The Whimsicals by Mr. Bohemiam

Title: The Whimsicals: The Wonky Wingmen

Author: Mr. Bohemian

Genre: satire (three script plays)

Setting: an imaginary heaven

Publisher: Mr. Bohemian

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

The Whimsicals by Mr. Bohemian

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Strap on your angel wings and resize your halo, this bus is set for Heaven or bust! A congregation of comedy and curiosity to cackle and confuse mortals and immortals. No angels were harmed in the making of this production. No demons were flattered in the making of this production.

Angel Incorporated

Your guardian angel is tracking your reward points. Do you have enough for a miracle? The angels of Angelix watch over mortals from their computers. From there, they may provide their assigned mortal with what they need, but not often what they want. Is managing mankind not your nine to five? If so, the demons of Daemonix are always accepting applications.

The Guilty Gardener

Calling the case of the Children of the Garden versus Demon Sylmalice. The prosecution states that Sylmalice tricked the girl, Eve, into biting a fruit from the Tree of Treachery. The defense argues that ever since “the exeunt” of Lucifer, angels have been actively prejudiced toward demons. Therefore, Demon Sylmalice is innocent by reason of “authenticity,” with mental collapse triggered by systematic social suppression. Angel 12 is on the case.

Kitty Kloud 9

You are now kruising on Kitty Kloud 9: Where Pets Get Picky! While on the show, angel parents possess the chance to chat with their pets. Is your kitty in a furball with the dog? Is the bird barbarically flicking the fish again? Step lightly with Angel 9 and Mr. Kitty, as they tiptoe through tantrums and bring peace to petkind.

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The Painting by Kathleen J. Shields

Title: The Painting

Author: Kathleen J. Shields

Genre: Christian Allegory

Age-Range: 15+ (young adult)

Era: contemporary

Setting: contemporary world

Publisher: Kathleen J. Shields

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Rating: 2/5 stars

Content: 3/5. Bullying, depressing subjects. Didn’t really bug me, but some people are sensitive about that kind of stuff.

The Painting by Kathleen J. Shields

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We start our lives as a blank canvas.
It’s our diverse experiences that add color and definition to our painting.

Gerald’s world was often harsh and challenging. Feelings of loneliness and isolation were normal for him. The people in his life didn’t understand him and as a result, often ignored him, or refused to make time for him. However, the nature that surrounded Gerald inspired the most sympathetic and caring young child you could ever know.

It was Gerald’s love of the world’s creatures and all of its beauty that enabled the magic of his painting to come to life. The personal growth and the steps Gerald took to protect his creation is what truly made him exceptional.

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There are happier subjects to dwell on than books I just didn’t like, so I won’t talk long about The Painting. I didn’t enjoy it. I found it to be cliché, with flat, dead characters whose actions didn’t make sense.

Basically, Gerald, a bullied kid (whose parents are somehow not stepping in to help their obviously depressed, antisocial, hurting son … what kind of parents are they?!), is gifted a large blank canvass by his father.

Gerald paints a world on the canvass that magically comes to life (although Gerald doesn’t seem that surprised …) and allows people to step inside it and walk around (although Gerald doesn’t, for a reason I didn’t quite catch). Due to the fact that he sees humankind as evil, he doesn’t paint people in.

After 40% of sad Gerald, he meets the new kid in town, bubbly, optimistic Tiffany who acts like your average middle-grades most of the time … except when she starts having these in-depth, easily-could-be-thirty conversations with Gerald on the subject of humankind and how they truly aren’t evil.

Now, I’ve said way more than I promised myself I would. I promised the author I’d give my honest opinion, and so … this is gonna sound so mean … here goes.

This book is immature both in its interpretation of humankind, in its writing, and in its overall message. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who can’t tell the difference between truth and fiction, for the lines are greatly blurred here.

Thank you for reading my review, and I’m sorry for anyone who loves this book. I’m just giving my honest opinion.

~Kellyn Roth