Oh, have I got an awesome YA Fantasy book to share with you today! I wasn't sure about this book at first but after reading it, I think it's one of my very favorite's, EVER! It's called Doon written by two friends, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.
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.My Thoughts:
This is a really awesome YA Fantasy that I think you and your daughter could actually bond over. It doesn't have any bad language or bad scenes other than wishful thinking that is not voiced but imagined and nothing inappropriate happens other than a few kisses. And believe me when I say this with all sincerity, I really prefer it that way! Sometimes, a very romantic book is what is left unsaid, so that you can fill in the blanks yourself and dream what you want to dream.
Then you throw in the Fantasy part with fairy tale lands and princes and castles, and you have the making of a great story complete with witches and curses! Veronica & McKenna get to visit a place just like that and while one of them embraces her dreams the other denies it even exists. It's a tug of war for McKenna and even though it's Veronica who has been unloved in life, you will actually feel more pity for McKenna because she is the one in the end who refuses to see what is right in front of her.
She will most definitely regret that in the end but luckily for us, there is another book coming! I jumped for joy when I realized that there will be another book because this story is too delicious to be held to one book! OMG, I am so thankful the author's realized this and I for one will be sitting by on pins and needles waiting to return to Doon.
Carey Corp wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both stories for young adults and literary fiction, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen.
DOON is the first of 4 books in her new young adult series loosely based on the concept of the musical Brigadoon, used with permission from the Alan Jay Lerner Estate & the Frederick Loewe Foundation, and co-written with Lorie Langdon. DOON debuts 8.20.13 with the brand new HarperCollins imprint BLINK. Find out more at www.doonseries.com.
Lorie Langdon has wanted to write her own novels since she was a wee girl reading every Judy Blume book she could get her hands on. So a few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.
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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.