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Product Details

  • Series: A Doon Novel (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Blink; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310742307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310742302
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7–10—Doon, which owes its name and draws many of its influences from the musical Brigadoon, begins with Veronica, who is spending the summer in Scotland with her best friend, Mackenna. In the attic of Mackenna's late Aunt Gracie's house, they uncover a wealth of secrets, including an enigmatic set of rings and Gracie's journal. The cryptic book describes the land of Doon, a place straight out of a fairy tale--complete with lush green hills and handsome princes. Soon the girls are accidentally transported to the magical realm where they met a dreamy pair of princes and do battle with an ancient evil witch determined to rule the land. The descriptions of Scotland and Doon are rich and vibrant, transporting readers alongside Veronica and Mackenna. Unfortunately, the characters aren't as fully fleshed out. Both girls are continuously self-deprecating, which some readers may find grating, while their male suitors are one-dimensional. Despite some too-convenient plot elements, those looking for a bit of escapism will still find this book to be an enjoyable read.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH

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Veronica feels like nothing is going right in her life—that is, until her friend Mackenna magically gives her a ticket to Scotland to spend the summer in her family’s cottage. Aunt Gracie’s bequest helps Veronica escape her mother’s bad relationships and tragic choice in men, and Mackenna’s love for the village of Alloway means that they grow closer to the bridge to the otherworldly land of Doon, where time ceases to exist and larger-than-life characters, such as the hunky princes Jamie and Duncan MacCrae, raise the girls’ pulse rates. While some readers may be confused by the alternating chapters featuring Veronica and Kenna’s very similar voices, musical-theater fans will rejoice to see two heroines so well versed in their world, who drop references to many well-loved Broadway productions as they stumble their way through a medieval village, out of the mists and out of time. The friends are tempted in various ways, but their fates may prove very different. Give this romance to Twilight fans who can’t get enough of “Will they? Won’t they?” plot twists. Grades 10-12. --Erin Downey Howerton

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I LOVED seeing how these two characters interacted with the female leads.
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The story is fast paced with many twists and turns keeping me turning from one page to the next.
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It was so good, I couldn't put it down, and the end left me just wanting more!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Simon Cleveland VINE VOICE on December 7, 2013
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This was an enjoyable read, filled with friendship, intrigue, and yes, romance. I think this book would appeal to both adults and teens, and it was interesting how the book had two different female POVs, making it a richer, more compelling read for me. It left me feeling good, and I'm glad I choose this to read. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tales and also enjoys retellings, which seem to be popular lately.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chance Encounters on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What is not to love? Gorgeous gowns in a fairy-tale beautiful Scottish setting? Check. Hot Scottish princes who just may be worth changing your life for--forever? Check. A friendship of two unique girls who must learn as much about themselves (and each other) as this impossible new world they've discovered, to eventually save the day? CHECK. Doon is for lovers of romance and fantasy and hopeful ever afters--and if you've ever seen (or even heard of) the awesome that is Brigadoon, that just adds to your enjoyment (but is totally not necessary.) A wonderful read!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Princess Deb on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Welcome to the magical world of Doon, a mysterious Scottish kingdom that didn't seem to exist until Veronica and Mackenna find themselves stuck there, and falling for some pretty attractive and princely guys. Doon is a mystical fairy tale adventure that will have you turning pages faster than you can say Lerner and Loewe!

I truly believe that it was fate that brought this book to my attention. If you haven't already noticed, I have a kind of unhealthy obsession with fairy tale retellings going on. Something else you might not know about me is that I also have an unhealthy obsession with Broadway shows! So you can imagine the flailing and squeeing that ensued when I learned that there was a retelling of a fairy tale kind of Broadway show!

As you've most likely already guessed, my expectations were already impossibly high. How could this one little book possibly live up to them? By being outstanding! I would've been sold just by the endless musical references, but the characters, plot, and world-building were amazing as well!

I love how the story utilized elements of the original Brigadoon, while being very much it's own story. I have to admit that I wasn't too familiar with Brigadoon beforehand, but that wasn't a problem going in. The pace of the whole story was just right, and kept me on my toes, since I was never quite sure what would happen next.

I adored Veronica and Mackenna. It was actually kind of weird reading this book because of how similar I am to both of them. Veronica is my book nerd half, and Mackenna is my musical half. That being said, there personalities were complete opposites, and I liked seeing how they interacted with each other.

The world of Doon itself was magical.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lucy De Angelis on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
For a book I honestly didn't think would be for me, I read it almost entirely in one day. I'm not usually drawn to fantasy stories about far away kingdoms and such, but DOON wiggled its way into my book collection and I was hooked within the first pages.

Novels and storybooks especially fantasies are meant to whisk us away to far away lands and distant worlds and DOON did that for me. I could not put it down. Loved it!

Although written in dual POV's, I was more drawn to Veronica's POV than Kenna's and was rooting for Veronica and Jamie's HEA (swoon), but as their story came to an end, I found myself turning to Kenna and wanting to see how her and Duncan's would end. This tells me that the duel POV, although one being more prominent, did its job and from the way the story ended I suspect that Kenna will be coming back to continue her story.

I look forward to reading more about this hidden land of DOON
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Format: Hardcover
Cross the Bridge!

After reading this book I can't help but be amazed. Its like these two authors took everything I love and added it all into book form! They couldn't have picked a better setting if they had tried. Scotland already has the looks and feel of a fairytale land. Combine that with some memorable characters, heart pounding romance, a dash of magic and you get Doon.

I think what I liked most about this book was that even though it had the makings of a fairytale things didn't just fall magically into place. There was a lot of hard work and sacrifice that had to be made in order to keep that fairytale life. I also found that a good lesson to take from this book was that happy endings aren't always guaranteed, but if you want something bad enough you are going to have to fight for it.

The characters in Doon were very memorable and so real. The relationship between Mackenna and Veronica was strong and I loved their interactions with one another. Their relationship reminded me of the one I share with my best friend and I could really relate to them. Through thick and thin they stuck it out together and didn't back down when things got rough.

Throughout the book I found myself drawn more to Veronica and her story with Jaimie, but I still enjoyed seeing the different points of view. Mackenna's story picks up a bit towards the end and I cannot wait to find out what happens with her and Duncan in the next book.

Jaimie while seemingly a bit cold at first reveals himself to be quite the charmer. While he is most definitely not the Prince Charming of fairy tales he has a heart of gold and does what he believes is best for his people even if that means forsaking his own happiness. I also liked his teasing nature especially towards Veronica.

I couldn't get enough of Doon and am eagerly anticipating its sequel. I highly recommend this to all of those dreamers out there who have ever dreamed of a Happily Ever After.
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