really is a bridge, mist, and a castle in the distance, even though Mackenna doesn't believe it. She also thinks that her best friend, Veronica, is losing it a little when she mentions a dreamy guy that only she apparently sees. Mackenna just wants to have a fabulous summer hanging out with her bff and real guys before she starts her perfect drama internship in the fall. Veronica has faith for both of them though and that is how their journey begins.

I really loved most of this book. I'm going to get the things I didn't like out of the way first.

I thought that there should have been a little more explaining in the beginning when the two girls cross over. The girls don't seem to question much nor are they questioned a whole lot either. Then there are all these assumptions that aren't reasoned out at the time. All of this is answered later, but in reality I thought much more should have been answered initially.

I didn't like the indecision and drama towards the last third of the book by Mackenna, Veronica, Duncan, and Jamie, although mostly by Veronica. There were a couple of spots where she was really immature and that just rubbed me wrong. I also didn't like how clueless some of the characters were in parts and the fact that they didn't communicate very well.

I loved the characters! Veronica has had a rough life, but it hasn't completely hardened her. She likes to dream, which is why it is so easy for her to believe that there could be a magical place called Doon. This is also probably how she escapes her life in some ways. Mackenna has grown up with all these fairy-tale stories, yet she is more of the practical one and is very focused on her career. She doesn't even believe in true love, at least that it's not for her at this point in her life. Duncan is utterly charming! He's got that lopsided smile, has a great sense of humor, is extremely patient, but is also smart, loyal, and very good looking. Then there is Jamie. He is more reserved, but there is a fun and passionate side to him that Veronica catches glimpses of once in a while. He is strong, protective, confident, loyal, and drop-dead gorgeous. There is plenty of chemistry between each gal and her love interest, as well as some serious swoon-worthy scenes.

It was fun to see how the characters interacted. They each have their own backgrounds and hopes for the future and none of them are exactly the same. However, they do all want what is best for Doon and they are tempted by love even if that's not what they're looking for. I appreciated that everything didn't just fall into place. This is a happily-ever-after tale, but it doesn't necessarily end how you would think. Just as in most stories, there is someone who doesn't want everyone to be happy and who is only out for herself. In this story it is a witch who is just waiting for her chance to ruin Doon in order to become more powerful.

If you like magical worlds, dashing prince charmings, adventure, and happily-ever-after then this book is definitely for you. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Content: Some mild violence and innuendo, but I would consider this clean.
Source: NetGalley and bought

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