Mini-review: Shades of Doon (Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon)


Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)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.

Thrust 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.





Let me start by saying that this cover is even more beautiful in person than you can imagine. I just saw it yesterday at Barnes and Noble and instantly swooned. 

I am also extremely happy to learn that this is not the end of the series! The whole time I was reading I thought I would be saying goodbye to the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised at the end. Unfortunately, I have to wait another year for the final book. On a side note-- any guess for the final cover? Doon and Destined for Doon featured one of the girls each, while Shades of Doon has them together. Perhaps book 4 will add those delicious fellas into the mix as well?

I am in love with just about everything in this series. Those darn MacCrae boys have me flipping the pages faster than I can read at times. My only complaint is Jamie and Veronica were too over the top sappy at times. I was very close to gagging from the saccharine sweet exchanges on a few occasions. Luckily, some of the minor characters and Kenna's personality help cut down on the sweetness. 

I enjoyed the modern setting for the majority of the novel this time around. Learning more about Veronica's home life gave her even more depth. I still think Kenna has too easy of an escape route, but this is a series I read for fun so I'm not picking it apart too much. I can still proclaim my love of all things Doon. And, like the other books before it, Shades of Doon has a great cliffhanger ending that leaves you yearning for more. 


Review: Kissing Ted Callahan and Other Boys (

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.

After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she's been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for.





Some books linger with you longer after the last page, while others were good for a more "in the moment" experience. Kissing Ted Callahan and Other Boys is certainly one for the moment and not much else.




If I had to make a quick list of what I liked about the book, this would be it:



  • Reid was funny. I liked him. 
  • The hilarity of losing the Manifest was good even if predictable.  
  • Not really memorable because I don't remember much about it a few weeks after reading it. 
  • Quick, light read. 
  • Good banter between friends.

I don't really get what's so great about Ted Callahan, but whatever. It added an element of complication to the story. I feel bad writing such a short and not very insightful review of the book, but there isn't a whole lot to say. Reid is by far the best character in the book. If you read the book, you'll find the majority of the plot is very predictable, but it's still a cute read-- perfect for when you want something light and fun. 


5 things you probably didn't know about Rick Riordan's new series

Breaking news...

I mean SUPER secret stuff... 

I don't know if you're ready for this. It's pretty awesome, and might cause mild heart palpitations. 

You've probably already heard that Rick Riordan is writing a new series. No, I'm not talking about the Norse mythology series. I'll touch on that in a bit. I'm talking about his new demi-god series all about Apollo. I first read about it here. But I have some information you may not know. 

Seems the master himself wanted to announce his earth shattering news close to Disney (ya know, since Disney Hyperion publishes all his stuff). So, they call up Books-a-Million near Disney and put together an event at Osceola County School of the Arts because it's the closest location to hold a large crowd near the mouse. 

And that's when things get real. 

My partner in crime happened to be driving along, minding her own business Friday morning, when she heard the announcement on the radio. A few changes to last minute plans and a magic ticket later, and she's in the audience. (Incidentally, this is also along the time that a co-worker muses how he likes how the word "following" has replaced "stalking" in our author conversations. We prefer the term "investigate." Less likely to land us in jail.) My phone was blowing up. Not only is she scoring us copies of Magnus Cane (signed) along with some super cool swag, but she's feeding me details like a mother bird feeding a hungry nest of hatchlings. 

Here is what she had to say: 


  • The Percy Jackson series is getting a whole new cover redesign (yay). When you put them together in order (side by side) the covers will form a panoramic image. Awesome. 





  • Magnus Cane is supposed to look like Kurt Cobain. Seriously. He said that himself-- ask him. And by the way, how awesome is that? Pretty iconic and I think I might be in love already. Hammer of Thor (book 2) comes out next year. 


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  •  So yeah, The Trials of Apollo is basically going back to Percy's roots. Ok, maybe not completely, but all our old faves are going to be back in the action. 5 books on the way! June 2016 people! Get ready! 


  • What's Trials of Apollo going to be about? How can these characters make a reappearance and still be fresh? Well, obviously by making the plot something new. This story is going to tell the tale of Zeus's punishment for Apollo-- making him human! Oh, and they are going back to Camp Halfblood. What-the-what. 


  • And if you don't think Rick Riordan is busy enough, the man is working on a cross over series too! (Demigods and Magicians) What in the world. When does he sleep? Heck, when does he write?! So.much.awesomeness. Check stores around April 5, 2016.

and that's when he dropped the mic and walked off. 

Okay, that last part didn't really happen but it might as well been like that. Crowds were going wild. But that is when you got to grab your loot. Wooooo! 


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