Long before I realized this book re-tells the timeless Brigadoon tale, the smoky intrigue of the cover art captivated me. When opportunity arose to obtain a copy and review Doon, I snapped it up and prepared to get lost in an angst-ridden romance.
STORY: The young adult novel tells the story of besties, McKenna and Veronica. Following graduation, they make an escape to Scotland to celebrate before college begins. The girl’s use a cottage once owned by an aunt, and soon learn that Veronica’s visions of a blonde-haired guy may not be just visions. When the two girls find a portal through the brig o’ doon into a mystical land of royalty, which is protected by a powerful enchantment, they become embroiled in a fight to save the mysterious land …and their hearts.
Doon, by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Bearing in mind that the premise of Brigadoon is not a favorite, this novel has that kind of addictive pleasure. The similarities are striking and quite fun. Both girls present interesting challenges in their different personalities; Veronica’s fierce beauty and romanticism, and Kenna’s logical wild child complex. The most relatable part of them is their loyalty to each other; despite their vast differences, they’d create and protect a bonded friendship. This is something that I appreciate about the book. The book does switch off, though Veronica does wind up being the stronger presence (the ending reveals why this is). Living inside their heads and world is interesting if not compelling. Unfortunately, I did wind up having some reservations about the book both in regards to its spiritualism and the content.‘DOON,’ BY CAREY CORP AND LORIE LANGDON #BookReviews #FWarchives #YALit Click To Tweet
Considering the majority of the concept seeks supernatural adventure, the early realistic lead is what hooks me. Soon as we transport to the land of Doon, there’s excitement on nearly every page. There’s lots of teenage romance (some may even find it implausible). Pursuant to their personalities; Veronica’s romantic liaison is passionate and Kenna’s is sensible and sweet. One of my reservations is the references to God. It’s an interesting way to incorporate His protection and everlasting love, however I didn’t feel like there’s “enough” Christianity. Instead, everything is left up in the air – is God really a presence in the story? Or is the Protector a supernatural power?
In the end, Doon is a novel full of cute whimsy, silly romanticism (in a mostly good way, though much emphasis is place on the physical, something I can forgive considering the age). While I may not be anxious to revisit this piece of Scottish charm, I will be curious to see where its sequel goes. Anyone who enjoys stories with fairytale qualities are in for a terrific bit of amusement just don’t except perfection.
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Author: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink, a subsidiary of Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013 (ARC)
Series: Doon – Book 1
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Contemporary, Young Adult
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Rating: 3 ½ out of 5
CONTENT: there are a few uses of h*ll and some minor suggestive conversation regarding sexual relationships. A girl “teases” a guy in a half dressed state and the two of them nearly go “too far” while spending the night together – they sleep in separate rooms.
Sincere thanks to the publisher (Blink, Zondervan) for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes