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Destined for Doon (A Doon Novel) Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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Praise for the Doon Series “… those looking for a bit of escapism will find this book to be an enjoyable read.” - School Library Journal -- School Library Journal
Praise for the Doon Series “… 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.” – Booklist -- Booklist
- Publisher : Blink (September 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0310742331
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310742333
- Reading age : 15 years and up
- Lexile measure : 830L
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.25 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #786,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love the wisecracking between the two best friends. Hate the persistent misunderstandings between Mackenna and Duncan McRae, Jamie’s brother. And love how Jamie and Veronica seem to be slowly working out their relationship now. And love the beautiful land of Doon – when the ‘zombie fungus’ isn’t trying to destroy it.
This time the key seems to Mackenna’s acceptance of her Calling to Doon and her destiny with Duncan. They have to find the reason for the return of the black flowers that signal the witch’s influence and the rot that is eroding the kingdom in conjunction with it. Then they have to find out what they need to do to stop it. Next, they must find the tools they need. And finally, they must go to the place the problem seems to emanate from and destroy it. But until Mackenna accepts her destiny, she seems unable to perform the last of these tasks. And she is the one who has to do it.
I loved every single aspect of this book, however the one thing that greatly stood out to me was the little details that Carey and Lorie incorporated into the story. The funny comments, the descriptions, the references! Seriously, it is all so amazing and adds such a great element to the story. These things not only make the story come alive, but make the story and the characters that much more relatable. This book is extremely well written, and the book moves at a fast pace. You simply will never want to put this book down! I was never once bored, and I was swept away by the magic of Doon once again.
Kenna and Vee's friendship is something that is to be admired, and every girl should have a friendship like this. While this book focuses a bit more on Kenna, we still have alternating POV's with Vee. This definitely gives a more complete feeling to the story, and helps move the book along. We see all sides to the story, and the ups-and-downs that come with being queen of a land that doesn't exactly want you as their queen. Both Vee and Kenna are extremely relatable, and personally I am a mix of both of the girls. Kenna never ceases to crack me up with her attitude and antics, and I definitely will be using some of her lines.
I will warn you, the ending of this book will leave you begging for more. It is a HUGE cliffhanger, and all I know is that everything better be alright in the land of Doon and with our favorite characters! I definitely can't wait to read the next book in this series, as this is easily one of my favorites. I highly recommend checking out this novel if you were a fan of the first book in the series. You won't be disappointed! Happy reading :)
Mackenna has it all, except the boy she loves. Can she give up her dream of Broadway? What if her dream has changed?
Veronica has the boy she loves, but now has to learn how to be queen without her best friend by her side. How can she handle the pressure without Kenna's humor?
While the first book was about Veronica and Mackenna finding their purpose for being Called to Doon, this book focuses more on what happens when you get your dream, but it isn't quite what you thought it would be.
Veronica and Mackenna have to fight for their happy ending and they're not done yet; neither is the witch. A great sequel in an amazing story.
Destined for Doon didn’t pull from me the same emotions as the first, however. Part the reason for this is the fact that much of the turmoil between the couples are misunderstandings which could be rectified if they would just talk and actually listen to each other. Of course, the existence of misunderstandings is probably a pretty accurate portrayal of any relationship.
The curse was interesting. The authors never really explained how the witch made it since Vee and Kenna stripped her of her powers in the first book. How then could she have revived the curse, and where exactly is she? I assume it will be explained in the third book in the series, especially since this book is a cliffhanger as well.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequel as an answer to my questions and a hopefully epic conclusion to the series.
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Doon ended with Veronica and MacKenna going their separate ways, with Veronica staying in Doon as the new Queen and MacKenna heading to Chicago for her internship, believing that her and Duncan were just not meant to be. However, we find out at the end that MacKenna truly did have a Calling with Duncan.. which kind of changes everything that she had believed and makes her realise what a monumental mistake she had made by leaving.
