DOON by CORP&LANGON
Movie Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality
Book Rating: @@@@@
Swearing: 2 uses of h**l
Inappropriate Scenes: a boy catches a girl in her nightgown; there's one mention of sex
# of Pages: 395 (hardcover)
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
Doon is a captivating, lovely, fantasy novel for any girl of any age. (boys, of course, can read Doon too but I'm not sure how many boys like fantasy romance books...)
Set in a fantastical Irish setting this book reminded me numerous times of Narnia, which is probably part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. I will be honest and tell you that Doon was not on the top of my to-read list because most fantasy books I have read did not live up to my expectations. I quickly realized my mistake when I warily picked Doon up and began reading. From page 1 I was addicted and when I finished on page 395 I felt that emotional loss you get only after reading a wonderful book.
I did not like how selfish Makenna was and I wanted to reach into the book and shake her, but at least because of her the ending wasn't cliche.
Note the authors: Very rarely do I pick up a debut book and enjoy as much as I have enjoyed Doon. (I'm still traumatized by Sarah Dessen's debut book. ick) Ms. Corp and Ms. Langdon please please please don't make me wait forever for Book 2! You did an exceptional job and Doon was truly a fantastic book!