Veronica and her bestie McKenna are going to be spending the summer in Scotland in a cottage McKenna has inherited from her aunt Gracie. Veronica starts having vision of a beautiful Scottish lad named Jamie. She becomes more and more obsessed with him, especially after she learns about the legend of Doon. It seems the brig a’ Doon is right by the cottage. After finding Gracie’s journal the girls realize Doon is real. Magic rings get them into the kingdom where the meet two princely brothers, Jamie and Duncan. Jamie is the man of Veronica’s dreams, but he doesn’t seem interested. Duncan is extremely interested in McKenna but she just wants to go back to the real world and her theater internship in Chicago. They are also suspected of being in league with the Witch of Doon, who was banished years ago but still wants to destroy this magical kingdom. Will love prevail? Will the evil witch be destroyed?
I like the characters in this book. Veronica and McKenna are more like sisters than friends and that comes across. I thought Duncan was awesome and I couldn’t understand McKenna’s reluctance. There is a lot of the “I love you but I shouldn’t” type situations throughout the book between both couples. It got a little old. I really didn’t get why Veronica liked Jamie so much when he treated her like crap. I think the book was a little long for the story. Most of the action happens in the last couple of chapters when they confront the witch, but 80% of the book was romantic entanglements. I actually did like the ending even though it seemed a little strange and sudden. Not sure I’ll read any more of the books, but this one was ok.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley.com and at ALA 2013.
Scary Godmother is a wonderful graphic novel all about Halloween. In the first story Hannah meets her Scary Godmother on her very first Halloween outing. She learns that monsters aren’t that scary and can be your friends and she develops a deep appreciation and love for Halloween and everything that goes along with it. I adored the illustrations of this book. I thought they definitely enhanced the text and were really the story of the book. Scary Godmother is a fantastic character. I loved the chapter where she got the boo flu and Hannah had to get everything ready for Halloween. Each chapter is its own story but they all go together very well. My only quibble, and it is a minor one, is that the chapters represent five Halloweens but Hannah doesn’t really appear to age at all. Other than that I think the stories are delightful.
Well this is the final book in this series and it goes out with a lot of action and appearances by all our favorite characters. 13 picks up right where Spell Bound left off. Savannah is still trying to get her powers back and the Supernatural Liberation Movement wants to infect people with a virus and out the supernaturals to the world. Of course, our valiant heroes must stop SLAM; so they all come together in one action packed sequence after another. We see Elena and Clay, Jeremy and Jaime, Hope and Karl, Savannah and Adam, Eve and Kristof, Lucas and Paige and a bunch of other random characters. The story is told through Savannah’s POV but there are chapters that allow some of the other voices to join in the storytelling.
I have really enjoyed this series since I read Bitten and am a little sad to see it end. However, I do admire authors who are able to actually end long running series. Do I think we will never see these characters again? Not really, I have a feeling they will pop up in Armstrong’s YA series or in future books.
As a finale to a series this wasn’t bad. We got to see and say goodbye to all our favorite characters even if they didn’t play a huge role in this book. I will admit that the changes in location and nonstop action sometimes got a little confusing; it seems like they rush from one disaster to another. However, it is a satisfying ending and everything seems to work out in the end. There are still loose threads though and room for Armstrong to revisit this world.