My Rating: 3 Stars
Description: After cheating death,
Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic
kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At
the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life
and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are
within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away,
leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their
past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae
brothers rush to their rescue, the girls' situation turns from nightmare
to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived:
unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch
of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.
My Thoughts: After the cliffhanger from the last book, I was expecting Shades of Doon to be an emotional roller-coaster with more action and adventure than the last two. Instead, I read a book that was just the same as the others. While this is not inherently bad, progressing books in a series are supposed to amp up the tension of the overall series and Shades of Doon did not give that to me.
Now in the third of four books, the heroines are now dedicated to their Callings and and their heroes. While there is some tension left in Vee's hesitance to get married, there is no conflict as Jamie was willing to let her set the pace of their relationship. Where as this hurtle could have been a strong plot point in keeping the romantic tension going, it felt flat to me because Jamie was so understanding.
As to the other conflicts, the cliff hanger of the last book which I had thought would be the driving plot line, ended up taking little part in the story and then ended altogether before halfway through the book. Then, instead of battling a great evil, Vee and Kenna spent a good portion of the book shopping and showing off their boyfriends. While parts of this scenario were funny, they detracted from my investment in the story when I wanted to see them in Doon and saving the kingdom.
I can't say that Shades of Doon was any worse than the previous two books. If you enjoyed those, you are likely to enjoy this as well. I just found that at the point it was in this series, there should have been more. I still intend to read the last book when it comes out, as I want to see these characters happily-ever-after, I just hope there is more conflict than in this.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.