Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Doon (Doon, #1)

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon opens up with Veronica. Veronica is a high school senior, about to graduate, and she is a cheerleader. She is also being replaced with her mortal enemy (head cheerleader) by her boyfriend. Upset, angry, and just plain sick and tired of her life Veronica agrees to go to Scotland for the summer with her best friend Mackenna, Kenna for short. Kenna’s aunt has passed away and left her home in Scotland to her. She needs to go there and do the paper work, and also to enjoy the summer before her acting internship in Chicago.

The Problem: Veronica has been seeing visions of a gorgeous man in a kilt, calling to her, making her feel wanted. No one else sees him, but she knows some how he is connected to her Scotland trip and soon she realizes he is connected to the Brig o’ Doon, which is just on Kenna’s new property.

Brig a' Doon: Apparently there was this kingdom called Doon, it was enchanted. Like many enchanted places (i.e. forests, castles, kingdoms, etc.) Doon was coveted by a witch. Long story short Doon is within a barrier/force field. It is no longer connected to the world as we know it and also the laws of physics (time is weird there) do not apply. Every 100 years the barriers become loosie-goosie and people from our world can cross over to Doon and vice versa. But on that same day, those that cross the barrier must make a choice of staying or going back, because once the barriers close Doon is closed off until the next centennial. This novel is loosely based on the musical Brigadoon, which I was not familiar with until now.

Veronica and Kenna are launched into this world with some rings left behind by her aunt, who was a resident of Doon, but came to live in the mortal world again at the last centennial. The girls are imprisoned, then let go, wooed, harassed, kidnapped, assaulted, wooed some more and finally used as puppets in the destruction of Doon. This installation was all about Veronica and Jamie (hot kilt guy, turns out to be the crowned prince of Doon… didn’t see that coming…). Veronica realizes that she is the key to the destruction and the salvation of Doon, she must sacrifice herself to save Doon and the one she loves. The next installation will have to deal with Kenna and Duncan (Jamie’s younger brother), and I will check it out, even though I feel like all of this could have happened in one book. Maybe I am wrong, hence why they are sucking me in for the rest of the series. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars, but I can see the appeal for those that gave the book more stars… I do love men in kilts. The dialogue is funny and the characters are not so annoying, except maybe Kenna. The witch is annoying but she is the bad guy that’s her job, Kenna is just a hot mess.

Thanks Net Galley.

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