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Monday, August 19, 2013

ARC Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Released Date: August 20th 2013 by Zondervan
Series: Doon #1
Pages: 368
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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.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

*ARC provided by Netgalley*

I was immediately grabbed by the beautiful cover and the premise. Even before reading the book, I knew it was going to be great. Doon is a magical scottish place that has been placed under a spell in order to protect the people of Doon from an evil witch. But the spell would not protect the people of Doon from what's coming to them.When Mackenna suggests that Veronica and her go to Scottland for a vacation. It couldn't have come at the right moment for her; after breaking up with her chearing boyfriend, and having a mom that doesn't really care for, Veronica decides to give herself a break and decides to go. But she wasn't expecting to have vivid dreams of a boy in kilt talking to her to come to him. As she and her friend embark in a new adventure, she will have to decide what truly is important in her life in order to save those that she loves. 

I've been a fan of books that have been inspired by tales and other stories for a while, and this book has made it to my favorite list. I loved the over story, it was exciting and engaging. The book is beautifully written and that's what makes it a success for me. The characters have an important task in the story and it all seemed to flow nicely. With that being said, I really liked Veronica and Kenna. They are best friends going to a vacation and they end up with a great adventure in their lives. The cover of the book illustrates just how magical Doon is and it immediately grabbed my attention. The book does start a bit slow, but it builds up with excitement and the climax is where we are able to see more of the characters personalities. 

The romance in the book is great, although Veronica and Jamie, the prince of Doon, don't have a great chemistry at the beginning, it does build up in the story. On the other hand, Kenna's love story with Duncan, Jamie's brother is full of excitement. I actually liked them, or at least their scenes a lot better. I'm really looking forward to reading more of their story in the second book! We do get to see different perspectives in the book, Veronica's and Kenna's point-of-views. It made the book that much more enjoyable to read. Overall, the story was great, and so did the characters. There are fighting scenes, romantic scenes and a detail description of the magical place of Doon. I would definitely recommend this book to those that want something romantic and magical.

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