Doon

By Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Published on August 20th 2013
Published by Blink (Zondervan/Harper Collins)

Source: ARC from author
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.
This book is my favorite of the year.  I can pretty much stop reading books now until next January- my year of book reading is complete.  Brigadoon is one of my favorite stories and musicals.  The musical has one of my favorite actors (Gene Kelley).  Scotland has always been this elusive and attractive place to me, probably started by a love with Neil Macneill from the Christy novel. Anyway, I had ridiculously high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint.

Veronica and Mackenna are fun heroines.  They are spunky and don't take anything from anyone.  I love how they aren't wilting wallflowers- they stand up for themselves and aren't willing to be pushed around or let their circumstances decide who they are.  They both have distinctive personalities and are written in a realistic way.  Finn and Jamie- oh man.  They are perfection!  I love how all of the characters have their own struggles and really are distinctive characters- there are no plot tools or arm candy here.

The story behind Doon is fun and a seriously great adventure.  I love how the authors have woven the mythology of Doon into today's culture.  Obviously if this is an ancient city- Doon has shown up before.  I am so happy that the authors addressed what could have been a major plot hole.

Doon is T'HE book that you need to read of 2013.  If you were a fan of Lisa T Bergren's River of Time series or are a fan of mythology and light fantasy- this is a book that you NEED to have.  I don't know how to say this- I sat and read this book in ONE SITTING.  I stayed up most of the night to read this (and as a mother of two babies- this is NOT something I do.)  I loved Doon so much I have read it twice since.  Doon is a book that sticks with you- I think about it during my day, sneak and read the ending again just to savor the book.  I can't wait until the next book (because the authors simply aren't allowed to end it like that).  Do yourself a favor- read Doon and then come back and tell me what you thought!


1 comment:

  1. OK I have no input on Brigadoon so I'll just skip to the fact that I now hope I can convince the library to get this one because A) I trust your opinion & B) you make this one sound amazing! I also love mythology & might have a slight weakness for the name Finn. (I don't know why, I just like it.)

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