It was July when I said I would post a review about Doon and then never did.. Well we already covered that up, no need to repeat ourselves. You might think I would have gone on and reviewed another book but like i said i have written about it and I want you guys to have a review. When I first read it, I was on vacation and I thought it was absolutely amazing. But on the flight back I read it again and I noticed flaws I hadn’t when I first read the book. I took time to reflect and have summoned a review I hope you’ll enjoy. Okay, let’s begin!
Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Rating: 4 /5
DOON… 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.
One of the most important aspects of this book is the building of the world of Doon. It’s a very interesting place. It’s time travel, but it’s not. It exists as a real place in some capacity, but it’s completely fictional. Bits and pieces of many societies are mashed together in this perceived to be perfect slice of cloaked Scotland. Doon is beautifully drawn up and did not distract me from becoming emotionally invested in the story line. It was enchanting to discover this new world and it’s darker secrets.
The characters in Doon were very memorable and so real. The relationship between Mackenna and Veronica was strong and I loved their interactions with one another. Their relationship reminded me of the one I share with my best friend and I could really relate to them. Through thick and thin they stuck it out together and didn’t back down when things got rough.
Throughout the book I found myself drawn more to Veronica and her story with Jaimie, but I still enjoyed seeing the different points of view. Mackenna’s story picks up a bit towards the end and I cannot wait to find out what happens with her and Duncan in the next book
The world of Doon itself was magical. It really felt like I’d stepped into another world, trapped in time. I thought it was very interesting how the people of Doon would selectively introduce parts of modern culture to the kingdom whenever the bridge opened, while maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the kingdom. It was things like this that had me wishing I could just spend the day exploring Doon.
There was only one thing that bothered me. And that is that’s the side characters. They are completely unoriginal, absolutely lacking in dimension and complexity. The villains, the good guys, the wise woman, the love rivals. None are remotely believable as real. Everyone is black or white. That’s the only thing that drags this book down.
So if you are a fan of Scotland, attractive guys in kilts ( 😉 ), bestfriends, romance, action and mystery then this is definitely the book you should check out.
The girl you see on the cover is actually also the actress starring in the book trailer! And let me just say I LOVE BOOK TRAILERS!! If you have seen one that you think I should see, please leave the link in the comments because I really really love them. I think there should be much more book trailers than we have.
Maybe I’ll make one of my favorite book just for fun..?
Anyway here’s the book trailer