Ever since I first heard that Zonderkidz or Zondervan Teen was branching off with it's own new imprint known as Blink YA Books I have been intrigued.Ever since I first heard that Zonderkidz or Zondervan Teen was branching off with it's own new imprint known as Blink YA Books I have been intrigued. Every once in a while I still really enjoy a good teen read, or young adult read even though I'm beyond that age range and it will be a decade and some before my daughters are ready for them. When I was looking through a digital catalog and saw the cover and then description for Doon I just knew I had to read it, and boy am I ever delighted that I have gone on this adventure with Veronica and MacKenna.
Doon is co-authored which gives it a flare to the personality and the characters, although I do not know exactly how they broke it up to write it I think they did a really nice job in the end. Overall the story is enchanting. Vivid descriptions and details to go with the amazing book cover image are through out as our duo is taken from the American state of Indiana to the Scottish countryside.
Our two main characters are very different and amazing in each their own rights. From the book cover of Destined for Doon I'm going to assume that the story with continue with more details for MacKenna's journey, but I'm not certain.
This is a romance, an adventure, and a teen or young adult read. While early on I was thinking that any teen could read it as I got further I would recommend that it be a mature teen. As there are phrases or relative terms that not all early or sheltered teens might be ready for. Overall to my opinion it's as harmless as a PG-13 movie might be with a little fear and maybe (to some opinions) a little language or imagery (ever had the gone to school naked type dream - mentions)through out that a parent just might need to make the judgement call on.
However this book is about fitting in and finding your place. While I have never seen the stage show Brigadoon, I'm definitely enchanted and curious about this land and it's people. Veronica comes from a difficult background that many kids will be able to relate to. MacKenna is the bizarre one and theatrical to boot. I think that no matter the reader, they might find themselves in one of our heroines.
The storytelling is fun and elegant at the same time, and my goodness you've gotta love the Scottish hotty princes. It's the flavor of the novel and a great start to a series. I'm definitely planning to read more. You may see my four stars, and truly the only reason it didn't rank in the five stars is because I do feel that the bits where maturity are needed could have been left out, but then maybe that will be the bit that captures a certain teen that wouldn't have otherwise gotten the message about the over-protector and destiny. But four stars is still quite grand in my book.
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Kristin does it to me every time and I cannot wait for more. I'm on a bit of an action-thriller kick and I did not want to read a young adult novel thKristin does it to me every time and I cannot wait for more. I'm on a bit of an action-thriller kick and I did not want to read a young adult novel this week, but the tour is now and I needed to get it accomplished. Low and behold of course once I start I cannot stop and I'm incapable of putting the book down and all I want to do is turn the next page. I loved Perfectly Dateless and I was glad to see that I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible even more, but now I have to say that Perfectly Ridiculous is my favorite in the series. Each novel does add on the one before, but I think you might be able to get away with reading it alone.
She touches on the heart of what every teenage girl has felt in wanting that connection. I think it is definitely a recommended read and one I'll save for my daughters. Just like the rest of the series. I hope that she'll write more like these in the future.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
As much so as I enjoyed Perfectly Dateless last summer, I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible this one. Kristin really brings out the inner thoughts that areAs much so as I enjoyed Perfectly Dateless last summer, I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible this one. Kristin really brings out the inner thoughts that are pretty much right on key for a teen late in high school. Brings back memories of my own school experiences as well as while I was a long term substitute teacher.
Again, truly I could not turn the pages fast enough and I overall enjoyed this story. I think that it could be valuable read for many different people. Very enlightening to both girls, guys and parents who want to care or understand. It was interesting to me however, for a girl without cable TV that she was familiar with so many current day television references, but then I guess they're out there beyond the tube or flat screen.
There were some plot things that had me quite confused in this story, but then coming from a teenage mind, I think that was the point that I was just as confused as Daisy was. Overall, I have to admit it makes me wonder about things as my own daughters grow. Truly there is no perfect childhood or youth and I think attempting to stage one would cause more harm than good. But one can only pray for help.
I truly enjoy both adult and youth books from Kristin Billerbeck and cannot wait for more.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
My first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don't agree with that, it's not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read,My first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don't agree with that, it's not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for girls of marriageable age and boy is it an adventure. This is my first adventure with author Melanie Dickerson, but I will definitely be looking for her novels in the future! The Healer's Apprentice is a great romantic mystery with adventure and nerve racking scenes. There is true love and an almost Tristan and Isolde situation, that ends so much better especially when the characters allow their lives to be directed by God's hand. There is a situation of demonic possession in the novel which at first made me uncomfortable, but it is written in a really great way and completely believable on and off the page. I'm delighted to have experienced this novel and will definitely look for more from Melanie in the future.
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
- Also, I found this was free on Nook and Kindle for a limited time.