Monday, April 20, 2009

The Dust of 100 Dogs

Author: A.S. King (320 pgs)

Publisher: Flux

Favorite Character: Emer Morrisey-Her character is more wild and independent. She has the memories of war and life of crime to tell and they definately don't lack interest. I also like her name!

Summary: (back cover)

In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with the dust of 100 dogs, dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body-with her memories intact.

Now she's a contemporary
American teenager and all she needs
is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.

Review: The Plot: I loved it. The story was an amazing one to read about because there was a high contrasting factor. The chapters alternated between Emer's past life and present-day Saffron's actions. Emer was reborn as a human with the name of Saffron Adams. I like both names. Emer's piracy is fun and exciting, but then Saffron seems to be a different person as in she's more quite and uncertain even though they are the same person. I really enjoyed the detail of all the treasure and embroidery and I was really drawn in on the description of Cromwell's army taking over her small village. That actually happened in Ireland! :(

Even though it was a good read, there were interruptions in between every couple chapters. These were a feature called Dog Facts. They were stories from one of Emer's lives as a dog and they taught a lesson for dog owners. I thought that they were well written and really witty, but I really don't think that they were helpful to the actual story. It was already a itsy challenge to balance alternating chapters, but this added feature made it more difficult to balance or remember who or what you just read about. One of the reasons was that Saffron's current-day thought process was quite different than Emer's fourteenth century one. It felt like they were two completely seperate characters.

The book has excitement, romance, jewels and Pirates of course! I really enjoyed. The way the story unfolded made sense. The past compared the present and the love complex. I love books on that type of era and especially through a girl's point of view even if this one is kind of cruel.

Rating: 4/5


  1. I hate the cover of this one, the skull creeps me out for some reason. Lol

  2. REALLY!!?? I think this is my all-time favorite cover! :D That's funny. I did think the skull was a lil weird since it's just too happy for a dead dog. Does that make sense? O.o

  3. I like the girl on it, and if it was anything else but a skull I'd like it, but the skull just gives me the creeps.

  4. :D At first I thought she was sitting there reading a book. Yeah, it took me while to see it was a ship she was playing with which makes a lot more sense.

  5. This book has been getting nothing but rave reviews, so want to read it. =) Great review, I like how you pointed how the things you liked and didn't.


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