Sunday, 18 August 2013

Autumn (Dog Days #1) by Sierra Dean

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sierra Dean and Netgalley.
Autumn (Dog Days #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cooper Reynolds’s life is going to the dogs… literally.

As if being a high school senior in a small Texas town wasn’t hard enough, Cooper has bigger things to worry about than who he’ll take to prom and whether or not the Poisonfoot Padres will win homecoming. He has less than a year before his eighteenth birthday, when a curse placed on his family will doom him to live in coyote form forever.

The last thing he needs to complicate his already messed-up life is a girl, but fate has other plans in mind for him when it brings Eloise “Lou” Whittaker to Poisonfoot. She’s grouchy, sarcastic and has no love for her new Texas home, but she might be exactly the right person to help Cooper break the curse.

The clock is ticking, and Cooper will have to decide if he’s willing to let Lou in on his dirty little secret before it’s too late.

Autumn by Sierra Dean

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Autumn (Dog Days #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Sierra Dean and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Elouise (Lou) is headed from California to Poisonfoot in Texas, after the death of her father. Elouise and her mom are off to live with her grandmother on her father’s side of the family, since they can’t afford to live in California without him.
Once in Poisonfoot, Elouise meets Cooper, but for some reason everyone warns her to stay away from him, and his family, but no-one will say why. When Cooper eventually confides in her, it’s to tell her that his family is under a curse, and that he will turn into a coyote on his 18th birthday.
Who cursed Cooper’s family? Why does everyone seen to have it in for them? And can Elouise find a way to break the curse?

This was an interesting YA paranormal/fantasy story, but I really wish we hadn’t been left with such a cliff-hanger!

I liked Lou, she was obviously doing her best after her father’s death, and moving so far away from her friends was difficult for her. I liked how she instantly saw Cooper as a friend, and didn’t let other people scare her away from him. I thought that Lou and Cooper were actually pretty good together, and it seemed unfair that everyone was conspiring to keep them apart.

There was romance in this story, but it didn’t overshadow the mystery storyline, and everything seemed to come together quite nicely. I was disappointed at the massive cliff-hanger at the end of this book though, it was less like book 1 of a series, and more like part 1 of a single story, and we were basically left half-way through the storyline. What’s worse is that the next instalment isn’t due to be in our hands for several months still!
Overall; a good YA paranormal novella, but watch out for that cliff-hanger!
7 out of 10.


  1. Dog Days #1-That is one 'interesting' series name!
    Is this book told from a male POV,Sarah? If so that would I think I'd love to read this one.
    It's great to hear that the romance doesn't overshadow the rest of the story-Nicely reviewed,Sarah! :)

    1. It alternates between Lou's point of view and Coopers, so half of it is from the male point of view ☺

  2. I'm with you sister. I like a good story but don't mess with my feelings. If I'm left hanging from a cliff, or with important questions unanswered in a series, I put it down and forget it.

    Of, that's just me. Some readers love it.

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  3. Ugh, those damn cliffhangers. But I am happy the story was good.