Saturday, October 10, 2009

REVIEW: The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King

Emer Morrisey almost escaped life as a famed 17th century teenage pirate with incredible riches and her true love. Only to be cursed to live 100 years as a dog. Emer returns to a human body after 100 years with all of her memories intact and dreams of finding her lost treasure.

I really enjoyed this book. It is not everyday you get to read a pirate novel, let alone a young adult novel with a female pirate protagonist. I mean come on how much better can this get. There are multiple storylines going on in the book: there is Emer's life growing up in Ireland and her pirate life, there is a few tid bits of her life as a dog and , the story line of her life as a teenager in modern society. There is also the story of Fred who is an adult that comes in the second half of the book that I don't really want to spoil. His sections were the only parts that I think I could possibly have done without or read less of. You might think that with all the storylines going on at ones the novel might be confusing... but it definitely is not. The different story lines explain everything and tie together very well at the end. This book is full of action and adventure.

If this book only consisted of the pirate parts and not the modern storyline I would think of it more as an adult book. However, the modern storyline makes it a very successful crossover book which people of all ages should enjoy. I strongly suggest picking it up if you are looking for a little adventure to read.