Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

 
Doon (Doon, #1)
 
Publisher: Zondervan/Harper
Release Date: August 20th 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC from Publisher
Challenge(s): Fairy Tales Retold

DOON…

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 http://www.DoonSeries.com

Welcome to the magical world of Doon, a mysterious Scottish kingdom that didn't seem to exist until Veronica and Mackenna find themselves stuck there, and falling for some pretty attractive and princely guys. Doon is a mystical fairy tale adventure that will have you turning pages faster than you can say Lerner and Loewe!

I truly believe that it was fate that brought this book to my attention. If you haven't already noticed, I have a kind of unhealthy obsession with fairy tale retellings going on. Something else you might not know about me is that I also have an unhealthy obsession with Broadway shows! So you can imagine the flailing and squeeing that ensued when I learned that there was a retelling of a fairy tale kind of Broadway show!

As you've most likely already guessed, my expectations were already impossibly high. How could this one little book possibly live up to them? By being outstanding! I would've been sold just by the endless musical references, but the characters, plot, and world-building were amazing as well!

I love how the story utilized elements of the original Brigadoon, while being very much it's own story. I have to admit that I wasn't too familiar with Brigadoon beforehand, but that wasn't a problem going in. The pace of the whole story was just right, and kept me on my toes, since I was never quite sure what would happen next.

I adored Veronica and Mackenna. It was actually kind of weird reading this book because of how similar I am to both of them. Veronica is my book nerd half, and Mackenna is my musical half. That being said, there personalities were complete opposites, and I liked seeing how they interacted with each other.

The world of Doon itself was magical. It really felt like I'd stepped into another world, trapped in time. I thought it was very interesting how the people of Doon would selectively introduce parts of modern culture to the kingdom whenever the bridge opened, while maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the kingdom. It was things like this that had me wishing I could just spend the day exploring Doon. Instead I'll have to (im)patiently wait months and months (maybe even years) for more books!

2 comments:

  1. I've never seen this book before! It sounds like my kind of book though! I have to read this!

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  2. I'm so glad you loved it! I can't wait to read this one. It's on my shelf waiting!

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