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.
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: August 20th 2013 by Zondervan
Format: Gifted, Paperback
Rating: 3/5 stars
Okie dokie, so I’m just gonna casually buy a one-way plane ticket to Scotland, who’s with me??
Let me start off by saying this book wasn’t the most remarkable book I’ve ever read. It was cute, light, and fluffy, but never profound or amazing. It’s one of those books that’s really nice for reading slumps! If you don’t think too much about why the heck these characters are making
stupid decisions questionable choices it’ll pull you right back into reading!
Unlike the advise I gave above, we are going to think a little bit more about the book (this is a review after all). Soooo, honestly? The plot felt like i’d read it one hundred times. A magical land. An evil powerful person. A hero who doesn’t know she’s a hero, but her family has been a part of this magical land (is this Harry Potter?). Orphaned (or, mostly). Hot dudes (not that I’m complaining).
And, anyway, who cares about plot when the scenery looks like this???
Certainly not me.
Okay, but seriously. The plot, other than being cookie cutter-ish, wasn’t bad! It moved fairly quickly and never dragged.
One of my complaints would be that all the evil people and plot twists could be seen from a mile away.
For example, if you describe a random side-character like this:
She’s probably gonna show up later.
She’s probably gonna be the witch of Doon.
Also, there were these kinda sorta really cheesy lines that made me cringe. Stuff about true love conquering all and “BELIEVE!” and all that jazz. The authors might have tried a little too hard to sound like teenagers by saying BFF every other page.
My BIGGEST (and I mean biggest) complaint was the slut-shaming that went on. First of all, like in virtually all YA slut-shaming that happens, it was to make poor Veronica look like some innocent angel.
What the hecking heck is wrong with a girl who wants to wear a short skirt?? Leave her alone. I am very tired of girls not sticking up for each other in YA books. I’m even more tired of authors pitting them against each other to make one look better. If your character is not good enough without making other characters look bad, then it isn’t a strong character.
Veronica was cool on the surface. She liked to read, she was nice, she was pretty (without knowing, of course), she could be awkward. Which sounds vaguely familiar (*ahem* every YA main character ever), but I was in the right book-slumpy mind-set so it didn’t bother me as much! One thing that bothered me was that her relationship with her mom was totally unrealistic. Like—I get that your mom is kind of The Worst, but she’s still your mom. Veronica didn’t even hesitate about leaving when some handsome stalker guy and a pretty land shows up. For such a kind person, she certainly doesn’t give two quacks about her own mother.
Mackenna literally had like 3 chapters to Veronica’s 500000 chapters (an exaggeration, but still). All I really know about her is that she likes theatre and she has red hair (which makes her stubborn because all red haired people are fiery and stubborn). I would’ve liked to explore her character a bit more though!
Jamie was horrible. So much angst???? I still don’t understand why he was so mean to Veronica. He didn’t have to be such a jerk the whole time and I am not convinced he has an undying love for her. But he’s a Scottish prince and he’s super duper uber hot, so I guess that makes it okay????
Duncan was really the only character I truly, 100% enjoyed reading about. He was fun and kind and didn’t take everything so seriously. He treated Mackenna and Veronica respectfully and was willing to help which was wayyy better than his angry lil’ brother.
Anyway, this book, flaws and all, was a perfect read for a book-slump! I would recommend it if you’re in that situation currently (good luck, fam! You got this!) paired with some soothing celtic music.
Thank you so much for reading this review!! Let me know your thoughts on Doon down below!