Doon / by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. (Doon, 1)
Zondervan ISBN 9780310742302
Destined for Doon / by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. (Doon, 2)
Zondervan ISBN 9780310742333
Shades of Doon / by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. (Doon, 3)
Zondervan ISBN 9780310742357
HS Grades 9-12 Rating: 5
The Doon saga transports readers into a fantasy tale of teens sacrificing all to find and keep true love. It follows best friends Veronica and Mackenna along their adventures from their ordinary American lives into the magical kingdom of Doon.
In Doon, Veronica’s traumatic breakup causes hallucinations. She is certain that the boy she sees means that she has gone crazy—that is, until she and Mackenna discover a vision journal while in Scotland. Chasing the boy of Veronica’s dreams, the friends cross a bridge into a new world, Doon. With a witch threatening the kingdom and the princes (one who happens to look like Veronica’s vision-boy) suspicious of Veronica and Mackenna, the girls must prove their loyalty to the crown and stop the witch from crossing the border—if they haven’t helped her enter already.
Destined for Doon begins with Mackenna discovering her modern-world theater dream was not all she hoped it would be. She feels guilty for leaving her prince and Veronica behind in Doon. When her prince appears with bad news, Mackenna follows him to Doon to defeat a curse then return to the modern stage as soon as she can. Attempting to delay knowledge of the curse, Mackenna is forced to pretend she returned to the kingdom for love. The witch may be back, and the hunt for a cure could tear apart more than one relationship.
In Shades of Doon, Doon finally appears at peace, but Veronica and Mackenna are on edge. A spy for the witch thrusts them back into their old lives and makes the girls wonder: was it all a dream? The princes rescue them, but upon returning to Doon, they all believe that the witch could be disguised among the civilians. When the witch reveals herself, Veronica must make a choice: allow the Doonian to die or forfeit the kingdom.
This series is extremely well-written, and each book is difficult to put down. If readers can overlook moderately risqué behavior from high schoolers (including intimate kissing scenes), witches with magic, and mild violence, this series will be an excellent adventure and escape. There is a light faith element, in that the characters go to church and the protagonists hold to moral standards. From the point of view of a teenage girl, Doon crosses pop culture references with medieval lifestyle in a way that will have readers laughing out loud. Corp and Langdon’s characters will connect with any YA fantasy enthusiast. Book four, Forever Doon, will release in fall 2016 to complete the series.
Rebecca A. Schriner, CLJ