Authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Review by Grace Olson
Doon synopsis provided by Book Look Bloggers:
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.
I hadn’t originally intended to review this book. Not really. But when I signed up to participate in the Book Look Blogger program, it was the only book that caught my attention at the time. I had heard/seen a lot of hype for this book, so I thought, “Hey, why not?” Since my expectations were at Level: Curious, the book could go either way. So what did I think?
What I liked: Well, first of all, I received a hardcover copy. Dust jacket, shiny letters, and all. I mean, how cool is that? Already I liked this book, and I hadn’t even cracked the cover! I have a system of what books I read when, so that I meet all my deadlines, but I finished A Match Made In Texas earlier than expected, so I had a book lull and picked up Doon. As if I thought I could ever put it down again. I tell you, this book was responsible for several late nights and distracted days. The writing truly drew me in. It’s written in first person, alternating between Veronica and Mackenna’s view points, so I felt as if I truly knew these two girls. I loved how Doon was not the average teen novel (excuse the stereotype) consisting, mainly, of romance where the characters are (can be) flat and the love story (or triangle) is superficial. I felt for Veronica and Mackenna and their respective hurts from their pasts. And the heroes were fantastic. Or eventually became fantastic, because, I’ll be honest, a certain prince wasn’t acting so princely at first, but then he got straightened out.
What I didn’t like: So there was some language in this book, not much, perhaps three or four swear words, but it took me by surprise. Also, the book was a bit higher on the sexual tension-o-meter, making me feel uncomfortable at times. Another thing was the lack of Christian message. The relationship between the kingdom of Doon and its Protector was symbolic of a Christian’s relationship with Christ, but aside from that, I couldn’t find much in the way of a Christian message, aside from a few other references to God.
In all, this was a highly entertaining read. Like I mentioned, there were some things in it that I didn’t like, and that would, sadly, cause me to think carefully before I recommended this book to a friend. The same for any books, discernment needs to be used, and Doon is not an exception.
What is truly exciting is that this book is the first in the Doon Series, so if you’d like to find out more info, you can go to a website created specifically for the series! Check it out: http://www.doonseries.com/
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. Find out more about her here: http://www.lorielangdon.com/
I was given a review copy of Doon from Zondervan via Book Look Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.