Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
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.”
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.
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.