After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.
Find out more about Carey and Lorie and the Doon series at www.doonseries.com.
NY Times & USA Today Best-selling author, 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 literary fiction and stories for young adults, 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. Her debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist and more recently made the N Times Best-seller list. Coming Sept, 2015:Shades of Doon (book 3 of the 4 book Doon series), a 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.
A few years ago, Lorie Langdon left her thriving corporate career with a Fortune 500 company 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. Her co-written four-book series, DOON, a YA reimagining of the Scottish legend of Brigadoon, will release beginning in August 2013 from Zondervan/Harper Collins.
I’m always a little wary of sequels, especially when I loved the first one (two in this case) so much. Will this one be as good as the last? Will I be disappointed? What if one of my favorite characters dies?
Oh, the agony of a fangirl.
But I shouldn’t have feared when it came to Shades of Doon, the third installment in the Doon series and one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. Not only was I not disappointed, but book three exceeded my expectations, leaving me dangling off the edge of my seat in anticipation of what comes next.
Character arcs are difficult, and I love what Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon have done with Veronica and Mackenna. These girls never fail to impress. I’m always aching to see more well-written girl friendships, in YA books especially. I feel that, at this point, these authors have set the template for what a girl friendship should be. Mackenna and Veronica have their ups and downs. They fight and make-up. But they’re always there for each other, watching each other’s backs through everything. I adore their humorous dialogue. And the best part? These BFFs couldn’t be more opposite, but even so they are two halves of the same whole. If I could hang out with any two literary besties, Vee and Kenna would be my top pick.
Oh and also Jamie. *Swoon*! Can I borrow him for a day, Vee? Pleeeeaaasseeeeee!
Shades of Doon takes place mostly in our world, and this is what I love about urban fantasy. I can relate to and ground myself with the characters because I can picture them. They’re real to me. I also really enjoyed seeing the two princes venture out of Doon and into Modernland. We saw Duncan do this in Destined for Doon, and now it’s Jamie’s turn, and man, does he hold his own. He’s the hero every girl (this one included) dreams of.
From the stellar writing to the relatable characters, Shades of Doon was everything I wanted and more. It was fast paced, and had the perfect blend of romance, action, and mystery. My only complaint? Book 4 isn’t out yet! I NEED to know what happens next. I highly recommend this book, as well as the rest of the Doon series, to lovers of clean, swoony romance, modern fairy tales, and strong female heroines.
Ages: 15 and older
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I give Shades of Doon 5 out of 5 hearts.
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