The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
Publish Date: February 2009
Age Group: Young Adult (Although I wouldn't recommend it to someone under 14)
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
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.
To be completely honest, I almost didn't read D100D because of all the hype around the blogosphere. I was scared to read it and be that one person who didn't enjoy the novel. I mean, what book could really be so good that every single reader loves it?
So instead of ditching it completely, I bought the book and forced my little brother to read it. He and I have very similar personalities so i decided that if he liked the book I would read it. Well, he loved it. In fact, he nagged at me every ten minutes until I finally agreed to read it.
Yeah, D100D is really that good. From the very first page, the book is extremely addicting. King's ability to write so many stories in one novel that are all connected blows my mind. Every time a new chapter started about something new I kept thinking I would get confused. However, the confusion never came.
My favorite story within the novel was Emer. I love learning about history and pirates are awesome! But her pirate nature is so strong in Saffron that neither story ever left me bored.
The dog facts were absolutely hilarious. Thank you King for adding that bit of humor to such a serious novel! These facts always came at the perfect time!
The ending of this book is absolutely mind blowing. Just when I thought the book couldn't take any more twists, it did!
The Dust of 100 Dogs is brilliant and if you haven't already, you need to go pick up a copy pronto!
I can't say one bad thing about D100D, it is absolutely perfect. I still can't get over the fact that it is A.S. King's first novel. WOW!
Check out A.S. King's blog where she mentioned my review HERE!
I'm going to go happy dance now! WEEE!
2 months ago