Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Dust of 100 Dogs
Author: A.S. King
Rating: 1 star
Summary: 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 one hundred 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: This book had a lot more mature topics than I thought that there were going to be. I expected a certain level, given the pirates, but not that much. Then there's the little "doggy lessons" scattered throughout the book. Emer tells the reader how to take care of their dog, then follows with her own experience as a dog in whatever situation she's talking about. Saffron (that's Emer's current reincarnation) keeps talking about herself and Emer as separate entities, but she has all of Emer's memories and in reincarnation, don't you keep your soul? So Saffron is just Emer in a different body, yet she goes on about how Emer is telling her to cut out people's eyes and other violent things. Angry cannot even describe what Emer felt when her happy ending was destroyed and she was cursed, but no mention of revenge is ever made! If she's so upset and so violent, why not go get some revenge for how she suffered? Also, the ending was annoyingly tied up with a little bow. Everyone got reincarnated, Saffron escapes her horrible family, and she gets her own happy ever after.