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.
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.
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!