Doon Review 

Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

*Spoiler Free Review*

I love that this book it is set in Scotland but hate that there is a half-assed vernacular with all of the characters of Doon 🙄

However, Doon does feel like a magical place. I’ve read a lot of reviews bashing this book, so here’s my quick rant:

  • I met Carey Corp, sweet lady. She promised me action, adventure, and nerdy main characters. She delivered!
  • If you hate that the characters are teenagers, don’t read teen fiction. This book is all teenagers, so buckle up.
  • If you think Doon isn’t realistic, it’s a MAGICAL KINGDOM of course it’s not realistic.
  • If you’re looking for a book that is a beautiful description of Scotland, this is not for you.

 

Characters:

Veronica and Mackenna (Kenna) are opposites. But they’re best friends who “share a brain.” Maybe I love them so much because this is my best friend relationship. But they’re quirky and adorable. They build each other up, push the boundaries a little, but are always there for each other. They’re also believable. One is determined to leave Doon because her internship is something she can’t live without. One falls in love with Doon and is afraid of letting go.

Veronica has a difficult home life. We don’t learn much about it, except that her mother is more interested in getting married than caring for her daughter. I think Veronica not having much to go back to makes her want to cross the bridge and experience Doon. She starts having visions of a Scottish boy before she even sets foot in Scotland. She thinks it’s a dream, but is it something more?

Kenna is focused on her future career and her internship back in the states. She follows Veronica and doesn’t quite believe in the magic of Doon until she experiences it first-hand. We don’t know many personal things about Kenna, except that her grandmother was quirky and used to tell her fairytales of a land called Doon. But, pay attention to details because it feels like Kenna’s story has yet to be told and may come from other books in this series (note, this is just speculation and reading the sneak peak chapter of the next book at the end of this one).

Jamie and Duncan are also two polar opposite brothers. They were a little more difficult to believe. Jamie felt inconsistent. But Duncan was sincere. Both try to follow their hearts. Jamie is very hot and cold towards Veronica and Kenna, and this annoys the girls. While Duncan is kind-hearted and seems like a giant teddy bear.

The other characters of Doon just aren’t very memorable or seem cliché. You have those who side with evil or are overcome by it. Those that are skeptical of Veronica and Kenna coming to their world as well as those that support them.

 

Plot:

The chapters are split between Veronica’s and Kenna’s point of views. Sometimes this is annoying, but it helps understand the characters from both girls’ perspectives. Veronica is often caught up in how fantastical Doyon seems, while Kenna is more grounded.

Veronica and Kenna have to found their way into the magical land of Doon. While there, they slowly start to learn important details about the magic, the land, its people, and a possible curse on Doon and its people. They have to find a way to save Doon before it’s too late.

There are two blooming relationships; both are slow at the beginning but start to shine brighter by the end of the novel. I won’t ruin it for everyone, but know that you see them coming and will end up a little heartbroken by the end of the novel.

The book is slow-paced. The action doesn’t happen until the final chapters of the novel. Most of the story does focus on Veronica and Kenna, but I sometimes feel that there’s too much story about their time in Doon. This could be important in later novels, so I might change my feelings when I get the chance to read on. But everything seems calm until the last twenty percent of the novel. Action picks up and the pressing fate of Doon is determined.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and Veronica and Kenna feel real to me. Connecting with characters is what makes me want to continue on. I do look forward to reading the rest of this series and learning what happens to Veronica and Kenna.

I do recommend this novel and that you cross the bridge!

 

 

 

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

 

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Y’all. I tried to finish this book, but here’s my first DNF of the year. Here’s a selection of what I have read and why I’m not finishing this book.

I have mixed feelings about the physical book itself. The artwork on the cover is beautiful. I’m a little bothered that my edition is written in red. It bothers my eyes and I have to read it in an extremely bright room. I wasn’t expecting to have a font color bother me. It’s different, I’m not sure if it’s good or bad…Okay, it’s bad. It physically hurt to read.

RoseBlood opens with Rune and her mother traveling to the Academy. We learn a little about Rune’s past–she has a strange gift where music consumes her and has had this ability sicne a small chils; he father passed away from cancer; she’s from Texas; and he family history is complicated. I usually hate being smacked in the face with all of this information at once, but this was a great way to set the stage for this novel. We know Rune is hesitant to start at RoseBlood and that she’s tormented by her past. We also see our first glance at a mysterious boy who dwells below the operahouse. This part is a little strange. We don’t know much about him, except he has the power to drain life from flowers and has a red swan.

The beginning of the book is painfully slow at times. I know we’re setting up for what’s to come and connecting past lure about the Phantom to present day, but it feels like a lot to absorb.

I am a huge fan of the original Phantom of the Opera. And I’ve recently gotten into retellings, but this one is just irksome. I don’t like the way the Phantom is portrayed and Thorne comes across as an annoying little prick. I’m sorry, I’ve read about half of this book and nothing has happened. And I can’t keep reading when I’m bored.

Most people I talk to promises it picks up and “gets good.” But I can’t see it. Truth be told, I probably would crank the rest of this book out in one afternoon if I wasn’t straining to read the red font.

I can’t bring myself to read anymore of this. I don’t have a connection to Rune and her musical abilities, despite loving opera and the arts. I also can’t stand Thorne. This feels like it’s trying to hard when you already have the foundation of the lore mapped out for you. I’m glad I picked this one up from the library so I can return it again forget about it.

This is such a struggle. Sorry, Howard, this is a dud.

July TBR

This month, I’m keeping it short. I have a busy month ahead of me and will not be able to read as much as I would like.

There are three books this month I hope to finish.

First, because I didn’t get to it last month, I hope to finish Doon by Carey Corp and and Lorie Langdon. I just started it and it seems promising.

I also hope to read my two BOTM books I chose this month, Final Girls by Riley Sager and The Child by Fiona Barton. Both are mystery books and generally not the books I’d choose. But I wanted to branch out and try a few new books. Maybe the promise of something new will make me actually want to read them? We’ll see.

 

What are you reading this month?

 

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