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 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.
Do not worry bookworms, this is a spoiler-free review! Doon is a quick read and I’d definitely recommend if you’re looking for a book to get out of a reading slump.
Overall, I’d say the main theme is friendship. I tend to avoid girl/girl friendship books, because in my experience they tend to be very superficial and underdeveloped, but I was pleasantly surprised when Veronica and Mackenna’s relationship stayed strong throughout the story, and didn’t get swallowed by everything else that was happening around them.
But don’t fret! Even though friendship is a strong factor in the plot, it also has some really sweet romance. I thought it was a bit cheesy and matchy-matchy, but it does have some ups and downs and keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. The couples really grow on you, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a special spot in my heart for our two very good-looking Scottish princes (Duncan! My love!). Also, who would’ve known kilts could be so hot?
Veronica and Mackenna are two extremely different characters, which kept the story unpredictable and interesting. The book is told from their different points of view, and since they’re so different, it was comfortably easy to tell the chapters apart. But even if they’re different, I was able to relate to both of them; Mackenna’s love for theater and Veronica’s passion for books both tugged at my heart.
Even though Mackenna is an extremely fun character (whose personality is very close to mine), I thought Veronica’s point of view was more developed and she had more depth to her, but I have a strong hunch that Mackenna is going to more developed in the next book.
The authors did an incredible job describing the characters’ surroundings, and to tell you the truth, the gorgeous descriptions of the Scottish countryside and culture make me want to go visit Scotland now. Have any of you heard of something called wanderlust? Well, mine was going crazy throughout the story, and now I really feel like going out and exploring.
The book has good pacing, even though at first it was kind of slow and it was a bit hard to get into, but it gets faster and more exciting towards the middle. The style is witty and fun, with some great pop-culture references and enormous character development (seriously, Beginning-of-the-book-Veronica and Ending-of-the-book-Veronica are two different people).
But the story isn’t all rainbows and unicorns; the kingdom has a dark side, all thanks to the horrid Witch of Doon. I was kind of expecting what happened, but there are some creepy scenes in Mackenna’s aunt’s cottage that still give me goosebumps.
One thing I loved about this book is how the Scottish people actually sound Scottish. The authors wrote their accents into the story, and it made the whole thing so much more real. Doon is full of castles and kings and adventures, but it’s also very welcoming and tightly-knitted.
The book is a retelling of the Broadway play Brigadoon, which made me super happy and made my inner theater geek jump up and down with excitement. And just let me tell you something- the ending will make you smile with joy and weep with sadness for two very different reasons. I can’t wait to read Destined for Doon!