Review: Autumn by Sierra Dean (Dog Days #1)
June 11 2013
Received from author
Yummy Boy – Cooper Reynolds
Kick Ass Girl – Eloise (Lou) Whittaker
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 is the first book in Sierra Dean’s Dog Days series. Yes, it is a YA title and yes, I know that I don’t often read YA but c’mon… This one was written by Sierra Dean and I will try any book written by her because I think she is an awesome writer. And if anyone can lure me into reading a YA book, it’s her.
What’s the verdict, you are wondering? Well, I liked it. I really liked it.
The characters are in high school and there is the extra cute football guy who charms everyone and the extra perky blond girl who’s character is brighter and the teachers who are just dreadful but that’s where the ‘typical YA’ stuff ends. What made this book tolerable for me is the paranormal aspect and, in true Sierra fashion, the insane twist at the very end of the book.
Fans of Sierra’s Secret books know what I’m talking about: twists that make you want to punch something and curl up into a ball to sob all at once. Sierra is the master of twists and the ones she added into Autumn are awesome. (And admit it, we claim we hate gut wrenching twists but when done well, we actually really love them ;))
Autumn tells the story of Lou (short for Eloise). Lou’s father recently died from cancer and she and her mother, short on cash after having paid off the hospital bills, are moving to Poisonfoot to live with Grandma. As you can imagine, Lou is not impressed. I liked Lou immediately. Even though her situation sucks, she wasn’t overly ‘oh my goodness my life sucks and woe is me and I need attention because my life sucks’ and so on. She is smart and sharp. Moving to a small town isn’t the only new thing for Lou: she is suddenly having odd dreams and visions it’s sort of freaking her out. Of course, soon enough she starts to find out the reason for them but at first, freaking her out.
Autumn also tells the story of Cooper, a local 17 year old boy with a pretty intense secret. The boys in his family are cursed and on his 18th birthday, Cooper will turn into a coyote. Yup, a coyote. Not a shifter either – a full-on coyote. He knows it’s not a good idea to befriend anyone since he doesn’t have much ‘time left’ but he is too drawn to Lou to stay away from her. Their relationship is very sweet. Cooper has never had any true friends and the way he craves companionship will melt your heart.
Sierra writes amazing characters and it’s no exception in this book. Lou and Cooper are extremely likable and the thought of following them through three more installments in this series will put a smile on your face.
When you finish this book though, your smile may falter a little bit. Because as I hinted before, Sierra throws us for a bit of a loop at the very end of the book. And by bit, I mean “whoa Nelly!” I am extremely curious to see how it all plays out.
Autumn is very much an “introducing us to the series” book. It sets everything up perfectly for what should be a very interesting and exciting series. Sierra sucks you in and doesn’t even spit you out at the end – she just keeps you there, dangling, craving more. In fact, it will leave you craving Winter, which is expected to release this November. Fans of YA with a paranormal twist should pick this one up. And fans of Sierra’s other books should get this one too. It’s good stuff.
Giggle worthy quote –
“’I’m Lou,’ she said, trying to lure her now-partner into a conversation.
‘Cooper.’ He flipped open a blank notebook and wrote the date in the top right corner.
‘Aren’t you just Lou?’ he reminded her.
Finally he looked at her, propping his chin on one balled fist. ‘So you’re the new girl, then.’
‘Unless there’s another one. If so, I hope her day started better.’
‘I was expecting something…different. You don’t look like an Eloise.’
Lou grimaced. ‘How did you know my name?’
‘I’ve got friends in high places,’ he replied with a coy smile. ‘Namely, one who works in the student records office.’
‘So much for maintaining my anonymity.’
‘Yeah, good luck with that in this town.’
‘So, you’re not hideous. I was expecting you to be hideous.’
Lou stared at him, her mouth hanging slightly open. ‘I beg your pardon?’
‘I mean, the goggles aren’t helping. Especially with your mouth open like that. You kind of look like a fish.’
Her mouth snapped shut.
‘Yeah, there you go. Not hideous at all.’
‘Why would you think I was hideous?’ she asked.
‘Eloise is not an attractive girl name. At least not in this century.’
‘Cooper is a dog’s name.’