by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Release Date: Aug 20, 2013
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
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 loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com
A YA book based on a musical? Yes please! This book was on my to-read list before I even read the complete description. And believe me, it did not disappoint! I loved the book, and I honestly can't wait for a sequel. I grew so attached to the two main characters, their love interests, and the romantic fantasy world of Doon.
Usually, I'm iffy on time-travel books, but this one was just done so well! The book is so romantic, and I was biting my nails the entire time, trying not to get too attached to either of the couples. Because I wasn't sure it was going to end with a happily ever after! No spoilers, you will have to wait and see what happens to these two star-crossed couples.
I loved that the book was told from both Veronica and MacKenna's points of view. Veronica definitely has a larger chunk of the story devoted to her, with MacKenna getting one chapter for every three of Veronica's. I may have been a bit biased towards MacKenna, she was the musical lover in the book after all! And I preferred her love story as well. But that didn't stop my from enjoying Veronica's parts of the story too!
The the girls were so different, I loved seeing Doon from two different viewpoints. I also liked that the reader was able to see two totally different types of love interests, without the dreaded love triangle! For me, I just fell in love with Duncan, he was head over heels in love with MacKenna and not afraid to show it! He was sweet, lovable, and always smiling, definitely my type of guy. Jamie was the brooding type for sure, and held back with his feelings for Veronica. Yes, it all was explained, and she generally called him out when he was acting like a jerk. It was kind of fun to see both kinds of romantic interests in the same book, something for everyone in a way.
I was swept away by the story, the romance, and especially the fantasy world of Doon in the Scottish mist.
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Bottom Line: You don't have to know the story of the musical Brigadoon to enjoy this time travel romance. It was a great escape with two swoon-worthy romances!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.