Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Review: Baad Dog, By: Sal Conte

Hello there everybody! So, today I’m coming with you with something very exciting. I’m one of the participants in the Baad Dog Blog Tour, so I received the book to be able to read and review for you guys! I only recently read this book, like I literally just finished it. The book that I will be reviewing for you today is Baad Dog, by Sal Conte. I’m just going to get straight into some of my feels and thoughts on the book, and just let you know what I thought about it!








I’m just going to give you the Goodreads summary of this book, as I don’t think I would give the
summary justice!



Since when did man’s best friend become his very own worst nightmare?

Harry wanted a dog.

He’d wanted a dog ever since his mother gave away the cute little mongrel pup he and his brother adopted when they were kids. His mom gave the dog away because Harry and Lenny didn’t take care of her as promised.
Now Harry is a grown man with children of his own. He brings home Queenie, a miracle of modern robotics who looks and acts just like a real dog. Big Mistake.

“One of the beauties of the K9-233 is that they don’t eat or poop.”

Harry’s wife, Pam, feels there’s something off about Queenie right from the beginning. And then strange things begin to happen: Harry’s five-year-old says Queenie talks to him. There’s the near fatal car accident after Harry makes Queenie spend the night in the garage for being naughty. But Harry loves Queenie—maybe a little too much. Will Harry realize there’s a murderous monster living under his roof before his entire family becomes dog food? 

I went into this book not really knowing anything about what it was about. I was asked to review it, by Kiss Off Book Tours, and I didn’t read the summary, as I just wanted to go into the book pretty much blind.

To be honest, when I first started reading the book, I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to enjoy it. It was a bit different, as I don’t really read books about animals. However, this book about animals was different, as the dog in this book, Queenie, was actually robotic. I found this to be really interesting, and it wasn’t really something that I had read before.
This was a really short book, at under one hundred pages, so I was easily able to read it in a night. I was actually very surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book. It’s a horror, suspense, sci-fi novel, and I found that to be a perfect combination of genres for this book.
I did feel like the writing was really good, and Sal Conte should be proud of how good his writing is, however there were a few things that I did dislike about this book. So, this book was told in dual points of view. I normally don’t mind dual points of view, and sometimes I really enjoy them. However, I can only enjoy them when they are done well. Unfortunately, I’d have to say that the dual points of view done within Baad Dog, was not done very well. It’s not that the characters voices weren’t different enough to tell them apart, because they definitely were. However, there were just so many different points of views that we were meant to follow. Also, with normal books the different point of view starts at the beginning of a new chapter, however, that’s not how it worked in Baad Dog. The new point of view would pretty much just start out of nowhere, and I would get a bit confused whenever it would change.
I did enjoy the plotline though, and it intrigued me enough to be able to continue reading it. The horror aspect throughout this novel also kept me on the edge of seat, and I needed to continue reading to know what was going to be happening next.
I definitely did not expect this book to go in the way that it did. I was, for some reason despite the title, thinking that the book was going to be about the love for a dog. However, that was completely different from what it ended up being about. This book was about a robotic dog that went completely insane. It started off completely loving the family, and just acting like a normal dog. However, throughout the book we see this dog slowly going insane, until he lashes out.
I did really enjoy this book, however there were a few enjoyment and technical issues that I couldn’t oversee. Because of that, I am giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. So, overall, I enjoyed the idea of the story and most of how it was written. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little bit of horror, or for somebody that just wants a quick and short read. However, I would not exactly recommend this book to somebody who loves dogs, because it may just not be the book for you!

I also have for you a giveaway, if you would like the chance to win a free e-book copy of Baad Dog!
Just follow this link to the giveaway:

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 Sal Conte is the horror writing alter ego of Amazon #1 Teen Horror author, E. Van Lowe. As Sal Conte, the author turns his talents to gruesome horror with stunning results. Sal Conte is the author of 80s pulp horror classics “Child’s Play” and “The Power,” as well as recent shorts “The Toothache Man” and “Because We Told Her To.

“Baad Dog” is Sal Conte’s first solo ebook.  You can visit him at: http://evanlowe.com/sal-contes-page/



I really enjoyed reading this book, and participating in this blog tour! I’m really into horror novels right now, so if you have any that you would like to recommend, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll talk to you next time!


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