Authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Amazon’s website description of Shades of Doon:
After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.
So at first I really wasn’t that in to Shades of Doon. Honestly, it felt like I was reading a rehashed version of the previous two books in the series. They think their problems are over, they’re angsting about whether or not to marry the two handsome princes because they’re still only teens, and then BAM, something bad happens and they have to save Doon yet again. Thankfully, the farther I got into the book, I could see some differences in plot from the other two books. But for a good portion of the book I could have sworn I was just reading text from Books 1 and 2. Another thing that I didn’t particularly like was the emphasis on the hormones experienced by these four teenagers. Yes, I understand that’s a thing. And yes, it’s relevant to the teens reading the books, but sometimes all it felt like was filler and an attempt to grab the attention of those teens.
In all, I did enjoy some parts of Shades of Doon, but for the most part I wasn’t impressed.
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 Shades of Doon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.