I’ve always enjoyed the fantasy genre. I love the creativity behind the stories and how you really don’t know what you’re going to get. It’s a total creation of the author’s imagination. I heard a few things about Doon, but didn’t think much of it until the INSPYs came around and it was nominated as a contender. I’m so happy this provided me the opportunity to read it! I enjoyed it so much (along with the rest of the Advisory Board) we nominated it for the shortlist :).
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 a few 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.
The story itself is creative (I’m pretty such when it involves something Europe-ish and Europe-like, it’s an automatic win. Blame accents). I liked the family history that weaved into the world of Doon. The friendship between Veronica and Mackenna is sweet and such a wonderful example for teens (and even adult readers!). Plus, I liked that the point of view switched between the two – you were able to get more of the story that way.
Friendship is such an important aspect of life, especially in those formative years and I was excited to read a book that emphasized this. Plus the romances in the stories? Oh so sweet! Plus there’s plenty of laughs from the boys. There’s something to learn from those two. I’m eagerly awaiting the next release, Destined for Doon, (definitely not waiting on an INPSY nomination this time around, I’ll be the first in line!), which is set for release September this year.
What are some of your favorite fantasy novels? How about stories of friendship?