Doon

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 7–10—Doon, which owes its name and draws many of its influences from the musical Brigadoon, begins with Veronica, who is spending the summer in Scotland with her best friend, Mackenna. In the attic of Mackenna's late Aunt Gracie's house, they uncover a wealth of secrets, including an enigmatic set of rings and Gracie's journal. The cryptic book describes the land of Doon, a place straight out of a fairy tale--complete with lush green hills and handsome princes. Soon the girls are accidentally transported to the magical realm where they met a dreamy pair of princes and do battle with an ancient evil witch determined to rule the land. The descriptions of Scotland and Doon are rich and vibrant, transporting readers alongside Veronica and Mackenna. Unfortunately, the characters aren't as fully fleshed out. Both girls are continuously self-deprecating, which some readers may find grating, while their male suitors are one-dimensional. Despite some too-convenient plot elements, those looking for a bit of escapism will still find this book to be an enjoyable read.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310742302
  • Publisher: Blink
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: A Doon Novel Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 75,934
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carey Corp lives in the metropolitan Midwest with her loveable yet out-of-control family. Carey wrote her first book at the age of seven, and currently begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Carey's debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction and was recently featured at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in YA Alley.

Lorie Langdon has over ten years of experience writing online and print advertising for a Fortune 500 company, and left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word and continue to build the young-adult-focused blog, HonestlyYA.

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Doon

A Doon Novel


By Carey Corp, Lorie Moeggenberg

BLINK

Copyright © 2013 Carey Corp and Lorie Moeggenberg
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-310-74230-2


CHAPTER 1

Veronica


I skidded to a halt in the crowded corridor, totally unprepared for a showdown with the evil witch of Bainbridge High. Stephanie Heartford, the girl who stalked anything with an XY chromosome, stood in front of my locker flirting with one of the cutest boys in school. And not just any cute boy—my boy.

Eric and Steph gazed into each other's eyes, standing so close I doubted a piece of loose-leaf paper would fit between them. Eric's knuckles grazed the hem of her cheer skirt, brushing the bare skin of her thigh. A move he'd used on me, more times than I could count.

Stephanie glanced in my direction, her lips curling at the corners as she whispered into Eric's ear. He looked up with wide eyes, a guilty flush staining his cheeks. I knew we weren't the perfect couple, but I was trying to make things work. And he was—what?—flirting with my archrival?

Eric stepped back and Stephanie strolled away, her Barbie-doll-on-helium giggle ringing in my ears. Staring straight ahead, I skirted a group of gawking freshmen and stalked to my locker. My fingers trembled as I dialed the combination, threw my Bio text onto the shelf, and slammed the metal door.

Eric leaned against the wall a few feet away, his shoulders hunched and his hands jammed into his pockets. His expression was reminiscent of when we were kids and he'd steal the cookies from my lunchbox, then refuse to admit it despite the smell of Oreos on his breath. "Don't look at me like that," he said as I approached.

"Like what?" I arched a brow. No way was I going to make this easy for him.

"Like I ate your last cookie."

"Did you?"

"So what if I did?" He shook his head and stared down at the yellowed linoleum. When he looked up, his eyes pleaded with me to understand. "I'm never going to be that perfect guy who comes riding in to rescue you from your crappy life. I'm no hero, Vee."

He was so far from heroic right now that I laughed. The harsh, humorless sound felt like a rock in my chest, forcing me to take another breath before I could reply. "I never said you were."

"Not in so many words" He trailed off with a shrug, letting the accusation speak for itself.

My spine stiffened, and I clenched my teeth so hard a sharp pain shot from my jaw to my temple. "So this is my fault?"

Eric nodded. "Kind of—yeah. I'm your boyfriend but you insist on treating me like I'm still twelve years old. I deserve more."

Really? He was going to play the wounded puppy? A scream brewed in the back of my throat, but I refused to make more of a scene, so I removed all inflection from my voice. "And you get 'more' from Stephanie."

"Maybe ... yeah." I took a step backward, but he followed. "This is exactly what I'm talking about, Vee. I've just told you I want more and you freeze me out, like some kind of Ice Princess. Say something!"

I could think of lots of things to say. Unfortunately, most of them would get me expelled. So I settled on, "I hope Steph will make you happy."

