- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 572 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Publisher: Sierra Dean (11 Jun. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DD9CNIC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As always Sierra spins her story beautifully, the words flow so well. There is no effort required, you just read & she paints the pictures in your mind.
A brilliant storyline with really interesting characters, I adore Lou, she is feisty, honest & easy to love. There is humour, sadness and a real maturity to her, I love that she didn't go with the flow, that she made her own decisions.
The ending was just plain mean & I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Roll on November!
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.
I don't like to compare books to other books all the time - they all should be seen in their own light - but I just have to mention that Autumn made me think of a mash-up between Twilight and Shiver my Maggie Stiefvater. To me, this is pretty high praise. Say what you like about Twilight, it's damned successful. And Ms Stiefvater is my author hero. So, Autumn is more than good, even if it does remind me of other books.
It's only the opening scenes of the book that are a bit Twilighty - Lou moves to a small town far away from everything she knows, starts a new school and becomes fascinated by the boy who everyone tells her to stay away from. So I found the beginning a little weak, like it needed to define itself better, but it didn't take long after that to get me hooked and speeding through the pages.
I liked Lou. She has a couple of annoying teenagerish lines, but seeing as she's a teenager I'm going to forgive her that. She's snarky and funny though, which I love about her, and she's not all hung up on appearance. I thought she would be more wrapped up in her grief as her father died so recently, but we all react differently and she did have time to come to terms with it as he was ill for a while. She has diabetes, which gives her an interesting edge - I'm not saying that you need to give a character a health issue to make them interesting, just that it's a condition that rules your life, and can change a person, make them more cautious and wary. Cooper makes her feel different though - braver and wilder.
Cooper is adorable. He's a little self-absorbed at times, but considering his fate I'll let him off. And he does realise it himself eventually. He progresses well as a character - from his detached description of his life as an outcast, to a boy who decides to be selfish and let the cute girl who's trying to get to know him get closer, to the boy who finally decides it's time to try and do something about the curse that plagues him.
What I like best about Autumn is the way Dean plays the supernatural card. Ghosts, dreams, curses and magic are all introduced in such a way that it seems perfectly believable. I don't know how she does it, it's just really well written, and woven into the story in such a way that the events unfold naturally.
My main gripe with Autumn is that it's too short and has a hell of a cliff-hanger ending. I can't wait to read Winter now!
Review originally published on escapeintowords.blogspot.co.uk
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 fathers 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.
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