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The Day the Angels Fell

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It was the summer of storms and 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. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.
After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to tur
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published November 29th 2014)
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Dan In my opinion, there's nothing in here that would require any particular faith perspective to appreciate the story. The book deals with the topic of d…moreIn my opinion, there's nothing in here that would require any particular faith perspective to appreciate the story. The book deals with the topic of death but not in a scary way at all. There are also moments of peril but they are not intense to the point of being scary.(less)
Anne Rogers I read the 'three women' more as almost witches than fortune tellers, but the book doesn't glamorise them in either respect. It definitely shows they …moreI read the 'three women' more as almost witches than fortune tellers, but the book doesn't glamorise them in either respect. It definitely shows they are dark characters, and Sam is afraid of them even as he searches for them as he begins his quest. The book in general shows strong elements of light and shade in the telling. I recommend reading it. Perhaps I wouldn't give it to someone very new in their Christian faith as they might find it a bit confusing. On the other hand, I think someone with no faith at all would find it engaging and intriguing. That's just my view though, and I hope it helps.(less)

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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it


„Death is not a destination. It’s a passing, a transition into eternity, the rest of time. When you leave this place, everything you have known will seem like only a dream or the memory of a dream. Dying is the shedding of one cloak and taking of another. Death is a gift.“

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One night lightening starts to strike in Deen and Sam sees three strange women talking to a man. Shortly after that his mother dies and the search for something begins.
The story itself was really good, even if
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Pauline
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker Is a story about Sam who's mother was killed in a terrible accident when he was just 12 years old and how he coped with the aftermath of this incident. It's quite scary in parts. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)


A cool, YA fantasy novel. A bit slow at times but with decent characters and an interesting plot.

Many thanks to Baker Book Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Iryna *Book and Sword*
No rating (dnf)

“Sometimes there are no words that fit into the space provided.”


I have started reading this book in August and it's February now, so I think it's way past time for me to go ahead and shelve it as DNF. I loved the premise and I adored the format and I enjoyed the writing, I just couldn't get into the plot - and it's nobody's fault.

​I promised myself that I will be more picky and fierce with my reads this year (and by fierce I mean dnf-ing books when I'm not into them without feel
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Rissa
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Revell via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of The day the angels fell by Shawn Smucker. The day the angels fell will be released on September 5, 2017.

The day the angels fell is partially told in the present with an elderly man and in the past when he was about 12.

Our main character is working through grief and battling good and evil over the tree of life.

I would have enjoyed the story more if we got the past first. Then everything he did would have had more meaning a
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Natalie Hart
This is a tough book for me to rate. On the one hand, I appreciated the double allegory of working through grief, and of the fight of good and evil over the Tree of Life. It was a story that felt rich and heavy in a good way; deep; important.

On the other hand, there is a stylistic your-mileage-may-vary aspect of the storytelling that prevented me from getting into the story -- YMMV because it's something that got in my way but others may like it. Smucker tells the story partly in the present, wi
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Aaron J Smith
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is just a good book. It's a beautiful story weaving real life and tragedy with fantastical elements of epic proportions. It's a quick read because the story pulls you along, drawing you into the tale. I was left wanting more, and can't wait for the sequel to come out. Shawn is a master storyteller, and in this book, he shines. ...more
Susie Finkbeiner
I neglected all things for an entire day because I was so drawn into this story. I regret nothing. The Day the Angels Fell was worth it. I look forward to sharing this book with my kids in the next year or so. It is beautifully written with vivid imagery. I am eager for Smucker's next novel.

I can't recommend this book enough.
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Mel (Epic Reading)
There are a lot of philosophical, quotable one-liners in this book about a young boy that loses his mother in a freak accident. If you are looking for a story that may help you or someone you know process death then I think The Day the Angels Fell is a good choice. Otherwise I'm not sure it's worth the read. It's very poignant and in places quite intense; but at no point did I really doubt what was going to happen.

The Story
Told in two parts; the first from the perspective of an old man, and the
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Lili  Marcus
First of all, look how gorgeous the cover is. I like covers like this one. :) :)

Anyway, the reason why I used Goodreads synopsis (for the first time) rather than making my own is because if iI make my own it would be as short as this:

This is the story of Sam, of his life after his mother's death when he was twelve, told by much older Sam.


 

I just reread  Tuesdays with Morrie  last month and couldn't help comparing the two books as both talks about Life and death and fear. As most of
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Amy Leigh
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is Samuel's story, his past and his present. He is now an old man but when he was 12 his mother was killed in an awful accident. He tries to deal with his grief which leads him on a quest to find the tree of life. He is questioning life and death and his quest offers as many questions as it does answers.

Grief is always a tough subject and the author wrote it well. It is neat reading the experience from both times in Samuel's life. Everything takes on a new perspective when age and living a
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Christy Lau
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Original review here.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review. The Day the Angels Fell will be available on 5th September.

“Children are caterpillars and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar.” – Cornelia Funke


The most exasperating pitfall of children and Middle Grade books is when authors underestimate their young readers. They underestimate their emotional depth, their comprehension of l
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Leigh Kramer
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading The Day The Angels Fell reminded me of how I felt the first time I read the Narnia Chronicles. The stories are different but they're all tales as old as time. And similar to Narnia, I believe it has staying power. 

I was swept away by the world-building and the mystery and how the plot ultimately wrestles with Big Picture issues.