His whole face hardened. "She already has."

I stared at him, waiting for some sign of remorse, but his eyes remained flat as he turned and strode away. Some of the girls from my cheer squad stood in a huddle nearby, watching. One of them shook her head, her frosted pink lips tilted in a smirk. Had everyone known about Eric and Steph but me? So much for watching your friend's back.

A red haze narrowed my vision as I put one foot in front of the other, forcing myself not to run, not to think about the gossip or the snide little comments now circulating at my expense. If Eric wanted to move on with someone else, he could've at least had the decency to talk to me instead of making me look like a loser in front of the entire school. I passed homeroom and went straight to the parking lot.

When I reached my faded-to-pink VW Bug, I dove inside, throwing my book bag onto the passenger seat. Hot tears spilled down my cheeks as I gripped the steering wheel, the leather stitching branding itself into my skin.

I'd known Eric forever. We'd grown up down the street from each other, played in the same graffiti-stained park, and wished on stars from his tree house. He'd been there those first terrible days after my family fell apart, holding my hand and reassuring me that my dad would come back. I'd thought we were perfect for each other.

How could I have been so blind?

Pushing my head back against the headrest, I squeezed my eyes closed. My throat burned with the effort to keep sobs from escaping. That moron was so not worth it.

I sucked in a shaky breath, and an odd feeling skittered across my skin. Like the moment before you turn around to find the old man at the grocery store gawking at you. I blinked the tears from my lashes and wiped my cheeks as I searched the parking lot. A boy stood several feet away, watching me intently. He was gorgeous; like someone who'd just stepped off the pages of a magazine. Definitely not a student at Bainbridge High—I would've remembered him.

I looked away, stunned. Pretending to adjust my window, I fiddled with the handle, rolling it down and then halfway back up. When I raised my eyes from the lever he had moved closer, and I noticed his athletic legs were bare, topped by a blue and green plaid—Wait. Was he wearing a kilt?

Forgetting to be sly, my gaze traveled up his white, collarless shirt and back to his incredible face. His brows lowered and our eyes locked. I couldn't look away as he shoved his hand into the dark-blond waves of his hair, pushed it off his forehead, and stepped toward me.

"Don't cry, lass."

Somehow his low voice reached me from outside, reverberating all the way to the base of my spine. He lifted his hand, something white clutched in his fingers.

A girl lugging a ginormous backpack rushed by my door, blocking my view. I shifted in my seat and gripped the door handle, ready to fling it open and meet the stranger halfway the moment the girl passed by. But by the time she'd moved on, the boy had disappeared. Vanished without a trace, as if he'd never been there at all.

That was beyond weird. Had I imagined the whole encounter, or had he slipped away before I could see where he went? In light of my best friend's campaign to convince me to spend the summer in Scotland, a wishful hallucination of a hot kilt-wearing boy was entirely possible.

Kenna had been after me for weeks to go on vacation with her. Since she'd inherited a cottage from her great-aunt, all I needed to swing was airfare. But even after teaching extra dance classes for months, I hadn't been able to save enough—which had nothing to do with my self-discipline and everything to do with my mom spending the rent money on tight clothes and boxed wine.

A muffled pixie-like jingle interrupted my thoughts. I dug the phone out of my purse. The moors of Scotland r calling ... r u coming or not?!?

Instead of replying, I hit speed dial. Since Kenna's dad had ripped her away from Indiana to live in Podunk, Arkansas, we talked or texted at least twenty times a day.

She answered on the first ring. "Hey, Vee. What's wrong?"

The girl could seriously read my mind. Rather than tell her I was going crazy, I opted for my other big news. "Eric and I broke up."

"That's gre–Ah ... I mean, I am sooo sorry." I could hear the smile in her voice. It was no secret she thought Eric was a jerk.

"Way to empathize." But for some reason I could breathe again. How did she do that? Maybe we did share a brain, like her dad always claimed.

"At least now you have no excuse for not coming to Scotland."

"Except being broke."

Or was I? I patted the dashboard in front of me and saw dollar signs. I didn't want to sell my Bug, but getting away from Bainbridge for the summer—and my cheating ex—sounded better than ever now. "I have an idea. No promises though."

