Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Doon, book 4
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Time Travel, Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5
REVIEW: The Scottish adventures of best friends Vee and Mackenna draw to a close in Forever Doon, the final novel of the series. As the story opens, things pick up immediately where Shades of Doon (book three) left off. Vee is in Doon while Mackenna is stuck in contemporary Scotland without means of returning to the place she now thinks of as home. Vee believes her beloved Jamie is dead and gone leaving Doon’s queen solely responsible for the safety of their people. With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed (a feat orchestrated to protect their people), Mackenna and Duncan strive to keep those who managed to cross the bridge safe. But with an evil soul on the throne of Doon, their greatest battle is yet to come.
Reaching the end of what has become a journey, no matter the book realm, is often bittersweet. This is especially true when it’s a story like this series because there are a myriad of moving pieces. Co-author team Corp and Langdon packed this series with many interesting and adventurous happenings that kept the pace and story moving at a swift clip. This final novel is vastly different because it separates its primary four characters for a great portion of the story. This is no way lessens the excitement or the final book anticipation. In fact, it may even raise it.
Hard as it is to experience separation, I think the ploy helped the characters. They grow as individuals and become better people for it. It was revealing to experience Vee “on her own” without the people she trusted most, and rise to the occasion of being an unstoppable leader. It was important to see Kenna and Duncan trapped in a world neither craved. It was heart wrenching to experience the bad caused by the chaotic villainess. Yet all was something I respected. Saying more wouldn’t be prudent because of spoilers.
As the characters grow up throughout this series, part of the reason this story worked so well was its darkness. The comedy wasn’t as prevalent and the situation forced the characters to examine their hearts. I loved how their strengths and weaknesses were on equal display. Sometimes they were able to use both to conquer whatever faced them. As a side note, those fangirls who love something like Outlander will likely love the guys in this series. Just saying.
As everything draws to a close, it’s safe to say the authors’ gift fans with a beautiful, fierce (lots of battle and girl power here, book nerds) and important conclusion. In my book blogging circle, this YA series has been one of the most popular, and it has an appeal that’s hard to ignore. The swoony romance of the series (this extends beyond the relationships) and battle of good vs. evil keeps things rolling in the right direction and is, at its best, one of the most entertaining YA series I’ve read. It was with ease that I flew through this final story and when the final page came to be turned, I was pleased when “the end” came. Forever Doon demands fans wildly flip the pages to reach its final walk across that magical bridge.
So much changes in Forever Doon and yet everything that happens is still rooted in the magic we first fell in love with in that first novel. Pick up this fantasy novel. It’s enchanting with plenty of fairytale influences without sacrificing epic adventure!
Synopsis: With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive, and fighting a battle of his own.
With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided, but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer.
For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.
Review text is © Copyright 2011-2016 Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com