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.
Knowing that this book was inspired by the musical Brigadoon I decided to re-watch the movie-even though I hadn't liked it the first time-before reading Doon so that I could see the similarities. Well I enjoyed the movie a lot more this time so I was quite excited to dive into this book! Let me first of all say that while there are definite similarities between Brigadoon and Doon, Doon is completely unique!
I'm having a hard time coming up with the words to say what I want to say so I'm going to have to limit this review to the things I can actually find ways to describe! I liked how we got both Veronica and Mackenna's point of view, and even though they both were told in first person the authors did a great job of keeping you from getting confused as to whose head you were in! I found things to relate to in both of the girls, and the way that their differences complimented each other reminded me of me and my best friend so I loved that aspect. In addition to great heroines this book also had some pretty awesome heroes! Duncan was easier to warm up to at first but once you get to see the reasons behind Jamie's actions you'll love him too.
The town of Doon was beautifully described and it made me want to visit!
The only complaint I have about this book was that it occasionally seemed to share a little more than necessary when it came to certain subjects but it was never so much that I felt that it was wrong. I just would have preferred it to be less.
So in closing, this book was pretty awesome and I can't wait for book two!
About the Authors
Carey Corp lives in the metropolitan Midwest with her loveable yet out-of-control family. Carey wrote her first book at the age of seven, and currently begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Carey's debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction and was recently featured at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in YA Alley.
Lorie Langdon has over ten years of experience writing online and print advertising for a Fortune 500 company, and left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word and continue to build the young-adult-focused blog, HonestlyYA.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.