"Hey, I've got news too. I decided what I want from my dad for graduation."

"Okaayy ... that's good, I guess." Kenna was the queen of random segues, so I waited for her to connect the dots.

"In case you didn't realize, that was your cue."

My voice oozed mock contrition as I asked, "Oh, I'm sorry. Whatever could you be getting for graduation?"

"A plane ticket to Scotland for my bestie."

A baseball-sized lump stuck in my throat, making it impossible to speak.

"Vee? You still there?"

I swallowed, but my voice was still a strangled rasp. "I can't accept that."

Instantly serious, she demanded, "How long have you known me?"

"Since kindergarten."

"Have I ever taken no for an answer?"

"No ..." She was right. Memories of her goading me into jumping from a moving swing despite my fear of heights, her forcing me out of the bathroom when I'd been too nervous to perform in our fifth-grade talent show, and the time she'd coaxed me from a two-week pity party using brownies and the latest Harry Potter movie as incentive after my mom started dating Bob the Slob, all proved it was true.

"Happy graduation, Vee. Next week, we're off on an epic summer adventure."

We both squealed until the bell cut us off. As if someone would hear her, Kenna hastily whispered, "Call me after school, 'kay? Bye."

Despite the warning bell, I sat staring out my windshield. I'd just broken up with my boyfriend. I should've been devastated, but I felt ... good. I was about to spend the entire summer in Scotland with my best friend, and maybe if I was lucky I'd find a hot kilt-wearing boy like the one from my deliciously detailed imagination.

I hauled myself out of the car and headed back toward the school, glancing over my shoulder to the spot where the golden-haired boy had stood. A flash of white caught my eye, a scrap of cloth fluttering in the breeze. As it began to swirl across the blacktop, I pushed dark strands of hair out of my face and turned to intercept it.

Capturing the piece of fabric, I spread the delicate square flat in my hand. A handkerchief, like the one my grandpa used to use to wipe tears from my cheeks when I was little.

A small picture embroidered in blue and green thread displayed two lions back to back, one with an arrow clamped in its teeth, the other holding a sword, a tilted crown on his head. Beneath the picture were four letters in italicized script:


* * *

The mystery boy's initials?

As I guessed at what the letters could stand for, the script began to blur. I blinked and looked again; not only were the initials gone, but the fabric seemed to grow thinner, until I could see my fingers through it. Frantically, I stretched the cloth between my hands and brought it closer to my face. But before I could get a good look, the material pulled apart and evaporated into thin air.

I stared at my empty hands, disappointment hitting me like a sharp, quick punch to the chest. The memento was gone as if it'd never been—as if he had never been.


* * *

I lugged my gear out of the Bug and trudged up our crumbled walkway to the front steps. Moths buzzed around the yellow porch light, flying in my face as I juggled my bags and the gallon of milk I'd picked up on the way home. My leg muscles trembled with fatigue. After teaching preschool ballet, advanced modern dance, and two yoga classes, I felt like I could sleep for a hundred years.

Dropping my bags inside the door, I went straight for the jumbo box of Cheerios on the counter. I didn't have to open the kitchen cabinets to know they'd be bare.

Too exhausted to change out of my dance clothes, I sunk into the saggy floral couch and clicked on the TV. I refused to think about Eric and Steph, so I distracted myself by imagining how amazing it would be to go to Scotland. To immerse myself in the culture, experience new things—even if that meant trying stuff like oat porridge, kippers, and fried haggis. Okay, maybe not fried haggis. Sheep guts were totally disgusting. But it would be like a whole new world!

The front door slammed. Mom's giggle preceded her into the house, reminding me that my dreams of freedom were a long way off.

Enter Bob the Slob.

I set my cereal bowl on the table and readied myself to bolt as they came stumbling into the room, arm in arm. Bob had his baseball cap on backward and the sleeves of his flannel shirt cut off, revealing large arms that had long ago turned to fat. On the creep-scale of guys Janet had dated, this guy topped them all. Last weekend he'd not only spent the night, but a good portion of the day camped out on our couch in his tighty-whities, a Coors Light in one hand, the remote in the other.

"Hey dumplin'! What're you up to?" Janet turned her wide, unfocused eyes on me. She'd been drinking—again. She wasn't a drunk, but she appeared to be finding more and more reasons to go out and socialize, as she called it.

