The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker


The Edge of Over There is the sequel to The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker. This is a blend of fantasy and dystopia fiction written for young adults. This is considered a Christian story, but contains no Bible scripture or outright Christian teaching. There are some references that could be referencing Heaven and Hell. The story is filled with adventure and suspense and tells of the difference between good and evil.

The story starts in Deen with Abra and Samuel in the hospital following an event that killed a man and destroyed a Tree of Life. A mysterious woman visits Samuel and leaves a note for Abra. Years later, Abra is chosen to enter the tomb of Marie Laveau and kill yet another tree. The trees are believed to produce fruit, that if eaten will enable to the person to never die.

As a young girl, Ruby is very ill and her father is willing to do anything to help her and keep her away from her mother. He is given instructions to take only his daughter and a plant inside the tomb of Marie Laveau in New Orleans He is to plant the tree and the leaves will heal his daughter. He leaves behind a ten year old son to fend for himself until his mother returns.

Having not read the first book, I struggled with understanding the beginning of the book. This may have some impact of my feelings for this book. The one thing that stands out to me in this story is after Abra looks through the telescope over the river, she wishes she hadn’t. What she saw was so beautiful “for the rest of my life it’s the only place I will ever want to be.” For an mature young adult that enjoy reading about spiritual warfare, this might be a great choice. I would advise against young people reading this book as there are some parts that are just scary, such as the Frenzies that take place and the souls screaming with speed through the Passageway.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: The Day the Angels Fell – book 2

363 pages

ISBN: 9780800735418

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The Boy Who Walked Away by Nancy Janes


What ever the cause of our troubles we can use them to construct sturdy inner self or we will live a defeated life.”

The Boy Who Walked Away, by Nancy Janes, is a futuristic fantasy story written for young adults. Set in 2162, during wartime, this story is of a ten year old boy, Jal, who’s parents are sent to war and is left behind with his uncle. When his uncle does not return when expect, Jal goes out. He wakes up beneath a willow tree with a voice telling him to go to his Grandfather Moutyn. Jal also is connected to a butterfly, Bea, and a swan, Sammie. Together the three go on their journey to Jal’s grandfather. On the way Bea and Sammie teach Jal about their history as well as life lessons.

This is an interesting book to read. I struggled with getting into the book, but once the story line was developed it moved swiftly and was easier to understand. While this book was written for young adults, this could also be a good story to read to elementary age children as a bedtime story. This story is built on an adventure. There are some areas in the story that younger children may not understand, but they will enjoy the talking butterfly and swan.

This story can be used to teach children to use their struggles to get stronger as well as to be thankful and help others. I enjoyed the reference to well known children stories, such as the three pigs and the three bears.

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225 pages

ISBN: 9781479139071

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Nancy Janes writes short stories and poetry.

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Speed of Sight by C. R. Flamingbush


Speed of Sight: A Superhero Adventure, by C.R. Flamingbush, is a fantasy story written for young teens. This story focuses on Pete, a 12 year old boy who was given an illegal comic book to hide, but read it instead. Pete is faced with dealing with bullies as well as having a father walk away from the family. Having read the comic book, his life takes on changes. He develops super powers of great sight and amazing fast speed.

This book has a lot of action and many good lessons within it. A couple that stand out to me are when Pete meets the cartoonist king and asks for help. “Hi, I’m Pete, and I make a lot of mistakes. My life is a mess. Can you help me?” Another is when Pete realizes defeating villains requires beating the evil spirit first. This story teaches lessons of faith and doing good. This is a story for older children and younger teens.

I received a copy of this book from Dove Christian Publishers through Book Crash. This is my honest review.

180 pages

ISBN: 9780998669069

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The Delusion: We All Have Our Demons by Laura Gallier


The Delusion, by Laura Gallier is book one in the series.

Owen Edmonds recently inherited a home from his grandparents in Texas. Needing to flee their home , he and his mom move to Texas. Owen attends Mason High, which has had eleven students commit suicide. One day he goes for a walk on his property and meets a gentleman that offers him a drink from the well. Owen gets really sick and when he wakes up he is able to see people walking around with chains attached to their necks. Then he starts seeing strange creatures around the people who have chains. Owen notices some of the people do not have chains and instead have a light glowing from them. This news spread quickly and his friends turn against him. Two other boys want to drink the water and see what Owen sees. But when they drink the water, they die, leaving Owen suspected for killing them.

