4 stars for sheer uniqueness. The love story at its core causes the rest of the story to fall into place, the way a dream does. Lots of emotional intuition at the heart of this one.
It's a weird little book, odd and slightly creepy. The writing isn't all that strong, and the plot stalls with the "dog advice" between chapters, and with the jumping back and forth between previous and current lives.
"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." This is the story and seems simple enough. But it's much more than that. I picked up and read the entire book in one day (320 pages) which is a little unusual even for me. The story pulls you in with the story of Emer and her family in Ireland during the 1650's and the English/Cromwell invasion of Ireland. We follow her during this tragic period, interwoven with her modern life as Saffron Adams and her troubled family. There are also snipits of her life as a dog. We are also introduced to another character about half way through and it isn't until the end that we discover his connection to Emer/Saffron. The end is one I wasn't expecting but at the same time I was left with questions about how things turned out. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys drama and mystery told from a younger viewpoint. I also enjoyed the fact that neither Emer nor Saffron are allowed to be victims of their circumstances. There is also an interesting short interview with the author at the end of the book.
This book was good and a little strange. It din't really have to deal about dogs but it explained a very intresting relationship with this girl and her past
A. S. King's debut, The Dust of 100 Dogs, is one of the greatest teen fiction books I've ever read. It is a thrilling and gripping story that kept me hungry for more. The book is heartbreaking and lugubrious, but creative and everlasting.
The story is based on two girls. But they are one. Emer Morissey was an orphan and forced to live with her father's brother. However when she becomes of marriage age, she sent to Paris against her will. She left someone very dear behind, her one and only love, Seanie Carroll. Irresistibly unforgettable events happen as the two lovers struggle to find one another. Emer becomes an infamous pirate with a ship and a crew, and sails off to find hidden treasure. She eventually finds the most glamourous and lustrous treasure she has ever seen, and she buries it in Jamaica. Saffron Adams is like any other normal teenager. She's got parents and siblings. Saffron's a genius, but wishes to not follow her parents' direct orders. Eventually, Saffron agrees that she will follow her parents wishes, but she must go "on vacation" after high school.
But Emer dies a horrible death and is cursed to live 100 lives as dogs until she can return as a human being. Three hundred years later, Emer is reborn as Saffron, but she still has her memories from her past lives.
I deeply enjoyed reading the novel. I loved the way A. S. King told the story with almost three different perspectives. I like the idea of the curse and the reincarnation of Emer. The ending is quite adorable, but also a relief. The Dust of 100 Dogs is an amazing book. A definite 5 out of 5!!!! I can't wait for A. S. King to write another fantastic book.
I just devoured this book in one day! The second I read the absolutely gripping prologue, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down! This isn’t your Johnny Depp/Orlando Bloom kind of Disney pirate story; this is a story of real violence and heartbreak that befalls Emer Morissey after she escapes Paris where she was an orphan, sold to a man to be his wife. Emer becomes a veritable pirate, captain of a …+ read more
I just devoured this book in one day! The second I read the absolutely gripping prologue, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down! This isn’t your Johnny Depp/Orlando Bloom kind of Disney pirate story; this is a story of real violence and heartbreak that befalls Emer Morissey after she escapes Paris where she was an orphan, sold to a man to be his wife. Emer becomes a veritable pirate, captain of a ship, a force to be reckoned with as she amasses her fortune while pillaging through the Caribbean. But just as she is about to get what she always wanted: treasures immeasurable and a life with her one true love, Fate has its way with her when she is murdered alongside her lover and cursed to live a hundred years as a dog. This heart-wrenching story is told beautifully through the eyes of Saffron Adams the girl who inherited Emer’s memories after her 100 canine stints are up, and through 3rd person accounts of Emer’s days back in Ireland and on the high seas. I cried a few times while reading this book, but was rewarded by an ending I did not see coming yet which was incredibly satisfying nonetheless. This story was wonderfully fresh and original and I especially loved that Emer was tough and strong (and did I say a bit violent?), but did have a warm feminine side through it all. I just can’t say enough about how much I loved this book and can’t wait to see what Ms. King has in store for us next.
I love the adventure included in this book.
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