Her wooly gaze settled on me and sharpened. "Jeez, Veronica, go put some clothes on!" Bob's eyes flowed over my skin-tight leotard and sheer wrap skirt with obvious interest. There was no way I was going to stand up and walk out of the room now. Suddenly, a blanket smacked me in the side of the head. Janet's way of helping me out.

"Um, thanks, Mom "

"Sure, Punkin! Do we have any leftovers or anything?" she yelled as she wobbled into the kitchen on platform sandals. Bob watched me with narrowed eyes and a catlike smile as I positioned the blanket more strategically around me.

"Ah no, Mom. I haven't been home much lately."

"Oh, okay." Janet stumbled out of the kitchen holding two glasses and a bottle of Arbor Mist. She squeezed into the same chair with Bob, and as he poured she stared at me critically.

Oh no, here it comes.

"Dumplin', I thought you were going to color your hair?" She took her glass and motioned with it toward my head. "Or at least get highlights or somethin'. Dark brown is just so dreary."

I reached back and twisted the length of my hair behind my head. She'd been nagging me to dye it for years, even offering to take me to the salon. But I'd only recently figured out it was because my hair was the exact shade of deep chestnut as my dad's. We also shared the same full mouth, and blue-green eyes. To Janet, I was a constant reminder of what she'd lost.

But she never seemed to remember that I'd lost him too. I still couldn't think about the day he went to the grocery store and never came back without feeling like I was having a mini heart attack.

"I dunno." Bob's fingers started to roam across Janet's midsection as he stared at me. "I think her hair's purty that way." I bit my lip. Bob had no idea what he'd just done. Janet drained her glass in one gulp and slammed it on the table. I needed to get out of there. Fast. "I'm really tired." I half-yawned as I gathered my things and stood, the blanket slipping from one shoulder.

Bob stopped nuzzling Janet's neck as his full attention shifted to me. His low whistle sent goose bumps skittering over my skin. "Well, well. Little Veronica, you've grown up rather nicely."

Gross!

"Veronica! I told you to go put some clothes on!" She shoved against Bob and stood in front of him.

"No problem," I threw over my shoulder as I clutched the blanket and stomped down the hall. Shouldn't I be able to walk around my own home without some perv eyeballing me? Last time I checked, this was my house too.

But apparently this was my day for incorrect assumptions, because just as I reached my bedroom door I overheard Mom say, "That girl's a selfish little leech, just like her father. I can't wait until we have this place all to ourselves."

Blindly, I pushed into my room, slammed the door, and threw myself down on my narrow bed. The sobs I'd been holding back since that afternoon crashed over me in waves, leaving me breathless. I cried until my head felt stuffed full of cotton, and my tightly held control lay shattered in jagged pieces around me. How had everything gone so wrong?

Maybe Eric was right about me. Since Dad left, Mom and I had lived in the same house, existing day by day, barely speaking. And with Kenna gone, there wasn't a single person in Bainbridge I considered a friend. Freezing people out seemed to be my special power.

A sudden chill racked my body. Rolling onto my side, I pulled the covers up to my chin, shaking with a cold that radiated from deep inside me. I squeezed my eyes closed, and a vivid image of golden-boy flooded me with warmth. "Don't cry, lass."

Clinging to the gorgeous figment of my imagination like a security blanket, I fell asleep to the lullaby of imaginary bagpipes.

CHAPTER 2

Veronica


Kenna and I strolled down the cobbled streets and crested a hill, me gawking like a tourist, which, technically, I was. Despite my weeks of research, nothing could've prepared me for the experience of actually being in this foreign land. From our elevated vantage point, Alloway appeared to be a cluster of whitewashed cottages and medieval stone structures nestled into an emerald landscape so vibrant it dazzled the eyes. Rooftops of every earth-tone variation and angle rose against an impossibly bright blue sky. It was like falling into an oil painting.
(Continues...)


