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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 im
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Zondervan
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Alanna Campbell This book is not like Outlander at all, I finished Doon recently and am reading Outlander at the moment. The only similarity is that they are both set…moreThis book is not like Outlander at all, I finished Doon recently and am reading Outlander at the moment. The only similarity is that they are both set in the same area of Scotland and aspect of "time travel." (Also it just so happens the male love interests have the same name?) But the stories are very different! Doon focuses more on the magic of and folktales affiliated with "Brig o' Doon" (bridge of Doon) and the musical "Brigadoon." The land visited in this novel is not real, and although it has many Scottish aspects, it really is it's own thing. Outlander focuses more on Scottish history, and really Scotland as it is and was. Although Outlander is a little bit better written, Doon is equally fun to read (if not a bit cheesy), both books I feel are fabulous.(less)
Abigail There is really only like a few bad words and they aren't the worst. The magic isn't that high especially in the first three books. The book last book…moreThere is really only like a few bad words and they aren't the worst. The magic isn't that high especially in the first three books. The book last book has the most magic in it, even then the magic isn't that bad. It isn't like black magic or anything.

Hope that helps. I am very cautious about what I read and I LOVED this book series!(less)

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Sasha Alsberg
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is what made me fall in love with Scotland. Truly a fun and timeless read that sticks with you months later. I know Carey & Lorie personally and they are two of the most gracious and loving authors I know. Their book is a true tale of friendship, love, loss and adventure.
I read this book almost a year ago and am still in love with it to this day!
A must read <3
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"Who was the real Jamie MacCrae? A ruthless ruler or a puckish prince?"

I started reading this book because the premise promised originality. A Scotland-based setting with time travel and fantasy elements? Are you kidding me? Gimme that shit, y'all. Well, you know what they say about things being too good to be true: they usually are. The premise is original...but as we all know, originality alone doesn't mean it'll be good. In the context of this book, it doesn't approach good. It wouldn't b
Melissa Landers
Before I begin, I should disclose that I'm critique partners with both authors, and I consider them among my closest friends. But please don't let that discount my review. I first read DOON in draft form a couple of years ago when Lorie and I agreed to swap manuscripts. Despite the fact that it was unedited, I tore through DOON in a day because I simply could not step away from it. Over time, I've read each new version of the manuscript, and it kept getting better and better.

I fell in love with
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely perfect. This book blew me away! I had pretty high expectations, and they were well exceeded!
The plot, and the idea of entering into another world that you may very well end up trapped in, reminded me very much of The Chronicles of Narnia and Entwined- two of my favorite books! I thought the characters and the world were thought out really well, you really felt like you were there, and you felt what the characters were feeling.
And Jamie MacCrae. Can we just. Oh my goodness, yes. New f
April (Aprilius Maximus)
OH MY GOSH. This was so perfect. SO PERFECT. I just can't even. I NEED THE NEXT ONE NOWWWWW
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

Full review:
Doon follows the story of two best friends who are spending their holiday in Scotland as one of the girls has inherited her late Aunt's cottage in Alloway. The other girl, Veronica, keeps having hallucinations of a handsome blonde boy in a kilt and he seems to be calling to her to follow him. The
Princess Debz
Welcome to the magical world of Doon, a mysterious Scottish kingdom that didn't seem to exist until Veronica and Mackenna find themselves stuck there, and falling for some pretty attractive and princely guys. Doon is a mystical fairy tale adventure that will have you turning pages faster than you can say Lerner and Loewe!

I truly believe that it was fate that brought this book to my attention. If you haven't already noticed, I have a kind of unhealthy obsession with fairy tale retellings going on
Maria V. Snyder
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this one in no time! Another fun book - I love books with humor and if an author (or authors in this case - I don't know why Lorie Langdon's name isn't listed as this book is co-authored) can make me laugh, I'm happy (as long as the logic is consistent).

Basic plot - two American girls go to Scotland and cross into the fantasy world of Doon and trouble and romance ensues! (based on the Brigadoon premise).

At first, I wasn't sure what to expect - it's written from the two girls, Veron
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ahh, where to begin? I love when I find a book that I can't get out of my head days after I have turned the last page. A book that has you longing for more and wanting to believe in everything; fairy tales, time travel, aberrations, The Calling. That is exactly what I found Doon to be.

