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Doon: 11/09/13

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Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon is the first in a new YA fantasy series. It expands upon the story of Brigadoon.

The story is told from alternating points of view: Veronica and Mackenna. They are spending the summer in Scotland. Veronica is lured to the famed bridge by visions of a gorgeous kilted man. Mackenna ends up along for the ride.

The two end up the "guests" of the laird of Doon. Now here's where things start to pear shaped for me. By the musical's plot (Briga)Doon shows up only once in a generation and time flows differently there -- giving the village an old fashioned feel.

If the time of the movie is taken as Doon's last appearance, then there needs to be some serious explaining for Don's appearance in 2013. The Doon princes try to explain the wibbly wobbly timey wimey bits but don't manage for any level of satisfaction.

To further muddle things while appealing to modern day teens (I suppose), Doon now offers sushi, coffee, plumbing and all sorts of other modern conveniences while maintaining its old world charm.

Sushi in Scotland? Yup, there's sushi in Scotland. But in a small, cursed, timezone challenged village? How is that even possible?

Tucked into these lengthy descriptions of how the modern day conveniences got there and manage to stay current with a village that spends more time out of phase with reality than with it, there is also a witches curse, some romance, and a regime change. But all of these interesting bits are buried in the boring minutiae.

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Three stars

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