Excerpted from Doon by Carey Corp, Lorie Moeggenberg. Copyright © 2013 Carey Corp and Lorie Moeggenberg. Excerpted by permission of BLINK.
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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Who doesn¿t love a sexy, kilt-wearing Scottish hottie? I mean, r

    Who doesn’t love a sexy, kilt-wearing Scottish hottie? I mean, really… Even though a certain JAMMF has broken the mold, one can always continue the search for another in the sea of ever-growing Highlander novels. Ms. Corp and Ms. Langdon certainly do not disappoint. He even shares the same name! Teenage readers the world over will fall in love with Jamie and his brother Duncan, just like Veronica and Mackenna eventually did. Even if he had an attitude for most of the book, it was completely understandable due to myriad of curses he and his kingdom had almost succumbed to. This was a great cast of characters, and each had their own piece of the puzzle that fit together smoothly in the end, minus the cliffhanger that leads into the future sequel. What I wouldn’t give some days, to disappear into a fantasy world the likes of Alloway: a beautiful kingdom in an alternate universe, in the heart of Scotland.

    The imagery was amazing, and left you feeling as though you were experiencing everything right along with the heroines.

    The only qualms I had were a few bits of immature dialogue, and the point of view alternating from Veronica to Mackenna. I understand the method and reasoning, but I feel it may have been a smoother ride if this book had focused on Veronica, and left Mackenna’s voice for the sequel. All in all, a great story that I can’t wait to continue one day!

    Rating: 4

    HEAT Rating: None

    Reviewed By: Daysie W.

    Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    I sort of like going into a book with really low expectations.

    I sort of like going into a book with really low expectations. I went into Doon thinking that I wasn’t going to like it because it was printed by a Christian Literature publisher. I had just read Aquifer which was from the same Publisher (Different imprints) and I really didn’t like it. All the Christian themes were too in your face and made someone who isn’t strongly religious, down right annoyed.

    I am glad to say that Doon wasn’t like that and while it was religious, the theme wasn’t all up in your business. While Doon was full of cliché’s , I found that I enjoyed reading about Vee and Ken as they explored Doon. They were very obviously meant to be foils of one another, but I found that they both had the same voice, but what defined them as individuals was their look at Doon and their personal history.

    I found myself getting annoyed with the clichéd phrases and all the pop culture references that Mckenna made about musicals. I also wish that they had either tossed the Scottish brogue that they wrote into the voices of he characters, or they were more consistent. I wish they would have just dropped it all together, but it is what it is.

    This book is part of a series, although it probably could have been fine as a standalone. I am excited to see what is going to come with the next book. I really liked Doon, and although they sort of gave a cheap excuse for why they had all the modern technology, it was still a fun book all around.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Love!!!!!!!

    This book is just fantastic!! At the begining it was a little slow and i started regreting buying the book but at soon as the girls enter Doon the story picks up. Jamie seams to be a bipoler but at first but he starts to grow on you and Duncan.... oh im in love with Duncan. Such a grate story line (even if it was predictable) and the charecters all bring brilliant personalitys to the table....Expecialy Kenna. Cant wait for the next book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Great story!

    The authors do a wonderful job at at painting a bueatiful story that will keep you wanting more. Once I started I could not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Click on me

    Omg this is such a good book it has an amazing story and plot line and there is such an increadible backroud overall this is a great book you can trust me I have read a lot of books

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

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    I have a confession: I love the recent plethora of young adult f

    I have a confession: I love the recent plethora of young adult fiction. Not Twilight - I have standards, after all, but it busted the floodgates wide open and now we're swimming in some great, thoughtful and provocative YA Lit. From Katniss Everdeen and Percy Jackson to the Pure trilogy, the YA world is delighting young adults (and some of us not-so-young) with creative and original fantasy.

    Another confession: I don't often hold Christian art in high regard (at least not since the Renaissance). We tend these days to be derivative. And I say this as a guy who had a Christian Music Recommendation Poster on my bedroom wall in high school. So after the Christian Harry-Potter-Haters had their 15 minutes, I felt sure we were destined for a glut of bad Christian knock-off fiction.

    I'm pleased to report that DOON by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon breaks the mold.

    Doon is the retelling of the legend of Brigadoon (yes, the one from the Gene Kelly musical). It's one of the launch titles for Blink, a new YA imprint from Zondervan. If Doon is any indication, Blink is publishing books that have a distinctively Christian worldview but tell stories for their own sake (not to preach or teach). But enough about that. How is Doon?

