Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Title: Doon
Series: Doon #1
Authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink (August 20, 2013)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Format Read: Paperback ARC
Length: Novel
Source: Publisher


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.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at

~Destiny awaits!


Teaser: As he passed, dark eyes bored into mine, and I tripped over a bump in the sidewalk. [From Chapter 2. Veronica's a bit clumsy when she sees the boy of her dreams. *grins*]

Review: Veronica and Mackenna smack right into their destinies in Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.

Loosely based off the musical Brigadoon, Doon drops two American girls, Veronica and Mackenna, into Scotland where they cross the Bridge of Doon into the mystical land of Doon. I wish I could’ve gone with them. Doon is a quaint, fairy tale type kingdom with swoon-worthy young men in kilts. Although the kingdom first appears stuck in the Middle Ages, they do have creature comforts, such as toilets, running water, and even pizza!

The plot revolves around the quest of love as well as to stop the evil witch from destroying Doon. Veronica is a reluctant heroine, and although she could have become a tragic damsel in distress, she finds her courage and needs no prince to save her. Mackenna is spunky and headstrong, almost to a fault, and as a former theater geek, I loved her exclamations, such as “WWSSD: What Would Stephen Sondheim Do.” Duncan is one of my favorite characters because he can be sweet, funny, sarcastic, and a great match for Mackenna. Jamie’s wishy-washy attitude towards Veronica got on my nerves a bit, although I understand why he had to be the way he was toward her.

Like any good musical-inspired novel, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon’s Doon is an over-the-top fun read perfect for fantasy and musical lovers.

 Five Bookworms = I loved it!