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Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon Spoiler Free Review!

Synopsis:

DOON…

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. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

~Destiny awaits!


 

Review:

Since Doon is a modern retelling of the play Brigadoon, I was a little weary going into it. I have read some good fairytale retellings but I’ve also read quite a few… not so good ones. But I did decided that I wanted to give this genre another shot and I’m so thankful I did! Doon completely surpassed any expectations I had for it and raised the bar for any books similar to it that I will read in the future.

Doon is told from the point of view of two young ladies, Veronica and Mackenna, who have the opportunity to visit Alloway, Scotland for an entire summer. While there, they visit the Brig o’ Doon where they are then transported into a magical, too-good-to-be-true kingdom known as Doon. In this story they not only go on the adventure of a lifetime but also meet some very swoon worthy princes.

After reading this novel I really want to plan I trip to Scotland! Corp and Langdon proved to be excellent world builders through which I could picture this magnificent kingdom perfectly in my head! The descriptions of the world were just enough so that I could create a clear picture but not too much that I felt like I couldn’t use my imagination to add the little details.

One of my favorite aspects of this story was the voice. I completely felt like I was reading from two teenager’s eyes instead of the adult women who wrote it. I feel like in some stories that are told from the point of view of two best friends the characters can become annoying quickly and it just doesn’t do anything good for the story. However, I did think the authors were very smart about the way this book was written, as that was not the case. That being said, although I did like Mackenna’s voice in the story, I would have preferred to read the book solely from Veronica’s point of view. Not because I didn’t like Mackenna, but just because I felt that Veronica was more of the main character in this story and I felt that as I was reading Kenna’s side of the story I was missing out on important things from Vee.

I also had I bit of the problem with the romance in the book in the beginning. In this world they have things called ‘Callings’, and if you are lucky enough to have a Calling, you have dreams or visions of your soul mate. Very early on Veronica experience a Calling so when she first met the man of her dreams (literally), she was already head over heels for him. Now I’m the type of person that likes to read the build up to the relationship. That way it just feels more real to me instead of, “Hi. Nice to meet you… I love you.” But as I continued reading there was more of a build up throughout the novel and I gained a greater understand of a Calling so was able to make my peace with their relationship. Well… more than make my peace. I SHIP VEE AND JAMIE SO HARD!

Now do not be fooled by this book you action lovers. There is plenty of high intensity, action scenes in here for you, especially during the climax of the book (HOLY CRAP!).

There is also a bit of a mystery! When I started this book I thought I knew exactly what I was reading and could predict clear into the future. But as obvious as the future may have seemed, I was hardly ever right! Corp and Langdon really did an excellent job layering information to constantly keep you alert and guessing. There were quite a few plot twists in this book that completely blindsided me!

Overall I was very, very happy with this novel and I look forward to seeing where this series in going! If you have not picked this book up yet, I highly recommend it to all you fantasy and romance lovers out there! You should be able to find this book at your local Barnes & Noble but it can also be ordered from most online retailers like Amazon and Book Depository! Also, be sure to look for the second book, Destined for Doon, in stores September 2nd! I give this book 5/5 stars!


 

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Blue by Kasey Jackson Spoiler Free Review!

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A thriving black market—fueled by healers convinced of their supernatural medicinal properties—created an uncontrollable demand for the most grisly commodity to obtain—

the body parts of the colorless people.

After the murder and maiming of countless people afflicted with Albinism, the South African government realized that they had to intervene. Out of the desire to protect even the poorest of the afflicted people, the Humane Harvest Compounds were established.

Fifteen years later, in a rapidly changing post-Apartheid nation, Anytha and Tabitha—two young women living completely different lives—are found questioning the motives of those in power, setting their minds to look beyond their spotless reputations, good deeds, and popularity—unaware that what they discover may make them question what they believe about life itself.

My Review:

Originally going into this book, I was worried that it would be very text-book like. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised right from the beginning. It was nothing like the impression I got while reading the first little bit of the book, about The Regulations of Humane Harvest Act. Going into this book I was a little apprehensive of it considering the premise of this book, but as I read more I grew to realize it was very similar to previous books I had read and loved.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Spoiler Free Review!

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The night begins like any other night on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into a nearby planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

 

My Review:

These Broken Stars was one of those books that you read and then as soon as you get done with it you search for another book like it. After reading Alienated I have been a huge sci-fi kick and These Broken Stars was the perfect book for me to pick up! Now sci-fi and aliens are two different things, so if you thought reading this book you would you encounter some hot aliens, you’re wrong. But, this book does have a totally swoon worthy human character named Tarver.

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Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki Spoiler Free Review!

Synopsis:

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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My Review:

Branded is the first book in the Sinners series by independent authors: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki. I love reading independent authors’ books because you can really find some amazing writing as in the case of Branded. As a lot of you guys know dystopian novels are my favorite genre to read so  I was automatically drawn to this book. Right from the beginning you are thrust into the plot and you really learn about what is going on in this world as it is happening to the main character, Lexi. This is great because it makes you never want to put this book down, and unlike some other books that I have read, I did not get confused once in this book.

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Alienated by Melissa Landers Spoiler Free Review!

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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

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City of Heavenly Fire Spoiler Free Review!

Synopsis:

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?

My Review:

*Warning: This is only spoiler free if you have read all of the books leading up to COHF*

Well shadowhunters the time has finally come! After two long years of waiting we finally have the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series! This book was such a pleasure for me to read because Cassandra Clare is such a fantastic author! She really knows how to create to a thrilling, intriguing world that even the most mundane people want to live in! Continue reading

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Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1) Spoiler Free Book Review!

 

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For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.  When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact? Continue reading

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The Whispers of the Fallen by J.D. Netto Spoiler Free Review

The Whispers of the Fallen by J.D. Netto Spoiler Free Review

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Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath. Continue reading

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