By: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Published August 20, 2013 by Blink
Hardback 308 pages
Book Provided by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review
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.
I had read A LOT Of reviews on this book. All very mixed.
This book is VERY loosely based off of Brigadoon. Now I am not familiar with Brigadoon. That being said I really enjoyed this book. Not to mention I am a huge fan of time traveling and Scotland! So this book was already a winner for me :)
Veronica is a smart girl with a sleezy ex -boyfriend and horrific mother. Lucky for her she has this awesome best friend Mackenna who has invited her to Scotland for the summer!
Doon is told in duel POV (Veronica and Mackenna) usually this is something I do not like, but the authors executed it well. The characters were developed marvelously, therefore the transition into the POV's went smoothly. Each girl had their own unique personality so I never lost track of who was who ( I have had that happen to me so many times hence why I usually don't like more than one POV)
The friendship between Veronica amd Mackenna is so real and strong I love that this book had that aspect in it. Most books I have read the female role meets the guy and everyone is dropped or friendships aren't even introduced. Nope this is the kind of friendship one would envy to have yet it is still very real.
I felt the story with Veronica and Jaimie (the disappearing boy) was the main focus of this book, and I am glad because I was really drawn to their story. But I am now VERY eagerly waiting for for Mackenna and Duncans story. Usually I would be totally pissed I have to wait, but thats definitely not the case. I liked that I got to get absorbed in Veronica instead of having to juggle both romances and stories. This book is still very alive in my head and one I will probably read a few times.
Jaimie! Phew well don't let the first impressions of him get you. He may seem hmm.... Cold, I even disliked him a bit at first, but he really does redeem himself. He totally won me over and charmed me along the way!
Doon is Magical, I am not going to get into it because I will spoil it for you, but WOW its somewhere I definitely want to be.
I give kudos to these authors. They pulled this novel together well. And have me eagerly awaiting book 2! (Please don't make me wait long)