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Doon (A Doon Novel) af Carey Corp

Doon (A Doon Novel) (udgave 2013)

af Carey Corp

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Embarking on a summer adventure in Scotland, best friends Veronica and Mackenna find romance and danger when they are transported to the kingdom of Doon, a hidden village that appears once every 100 years. Inspired by the musical Brigadoon.
Titel:Doon (A Doon Novel)
Forfattere:Carey Corp
Info:Blink (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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I've been on some weird Scottish reading binge as of late, which is how I learned of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. Doon is a young adult fantasy that's basically a retelling of the play, Brig a' Doon, which would have been wonderful under normal circumstances was it not for the fact that I found the writing style and dialogue somewhat immature for characters that's just finished high school. I mean, it's not that I didn't like the book, but MacKenna and Veronica are so freaking immature that they sometimes sound like fourteen year old girls. Add the Scottish colloquialisms that probably makes every modern Scot cringe at the mere look at them (I don't think modern Scots say 'och', 'dinna' and 'cannae' - mind the spelling - quite as much as every author venturing into the Scottish Highlands think). That being said, I can overlook the prior problems with ease. What I cannot, however, overlook is the inconsistencies of the 'time difference' between modern Scotland (or the modern world actually) and Doon. What do I mean? Well, okay in one part of the book it is downright stated that twenty (twenty one?) years in Doon is the equivalent of a hundred years in the modern world, before the magical portal between the worlds open. This is all good and well, but for some reason when the portal opens on that fateful night, the time-zones are the same? I don't get it. Even as a Whovian, I don't get this time travel nonsense in Doon.

It's not that I didn't like the book. Actually, I quite enjoyed the mindless story that's so short I read both books in one day. What bothers me is that Doon is overrated and feels somewhat hastily scribbled down by the authors. It could have been so much better if the characters were better constructed by the authors, and the immaturity levels weren't so bad. Hell, maybe if Veronica and MacKenna weren't complete idiots, I would have been able to overlook the time travelling inconsistencies. Unfortunately, there's just too many iffy bits that nags at me.

On the upside, the cover is quite pretty ...

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  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
Well, I can say that I really did enjoy this book. Many parts pretty predictable...Heck, a lot of the book was predictable with a few extra twists and turns here and there...But even with the predictability, it was worth the read. It got a 4/5 for me because I love Jamie, Veronica, Duncan, Fergus & Fiona...It took a bit for Mackenna(Kenna for short) to grow on me...But once she did, I began to love her as a character as well.

There were many times I would just laugh at some of the banter between some of them in the book...I would have to put down the book a couple times because I would laugh so hard (okay, even with the cheesiness of some of it, I still laughed, it doesn't take much to make me laugh!)...The sarcastic banter between Jamie, Veronica, Kenna & Duncan were just fun!

Now, I must say..If you aren't one who like the almost insta-love, this book may not be for you. But there is a kind of back-story to that insta-love as well...that you will just have to pick up and read to find out about...Or at least read the summary to get an idea of that back-story...

This book is a world inside a world type of love story between 4, well, actually 6 people...But mostly the 4 are talked about. It's more of a romance than it is anything else. With a little bit of drama and fighting thrown in. It has a lot of that...Should I stay, should I go..Are we meant to be or aren't we...I will let you go but don't want to type of story line..but if you can get past all of that...Especially if you like the tug-of-war type of thing, then this book may be for some...For me personally though, although I am not totally crazy about insta love, and like some level of build up, I can deal with it...because sometimes, the attraction is just that strong...(No, I don't believe in fairy tales, I just know that with billions of people on this earth, some things are possible)...But the tug of war that I mentioned above, can become kind of tedious sometimes...Although I understand that happens with people as well...but sometimes, fiction books do a little too much! lol...

As the cover may be obvious for most, the book is mostly set in Scotland...The world inside the world is, of course, set in a Scottish type land as well...And the way everything is described, a very beautiful land with gorgeous Princes as well! Princes that make you crush hard! One can be a jerk in the beginning but you still root for him! The other brother, you love right off! So yes, I loved them both, even when Jerk Prince was being a jerk! Maybe that was the predictable side showing! :-)

So, if you can get past the almost insta love, the should I, shouldn't I's and the more romance than anything end, then this book could be really enjoyable for many. A little slow paced sometimes but still really good. :-)

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  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
An indulgent fantasy set in a mythical Scottish land of Doon, this novel is a lovely treat for YA readers who wish to step out of this world and into a land where soulmates exist and evil comes in the form of witches and enchantments. Two typical teens, Vee and Kenna are on holiday in Scotland. Vee is a cheerleader with a terrible home life, including a pervy almost step-father and a mother with a drinking problem. Kenna has a stable home life with her indulgent father, but struggles to find her place in school, choosing to escape into the fantasy of the theater and dreaming of being on Broadway. The two characters take turns narrating and seem to mirror the strong friendship of the two authors, who claim sometimes they share a brain.

The writing is excellent and I adored the relationships and moments shared in this book between the main characters. The romance in the book focuses on the idea in Doon of a "Calling" where soulmates have dreams of each other. Kenna and Vee are forced to decide what they are willing to sacrifice for love.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to devour the next few in the world of Doon. I'd recommend for YA readers, especially those who enjoy fantasy, but not limited to those who enjoy high fantasy, as this book is definitely not too "out there". ( )
  KatelynSBolds | Nov 12, 2018 |
I really don't feel like finishing. It's dragging...
So I ended up finishing it though I skimmed until the last quarter of the book when the action picks up.
Things I had issues with:
Jamie "claiming" Veronica in the cabin and going straight to unbuttoning her shirt seemed scarily like a possible date rape situation, not romantic at all though she seems to think it is.
The whole soul mate thing- once they have a sign someone is"the one" they are guaranteed a happily ever after, no work needed
They commit to marry but the only interaction they have is physical attraction and kissing scenes or discussions where they tell each other half truths or argue or don't even try to talk and understand each other.
Bleck... I would not want my kids reading this book without a hefty discussion about unhealthy relationships and unrealistic romantic ideals. Gag, gag, gag. ( )
  wrightja2000 | Sep 6, 2018 |
Sweet love story

Sweet. Clean. Lovely. I enjoyed the characters, the story, and the setting. I would let my teen girls read this one. ( )
  cool-mom-e | May 7, 2016 |
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Embarking on a summer adventure in Scotland, best friends Veronica and Mackenna find romance and danger when they are transported to the kingdom of Doon, a hidden village that appears once every 100 years. Inspired by the musical Brigadoon.

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