About the Book:
Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink YA Books, a division of Zondervan
Source: Publisher (ARC Copy)
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Doon, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Review: There is something about a contemporary that travels back in time. Maybe its allure first began with the popular Gene Kelly musical Brigadoon (which this YA series is loosely based on) or maybe it’s just the idea that we have the ability to revisit these eras long gone through stories and it’s because of these visual descriptors that many of us have come to one conclusion: we were born to the wrong era. This co-authored series is the sequel to last summer’s inventive novel Doon and it continues the adventures of McKenna Reid and her best friend, Veronica. Living in Chicago pursuing her dream of a career on stage, it’s been nearly a year since McKenna left behind her true love, a native Doonian (what, so that’s not a word… work with me) – not to mention real-life royalty, Duncan, though for Doon, it’s merely been three months and now Doon requires McKenna’s return – or more importantly Veronica needs her best friend. Doon is coming under attack by forces that are ruled by evil witches and would have Doon’s beauty turned into a zombie wasteland. With her new Calling as the Queen of Doon, Veronica is only able to fight the battle so far by herself – her best chance at winning is with McKenna by her side, only McKenna left Doon with broken hearts in her rearview and it’s impossible not to let personal infractions complicating things…
Readers have been eager to return to the land of Doon and for any of you who are fan girls for this series you’ll be delighted with the reappearance of a land of bygone eras with a delightful contemporary twist. One of the things that makes this book work so well is that aspect of modern vs. old fashioned battling for center stage and surprisingly, I really like that about the book. Aside from the friendship (which is really an entity onto itself and we’ll be gushing over later), it’s in the commentary that makes the novel fun. One thing I’m a stickler for (from a non-professional, non-historian standpoint) is books that are “historical” only to dismiss the proper terms or to come across as anything but historical. That rule is tossed out for this story because what it does is espouse two very contemporary besties and plop them smack into the center of Scotland and a setting that is historical. It was comedic to read all of the “today” references – everything from iPods and popular music (a sweet scene between Veronica and Jamie takes place involving music) and funny quips (McKenna’s saving the world in pretty gown is “overrated” line made me smile), plus may I just say, pretty much any book that can work in a Pushing Daisies reference has my heart (I’m just saying) – all the while knowing this isn’t a contemporary in the same sense, reading about it from a modern perspective (told in dual first person narratives) makes this book one of the more unique I’ve read in its genre.
The best thing about this YA novel is actually the friendship relationship. Veronica and McKenna are two different girls, yet they’re really alike in more ways than we can “see.” The reason being their fierce loyalty to one another and despite their differences of opinion or beliefs in how to conduct their lives, they always find a way to work around their squabbles. This element alone makes the series worth tying, especially if you are like me and haven’t read many good friendship books. Sadly, I will say it’s pretty important to read the first book prior to this as a refresher unless you have an awesome memory (clearly, I do not). I read Doon last summer and felt lost on more than one occasion between the various references to past events, though as things progressed I did remember the “bigger picture” story and based on that, it seemed like the stories were too similar for their own good in terms of what is evil and what is to be defeated. On the flip side, the characters are moved along and further developed it’s just the plot that gets a little… stuck.
When all is said and done, it’s easy to say this book is a fun, lighthearted summer read. It’s quick and for those who may be bothered by this, it doesn’t push the Christianity visualizations (not that I’d have minded in the least if the role of the Protector had been more prevalent than He was), plus there are some cute rekindled romantics (even if the romance is a smidgeon too focused on the physical – but then, I’ll give that a pass considering this is a teen novel) and genuine characters to root for. This sequel also gives us more insight into what makes McKenna tick, the opposite of book one and what I discovered was all good. Only do be warned, this ending? Yep, it’ll leave you going, “Now what is happening??”
And yes, that’s all I’m saying.
(note: there is some minor innuendo and a few description kissing scenes.)
Synopsis: the second book in the popular new Doon YA series that takes on a classic story, Brigadoon, and spins it in a new way to give readers a fresh, modern experience.
In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she’s received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn’t need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.
The Doon novels are a part of Blink, HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s new YA imprint that delivers empowering and heartening literature while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and impactful storytelling. – Goodreads
Coming Next from Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon: Book 4 in the DOON series arrives late summer 2015.
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.