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Thursday, October 9, 2014

#FRC2014 Review: Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Title: Destined for Doon
Author: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Blink
Publish Date: September 2, 2014
Source: BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge

What's the Story?: 

From "The second book in the popular new Doon YA series that takes on a classic story, Brigadoon, and spins it in a new way to give readers a fresh, modern experience.

In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she's received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn't need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.

The Doon novels are a part of Blink, HarperCollins Christian Publishing's new YA imprint that delivers empowering and heartening literature while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and impactful storytelling."

My Two Cents:

"Destined for Doon" is the second book in the Doon YA series. It's a fantasy that surrounds two normal, everyday teens, Vee and Kenna, who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Vee is the new queen of Doon who faces a populace who isn't quite ready to trust their new outsider leader. Kenna is working hard at a theater internship when she is summoned back to Doon to help Vee confront a new danger. This book was a lot of fun and although it is the second book in a series, it stands well on its own. I do want to go back and read the first book in the series though!

The book is told from the alternating perspectives of Vee and Kenna, which I thought really worked well with the story. Sometimes I think that it can be really difficult to read a book with more than one narrator because they can be easily confused but in this case, each girl had a very unique voice and personality. I really liked both of them. I also really liked their love interests in the story (who both happen to be denizens of Doon with fantastic Scottish brogues: a true bonus in my book).

I also liked the adventure element in this book. Vee knows that she needs Kenna's help in order to save Doon (how awesome is it that they don't have to rely on the guys' help in order to save the kingdom???). The book kept me turning the pages quickly! Overall, I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys adventure stories with a magical bend to them!


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