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Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

About the Book:Book - Shades of Doon
Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink (an Imprint of HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Doon, 3
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Contemporary Young Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Building an impressive fan base full of readers fully invested in these characters lives, this series has become one of the more popular YA lit re-telling set of novels currently relevant to today’s reader. Its second novel, Destined for Doon, left its fans scrambling for answers and adding Shades of Doon to their most anticipated lists. Now, the third book is nearly here and fans are about to have the answers they longed for. The adventure continues as Veronica recovers from her brush with death and the mysterious circumstances that put her in that perilous situation. With her bestie, Mackenna, by her side, Vee is ready to face anything… except being thrust back to the modern world. Doon is home for her and leaving behind her people, her kingdom… and the man she loves is an impossible possibility neither Vee or Kenna are prepared to ponder.  

Mixing two worlds into one unique package takes some skill to co-mingle. Add in the duel authors and two point-of-views shifting between two heroines and you have a story that might not work well. Fortunately, for the reader, that worry is all for naught. Intertwining all of these shifting pieces is in the skilled hands of two great authors. Cary and Lorie deftly and if I’m being honest, kind of wickedly (those cliffhangers… twists… and such *wink*), unravel this journey over the course of what will be four novels to complete the series. This means, there is the dreaded, inevitable cliffhanger leaving us gasping. Without further ado, let me elaborate on some of the reactions you may have while reading and upon finishing this.

“Wait… how did [insert name] get away unscathed?”

“Um, wait a minute… did [insert unnamed character] really just [insert spoiler happening]?”

*goes back to re-read*

“Did that just happen? Please, say noooo!”

Yep, those are just some of the reactions you might have upon closing the last page.

The final two-five chapters are riddled with breath-catching suspense and constant danger for our characters. Though the excitement levels might get your pulses racing, I think the real appeal of this series for me, is the friendship. It’s rare to read a series like this that tells two best friends story in tandem. It’s really their friendship that keeps the story moving along. Yes, there is romance which probably keeps the swooning pulsing for most readers, but for me, it’s the adventure these two girls undertake. It’s their conflicted feelings about “home,” and what it means to feel safe and loved. This novel explores some deeper, more poignant emotions because of Vee and Kenna’s return to their world stateside, and I loved that. There’s more clarity to every decision and thought process they are a part of. Experiencing aspects of their lives is likely to be an emotional whirlwind.

If you’re looking for more than an emotional up and down novel with plenty of adventure, rest assured there is romance by the bucketful. The girl’s both have a fella in Doon and those men are quite the catches. They are fierce, passionate and over-protective Scots, who aren’t about to let anything corrupt their ladies. They’d sooner risk life and limb than let anything wicked destruct the girls or Doon. Speaking of, there is plenty of that going on too! Lots of evil schemes keep the Doonians and Destined on their toes. If you like time-travelling YA lit or books geared towards teens in general, this might be a series to look into. Loosely inspired by the musical Brigadoon (for those who don’t know), within these pages lies a story pattered out of a classic story and molded into something unique. Witchery, swoony fellas and adventure are what you’ll discover. Vee and Kenna may be nearing the end of their journey, but they have at least one hard-fought battle to come. Whether or not everyone will come out unscathed, remains an experience we are invited to join September of 2016.

Synopsis: After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.

Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all. – Goodreads

With thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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