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Posted August 13, 2013
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Read on August 09, 2013
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Sierra Dean (first published January 1st 2013)
edition language English
series Dog Days #1
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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
Smooth slow and even pace that allows plenty of time to get involved in Lou's life, Poisonfoot Texas may be a make believe small town but it is captured to a T in all it's eccentric inhabitants in a way that made me feel right at home more than one would believe unless like myself you grew up in a town even smaller.
I thought Lou would be more of a typical teenage handful since she was not very happy on the trip from California to Texas when she and her Mom were traveling but it seemed that as things progressed with daily life for Lou and her mom and grandmother she became a little more resigned to her new life and actually was fairly responsible in her actions. Once we find out that she has had diabetes for the past 6 years her unusually serious demeanor for a 16 year old girl is a little easier to understand.
Lou is not the only one with a burden to bear, 17 year old Cooper is the son of the town sheriff but he might as well be a deranged escapee from a prison the way he is regarded by everyone in town. The high school football season and his ability to shine on the field when he scores touchdowns for his team is the only bright spot in Cooper's week, those are the only times when he feels accepted as everyone loves a winner no matter what their last name is!
When the two meet in Chemistry class it is Lou's first day at school and the teacher pairs her off with Cooper, not sure of each other the two discover quickly that they have a connection and soon their tentative friendship blossoms into a more personal relationship. These two are fun together, their give and take is so comfortable and so real you forget they are just characters in a story.
All is not roses and rainbows however as opposition to their relationship comes from both their Mothers and most strongly from Lou's grandmother as well.
Lou and Cooper have no idea what makes their respective family members so opposed to them being together but as they work to find out it seems that the curse that the Reynolds men have been living under is the root cause.
The story will break your heart once all the pieces come together as what started the curse came about over 200 years ago, however for the town and inhabitants of Poisonroot that may have very well have been yesterday as it's effect still dictates how their lives turn out.
First foray into YA and Dean delivers with one heck of a good story that wished had not ended right when things started getting really intense for Cooper and Lou!
When author Sierra Dean released her first book in the Secret McQueen series in 2011 she captured quite a bit of fans right off the bat, myself included. When first heard about her new YA series Dog Days and read the first review from Amy at VBC of Autumn-Dog Days #1 actually had no idea it was available on NetGalley so when read another review on Goodreads around August the 1st decided to try and get a copy of the EARC and read it myself. Glad they approved me, thank you Sierra Dean for posting it on the review site and was such an enjoyable read am really looking forward to the next book later in 2013 because you hooked me totally.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Posted July 25, 2013
This is a good book, it really is, it's just not for me. I can't put my finger on what it is though. I started this book two weeks ago, TWO WEEKS! It haven't take me more than tree days, tops, to finish a book in years. It usually takes a couple of hours. But again, it's not really the books fault.
It has a steady pace and interesting characters that you grow to love, it has a good build up for the climax and is has everything else you want in a really good book. Call me crazy, but it just didn't do it for me.
I do love Dean's writing! The book has a good flow, characters and events you connect with and it never seems to drag or even go too fast and I will definitely be on the look-out for more of her books.
While I mostly read NA books, I do read and appreciate YA books as well, I just feel as if this book might be more suitable for the younger, and actual, YA audience.
Posted July 21, 2013
Before I begin, I would like to thank NetGalley and Sierra Dean for the free book in exchange for a review.
I have to say from the moment I read this book, I was addicted. I literally couldn't stop reading it. I don't think it was the character this time (even though she was awesome and love her nickname of Lou which fits her perfectly), I think it was the plot.
It was so well written and developed that I literally tore through this book in two days. It was amazing and I'm so glad I read it.
However, I do have a few things to nitpick about this book.
Characters: Like I said, love Lou and Copper. It was interesting to see the whole character unravel in a very interesting way. I love the fact that this author brings a fresh twist to the paranormal realm and to the stereotypical characters.
She takes a jock and makes him unpopular and makes the "perfect" girl with a boy nickname have a flaw. It was nice to see that creativity in an author.
I think I love her just for that simple fact.
After reading Culture Shock, I needed something new. Something creative and I have to say Autumn did that in the most interesting way.
Overall, her character development is spot on. Love how she gives a twists to the stereotypical characters. It's just so refreshing.
Dialogue: Quick and witty. No cheesy love lines anywhere. I love the intensity she gave the characters. You knew that something was going on, but you didn't know what or even why. And she didn't tell, she showed!
She let the characters have their voice.
Plot: It kept me on the edge of my seat even when I knew I had to go to bed. I just couldn't. I had to keep reading.
She builds enough tension and mystery to keep you wondering and guessing. I kinda figured out a majority of the plot. Some of it was predicable but I still was curious enough to keep reading. I had some of the puzzle but I didn't have the complete picture. So it kept me reading even though I knew like half of the plot.
Anyway, I still say well developed plot and I loved how she played with the foreshadowing. Great job.
Setting: Love the name Poisonfoot and I absolutely love the fact that the author did her research on Texas. It was clear from the word go that the author knew her setting like the back of her hand.
I know I keep saying this, but it just amazes me how much refreshingly different this whole story was and how the author incorporated into the plot line.
Ending: This is where I fell out of love a bit. I'm not loving or feeling the ending. It ended suddenly. Without warning. And with a major twist. But not a twist I haven't seen before. However, it was a good twist that left me speechless.
It was good, but in a, "Dang, I didn't even see THAT coming!"
So Idk about the ending. I'm on the fence.
Overall: Would I recommend this book?
The only reason this book does get full five stars is because of a few typos and the ending. However, there IS good news: There's a second book coming in November.
Cheerleader high five!
So I would absolutely invite you guys to read the book and enjoy. You will thank me later. :)
Posted July 21, 2013
(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.
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Posted June 21, 2013
Dean is better known for her Secret McQueen series. (Something Secret This Way Comes: Secret McQueen, Book 1). A very entertaining Urban Fantasy series.
This is Dean's first venture into YA and once again she manages to pull the rabbit out of the hat.
She knows how to spin a yarn, connect with her readers and is a talented scribe.
I am glad she stayed true to her predilection for strong no-nonsense characters and opted out of most of the usual overly dramatic cliches often found in YA.
The main character Lou finds herself thrown in the deep end when she moves to her late father's hometown. Odd animals, ghostly apparitions and a family feud are only a few of the things she has to deal with. Of course the weirdness is softened by the the fact the small town has quite a few handsome young men, who seem to take a keen interest in her.
Without giving away any details there is more to the feud and supernatural activity than meets the eye.
Nice lead up to the ending by the way, which made me feel sorry for the person I am routing for (sorry not telling you who).
The sequel promises to be both heartbreaking and revealing.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
Posted June 19, 2013
Fun YA read, didn't realize it was going to be a serial series, but looking forward to next installment. Guessing by the blaming there will be four books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.