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The Edge of Over There – My Review




The Day the Angels Fell, Book 2
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: July 3, 2018
Number of Pages: 384
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The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell
Abra Miller carries a secret and a responsibility she never expected. 
Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.
Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman—who looks exactly like a ghost from her past—compels her to travel to New Orleans where she’ll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she’s not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There’s also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust.
She’s also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.
Praise for The Edge of Over There:
“Blending Biblical elements and urban myths, Smucker creates an enthralling story of supernatural battles between the forces of good and evil.” — Publishers Weekly

“The Edge of Over There is a mesmerizing, menacing fantasy. Shawn Smucker fuses New Orleans lore, Christian themes, and dystopian landscapes in a thorough exploration of love and its unintended results.” — Foreword Reviews (Starred Review) 


The Edge of Over There – My Review


“He sprinted down the hall and into the outside world. It was dusk, and the fresh air felt wonderful. Everything out there was alive, especially after his time in the dark closet. Hope lived there, in that time of day before the birds began their evening song.”

First, I’ve been waiting for this second book since I read The Day the Angels Fell in 2017.

Second, here is my review of the first book: https://forgottenwinds.com/2017/09/23/the-day-the-angels-fell-my-review/

Third, I love books that when I see them on my bookcase makes me recall fondly the story enveloped in their pages.

Fourth, the cover of this book is a work of art.

Shawn Smucker has once again created a truly exceptional tale that follows his first book, The Day the Angels Fell.  As a reader, I was wanting Abra’s story to continue as soon as I finished the last chapter of the first book. In The Edge of Over There, I finally was taken along on Abra’s continued journey.

In this book, Abra must find another Tree of Life in order to kill it. Some of the story is set in New Orleans where Abra encounters Leo who lost his sister, Ruby when their dad took her to another world to save her life. A lot of darkness is encountered along the way for the characters, some history is revealed, and truths discovered.

“A child. A child can become a young adult in four years. A friendship can grow faster than trees or vanish altogether in that time. The world is always changing all around us, molecules shifting from this to that, so that in four years, what is recognizable? What could possibly remain the same under the erosion of so much flowing time?”

What makes The Edge of Over There truly remarkable is how Shawn brings each part of the character’s moments to life. Shawn’s gift of writing puts readers right into the story and makes you feel what those characters are feeling and sensing on every step of their journey. I guess the right word I’m looking for is poetry. The writing style is like poetry in motion with the telling of the story that I never tired of.

It’s a tale that downright enveloped me to continue reading. It’s a story that I’ll long remember. Of course, I may never look at trees the same way ever again. I’m still wondering what happened to that cat Sam saved.

Thanks, Shawn for one of the most enjoyable books so far in 2018.


Shawn Smucker is the author of The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There. He lives with his wife and six children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him on his website, where you can also sign up for his newsletter in order to find out when and where the Tree of Life will turn up next.

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2ND PRIZE: Both Books + Tree of Life Journal
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The Day The Angels Fell – My Review


  Genre: Psychological Fiction / Christian
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: September 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 320
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Shawn Smucker will capture readers’ imaginations with this masterfully written debut novel that combines elements of mystery and magical realism.

It was the summer of storms, strays, and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident.

Twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life—the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend, Abra, in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?

Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful novel, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L’Engle and Lois Lowry.

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Praise for The Day the Angels Fell:
“Neil Gaiman meets Madeleine L’Engle. I read it in two days!”
—Anne Bogel, Modern Mrs. Darcy

“Shawn Smucker enchants with a deftly woven tale of mystery and magic that will leave you not only spellbound but wanting more.”
Billy Coffey, author of There Will Be Stars

The Day The Angels Fell – My Review

“We always think we have one more day. We always think tomorrow can do nothing but come around. It’s one of the great illusions we live with, that time will go on and on, and that our lives will never end.”

The Day The Angels Fell is the loveliest and most rememberable book I’ve read so far in 2017. The story takes a young 12-year-old Sam and his friend, Abra on an unbelievable journey after the death of Sam’s mother.
It’s a legendary story surrounding The Tree of Life, along with two angels that drive these young kids to discover the truth about it, seeing it for real, and knowing its true power. At the beginning of the story you wonder where author, Shawn Smucker is leading you as a reader. At the end of the story you want to continue reading it and not stop.
The story did not take me where I thought would. Yes – there was one part dealing with the lamb that I knew was coming in some form, but the story itself kept me wondering what was next page after page. It’s a story that downright enveloped me.
Death is always emotional no matter how it comes. The writing is highly poignant around the whole death concept, especially for a young boy. The passages dealing with loss are – no pun intended – dead on. Smucker writes the way most of us often feel about death. You wish you could bring back someone because you miss him or her so much. Yet, in your heart you know they are in a better place. It’s just hard for your heart to realize it in that moment in time. That’s the driving force of the main story – what Sam struggles with as a young boy wanting to see his mom again, to hug her and see her smile.
The legend part of the story brings to real life the two angels – one who is a protector and one not so much – who guide Sam to discover and grow The Tree of Life. A sword that can kill bad supernatural beings and change size is a big part of the story.
Also some of the most notable of Smucker’s writing in The Day the Angels Fell makes you feel the coming of a storm because it’s so well written. It’s as if you are right there with Sam experiencing the thunder, the winds, and the lightening with the author’s visually well-crafted words.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book and where it leads with Abra and her journey with the sword. And finding out why the sword chose her. And quite possibly what happened to that darn cat Sam saved.
Simply this is a fantastic story that will leave you wanting more…

Shawn Smucker lives with his wife and six children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Day the Angels Fell is his first novel. 
Copy of The Day the Angels Fell + Ancient Tree Journal + $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
2nd PRIZE: Copy of the book + leather bracelet charms
3rd PRIZE: Copy of the book + $10 Starbucks Gift cCard
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