Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Series: Doon #1
Published by Zondervan
Genre: YA Fantasy
$17.99 (US hardback)
What it's about:
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.
This book..... sucks. There, I said it. It sucks. I knew from the very first chapter that this book and I were going to have a hard time. The beginning jumps around everywhere but then when it should really pick up, it just lingers. "Jamie gave me one of his cute smiles. Oh no! He just now glared at me? Why doesn't he like me?!?!?!?!" on every page (not a direct quote, but it felt like one).
I imagine after reading Twilight (I know it says it's based after the play Brigadoon, but there was a freaking meadow scene that read just like Twilight), the authors got together and had a conversation like this:
Author 1: That was great! Let's write one for ourselves.
Author 2: Good idea! Instead of vampires, let's make the guy a prince!
Author 1: A hott prince!
Author 2: And Scottish!
Author 1: And live in a magical kingdom! And it will have evil witches in it!
Both authors: yayayayayayyayayay!!!!!
And ugh, I completely fell for it too. My reactions to hearing about this book (and seeing the cover, it is gorgeous) was "it's about a hott prince! And he's Scottish but lives in a magical land! What could be more awesome than that?" Apparently a lot of things could be more awesome. This was twilight but with Scottish princes. Vee, one of two MC's, is just like Bella. Same exact looks, and she complains all the time and has no idea how hott she is even though all the guys are constantly tripping over her. But this book also has a BFF sidekick that constantly reminds you how beautiful
I told myself I was going to try and not rant about this book for the review, and I failed. I couldn't help it. I'm annoyed I have wasted my time (and money) on this book.
My rating: 5/10