**Fair Warning: this review has some spoilers to the series because it is the second book so if you want to read the Doon Series but haven’t read book one you may not want to keep reading.**
Destined for Doon
Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Young Adult, Fantasy
September 2nd, 2014
March 7th to 8th, 2016
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. (Summary from Goodreads)
So book two takes place about 10 months after book one and focuses more on Mackenna where as in Doon Veronica’s story took center stage. I personally really like Mackenna’s character. Not only because I’m a fellow redhead but I was also quite the theater geek back in my high school days. So Kenna is a very relatable character as I can see my 18 year old self in her. Although as a side note, I never became a rising young star as Mackenna does during her time away from Doon in Chicago. Nor did I have a handsome Scottish Prince named Duncan who is in love with me. *Sigh*.
Much like in book one, Destined for Doon is quick paced. In fact when I read the back cover originally I thought there would be a little more time spent with Duncan trying to get Mackenna to come back to Doon. But literally maybe two chapters focus on that as Kenna agrees willingly to return once Duncan simply states Veronica needs her, who at this point in the series is now Queen of Doon. Like she didn’t hesitate at all, and made me scratch my head because why’d she stay back in the first place. But anyway, Duncan and Mackenna are back in Doon fairly fast and the rest of the story remains there. I really liked that because I felt as the reader I was able to visualize Doon a little more and see some of what life would be like to live there.
Of course the book, much like the first, does have both Mackenna and Veronica’s narrating of the story. But where as Doon had more narration by Veronica, Destined for Doon has more chapters narrated by Mackenna. And with all that said you do still get to see the struggle of Veronica now being Queen of Doon and how that affects her, Jamie, and the towns people. Not to mention Veronica’s struggle with how to battle the zombie fungus (as Mackenna named it) that invades Doon. And what I love most about the dual narration is that you can see Vee and Kenna’s friendship from both characters, so when Veronica struggles to rule a kingdom or Mackenna can’t see her role in saving Doon the reader not only sees it through the eyes of the character going through but also through the eyes of someone who cares about that character.
Speaking of the friendship, that is what I absolutely love most about this series. Yes there’s romance. Yes there’s adventure. And yes there’s even some mystery. But mostly Doon is a friendship story which is highlighted again and again throughout the books about how these girls are really on each others side. They aren’t catty with one another, they aren’t competing with each other, or putting the other one down. And I think its great what Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon have been able to do with Doon. They didn’t just create one strong female character, they created two who together create even better versions of themselves. This is really highlighted toward the end, which I won’t spoil, but simply state the message that given in these last few chapters is a great message.
Now on to a few things that bother me or confuse me. So now that two modern American girls and a few new destined are now living in Doon some new changes have happened. And while they aren’t massive changes because Doon still holds it’s medieval charm, I struggled a bit with some of the modern elements that get introduced. For example, Veronica has brought modern clothes to women of Doon such as Maxi dresses, leggings, and yoga pants. And while Mackenna also brings her own things with her when she and Duncan cross back into Doon, I can’t wrap my mind around how easy it was for them to just suddenly be able to wear these clothes. Because in the first book Vee and Kenna are subject to the 1600s wear of the everyday Doonian, but in the second book they have things like spandex running pants. And truly I think the only reason I can’t wrap my mind around it is because education wise I’m getting my business degree with an economic concentration, so automatically my mind wants to understand how they got the materials to make the product or why aren’t the people of Doon shocked with the clothes. Of course of all this is minuscule and in no way detracted me from the story just had moments where I’d roll my eyes when the word maxi came onto the page.
But overall another great book in the Doon series, which ended in a cliff hanger but fortunately for myself I already had book 3, Shades of Doon, purchased and literally began reading the moment I finished Destined for Doon. Because to be completely honest I don’t know if I would have been able to read these books when they would first come out because it would drive me crazy that I couldn’t read the next one.
Would I recommend? Yes, it’s a quick read that had me entertained from beginning to end.
I hope you found this review helpful, and with any new blog I’m learning on the best way to format how I write. I figured with my first review of Doon I didn’t like how I laid it out so I created a template. Let me know if you like that better in the comments below. And I’m sure I’ll tweak it over time as I learn what information I want to give as well as what information you all would like to know.
The review for Shades of Doon should be up soon possible later today, so be on the lookout for it.