“If you stay, I’ll give you my heart and never ask for it back.”
Summary taken from Goodreads:
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.
DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation.
It’s Outlander lite. Outlander for young adults, and I mean, youuung adults. Seriously, there’s no cursing in this book. They MENTION cursing but then they ACTUALLY say “Oh sweet Sondheim,” or “Mother cusser” And I mean, really? (Let me clarify this by saying that characters don’t have to swear. Swearing doesn’t make your characters teens/adults. It’s not something that I need to see in my books but when the characters DO swear but they don’t actually say swears out loud, that’s when it bugs me. If an author is uncomfortable with swearing, then don’t do it. It’s that simple.)
They mentioned their “girly parts” but that was the extent of it. I’m sorry, but if your characters are going to have feelings in their “girly parts” they should have a better way to express their desires and feelings than saying that the boys made them feel things in their “girly parts”. (Let me also clarify that if readers are mature enough to understand what that means and read that & those feelings, they’re mature enough to handle a bit more better description/ word choice. Also, I’d like to remind people that these girls just graduated high school. They’re adults.)
Mackenna’s (LOVE THAT NAME) chapters needed to be more. I hope the 2nd book is more Mackenna and less Veronica (considering this was Mackenna’s family, etc. It felt like she wasn’t fully part of the story. I think it would have been good to get more of a backstory of her Aunt and her time in Scotland. I think it would have been good just to get more of a sense how Mackenna and Veronica acted together in high school. Theatre kids and Cheerleaders aren’t inherently in the same circles (not that they can’t be but it would be a fun dynamic to play with.)
“I can that you’re fine. Just tell me who I need to kill.”
Veronica was okay. I found her a lot naive and a bit annoying. She seemed to have the attitude of a freshman instead of a girl that just graduated high school. However, she did work hard but that part of life wasn’t described in too much detail. Also, her family life was kinda brushed over. She apparently had this awkward/ awful home life but didn’t seem TOO affected by it.
Jamie and Duncan were the most Scottish feeling characters. The accents were well done for those two in particular. The others sometimes lost their culture. They weren’t the best boyfriends but they weren’t bad.
Weirdly, there was practically no mention of Gaelic or inherently Scottish culture and things. Other than the initial mention of haggis and kilts. That bothered me.
Despite all my criticism, don’t get me wrong. I’m probably just comparing it too much Outlander & fairy tales in my head. It’s a quickie. It’s fun. It’s cute. It won’t leave you with a hangover. But you might consider coming back for more if it held your interest. And of course, as you know, I’m a sucker for books set in Scotland. This book left me dreaming of a hot Scotsman destined & pining after me. But let’s be real, I’m doing that anyway. In any case, Destined For Doon is something I’ll be checking out from my library for sure.