Authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Book Look Bloggers’ website description of Destined for Doon:
In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake – choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling – proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love – and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.
If you read the first book in the Doon Series, then you should remember that it ends on a cliff hanger. Destined for Doon picks up shortly after that, depending on which time you’re in, Doon or World time. Mackenna’s life isn’t exactly as she thought it would be. The theater world is not nearly as shiny—or as fulfilling—as she imagined it would be. Likewise, back in Dodge, or Doon rather, Veronica’s life isn’t all peachy-keen. Being a queen is no easy task, especially when her boyfriend and co-regent-to-be seems to regard her as incapable of handling the role by herself. That was one of the things I appreciated in this second book. Just like real life, this novel doesn’t portray everyone with a fantastical happily-ever-after.
As in Doon, this sequel has a good deal of suspense as Mackenna and Veronica have to save the kingdom yet again. The novel felt like a YA fantasy (yeah, it is) with a potential zombie apocalypse. It also reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Interesting combo, I know.
I wouldn’t categorize this book as Christian fantasy. More like general YA fantasy with some Christian elements and themes. Whether or not the authors develop that plot line more in the next two books will be interesting to see.
Again, the romance level of this book is a bit more than what I prefer to read, with a couple kissing scenes (for lack of a better way to put it) that were uncomfortable for me to read.
As with every book, Destined for Doon needs to be read with discretion, and I would say this book is aimed for the older teen reader and adult reader. I enjoyed Destined for Doon and was sucked into the story line just as I was with Doon. The authors do a fantastic job of creating compelling characters and conflicts that had me thinking of them whenever I had to put the book down.
Oh, and guess what? There is another cliff hanger at the end of this book, which is frustrating, and compelling at the same time. They did a good job, though, because it left me thinking bring on Book 3!
About the Authors
Biographies from the Doon Series website: Carey Corp wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both literary fiction and stories for young adults, she 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. Her debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction.
A few years ago, Lorie Langdon left her thriving corporate career with a Fortune 500 company 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. Her co-written four-book series, DOON, a YA reimagining of the Scottish legend of Brigadoon, will release beginning in August 2013 from Zondervan/Harper Collins.
I was given a review copy of Destined for Doon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.