    Doon introduces us to Veronica and McKinna, two girls who plan to spend the summer in Scotland. As they prepare to embark, Veronica begins to have visions of a man in a kilt. Since this is a YA novel (and, you know, there's a sweet castle on the cover), we're not surprised that they're transported into a magical kingdom shortly after they arrive in Scotland, or that the eternal fate of said magical kingdom rests squarely on their shoulders.

    Doon is a great YA book. But is it good Christian fiction?

    Fair warning: minor Doon spoilers follow.

    Neither Veronica nor McKenna is a Christian. But the kingdom of Brigadoon is, explicitly. They attribute their continued existence to the Protector, a clear allegory for the Christian god (and since they're sort of medieval Scottish, what else would they be?) Though the point of the story isn't just to talk about God, the mystical nature of Brigadoon forces Vee and Kenna to confront their (lack of) faith.

    But their spiritual journeys aren't artificial or forced. Nor do they resolve clearly (of course, we have been promised three more books). This is the power of fantasy: by putting ordinary teens into an extraordinary scenario, these conversations feel organic.

    Since Doon is fantasy, teens thinking deeply about God is probably the most realistic aspect of the story.

    More generally, the best part of Doon is the girls themselves. Vee and Kenna feel like real teenage girls. They have real insecurities and a real, strong friendship. As the Doon series gains popularity, we're going to see their friendship celebrated: far from the frenemy relationships we see in most depictions of teen girls these days, Vee and Kenna are each other's biggest fans. Far from exploiting each others' weaknesses, they complement each other, forming a team that's stronger together.

    Speaking of which, Doon also deserves to be commended for its girl-power ending. Despite the fact that they're telling a modern fairy-tale, Vee and Kenna are no damsels in distress. They drive the plot, they resolve the conflict. They even save the beautiful dudes in distress.

    Why should Christians celebrate Doon?

    Because it's got strong female characters who model healthy friendship. Because it has believable, relatable teens thinking honestly and seriously about God. And because this is a story written by two Christians who put the story first and trusted the power of story (and their faith) to be compelling enough. Let's hope for plenty more where Doon came from.

    Bottom Line: If you like YA, you'll like Doon. Let's hope it sets a new trend for thoughtful, engaged Christian literature.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

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    Cross the Bridge! After reading this book I can't help but be a

    Cross the Bridge!

    After reading this book I can't help but be amazed. Its like these two authors took everything I love and added it all into book form! They couldn't have picked a better setting if they had tried. Scotland already has the looks and feel of a fairytale land. Combine that with some memorable characters, heart pounding romance, a dash of magic and you get Doon.

    I think what I liked most about this book was that even though it had the makings of a fairytale things didn't just fall magically into place. There was a lot of hard work and sacrifice that had to be made in order to keep that fairytale life. I also found that a good lesson to take from this book was that happy endings aren't always guaranteed, but if you want something bad enough you are going to have to fight for it.

    The characters in Doon were very memorable and so real. The relationship between Mackenna and Veronica was strong and I loved their interactions with one another. Their relationship reminded me of the one I share with my best friend and I could really relate to them. Through thick and thin they stuck it out together and didn't back down when things got rough.

    Throughout the book I found myself drawn more to Veronica and her story with Jaimie, but I still enjoyed seeing the different points of view. Mackenna's story picks up a bit towards the end and I cannot wait to find out what happens with her and Duncan in the next book.

    Jaimie while seemingly a bit cold at first reveals himself to be quite the charmer. While he is most definitely not the Prince Charming of fairy tales he has a heart of gold and does what he believes is best for his people even if that means forsaking his own happiness. I also liked his teasing nature especially towards Veronica.

    I couldn't get enough of Doon and am eagerly anticipating its sequel. I highly recommend this to all of those dreamers out there who have ever dreamed of a Happily Ever After.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    This is a great book!!

    What an imagination!! Fun read and really well done!

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  • Posted December 3, 2014

    Veronica and Makenna go to Scotland together for the summer and

    Veronica and Makenna go to Scotland together for the summer and discover a magical portal into another world. There they both meet the boys of their (literal) dreams and embark on an adventure to save the kingdom of Doon from an evil witch.

