Saturday, April 2, 2011

Book 6 of '11 The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S King

Dust Jacket Description:

"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."

Characters: Neither Emer or her contemporary teen counterpart, Saffron really struck me emotionally. It was more their outside surroundings and the people inhabiting them that were so interesting. A character like Emer usually would have compelled me with her strong sense of self, but I had no connection with her.

Her adventures as a pirate and the people she meets though were fascinating. However, it was her traumatic and difficult childhood that made me value Emer. Hearing about her parents and childhood dreams made Saffron a much more interesting character. I really wish Emer's romance with Seanie came across as more than a simply childhood romance. The idea that she had been so in love with Seanie for all of that time seemed a bit far fetched because I never felt like I got the whole extent of their relationship.

Saffron didn't seem to have any real personality of interest. She was living for Emer and Emer's past, and that made her a fairly uninteresting individual. The only intriguing part about the chapters with Saffron was her relationship with her parents.

I think my favourite parts of the story, though, were with Fred Livingstone. It's when I finally saw King's true writing talent. He didn't make me fall in love with the book, but Fred did make me see that King has a lot of potential as a writer. 4 flowers.

Writing: I loved how King crafted the narratives, especially the parts where Saffron talked about her time as a dog. The dialogue is solid and the descriptions can be lyrical. The writing as a whole is very solid, but it's King's narrators that give it magic. 4 and a half flowers.

Plot: Often through out the book I wondered what the point of all the back story was. The plot didn't satisfy me, but the narration did. 3 and a half flowers.

End: I adored the ending. But I almost wish that the book started from this point instead of ended at it. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Usually a simplistic description like this would annoy me. But there is something about this description that I love. 5 flowers.

Cover: I ADORE this cover. I think it's brilliant. 5 flowers.

Overall: I can't say I was entirely satisfied with this book, but I did love the ending. I think it's a fabulous book for people who like "indie" style YA books. 4 flowers.


  1. I'm looking forward to this one. I agree that the cover is absolutely epic. Thanks for the review!

  2. I agree, Fred was what sold me on this one, as well as the ending. Its a nice lead-up to PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, which in my humble opinion is practically perfect in every way. =)

  3. I always squee when you post reviews of these books!