Review: "Doon" by Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon

Title: Doon [Doon #1]
Author:  Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon
Publication:  2013
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction
Stars: 4.5/ 5

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.

My Thoughts
This is truly a wonderful book. At first, I was slightly concerned that the book could be a bit cheesy. All this traveling to Scotland but ending up in a magical fairy tale kingdom sounded really stereotypical. However, the book was the complete opposite.

I loved both, Veronica and Mackenna. Veronica being the dreamy girl who comes from a broken family and only finds a “real“ home in her classic novels. Mackenna on the other hand, is the extroverted, rational thinking one, who is obsessed with musicals.
The two crown princes and main male protagonists, Jamie and Duncan, might be a bit stereotypical but that doesn't destroy the book.
On the contrary, I couldn’t find a single character who wasn’t well written or written in a way that made me dislike him or her. Even the antagonist had a really good personality. Even though the real identity of the evil witch was way too predictable. Nevertheless, the reader also gets a action packed and dramatic ending, that makes you want to read the next book as soon as possible.

Furthermore, I thought that the book would be much like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. But except the coincidence of featuring time traveling in Scotland and having a main protagonist who’s named Jamie. But that's where the similarities ended as Doon is more magical and modern while Outlander stayed true to the historical time period.

However, the book is written in both, Veronica and Mackenna’s, Point of views and features many musical and book reverences, that made me smile many times.
The only thing I couldn’t stand ,was that the book is partly written in Scottish accent. Not that I would have a problem with reading it but it is one of my biggest bookish pet peeves and  creeps me out. I want to scream at the author every time they do this, no matter if it’s Doon, The Help or even Hagrid in Harry Potter.


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