    The book started out strong and I really enjoyed everything until they got into Doon and the drama started. I didn't believe Veronica and Jamie's love story. Normally insta love doesn't bother me, but this one did. I liked Kenna and Duncan's story better, so I have higher hopes for the second book in the series.

    I liked a lot of things about the book. I liked the friendship that Vee and Kenna have and they way they work together. I liked the ending and the way things resolved. I'm very interested in how the next book will turn out.

    Content: Innuendo, kissing, and violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    Great

    Read this book after watching a recommendation and so glad I did. I'm not big into the romance novels but this book was amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Good read

    This book was a good read. I felt invested in the characters and cared for how life worked out for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Wicked awesome

    Doon is a awsome book to read. I loved it ween i first read the sample!

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    I have admit that I am shocked in how much I loved Doon! I have

    I have admit that I am shocked in how much I loved Doon! I have no idea why I hesitated so long in reading it (well really I haven't been into YA romance so that's mainly why) because it was amazing! Doon is a perfect YA romance chick flick meets real life fantasy with handsome princes!

    I was unsure of what to expect from this novel, but I knew I would enjoy it once I got into Vee and Keena's friendship! I absolutely LOVED their inside jokes and innuendos! So many times did I laugh out loud throughout reading! Vee was definitely my favorite character!

    The authors did an amazing job in making me come to love the city and people of Doon as well! I felt like Vee in that I was so enraptured by this place! It sounded so beautiful and I believe it has an imprint on my heart too!

    I truly loved everything about Doon and the story of true love as well as sacrifice it portrays! Doon is definitely a must read for mature YA romance lovers! I'm looking forward to book two!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Veronica Welling has been bruised, abandoned, and let down a lot

    Veronica Welling has been bruised, abandoned, and let down a lot in her life. When her crazy best friend Kenna invites her on the trip of a lifetime to Scotland, she jumps at the chance to get away. She thinks she’s going stir crazy when she has visions of a very attractive man in a kilt beckoning her. When she hears of the mythical town of Doon, her heart tells her there is more to the story and the mysterious man. Thus it begins when Veronica and Kenna embark on a magical journey to the enchanted kingdom of Doon.

    Do you know how when you’re so caught up in a story that it actually takes you forever to read because you want to savor every single word? Yeah, so that was me reading Doon. It immediately captured my attention with its vivid imagery, witty characters, breath-taking romance, and suspenseful action. It reminded me a lot of Narnia with its symbolism and epic-ness. Veronica and Kenna were the perfect heroines, funny and just plain likeable! I didn’t think I’d like the shifting perspectives, but it worked wonderfully and added so much depth to the story. Jamie and Duncan MacCrae (aka the Brothers MacHotties) were dreamy, complex, and adorable! The story was simply enchanting.

    Doon isn’t your typical teen fantasy book; it is a powerful story of faith, love, and destiny. I loved it! The only thing I didn’t love about Doon is the fact that I have to wait until September to see what happens next!

    **I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    This is a story about best friends finding a hidden scotish king

    This is a story about best friends finding a hidden scotish kingdom and their journey within. Veronica is having visions of a beautiful boy and she knows he is real. Makenna is set for the future and has no time for love. Together they find Doon, a kingdom that is hidden from our world and the evil witch. When they cross into this world they are less than welcomed, Doon is untrusting of the two girls who show up at the kingdoms' weakest time. While they struggle with proving themselves to the people of Doon, they also have to figure out the two handsome princes and save the kingdom from the impending doom they brought with them.

    I am torn between love and like for this book. I really liked Veronica and Jamie but I found Makenna boring. I guess it is the person you relate to that makes your point of view. I thought the world building was great. There was just the right amount of description and as a whole the characters were great. I have to admit I did peek ahead while reading this...I wanted to know what happened at the end ssssoooooo bad!

    I have heard there is a second book coming out that involves Makenna coming back into the world of Doon for her calling. Although I didn't like this character as much I would still read the second book because I loved the kingdom and the other characters so much. I think these authors compliment each other well and I like how the story was written.

    This book was given to me by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review, the words above are my opinion only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    I received a copy of DOON by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon from T

    I received a copy of DOON by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This is an exciting young adult fantasy from cover to cover. While reading it at work during lunch, I was asked what it was about.