The plot itself in Destined for Doon was great - there was black magic afoot in Doon and Veronica requested MacKenna’s help to solve the mystery and save the kingdom. Albeit a bit predictable, I enjoyed where the story went and the banter between the characters had me laughing out loud. This story was definitely darker and more gruesome than the first, but I liked that about it.
I really wanted to love this book as much as I loved the first one.. but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much. I still love the world of Doon and the fairytale-esque nature of the plot, but I really did not like MacKenna. Her voice was whiny and frustrating, having convinced herself that Duncan hated her despite the fact that he so obviously didn’t, and she was so stubborn that I wanted to smack her on more than one occasion.
However, I loved (for the most part..) Veronica's character and thus her chapters. Her struggle with her new title and having to deal with not being completely accepted was realistic, and I think it allowed her character to develop more. The fact that Veronica and Jamie's relationship was very much less than perfect was so great. Real relationships have their ups and downs and their relationship reflected this incredibly well. I really liked that both of them stayed true to their personalities instead of giving in to each other’s every whim. It was real and I loved that about them. I only wish we had been given more Veronica chapters!
Duncan is one of my favourite characters in these books. I loved him in the first book and I love him even more in Destined for Doon. His behaviour in this second book was exactly what you would have expected of someone who'd had their heart broken (as he had at the end of Doon), and it gave his character so much more depth!
All in all, I would definitely recommend that you read this - especially if you enjoyed the first book! But be warned, there is a huge cliffhanger at the end that has made me feel incredibly frustrated that we have to wait months before we find out what happens next! I will definitely be pre-ordering Book 3 :)
Es beginnt damit, dass Kenna endlich am Theater ist und ihren Traum lebt, doch immer öfter erscheint Duncan ihr in ihren Visionen und Kenna weiß genau, was das bedeutet.
Und dann steht Duncan plötzlich wirklich vor ihr und bittet sie zurückzukommen, da Vee ihre Hilfe benötigt. Duncan allerdings ist tief verletzt von Kennas Verrat und hält sie so gut wie möglich von ihm fern, behandelt sie zwar mit Respekt, aber wahrt auch eine kühl Distanz.
Die Streitereien und das Hin und Her zwischen Kenna und Duncan war mir in diesem Band teilweise schon zu viel und zu übertrieben. Ich hatte das Gefühl, das gesamte Buch handelt nur noch von ihrem ,,Streit". Ein bisschen weniger davon wäre ok gewesen.
Bei Vee und Jamie dagegen war es mir etwas zu wenig. Vee hat das Gefühl, Jamie traut ihr die Rolle der Königin nicht zu, immer wieder zieht er sie aus allem raus und übernimmt die Führung.
Das wäre ein sehr guter Plot gewesen, um ihn größer auszubauen, aber das Problem war viel zu schnell gelöst und von einem auf den anderen Moment beiseitegeschoben und war von da an kein Thema mehr. Da hätte ich mir etwas mehr gewünscht.
Die Handlung, dass Doon erneut bedroht wird, diesmal von einer seltsamen..ehrlich gesagt weiß ich kein deutsches Wort, dass es gut beschriebt...ich weiß nicht genau, wie ich mir das ganze vorgestellt habe, in etwa wie eine Art dunkle Wolke, die um Doon herum wächst und immer größer wird, alles an Leben, womit es in Berührung kommt, verdorren und absterben lässt und die Menschen die hineingeraten zu Zombies macht. (Ja, Zombies!)
Ich glaube der Zombie Aspekt hat mich auch ein wenig irritiert, denn er passt so garnicht zum Rest der Geschichte, die wirkt, wie aus einem Märchen.
An sich war das Buch wieder gut und die Handlung spannend, aber durch die oben genannten Kritikpunkte eben nicht so gut wie Band 1, der zu meinen Highlights in diesem Jahr gehört. Daher für Band 2 eine nicht ganz so gute Bewertung, in der Hoffnung, Band 3 überzeugt mich wieder ohne wenn und aber!