“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.”
I was very pleased with this book. It had me interested from the very first page to the very last. I loved the world of Doon and how it was described, filled with pleasures, people of good nature, and loving landscapes. But yet Doon also had it’s evil to be defeated (reminding me of Narnia..).
Doon also had great morals, the Protector of Doon was a representation of God while the witch was the devil, using ordinary things and people to bring the world to destruction. I loved that self-sacrifice and true love were the main morals presented in this book. Self-sacrifice defeats pride, while true love defeats hatred (again, reminding me of Narnia).
The things that cause me to put the age limit at at least 13 years old would be, the main characters, Veronica and Mackenna, have graduated high school and are very best friends, resulting in a lot of “girl talk”….. past boyfriends, boys’ clothes, boys’ hair, boys’ personalities, really just boys in general….. also lots of kissing. There were a few cuss words here and there, but nothing absolutely terrible.
Aside from the things above, this was a very good book and I recommend it to my friends!
“I received this book from Blink publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”