    It is about Scotland. I have a pen pal in Scotland, and her description of beautiful countryside coincide wonderfully with this novel. The authors describe Scotland in such a way that you can almost taste the wind, and by the end, you definitely want to take a trip there.

    It is about Doon. Doon is sort of the Scotland of the past. I got some weird looks at that explanation, but that’s the only way I can think to explain it, and I find that pretty cool. It wasn’t strictly the past, which added an original twist.

    It is about Veronica. Veronica is the main character. She has a complicated past, but she is a strong young woman readers can look up to. She also made the book fun with her delightful personality.

    It is about Jamie. Any good young adult novel has to have a romantic character, of course. Our romantic boy is Jamie, who hails from Doon. He’s the crown prince there – how cool is that? Sadly, though, I would have liked to see more of their relationship develop. It felt more Telling, rather than Showing, and I never got a strong sense of their connection.

    Overall, it is about an adventure for young adults. Since it is the first book in the Doon series, I’ll keep my eyes open for book two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Amazing!

    I couldn't put this book down! From the moment I started reading, I was captivated. I was frustrated at the complications in Veronica and Kenna's relationships with their respective prince, but I feel that is what makes the story feel real. This is definately a book I will read again!

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    I really love this cover! I think it is such a good representati

    I really love this cover! I think it is such a good representation of the tale within and the story-book world that the characters travel to. So many covers don't do this. You think it's going to be one type of story based on the premise and cover and get something completely different. That definitely isn't the case here.

    There really is a bridge, mist, and a castle in the distance, even though Mackenna doesn't believe it. She also thinks that her best friend, Veronica, is losing it a little when she mentions a dreamy guy that only she apparently sees. Mackenna just wants to have a fabulous summer hanging out with her bff and real guys before she starts her perfect drama internship in the fall. Veronica has faith for both of them though and that is how their journey begins.

    I really loved most of this book. I'm going to get the things I didn't like out of the way first.

    DISLIKES:
    I thought that there should have been a little more explaining in the beginning when the two girls cross over. The girls don't seem to question much nor are they questioned a whole lot either. Then there are all these assumptions that aren't reasoned out at the time. All of this is answered later, but in reality I thought much more should have been answered initially.

    I didn't like the indecision and drama towards the last third of the book by Mackenna, Veronica, Duncan, and Jamie, although mostly by Veronica. There were a couple of spots where she was really immature and that just rubbed me wrong. I also didn't like how clueless some of the characters were in parts and the fact that they didn't communicate very well.

    LIKES:
    I loved the characters! Veronica has had a rough life, but it hasn't completely hardened her. She likes to dream, which is why it is so easy for her to believe that there could be a magical place called Doon. This is also probably how she escapes her life in some ways. Mackenna has grown up with all these fairy-tale stories, yet she is more of the practical one and is very focused on her career. She doesn't even believe in true love, at least that it's not for her at this point in her life. Duncan is utterly charming! He's got that lopsided smile, has a great sense of humor, is extremely patient, but is also smart, loyal, and very good looking. Then there is Jamie. He is more reserved, but there is a fun and passionate side to him that Veronica catches glimpses of once in a while. He is strong, protective, confident, loyal, and drop-dead gorgeous. There is plenty of chemistry between each gal and her love interest, as well as some serious swoon-worthy scenes.

    It was fun to see how the characters interacted. They each have their own backgrounds and hopes for the future and none of them are exactly the same. However, they do all want what is best for Doon and they are tempted by love even if that's not what they're looking for. I appreciated that everything didn't just fall into place. This is a happily-ever-after tale, but it doesn't necessarily end how you would think. Just as in most stories, there is someone who doesn't want everyone to be happy and who is only out for herself. In this story it is a witch who is just waiting for her chance to ruin Doon in order to become more powerful.

    If you like magical worlds, dashing prince charmings, adventure, and happily-ever-after then this book is definitely for you. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

    Content: Some mild violence and innuendo, but I would consider this clean.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    This book is Amazing. a little slow at some parts but overall a

    This book is Amazing. a little slow at some parts but overall a really good read. the characters were very well developed, which was great. This is one of those books once you start reading, you don't want to stop. I cannot wait until the second one comes out! =)

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    Posted December 30, 2013

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