Another Great Book ... Doon


If you had the chance to travel to a magical, fairy-tale-type kingdom with swoon-worthy princes in kilts … 
would you go?  What if there was a chance you may never be able to return home again … would that change things for you?  That’s the dilemma that two best friends found themselves in, as they set off on an adventure of a lifetime.

Veronica and MacKenna planned to spend the summer in Scotland after MacKenna inherited her late Aunt’s cottage.  Before departing on the trip, Veronica sees glimpses of a handsome guy in a kilt that seems to be calling for her to follow him.  Does this guy really exist or is she going crazy?

Doon was the perfect book for me to read.  I am a big fan of fairy tale retellings – this you may already know.  What you may not know is that I also love musicals!  So you can imagine my excitement when I found a book that was not only a fairy tale retelling but one that was also based loosely around the legend of Brigadoon (yes, the Gene Kelly musical).

Still want other reasons to love Doon … OK … here they are:

#1 – The girls themselves.  MacKenna and Veronica are so well written.  They feel like real girls.  We get glimpses of their insecurities but we also are shown their strengths … and their friendship to each other is a huge strength!  Too many YA novels show teen girls more as frenemies than loyal, best friends who are each other’s biggest fans.  Together, MacKenna and Veronica are strong.

#2 - The setting.  Scotland is the land of fairy tales!  You just look at pictures and the magic just jumps off the photo at you.  There couldn't have been a more perfect environment set, to spin the tale of Doon.

#3 – I love the hidden messages throughout.  Like … true fairy tales take work!  And … there may not always be a happy ending.  Or … don’t be a damsel-in-distress.  Find your own courage – you don’t need a Prince to save you!

And … #4 - Heart pounding romance!  May I remind you about the hot Princes in kilts?  Need I say more?
Doon was a fun read and any fairy tale and musical lover will find it as enticing as I did.  When reading Doon, I felt like I stepped into another world.  If only I could really travel there and spend a day exploring this exciting kingdom!  Instead I will just have to imagine what it’s like as I read the second book, “Destined for Doon” which came out this week!!!  The wait is over!

Here's a closer look at what Doon is all 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.

~Destiny awaits!


Tiffany Gilchrist said...

I wasn't sure about Hot princes in Kilts but the pictures say it all;)

Anonymous said...

Agreed! The kilt-wearing-princes won me over. A must read for me!