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The girls follow the directions and find themselves transported into a strange land, Doon, that seems like a fairy-tale with a handsome prince that only has eyes for McKenna and a boy who looks exactly like the mystery boy Veronica kept seeing. But not everything is as it seems in Doon, and time is running out . . . will the girls be trapped forever?
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Veronica doesnt think shes going crazy. But why cant 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 Mackennas great auntand 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 Veronicas daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything theyve longed for… or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.
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. Careys 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.
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.
RagdogsAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I Was Very Pleased!March 4, 2014RagdogsAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Synopsis:
"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."
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 it's 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 "girl talk"_.. past boyfriends, boys' clothes, boys' hair, boys' personalities, really just boys in general_.. 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!
"I received this book from Blink publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."
cathyKansasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Doon by Cary Corp and Lorie LangdonFebruary 21, 2014cathyKansasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Doon 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 crazyâ€”who 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 "kilt boy" 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 "committing 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 themâ€”Veronica 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.
AmandaDayton, OHAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent intro to a fantastic seriesNovember 29, 2013AmandaDayton, OHAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Doon 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!
HappyMom24Dayton, OHAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fantasy and Romance with real life woven inNovember 29, 2013HappyMom24Dayton, OHAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
jrforasterosDayton, OHAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Fantasy for Teens w Great Spiritual Themes!November 29, 2013jrforasterosDayton, OHAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have a confession: I love the recent plethora of young adult fiction. Not Twilight - I have standards, after all, but it busted the floodgates wide open and now we're swimming in some great, thoughtful and provocative YA Lit. From Katniss Everdeen and Percy Jackson to the Pure trilogy, the YA world is delighting young adults (and some of us not-so-young) with creative and original fantasy.
Another confession: I don't often hold Christian art in high regard (at least not since the Renaissance). We tend these days to be derivative. And I say this as a guy who had a Christian Music Recommendation Poster on my bedroom wall in high school. So after the Christian Harry-Potter-Haters had their 15 minutes, I felt sure we were destined for a glut of bad Christian knock-off fiction.
I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT DOON BY CAREY CORP AND LORIE LANGDON BREAKS THE MOLD.
Doon is the retelling of the legend of Brigadoon (yes, the one from the Gene Kelly musical). It's one of the launch titles for Blink, a new YA imprint from Zondervan. If Doon is any indication, Blink is publishing books that have a distinctively Christian worldview but tell stories for their own sake (not to preach or teach). But enough about that. How is Doon?
Doon introduces us to Veronica and McKinna, two girls who plan to spend the summer in Scotland. As they prepare to embark, Veronica begins to have visions of a man in a kilt. Since this is a YA novel (and, you know, there's a sweet castle on the cover), we're not surprised that they're transported into a magical kingdom shortly after they arrive in Scotland, or that the eternal fate of said magical kingdom rests squarely on their shoulders.
DOON IS A GREAT YA BOOK. BUT IS IT GOOD CHRISTIAN FICTION?
Fair warning: minor Doon spoilers follow.
Neither Veronica nor McKenna is a Christian. But the kingdom of Brigadoon is, explicitly. They attribute their continued existence to the Protector, a clear allegory for the Christian god (and since they're sort of medieval Scottish, what else would they be?) Though the point of the story isn't just to talk about God, the mystical nature of Brigadoon forces Vee and Kenna to confront their (lack of) faith.
But their spiritual journeys aren't artificial or forced. Nor do they resolve clearly (of course, we have been promised three more books). This is the power of fantasy: by putting ordinary teens into an extraordinary scenario, these conversations feel organic.
SINCE DOON IS FANTASY, TEENS THINKING DEEPLY ABOUT GOD IS PROBABLY THE MOST REALISTIC ASPECT OF THE STORY.
More generally, the best part of Doon is the girls themselves. Vee and Kenna feel like real teenage girls. They have real insecurities and a real, strong friendship. As the Doon series gains popularity, we're going to see their friendship celebrated: far from the frenemy relationships we see in most depictions of teen girls these days, Vee and Kenna are each other's biggest fans. Far from exploiting each others' weaknesses, they complement each other, forming a team that's stronger together.
Speaking of which, Doon also deserves to be commended for its girl-power ending. Despite the fact that they're telling a modern fairy-tale, Vee and Kenna are no damsels in distress. They drive the plot, they resolve the conflict. They even save the beautiful dudes in distress.
WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE DOON?
Because it's got strong female characters who model healthy friendship. Because it has believable, relatable teens thinking honestly and seriously about God. And because this is a story written by two Christians who put the story first and trusted the power of story (and their faith) to be compelling enough. Let's hope for plenty more where Doon came from.
BOTTOM LINE: IF YOU LIKE YA, YOU'LL LIKE DOON. LET'S HOPE IT SETS A NEW TREND FOR THOUGHTFUL, ENGAGED CHRISTIAN LITERATURE.
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