Release Date: August 20th 2013
Challenge(s): Fairy Tales Retold
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!