Ms. Corp and Ms. Langdon do not disappoint in this first book of what is bound to be another great young adult series. I easily devoured Doon (as a grown-ass woman) and I can only imagine how our youth would breath
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh TEN MILLION STARS!!!! *passes out from the intense fangirling*


This book is my favorite of the year. I can pretty much stop reading books now until next January- my year of book reading is complete. Brigadoon is one of my favorite stories and musicals. The musical has one of my favorite actors (Gene Kelley). Scotland has always been this elusive and attractive place to me, probably started by a love with Neil Macneill from the Christy novel. Anyway, I had ridic
Diane Reed
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What if you, as a modern young woman at the cusp of adulthood, had the opportunity to step into a misty Scottish fairy tale? Would you take it--even if it means that there might be no going back? Such is the dilemma facing Veronica & Kenna, two best friends who go for a post-high school graduation trip to Scotland, only to find that the mists in this lovely country hide secrets far beyond their imagining. I LOVED the way the two authors of this novel deftly weave the contemporary worldviews of t ...more
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World Blog :)

*ARC provided by Netgalley*

I was immediately grabbed by the beautiful cover and the premise. Even before reading the book, I knew it was going to be great. Doon is a magical scottish place that has been placed under a spell in order to protect the people of Doon from an evil witch. But the spell would not protect the people of Doon from what's coming to them.When Mackenna suggests that Veronica and her go to Scottland for a vacation. It cou
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-i-own
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Scottish boys in kilts plus a hidden village that only appears once every 100 years...yes please! I started Doon the day I was gearing up to go to our local Scottish festival to discover my own ancestral clan and was so swept away I did not put it down until I was done. The voice, the beautiful setting and pacing come together along with awesome characters to make an unforgettable story. Part of a new imprint of Harper Collins Christian publ
JR. Forasteros
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Veronica and Mackenna smack right into their destinies in Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.

Loosely based off the musical Brigadoon, Doon drops two American girls, Veronica and Mackenna, into Scotland where they cross the Bridge of Doon into the mystical land of Doon. I wish I could’ve gone with them. Doon is a quaint, fairy tale type kingdom with swoon-worthy young men in kilts. Although the kingdom first appears stuck in the Middle Ages, they do have creature comforts, such as toilets, runn
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book it was a quick easy read that was able to keep my attention. I didn't give it 5 stars because I'm not crazy about romance and the was a bit in this book. This book takes me back to my wizard of oz book reading days it takes u to another land and of course there's always a bad guy trying to foil everyone's happy ending but the good guys are alway ok, true love always wins and of course there has to be a happy ending kind of. So it was a fun little read I like the fairytal ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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**Actual Rating**: 5 stars
**Book Format**: eBook

Oh. My. Sweet. Mama. This book was so literally breath-taking that I had to take the time to round up all my thoughts before I could sit down and start writing this book review. Doon is probably the best non-sequel book I've read this year, and makes up for all the bad books I've read before this; it's just that great. When I first saw the cover and synopsis - and then looked at it again - a
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
I had never heard of this book before I picked it up at Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago. And while I usually like to do a little research about books that I have never heard of before I pick them up, I decided to just go with it in this case because let's take a moment and be honest...I'm a total fool for a beautiful cover. *sheepish grin* And this one is a doozy! Beautiful girl on a bridge facing a gorgeous misty green landscape with a castle in the background. Hook, line, and sinker-I was sold. ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I could have easily LOVED this book, but there were a few things that really bothered me. (Since I lost my super long review, I'll just keep it to a few major points.)

This book had potential to be really great. I loved the concept, and I really enjoyed the magical feel to the book. Duncan was an amazing character, and Veronica wasn't so bad.

However, there were a few things that bothered me as I was reading the book, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that I didn't like it as much
Autumn Schultz
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Watch out everyone, this is clearly going to be the next "big" thing.

Although the book is not perfect, it was one of the best, easy, fast reads I've read in a while. I read it in 2 days - not something that I normally do, but I just could not put this down. The pairing of Corp & Langdon was spot on. There was a fluidity and maturity that shows how they complement each other.

