Official Review: All the Little Children Need to Come Home

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Official Review: All the Little Children Need to Come Home

Post by anneloretrujillo » 02 Apr 2019, 10:27

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "All the Little Children Need to Come Home" by CA Coder.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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All the Little Children Need to Come Home by C.A. Coder offers a unique take on Heaven and its angels. Todd unexpectedly dies in his sleep one night and is found by his mom the next morning. He watches from above as the scene unfolds. He sees his mom hug him hoping it isn’t true and sees the paramedics come to the scene and take over. He is observing all of this from up in Heaven. The Scribe helps him adjust with his own sudden death and gives him a task. Todd’s job up in Heaven is to teach all of the little angels about his family. Many of them didn’t get a whole lot of love back on Earth; they were often neglected or abused. The Scribe wants Todd to teach them about the love of his family so they know it isn’t always bad. Todd does such a good job that all the little angels head to Earth to be a part of Todd’s family. Can they get the angels back to Heaven before anyone notices?

This book is light and quick to read while still touching on serious topics. Death can be a really difficult topic to read about, but the story isn’t overly bogged down by Todd’s death. Seeing him in Heaven makes it not seem so sad. The topic of alcoholism is also big in this book; several of the characters struggle with the disease. The humor used throughout the book lightens the mood and makes it easier to get through the difficult parts. I really loved the way the author took such dark subjects and made them easier to read about without ever making it seem like these aren’t serious topics.

Overall, the writing style of this book is excellent. The book flows well and it kept me interested the entire time. I wanted to know what would happen next. The author did this by creating a strong plot that has a clear build, climax, and resolution. I also enjoyed the way the author wrote the book so that it is centered around Heaven without it being overly religious. Books like this often tend to take on a “preachy” feel. I loved that this book doesn’t do that. It lets you make your own conclusions without ever telling you how you should feel.

My one complaint with this book is that it seems as if this book had not been edited prior to publishing. The book is riddled with formatting errors, extra spaces, and repeated phrases. Most of these errors are pretty minor, but there are a couple that detracted from my understanding of the story. I would definitely suggest that the author have this book professionally edited.

I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I loved the story, humor, and writing style. My only real complaint was with the editing of the book. Because of this, I had to take off a star. If you can look past the errors, I would suggest this book for anyone who enjoys reading books with unique twists on the idea of Heaven. Even though this book isn’t super graphic, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone that might be triggered by death, child abuse, or alcoholism.

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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 10 Apr 2019, 06:44

This sounds like a well-written story with a unique premise. Editing mistakes can be fixed easily enough. I hope the author has a chance to get that corrected. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Apr 2019, 07:37

It's too bad this one isn't edited well. It sounds like an important book, but yet I can't help but think it'd be emotional (even if it is told in a light-hearted way). I don't think this is for me, but I did enjoy your review.
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Post by 8amaseter » 10 Apr 2019, 10:37

Your review has made the book interesting. Death is scary but the author made attempts to make it look normal and rewarding. I stand by your recommendation.

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Post by Cshemper » 10 Apr 2019, 21:28

This sounds like a fantastic book. It is unfortunate that the author did not have it edited. I am willing to look past that and give this book a try. Thank you for your review.

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Post by Janelle Juncos » 13 Apr 2019, 07:43

As a mother, that opening scene seems heart-wrenching. I wouldn't think of reading it if you hadn't mentioned that the story is light and humorous at times. Perhaps the author can get an editor onboard for future editions. Thanks for the review.

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Post by kdstrack » 13 Apr 2019, 15:13

I enjoyed your comments on this book. These are some difficult themes to face and also to write about. Looks like the author did a good job and won your approval (except for the editing!). Thanks for recommending this book.

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Post by Prisallen » 14 Apr 2019, 09:04

This started off seeming like it would be a very depressing book, but, after further reading your review, the author takes a sad subject and makes it less so. I hope the author fixes the errors in the book. It sounds like it could be an amazing book if he does. Thanks for your review!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 14 Apr 2019, 14:51

This plot line sounds very interesting. At first glance, I thought it would be incredibly sad, but I am glad the book had some humor to lighten the heaviness of the topics.
Great review!

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Post by Chrystal Oaks » 14 Apr 2019, 16:39

A fictional perception of heaven from the view of a child is interesting. I'm glad the storyline was well-written, and with humor given the serious topics. It's disappointing when a book isn't well edited. I enjoyed reading your review. Thanks!
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