REVIEW: Doon (DOON Series #1) Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Doon

Title: Doon

Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Zondervan

Format: Hard back copy

Date Read: August 5-7, 2013 (I read this book awhile ago BUT I didn’t have blog then!)

Summary on Inside Flap:

“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 aunt – and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land the defies explanation.

Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who had 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.”

First Impression:

I first thought about picking up the book to read because of Hypable.com’s podcast BookHype. The podcast brought the two authors on the show to discuss their new book. From listening to the podcast I thought, “Hmmm I may like this.”  The book is co-authored and has two perspectives throughout the book.  This leads to a very interesting dynamic. One author wrote the Veronica chapters and the other wrote Mackenna’s chapters.  This gave both the characters extremely different voices, which made the reading of two different story lines in one book easier. The cover is a cover that I am not usually attracted to and I probably would not have picked it up if not for the podcast.  I am not big on girls in dresses on the covers of my books.

Things I Liked:

I really enjoy how this story is a play off of the original story of the Brig o’ Doon.  This is a fun tie to our reality that makes this story feel more real. It reminds me of how J.K. Rowling would talk about famous wizards, Merlin, that we know about to keep us believing that her world really exists in our reality. I also liked the potential of character development and strong female characters.

Things I Did Not Like:

I did not like how fast paced the book was. I feel as though there could have been more character development before the story moves to Scotland and then suddenly we are on the adventure in Doon. I feel as though the story was a little rushed. This could be like what happened to J.K. Rowling’s first book where she did not have much say on length and I hope that the bigger the following of Doon becomes the more leeway Corp and Langdon will get.

Overall Thoughts:

On Good Reads I gave this book three out of five stars. The average rating was 3.76. I did really enjoy the book and I would give it to a friend if they were in a need a of quick read for some reason.

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More Than A Shot.

As you all know, I work in a nursing home and in a facility like that I feel like we are constantly fighting against perfection. People expect perfection from those who care for their family members and loved ones. However, they do not seem to realize that we cannot be perfect but we can be loving, caring, and try to be perfect. Nurses take a lot of flack for not doing this thing or that thing or being too harsh but today I got to see a nurse show true love for a resident they take care of.

We have a patient who just had head surgery and she is relatively young (younger then 40).  She had to have half of her head shaved in order for the surgeon to do the procedure.  Needless to say she has not left her room for anything but showers since she got back a week ago.  She is ashamed and embarrassed by the fact that she is half bald and she feels as though people stare at her.

So today a nurse and I went on a venture to make her a beautiful hat to wear to the dining room (his idea).  I dug and dug and dug and DUG until I found a hat that I could bedazzle for her.  Then the nurse took the hat and proceeded to cover the hat with green glitter and frogs, a couple of our patient’s favorite things.  He knew what she would love because he took the time to get to know her and love her.  He did this to make HER feel more comfortable.  He took time out of his day to make HER something to feel more comfortable in her home.  He loved HER.

There is hope in this world and it can be found in the small things like making a dull hat sparkle.

Finding My Path.

I graduated with two degrees, B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Gerontology, from Missouri State University this last May. I have spent the last 17 years of my life in an education setting and I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. I have never had such an ambiguous future a head of me.

Up until now I always had my life planned in the 5th grade I knew the next three years would be spent in middle school. In the 8th grade I knew I had four years to spend in high school, no worries. Senior year of high school, I’m going to college! But now! I don’t have the next few years planned out and I am anxious, excited, scared, nervous, and many more poignant feelings!!

Heck! I have taken the Meyer Briggs Personality Inventory just to get a better understanding of where I should go next. I am an ENFJ (I’m Dumbledore according to cool picture I have attached).  You know what this only told me that I was on the write track, it didn’t give me an answer of what I should be!! It said I would make a good counselor, psychologist, librarian, and english teacher.  Thanks! I have already thought long and hard about these careers!!

So now, I am taking a leap of faith, I am following my passion: helping people. I am applying for a job at the Springfield Greene County Library Center for a Youth Services Associate position. I hope to get this job. If I get this job maybe then I will know if becoming a librarian is for me. Until I know I am applying for graduate school to several different programs: library sciences, counseling, and clinical psychology. I am trying to find my path. I suppose I am actually trying to choose my path. I am actually becoming more active in my future now more than I ever have before.

Either way, wish me luck!!

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Burgers. Fries/Onion Rings. Loved Ones.

I am currently snuggled up on my couch with my favorite plush blanket.  I have several pumpkin candles lit (I may have an obsession when it comes to pumpkin scented things) while I listen to the Alohomora Podcast and write this post.  It may be an early Thursday for a young woman of the age of 23 but I had an extremely eventful and fun night with loved ones.

To give you a little background before I tell you about my evening, I will tell you about my time working at Magnolia Square Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  I have worked at Magnolia for 5 years (in November) and I have met wonderful people through working there.  During my time at Magnolia I have gotten to know one of my best friends in the world. His name is Joseph* and he is my friend.  He is also 86-years-old.  He is a very loving man who still cares for his wife of 62 years within the facility.  He loves her greatly.  This is part of the reason I have so much respect for him.  He came to my college graduation.  That really touched my heart, I cried! He and I have had many in-depth and surface level conversations.

Any way, due to circumstances Joseph had to move to Magnolia last month.  So I decided to take him out this evening to watch our facility softball team play at a local ball field.  My dad also plays on the ball team as well because he is close friends with the facility.  Joseph and I went to Steak n’ Shake and had steak burgers and onion rings (Joseph)/french fries (ME!).  We enjoyed each others company.  Joseph has been in four different wars.  He wears a hat that shows the four wars in which he served in the Navy. While we were there quite a few people came up to him ad thanked him for his service.  He blushed a little as people thanked him.  This made me happy.

We then proceeded to go out to play/watch softball.  Even though the team lost (that is nothing out of the usual) Joseph had a great time and we had a great time simply because he was there.  I got to spend my evening when a group of people that I love and I am content with that.  Most people my age are getting ready to go out but not me I spent an early evening out and I loved it.

*Joseph is not his real name, due to confidentiality I will be using a psuedonym

I Guess I Start This Process A Lot.

This is not my first blog.  I have tried blogging in the past.  Every time I tried to make myself out to be something I wasn’t.  I wanted to be a “blogger.”  This time, however, I plan on being just me.  I do not care who reads what I write because this is more for me and not you.  Sorry I can be a little self-centered but this is cathartic for me.  I plan on writing about things that I want to write about not what I think will be the next trendy topic.  I hope you enjoy what I talk about.  It’ll be mostly books, television, and anecdotes from my life.