Dog Days: The Complete Saga (Dog Days #1-4)
by Sierra Dean
Release Date: 07/07/15
Collecting all the Dog Days novels, this volume includes the complete, epic story of Cooper Reynolds: a boy cursed to become a coyote on his eighteenth birthday, and Lou Whittaker, the girl who can either save or ruin him.
Combined here for the first time, you get all four Dog Days novels:
Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer
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.
Eloise “Lou” Whittaker can’t shake the feeling she’s forgetting something.
After surviving the explosion of the Poisonfoot Library, she struggles to find her footing again, and she’s grateful Archer Wyatt is there to make sure she’s all right. But Archer seems to be around an awful lot and Lou has trouble controlling herself when she’s with him. She should be thrilled the most popular guy in school wants to be with her, but still, there’s that nagging feeling…
Cooper Reynolds knows he ought to let Lou go. He was putting her at risk by letting her in the first time, and now that she’s a blank slate he should just let her go on blissfully unaware of his curse. But she’s given him a taste of something dangerous… hope.
Can Cooper and an unlikely ally help Lou break free from the spell she’s under?
And can they do it before a new force threatens to destroy the whole town?
Just when Cooper Reynolds and Lou Whittaker think they’ve weathered the worst of their trials, they come face to face with the most dangerous, clever villain they’ve ever experienced. One Wyatt brother was bad enough, but now that Archer has called on his brother Christopher for help keeping Lou and Cooper apart, the young couple is about to learn what real trouble looks like.
Christopher has come home determined to get Lou away from Cooper once and for all, and he isn’t afraid who he hurts or what bridges he burns to get the job done. With Cooper’s time running out and Lou struggling to control her growing powers, the last thing they need is more conflict. Too bad things are never as easy as they hope.
With a mysterious pair of FBI investigators in town and the clock ticking, Cooper and Lou need to learn to work together before they’re torn apart forever.
Summer:The thrilling conclusion to the Dog Days series!
Cooper Reynolds has been missing for months.
The whole town of Poisonfoot, Texas believes he has run away, proving they were right not to trust him. They believe he left like his brother and father before him: another good-for-nothing Reynolds man leaving the small town in his dust. No one is looking for him.
No one but Lou Whittaker.
Lou knows Cooper was taken, she just doesn’t know where he is or how to get him back. With the help of budding witch, Max, and an unlikely ally in her former enemy Archer Wyatt, Lou is determined to find Cooper and bring him back in one piece.
But time is running out. Summer is upon them, and if they don’t find Cooper before his 18th birthday, they’ll be bringing home a wild animal instead of their beloved friend.
Dog Days was one of those novels that literally fell on my lap! I did not know the author nor was I aware of the series. However it was a YA series and it has been a while since I have read something innocent written for young adults.
The beginning has some resembles with Twilight and Shiver, but the first thing that came to my mind was: what if Twilight was with coyote and S. Meyer actually wrote characters with personality?
The resembles kind of stop in the middle of the first book and there isn’t actually much of a love triangle while there are two male protagonists: Cooper and Archer, Archer is most of the time seen more as an enemy through the eyes of Lou rather than someone she feels attracted to. Basically Lou has to move with her mother to her grannie’s house due to her father’s death (1st resemblance), then when she arrives she is the new girl at school and she is partened with Cooper for her biology/chemistry class (2nd resemblance), she does some research to understand why everybody is demanding her to stay away from Cooper (but kudos to Lou who goes to the library instead of Google) and they both first kiss on Lou’s house (last resemblance). Once again the similarities stop here and I’m glad because Sierra does not need to follow S. Meyer’s steps. Girl, you can write! You can create plot and interesting characters with personality. Leave Meyer be.
Another thing that this does way better than Twilight is the fact that stuff happens! Both Lou and Cooper try to understand what the hell is going on in such a weird town and why is everybody keeping them apart. Lou and Cooper are very reasonable. I was glad that Lou was not brain dead, it was like reading a dialogue coming out of my sister’s mouth! And while I would love to see more love scenes between Cooper and Lou because they are a cute couple, their relationship is not insta-love but near it. While we do have an entire series dedicated to their love story I would like to see more of their romance developed. Lou is coping with a loss and Cooper is usually ignored so both try to find some peace and comprehension in each other arms - I can understand that and it is the only reason why I root for them. Because they have a huge task in hands to solve. It is not so much surviving but more going against all odds to be with the person you love. Because it feels right, it has to be that way.
So if you enjoy paranormal YA, I’d say give it a try, the first two books are very easy to read, the first 50 pages nearly fly, there are some slow moments but the fact that stuff keeps happening makes the novels nearly impossible to put down. Also if you miss Twilight or Shiver and are clearly going insane because you have nothing to read, this series are for you!
About the Author
Sierra Dean is a reformed historian. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies and is allowed annual exit visas in order to continue her quest of steadily conquering the world one city at a time. Making the best of the cold Canadian winters, Sierra indulges in her less global interests: drinking too much tea and writing urban fantasy.
Ever since she was a young girl she has loved the idea of the supernatural coexisting with the mundane. As an adult, however, the idea evolved from the notion of fairies in flower beds, to imagining that the rugged-looking guy at the garage might secretly be a werewolf. She has used her overactive imagination to create her own version of the world, where vampire, werewolves, fairies, gods and monsters all walk among us, and she’ll continue to travel as much as possible until she finds it for real.
She’s also a book lover (of course!), obsessive collector of OPI nailpolish and the owner of way too many pairs of shoes.