Series : Dog Days #1
Characters : Cooper Reynolds, Eloise Whittaker
Paperback : 262 pages
Published June 12th 2013 by Createspace
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.
WOW! What a way to end a book. Totally unpredictable. And here I was assuming I know where the story was going. I am pleasantly surprised. This book sure reminded me again as to why I hate cliffhangers so much.
So the story here is about Cooper and Lou. We already know from the summary that Cooper is fated to turn into a Coyote on his 18th birthday due to some long-ago family curse. The real twist is figuring out how the curse came upon the Reynolds family in the first place and how much, or little, does the rest of the town really know about it. Lou was a great character. She’s very spunky, and lets her opinion known even when, on the inside, she’s feeling insecure. She doesn’t care that everyone tells her to stay away from Cooper even before it has anything to do with the paranormal and she only believes her social life will suffer. Lou doesn’t let people dictate her friendships and I really admired that about her.
Cooper, on the other hand, was a good male lead. He has a lot of baggage, knowing what will happen to him in just a few short months, yet instead of becoming all broody and closed off. He has accepted his fate and is determined to live his human life until his birthday. He still participates in football even though everyone ignores him off the field. The interactions between he and Lou are really sweet. You feel worse for him being such a good guy, but still shunned by everyone else.
The author throws little hints at us already altering the reader that there’s more going on than meets the eye. While the main mystery is figured out, other occurrences cause the book to end rather abruptly, but it hooked me in Overall, Autumn is a great start to the series and now I can’t wait to see how the story will continue.