Arrr! It's a pirate book!
Just before Emer, a teenage pirate, falls dead next to her murdered lover, she is cursed to live 100 lives as a dog.
After her doggy penance, Emer is reincarnated as a girl named Saffron in the 1970's. Saffron bides her time until her 18th birthday, imagining painful pirate-worthy deaths for those who annoy her, and then takes off in search of the treasure Emer buried centuries earlier.
I love the freshness of this book, and the spunk of its main character, Emer/Saffron. The prose is clean and easy to gobble down. The story alternates between how Emer grows up to be a pirate and how Saffron grows up to be a treasure-hunter, and both storylines are absorbing.
The other thing I love about this book is how the characters in Emer's storyline mirror the characters in Saffron's. Both girls face similar villains and so come to similar face-offs.
I'll admit I was hoping for a bit more bang at the book's end, but that doesn't deter me from recommending this to anyone who doesn't mind a little pirate-style gore and violence.