The characters were easily relatable, despite the worn out "beatuiful, but doesn't know it" YA characters. (To be fair, mos
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I really wanted to like this book. Scottish setting? Girls who are great best friends? These are things I love. The set up was fabulous, but the book didn't follow through. It's 368 pages of telling us why everyone is awesome and why the witch is so scary rather than actually letting the characters breathe and become real for the readers.

Everything was too much. There was no subtlety, no reality. Everyone is model gorgeous (as repeated CONSTANTLY) evil is EVIL, good people are totally pure. Vee'
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I’ll admit, I first heard of this book on Youtube and thought it seemed very bad, very cliché. However, after reading a few Outlander books (by Diana Gabaldon) in the last months, I started a *kind of* obsession with Scotland, or at least books with some historical background or time travel elements. This book has it all! But the story itself is a retelling, nothing groundbreaking there. The strenghts of this book were the characters and the writing.

The characters: You know when in some books, h
Braxton Cosby
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
After just a few short pages, I found myself lost in the world of Doon. Doon tells the story of two girls named Veronica and Mackenna (the story is told through their perspectives) who travel to Europe to on a vacation and are mysteriously swept into the land of Doon. Once there, Veronica (who I feel it the star of the book, even though perspectives shift with chapters) finds herself face to face with a beau named Jamie (who is set to wed another girl and become King of Doon) who she has been se ...more
Cameron Chaney
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This first installment in the Doon series by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon was a very fun, light, Summer read. It's a retelling of the stage musical Brigadoon, and while it does focus heavy on the romance, I honestly wasn't bothered by it. I felt it was handled well and, also, NO LOVE TRIANGLES! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I loved the beautiful descriptions of Scotland.

To see my full video review, click HERE.

FINAL VERDICT: 4.5 stars
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cross the Bridge!

After reading this book I can't help but be amazed. Its like these two authors took everything I love and added it all into book form! They couldn't have picked a better setting if they had tried. Scotland already has the looks and feel of a fairytale land. Combine that with some memorable characters, heart pounding romance, a dash of magic and you get Doon.

I think what I liked most about this book was that even though it had the makings of a fairytale things didn't just fall m
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-books
First casualty in my Read 100 YA Books in a Year was Doon by Carey Corp and Lorey Langdon, to be published next month. I got it as part of a grab bag of the new young adult publishing imprint Blink at ALA 2013.

I tried. I tried really really hard. I read 95/412 pages and had to nope my way out of this awful train wreck. For awhile I struggled with the idea of actually finishing this book, but I'd actually like to enjoy my Fourth of July and there's no way I can do this while attempting to engage
Christine Spoors
Jul 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
I am so disappointed by this book.
It is very obvious that the authors hardly did any research on Scotland before writing this book. For a start, the accents are ridiculous and inconsistent. They visit Alloway, which is even further south in Scotland than where I live but for some reason all of the locals speak as if they live in the Highlands. Then there are little things such as everyone called the pub a tavern and drinking ale, as if for some reason Scotland hasn't entered the 21st century yet
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
AGE WARNING! Please do not read if you're under 17 because of the sexual parts & language!
For those wondering if this is a 'Christian' book, I would categorize it as not.

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“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
Krystal Wade
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Veronica and MacKenna haven't had the best circumstances in their lives, but really, who has? Yet they're not the kind of girls to sit back and wallow. They grab life by the horns and make plans for themselves for their first summer as high school graduates.

They're going to Scotland. And Veronica is having visions, visions MacKenna doesn't understand or want to believe in.

But as the best friends traverse the beautiful countryside and hear all the legends of Brig o' Doon, they both get caught up
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This was a Did-Not-Finish, and I read almost 150 pages of this book before I had to stop reading. When I went to ALA a few months back, before I got onto the floor I promised myself I'd only pick out books that looked interesting to me as if I were in a bookstore. But when someone was standing there, handing out free copies to people as the authors signed the books, I couldn't help myself, and hoped I'd be pleasantly surprised even though the synopsis didn't grab me. I'm not the type to idly giv ...more
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3 of 5 stars (Please see my rating system further below). My favorite part of Doon would definitely have to be the setting. The fact that the story is woven around the dynamic country of Scotland and a high fantasy secret land beyond a bridge made me enjoy the b
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