Friday, January 31, 2014

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon Review

Title: Doon
Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Doon, book one
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A romantic fairy tale for young adults, Doon was a good book, despite some flaws--I enjoyed it.

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Veronica and Mackenna are best friends, and they go to Scotland for summer vacation after a rough school year, particularly for Veronica. When the girls find two rings and a mysterious journal from Mackenna's aunt, the girls find a portal to a fairy tale world called Doon. Everything seems perfect--at least on the surface. But below the glossy veneer, a ring of darkness encircles their dream world.. And only they can save it.

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this book--it read like a modern fairy tale--stepping into another world--it pleasantly reminded me of all those adventure stories I was addicted to as a child
-Veronica and Mackenna--two girls who seemed a little boy crazy at first, but were each sympathetic to me as the novel went on
-Jamie and Duncan, two boys straight out of dreams but very real, both with real appeal--I don't know which one I liked better!
-The worldbuilding was wonderful and made perfect sense--it wasn't hard to follow at all
-The pacing was good--I couldn't put it down!
-I liked the ending, how it provided closure and a cliffhanger all at once

What could've been better:
-The dialogue was a little too simple to me unfortunately
-At times I found myself rolling my eyes at Jamie's antics
-At times it also seemed as though the girls were obsessed over their love interests

I enjoyed Doon--it was a good book! Next on deck: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge!

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