The story is framed through the eyes of an adult Sam and then swings back so we can experience everything through 12 year old Sam. It manages to explore the conce
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Jazzy
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Long story short, this book is "WOW." I could have finished quicker had school not deterred my attention to boring sociology lessons and weird forensic labs. But had it been my choice, I would have finished in a heartbeat. Because then I wouldn't have to worry about having to stop at a scary part and go to sleep. I don't get scared all too easily (that's a straight-up lie, wow I'm such a bad person), but this book. This book. It made me look up from its pages to glance around my room. It was tha ...more
Anna LeBaron
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read for anyone, boys especially. This book was so layered and well-written. It surprised me from the first two chapters and left me turning the pages until the very end. Then it left me hanging with a first look at the next book.

Well done, Shawn Smucker! This being your first novel speaks volumes about your skill with a pen.

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher.
Jocelyn Green
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I read this book in one sitting (on a plane). I don't normally read YA or fantasy, but I'm so glad I did for this book. There is something really special about being willing to look beyond the world we see everyday, and peer into the spiritual realm where angels and fallen angels trod. This was a beautiful allegory that deeply resonated. It would be a great choice to read and discuss with teens or in your own book club. ...more
Carolyn
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this basically in one sitting - engrossing story and good writing. The descriptions of rural Pennsylvania (my home state) made my heart so happy. Hoping there's a sequel! ...more
Lisa
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker is a story of good versus evil and how one young person struggled with the very adult question of: Is there life after death? The story is told in the present and in the past, through the eyes of the protagonist as an old man and as a young boy.

Sam was twelve years old when it happened. The summer had been particularly bad for storms. On this day Sam’s new cat climbs the old oak tree in the front yard. When an ominous storm starts approaching Sam climbs
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Lisa
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A lot has changed since the first time I read this book, back when it was Kickstarter funded and self-published. I mean, the story itself is mostly the same, but my appreciation for young adult and middle grade fiction has grown.

So, it's no surprise that I enjoyed my second read of this book even more than my first. (I gave it 5 stars years ago, I wish I could give it more now. Also, I received a copy of the book from the publisher.)

What I said before is true: The Day the Angels Fell is a captiv
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Kav
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Fantasy and the bible collide in this unusual tale of loss. An epic battle between good and evil ensues as twelve-year old Sam opens a proverbial Pandora's box in his quiet rural neighbourhood. Smucker has a lyrical writing style that reflects the air of a seasoned oral storyteller. He knows how to spin an intriguing tale that leaves the reader with more questions than answers by the conclusion.

Told entirely from Sam's point of view -- Sam as an old man -- both in present day and reminiscing tha
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Angela
Aug 24, 2017 marked it as dnf
I was sent an ARC from Revell for a free and honest review:

I got about 5 chapters in and NOTHING was holding my interest! I was so bored and sadly it put me in a huge reading slump... so I decided to DNF for now. I wanted to be able to read it and review it before the Sept 5th release date but I don't think that's gonna happen... it's killing my reading vibe. Also super creepy fortune teller old ladies moment in the book and it was kinda weird. Sadly I wasn't into this one.
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Steve Wiens
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shawn Smucker's debut novel reads like your favorite Madeleine L'Engle story - gorgeous prose, compelling characterization, and a plot that you can't put down. I read this book in three days. I can't wait for the followup, and can't recommend it enough. Bravo, Shawn. ...more
 Natassia_trav
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
And while Horror Week is held throughout the world, I came up with a book that perfectly fits in the description of this event. Since I usually do not plan what will I read in which period of the year, sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised when things like this happen. Otherwise, I do not really give too much attention to Halloween. I do not cut the pumpkin, I don't wear scary costumes, watch horror movies or read the books of the same genre. At least not only because of this holiday. That is why I ...more
Emily
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The summer he was twelve, Samuel Chambers had an amazing experience. It all started when his mother died when a lightning strike hit the tree she was standing in. When he learns of a way to grow a tree of life an possibly bring his mother back from the dead, he decides to do it, regardless of the consequences.

The Day the Angels Fell is a fascinating imagining of what happened to the Tree of Life from the Bible's Garden of Eden. The author spins a tale of an angel and his fallen counterpart as t
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Rachel Stansel
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Day the Angels Fell is a story of good versus evil, grief and life and death. The story is told in the through the eyes of the protagonist as an old man reflecting on the summer his mother died and as a young boy experiencing this loss. The characters, including my favorite, best friend Abra, are well written and easy to relate to. As Sam embraces a chance encounter as a way to bring his mom back, his struggles to identify good and evil, and which side he is on. I really enjoyed the story. T ...more
Oceana
DNF at page 145.
David McCarty
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly fresh take on the nature of life and death. Worth the read. Reminiscent of Madeline L'Engle's "A Wrinkle In Time." ...more
Nancee
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended by friends, I had to read this book. I'm so glad I did! Classified as a young adult book, I must say that every adult should read it. It broaches our deepest fears surrounding death, and how we approach that topic. The author integrates symbolism into the story in a beautiful and earthy manner. The beginning of time and the battle of good vs evil are strong points throughout this enchanting tale of seeking answers to the age old questions about life and death.

The Tree of Life
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Suze Lavender
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Samuel and Abra are best friends. Abra is there for Samuel when he's going through the worst imaginable time. Samuel's mother died in an awful way. Encouraged by his reclusive, slightly creepy neighbor and through information from a trio of fortune tellers Samuel starts looking for a way to bring her back. He needs the Tree of Life for this, but are the people who are helping him look for it actually trustworthy? Together with Abra Samuel continues his search. Who can he trust an ...more
Debi Lantzer Stout
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to be included in the Revell Books' Blog Tour on this book, The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker. I had never heard of this author, but I loved the cover of the book and was very eager to check out the book. I had no idea that it was labeled as "YA" (Young Adult), and even now, having read the book, I'm not sure I would have realized that unless I saw it in writing.

The Day the Angels Fell told the story of Samuel Chambers, an elderly man who lived alone in the farmhous
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