Dog Days #1: Autumn.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

This book was so much fun to read. I sped through it in less than a day, and while in part that’s due to it being a YA novel, it’s also due to the fact that the storyline was gripping and the characters were likable. At first, I didn’t think I would like our protagonist, Lou, but as the novel progresses, the reader gets to know her better, and she becomes very fun to read about. She’s a spunky teenager thrown into a situation that is beyond crazy.

Autumn really has it all, but without being over the top. A 200-year-old curse, star-crossed love, teenage drama, magic… but it’s all done without pretense and is stated in such a matter-of-fact manner that Lou – who normally is a skeptic – believes it, and so does the reader. Cooper is utterly lovable and the interactions between Lou and Cooper are well-written. There is just the right amount of romance – for me, at least – and enough action to keep the book moving.

The only problem I have with this book is that it ended on a cliffhanger, and I hate it when books do that, especially since the next one in the series is not due to be published until November 2013. At least I only have a couple months’ wait to find out what happens next, but I really wish that it had had a more satisfying conclusion. Instead, I was left wanting more, much more – but I can safely say that I will definitely be picking up the next one in this series.

Many thanks to Sierra Dean via Netgalley for an opportunity to read and review this book.

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