Book Review: Doon

A woman dressed in a burgundy dress stands on a stone bridge, leading through mist to a green hillside
Doon Cover

Doon, Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon ( Book 1 of Doon Trilogy, Blink, 2013, ppbk, 399 pp, plus my version has a bonus of chapter 1 of the next book) (read 10/19/19)

At the time of this review (3/6/2021), the book holds a 4.4-star review on Amazon with 359 reviews.

Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tales with Romance

Book Obtained By: Bought from author Langdon at an event

My Chocolate Rating on Scale of 5: 5 Godiva Chocolates (sinfully good)

Spoiler-Free Review

I read this book well over a year ago, so this is one of my short reviews. This was a delightful book, told in alternating first-person points of view: Veronica (Vee) and Mackenna (Kenna). The authors primarily take point on one character each when they draft the book.  Kenna is all about the theater—it’s what moves her, and it’s a great lens for her when she’s telling her part of the story. Vee is the cheerleader who loves to read, and is losing control of her life.

The characters are best friends because of their differences, the way they support each other and, at times, drive the other nuts. Their adventure kicks into high gear when they visit Scottland during summer break. Vee thinks she’s going crazy, having visions of a boy no one else can see. Then she sees him in Scotland. A letter from Kenna’s aunt tells a tale so outrageous—about a land that appears every one hundred years. And so Kenna and Vee attempt to reach that mythical land.

But it’s no happily ever after they’ve reached. This land’s in trouble, and these girls might be good, or might be evil. The growing romance between Vee and Jamie, that boy she’d been seeing, does not come easy. Since I hadn’t seen Brigadoon for a good 20 years, I didn’t remember why Brigadoon has this trait of appearing once in a hundred years. The authors tell a great story about that origin, and why no one trusts Vee and Kenna.

Friendships will be tested, hearts will be broken, and dreams must be chosen or given up. Do you stay in the land where you’re loved and needed, or do you return to the world where you’re loved and needed, and other dreams await?

I’ve given this my five chocolates for two reasons—while I may not remember even the basics of the plot, I do remember devouring the book because it was such a fun read with the girls’ different personalities. I cared about them both, I cared about the boys they were falling in love with, and I did not want Doon to end.

If you enjoy fairy tales, or romances, consider giving this a read.

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