Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Genre: Christian Young Adult Fiction – Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 368 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: August 20th, 2013
Publisher: Blink YA Books
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.
DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com
Ever since I first heard that Zonderkidz or Zondervan Teen was branching off with it’s own new imprint known as Blink YA Books I have been intrigued. Every once in a while I still really enjoy a good teen read, or young adult read even though I’m beyond that age range and it will be a decade and some before my daughters are ready for them. When I was looking through a digital catalog and saw the cover and then description for Doon I just knew I had to read it, and boy am I ever delighted that I have gone on this adventure with Veronica and MacKenna.
Doon is co-authored which gives it a flare to the personality and the characters, although I do not know exactly how they broke it up to write it I think they did a really nice job in the end. Overall the story is enchanting. Vivid descriptions and details to go with the amazing book cover image are through out as our duo is taken from the American state of Indiana to the Scottish countryside.
Our two main characters are very different and amazing in each their own rights. From the book cover of Destined for Doon I’m going to assume that the story with continue with more details for MacKenna’s journey, but I’m not certain.
This is a romance, an adventure, and a teen or young adult read. While early on I was thinking that any teen could read it as I got further I would recommend that it be a mature teen. As there are phrases or relative terms that not all early or sheltered teens might be ready for. Overall to my opinion it’s as harmless as a PG-13 movie might be with a little fear and maybe (to some opinions) a little language or imagery (ever had the gone to school naked type dream – mentions)through out that a parent just might need to make the judgement call on.
However this book is about fitting in and finding your place. While I have never seen the stage show Brigadoon, I’m definitely enchanted and curious about this land and it’s people. Veronica comes from a difficult background that many kids will be able to relate to. MacKenna is the bizarre one and theatrical to boot. I think that no matter the reader, they might find themselves in one of our heroines.
The storytelling is fun and elegant at the same time, and my goodness you’ve gotta love the Scottish hotty princes. It’s the flavor of the novel and a great start to a series. I’m definitely planning to read more. You may see my four stars, and truly the only reason it didn’t rank in the five stars is because I do feel that the bits where maturity are needed could have been left out, but then maybe that will be the bit that captures a certain teen that wouldn’t have otherwise gotten the message about the over-protector and destiny. But four stars is still quite grand in my book.
The paperback is expected to release in late July of 2014 followed by book #2 in September 2014.
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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.
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.