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.
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S King
Paperback, 320 pages
Published at February, 2009
Errmmm..let's just say i hate this book. It might sounds too harsh, not only i'm planning not to touch it ever again but i'm also deleting that i've read it from my mind.
But let's just point out the one good thing about it before i start explaining what i dislike it that much. So, what really was good was the main idea behind the story with the curse and the treasure, the nemesis, etc (put aside characters and how it turned out). So yeah, i will admit that it was a clever and original idea, which when you read the summary seems really intriguing. Also, really great job with the cover!
Now..why i didn't like it:
-Emer is probably the only character that i ever hated so much. She is selfish, mean, arrogant and she doesn't care about anything than herself. Even if she lived a lot and really wants to finally get her treasure back, her thoughts about her family didn't even make sense to me. How is bad and you have killing thoughts of someone, because they see you clever and trying to make you go to college and achieve something better than they did. I believe all parents are like that, right? They want the best of your options and sometimes, they can be annoying but you just don't hate them that much for that. And how you don't even care about the problems your brother had with drugs and etc. Unfortunately, 2/3 of the book lives with them and she doesn't stop complaining at all. Her old self was by far better.
-Part of the story is Emer first life where you learn about the curse and her pirate life. That's probably the most interesting parts of the book. BUT, when you see her first days, how she lived and how she acted you are under the impression she is like 15. You later get to know she is about 6 years old. Now, how a 6 year old thinks and acts like twice its age....well, it's just doesn't work out for me.
-We finally get to the end of the book, and waiting to see an epic conclusion or something cool but all you get is really fast end in about 1 page. Not only i had to keep up with her for 300 pages, but i got a not interesting endings too.
-There is also a bad guy, you see at some point and you follow his POV. That guy is really creepy and it was disturbing to read his thoughts. I mean, he was sitting at his house and he was spying on girls at the sea with his binoculars, all the time. He had also delusions and hit his dog all the time.
And last 2 things on how the book was written:
-At random points of the book there are 1 page chapters with dog facts. I still don't see their purpose in there and it was annoying that they were in the middle of the story.
-Also, the way the chapters change POV or timeline was confusing at least. Most times, i was losing at which period i am and i had to re-read parts. And when the bad guy POV's appear, i thought i missed something and i was searching the book back.
Conclusion, stay away from it. If you still want to read it though, i'm more than in for a trade :D
The book has some really good rating at goodreads so you may want to check them out! And don't forget i trade!
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