In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake–choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon.
To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling–proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love–and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.
Rating: ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
After the events of Doon, in which best friends Veronica “Vee” and McKenna “Kenna” found themselves in the mysterious, magical world battling evil and falling in love with princes, life in the modern world just doesn’t seem the same to Kenna. She chose to return to her old life and become an actress in Chicago but realizes she made a huge mistake leaving her bestie… and her true love Duncan. When Vee, the new queen of Doon, sends Duncan to bring Kenna back because of a mysterious curse she believes she can break, Kenna wonders if this might be a second chance for Duncan and her. But will they be able to forgive each other of past mistakes? And will she even survive the black curse plaguing Doon called the limbus?
I read Doon back in March and it quickly became one of my fave YA fantasy reads with it’s witty characters, enchanting world, and swoon-worthy romance. So obviously I was beyond excited to read the sequel and eagerly awaiting it’s release. You should’ve seen me when it finally arrived on my doorstep— can we say ecstatic. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read the first book, but I will say that Destined for Doon is an exciting continuation filled with romance, royalty, fistfights, evil curses, weddings, heroism, and redemption. One of my favorite things about the first book was the sweet, funny friendship between Vee and Kenna and it was the same for the sequel. Though the main perspective came from Kenna as this sequel focuses more on her story, we still got a few chapters here and there from Vee which I really appreciated (especially the parts with her and Jamie). Another thing I really enjoyed were the references to certain modern pop culture (e.g. Once Upon a Time, Pushing Daisies, Wicked, etc.). Even with all the things I loved about this sequel, I was also disappointed with some aspects. For example, Doon didn’t seem quite as enchanting and magical a place as the first book. There were a lot of modern changes, which in my opinion didn’t work. The action was limited to the very end of the book and even then I wasn’t quite impressed with it—I was expecting more. That being said I need to give a big shoutout for the ending… cliffhangers usually drive me crazy but this one was just enough to for me to eagerly anticipate book three without having me want to rip my hair out. 😉
If you’re a fan of the YA and fantasy genres, then you should try this series. If you don’t read a lot of fantasy, these are the perfect books to dip your toes in. It’s fun, cute, super romantic (without being cheesy), and perfect for those end-of-summer blues! Destined for Doon had me smiling throughout and I’m really excited to see what happens next in Doon #3, coming in late summer 2015.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are completely my own.
Don’t miss this interesting author interview video where Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon talk about their first book, Doon, and more about the story! Have you read Doon or Destined for Doon? If yes, what did you think?