- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Revell (July 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800728505
- ISBN-13: 978-0800728502
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 otherworldly and the mundane collide in Shawn Smucker's The Day the Angels Fell, a humanizing tale of cosmic proportions."--Foreword Reviews
"Unique, supernatural, and a twist on a tale we have all heard!"--WriteReadLife.com
"The Day the Angels Fell has a nostalgic feel that reminded me of Ray Bradbury's works."--Ashlee Cowles, author of Beneath Wandering Stars and Below Northern Lights|Shawn Smucker is the author of The Day the Angels Fell. He lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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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.
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(I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. There were no conditions and no expectation that I give a positive review.)
Overall a mesmerizing, well-written, and thought-provoking book. I seriously can’t wait for the next installment to be released!
First, a couple of things to clarify so you don’t think this is ‘just another 5 star review of an ARC”...
1) I hate reading books on my Kindle app on my phone (but due to this being an advanced ebook copy from the publisher, my only choice for reading it prior to release was on my Kindle app).
2) I rarely read fiction because it either bores me to death or takes over my life until I finish the book.
With that said, I read the author’s first book last summer (The Day the Angels Fell) and now the 2nd (The Edge of Over There). I read it mostly in a day’s time (despite the dislike of reading on my Kindle). It fell under the “couldn’t put it down and it took over my life” category pretty easily thanks to the author’s method of switching back and forth between characters’ points of view and stopping at a cliffhanger each time he switched. I kept reading and reading because I wanted to see what was going to happen to each person and then boom, I was done. And sad that I was done....aka I can’t wait to see what happens to the characters next!
- read the first book first...this one ‘could’ stand alone but is more enjoyable if you read them in order (think Star Wars, Hunger Games kinds of series)
- this is YA, but I would recommend it for anyone 10-11 and up. It’s clean (no swearing or sex) and fairly an easy read. An advanced reader under 10 might be fine but may end up having many questions about death, which is not necessarily a bad thing...just letting you know. I also enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy and read each of those books in a day’s time as well.
- there are faint biblical undertones in this storyline, but not in a brazen “you must believe this” kind of way. Think CS Lewis and his Narnia.
It is reminiscent of works by Madeline L'Engle and Lois Lowry (that alone makes me swoon).
I can't say enough about this book and its companion, The Day the Angels Fell.
It's one of those books that I couldn't decide whether to dive deep and read quickly or float through slowly, so I did both. Sometimes you need to dive deep, then break the surface and float for bit to catch your breath.
Unlike Smucker’s character, Abra, I do not have a key that can open, lock, and seal every door. I had to rely upon my crafty, racoon-like ways in order to get chosen to review the continuing story that originally began with a cat in a tree … or did it?
You’ll recall (I’m sure you haven’t forgotten!) that I reviewed the first book in this series titled THE DAY THE ANGELS FELL last year. If you need a refresher, click here to pop over to the review. But be forewarned, for once you enter this story, you are bound to stay with it until you see it through to the end. Putting this story aside may very well be a mortal sin!
Within these pages are forbidden doors, gates that should never be opened, pools that are windows to other times, and an ancient key that can open, close, and seal them shut … a key that isn’t really a key at all, but a sword that has existed since the beginning of time. And why should such a key exist, you ask (for I have asked the same question)? To extinguish the Tree, of course!
My eyes shift, instinctively, to the blazing cover of THE EDGE OF OVER THERE by Shawn Smucker, and come to rest, as if drawn to it by some deep magic, on the ancient tree that has cast deep roots into the center of a strange, forbidden city that lies at the edge of Over There. I inhale a deep breath, thinking of all those trapped inside that city … thinking of how they’d gotten in there in the first place … and a shiver runs up my spine.
The tomb of none other than Marie Laveau serves as the door to The Edge of Over There.
Can you guess who opens the door to allow entrance?
I flip open the back cover of the book (gingerly, of course, because … as y’all know by now … I like my books to remain eternally new) and examine the photo of the author. I squint my eyes and gasp at the realization that I’m fairly certain (though I have no concrete proof) that, like Mr. Tennen and Mr. Henry, Mr. Smucker is one of Them … the ones tasked with watching for a resurgence of the Tree. For I cannot … no … I refuse to believe this story to be a work of fiction. Frankly, it is too real!
Of course, I could be wrong. But, just between you and me, I seriously doubt it. His characters are real, alive, and multifaceted. It is impossible for them to be merely constructed of words!
Abra is a strong female character who wields an ancient sword that only two others have held since the beginning of time. Like Harry Potter, she alone is tasked with saving humanity. I pause a moment and realize that I’m very close to giving away spoilers, and y’all know how I am loath to spoil a good story for anyone.
But I will comment here that I found the meaning this character's name to be of great interest. Not only is Abra the feminine of Abraham (a very important man in the Bible), the name also means “lesson” and “example.”
There’s something to be said about a lesson or example.
It’s never easy being the chosen one … but someone’s gotta do it.
Abra isn’t the only important character in this book. There really aren’t any minor characters, for they all play an extremely important part in this story of real life … oh, ahem … I mean fiction. There are a few new characters who show up in this book. One of them is named Leo, which means “lion” and “brave.”
No more hints. STOP ASKING, DAGNABIT!
THE EDGE OVER THERE is written in a rhythmic exchange between past and present, the same style employed by the bards of old who captivated their listeners around a glowing campfire late into the night. And this is why I have my suspicions about Mr. Smucker. I believe he is one of the Ancient Ones. (But don’t tell him I said this!)
Though THE EDGE OF OVER THERE is a sequel, it is written like a stand-alone. And as I’ve done in this review post, there are lots of Easter Eggs dropped throughout the book … enough to keep the reader informed of what happened before.
I’ve got my trusty lock-picking kit at the ready for sneaking back into Kristine’s Super-Secret-Sign-Up Room, for I sense there will be another occurrence of the Tree. If you haven’t read both of Smucker's books, I urge you to do so immediately! Stop dilly-dallying around, and grab a copy now so you’ll know what to look for when the Tree begins to emerge once more.
Shawn Smucker has done it again. He’s woven a story so mesmerizing that I slept no more than two hours together until I read the last sentence!