The story is told from Owen’s point of view and is very detailed. The story moves along rather quickly and there is so much happening that it is hard to put the book down. This is a story of good and evil, a story of teens and how they think and feel. There were a couple things in the story that I felt were especially good. One was when Owen questioned his mother about the names on her chains and was able to find out things of his past he had wondered about. The other was about his Christian friend Ray Ann. She was there for him through the situation and wanted to see what he could see. She was so loving, caring and forgiving that Owen wanted to give his mother the same mercy Ray Ann gave him. Together Ray Ann and Owen struggle to figure out a way to stop an attack on their school.

I think older teens and adult that enjoy fantasy or thrillers would enjoy this book. There are very detailed descriptions that could be disturbing for some. The images the author paints are sometime horrific and some could find this hard to read.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. This my honest review.

Series: The Delusion (book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9781496422378

Publisher: Tyndale Publishing

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Storm by Bonnie S. Calhoun


Storm, written by Bonnie S. Calhoun, is book 3 in the Stone Braide Chronicles. The Sorrows happened 150 years earlier and the story takes place in post apocalyptic United State. Selah is just 18 years old and is a novarium trying to complete the Third Protocol. Selah, along with a few friends and her family, work endlessly to get the clues Selah needs.

After the Sorrows the atmosphere is covered in volcanic ash. The group finds out there are two domes that cover entire cities where people live. These domes are in original cites from before the Sorrows, Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. The group go to Cleveland just as a major storm arrives. They are forced to stay at the dome several months. While there, Selah works with the Keeper to learn more about the protocol and how she can complete it. Moljica, Yaraji and Bodhi get go through training for combat and survival. Selah’s younger siblings spend time reading the fairy tales from The Stone Braide Chronicles.

The keeper tells Selah she needs to go to the Chicago dome and see the Seeker. When the group gets to Chicago they experience trouble with their transport. They work on fixing it while Selah meets with the Seeker. The Seeker is not able to help her, but tells her about an old lady who might have information. Selah is told they need to go to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While on their way to Milwaukee, their transport blows up. They eventually get to Milwaukee and are not safe there. They no longer have transportation so they decide to go by train and do not know where to go. Selah’s younger siblings use the symbols used in the Stone Braide Chronicles to decide white trip to take. All the while Selah is getting very weak and it appears she will not be able to accomplish the Third Protocol.

This is a very good teen fantasy. The series should be read in order, but enough information is included in this story to understand what is happening. There is a lot of action that takes place while the group work to reach their goal alive. And there is suspense with who they can trust and with what is going to happen next as well as will Selah be able to complete the protocol. While there is violence in this story, it is not very offensive.

The parts of the story that I enjoyed the most was when the group worked together to find clues that would lead them to succeed. I enjoyed the children’s part in the story, the memorizing of the fairy tales and the mischief they get into when the transport breaks down. I also enjoyed the selflessness of Selah when she donated blood, know that it will shorten her life. I was disappointed the book is published by a Christian publishing company, yet there isn’t Christian references in the story. This story will be enjoyed by people who enjoy fantasy and action packed stories.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.

Series: Stone Braide Chronicles (Book 3)

Pages: 400

ISBN: 9780800723781

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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Forever Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon


Forever Doon is book four in the Doon series written by Cary Corp and Lori Langdon. The Witch of Doon has taken over and many of the Doonians have fled Doon and arrive in Alloway. The Brig o’ Doon has been destroyed and the Doonians in Alloway work to rebuild the Brigo’Doon. When the Doonians who fled are able to return to Doon, they all work together to defeat the Witch of Doon.

This is a fantasy series written for young adults. The story includes a little romance and a lot of mystery and action. There are several fighting sections in the book that include violence. The book is intended for general readership without being overtly Christian.

I think this is a wonderful book for teens and young adults. The books can be read alone, but they are so good, it is best to read the whole series in order. The parts of the book that stand out the most for me are when advice from Alasdair is sought. I especially like the part when Alasdair tells Duncan that he has learned that the Protector reveals what they need to know exactly when they need to know it. Alasdair tells Duncan to have faith and the course will be made clear when the time is right.

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Series: A Doon Novel

384 pages

ISBN-10: 0310742374

ISBN-13: 978-0310742371

Publisher: Blink