I Was Very Pleased!
Ã¢ÂÂVeronica doesnÃ¢ÂÂt think sheÃ¢ÂÂs going crazy. But why canÃ¢ÂÂt 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 MackennaÃ¢ÂÂs great auntÃ¢ÂÂand 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 VeronicaÃ¢ÂÂs daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything theyÃ¢ÂÂve longed forÃ¢ÂÂ¦ or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.Ã¢ÂÂ
I was very pleased with this book. It had me interested from the very first page to the very last. I loved the world of Doon and how it was described, filled with pleasures, people of good nature, and loving landscapes. But yet Doon also had itÃ¢ÂÂs evil to be defeated (reminding me of Narnia..).
Doon also had great morals, the Protector of Doon was a representation of God while the witch was the devil, using ordinary things and people to bring the world to destruction. I loved that self-sacrifice and true love were the main morals presented in this book. Self-sacrifice defeats pride, while true love defeats hatred (again, reminding me of Narnia).
The things that cause me to put the age limit at at least 13 years old would be, the main characters, Veronica and Mackenna, have graduated high school and are very best friends, resulting in a lot of Ã¢ÂÂgirl talkÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¦.. past boyfriends, boysÃ¢ÂÂ clothes, boysÃ¢ÂÂ hair, boysÃ¢ÂÂ personalities, really just boys in generalÃ¢ÂÂ¦.. also lots of kissing. There were a few cuss words here and there, but nothing absolutely terrible.
Aside from the things above, this was a very good book and I recommend it to my friends!
Ã¢ÂÂI received this book from Blink publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.Ã¢ÂÂ
March 4, 2014
Doon by Cary Corp and Lorie Langdon
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon is a delightful fantasy novel about a young high school senior, Veronica, and her best friend Mackenna who take off after graduation on a dream trip to Scotland. Veronica had been having visions during times of family and school troubles. She was seeing a young man dressed in a Scottish kilt. Veronica is starting to feel that she is going crazyÃ¢ÂÂwho sees such visions that can carry on a conversation with her? Once in Scotland however things really get strange and on the day that the girls find the red and green rings, Veronica decides that she must find a way to go back to that time when the Ã¢ÂÂkilt boyÃ¢ÂÂ lived. Mackenna is not so interested but finds herself back in history anyway and so starts the adventure that Veronica had dreamed of but had no idea of all the twists and turns she and Mackenna would take.
This is a great idea and well written fantasy novel. It is appropriate reading for the fairly young girl as well as mature women such as myself. It is delightfully written and it is a joy to see imaginative writing for the very young which is interesting to them yet no filthy language is neither involved nor provocative sexual encounters. The story tells of the love between the young people and how they handle sexual feelings that all people face and do so without Ã¢ÂÂcommitting the act but still enjoying themselves as they grow up. The book tells of how these girls with the difficulties that their families cause for themÃ¢ÂÂVeronica must deal with her absent drug addicted father and her alcoholic mother who entertains man after man in her home and does not protect her young daughter from inappropriate advances from these men. The novel tells how Veronica handles her family and deals with the love she has for them but how she learns to grow up differently from them.
This book was provided by Booksneeze for this review.
February 21, 2014
Excellent intro to a fantastic series
Doon was fantastic. I don't typically read this genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed that it seemed different, had strong female characters, and definitely wasn't cheesy Christian fiction. Excellent message. Excellent writing. I stayed up until 5am to finish because I couldn't stop reading! I cannot wait for the next three books to come out....so much suspense!
November 29, 2013
Fantasy and Romance with real life woven in
I think this book was a refreshing, easy read with a beautifully scripted land I would love to visit! It has a set of BFFs with real famliy lives, a trip to Scotland and they get engulfed in a fantasy world of castles and tradition called Doon. There is action and surprises and romance and you will not predict what will happen! The story and uncertaintly will keep you reading as well as your desire for certain things to happen! You will keep reading to find out what does! And you won't be disappointed! You will be left satisfied and awaiting Doon #2!!! I am thrilled about this book being one of the first to launch the new Zondervan name BLINK. What a great way to start.
November 29, 2013