The Light Between Worlds
Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge. When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves. Now, Ev spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes. Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was. But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.Content warnings are available at www.lauraeweymouth.com/books

The Light Between Worlds Details

TitleThe Light Between Worlds
Author
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062696878
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Light Between Worlds Review

  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    January 1, 1970
    A picked this book up on a total whim and absolutely loved it. The writing was fantastic, and the story made my heart ache in the best way.
  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionActual rating: 3.5 stars“A Woodlands heart always find its way home”🌟 The moment I set my eyes on this cover I knew I was going to read this book. It has one of the best covers ever. I wanted the inside to match the outside, well it happened but to a certain degree.🌟 Let’s just say that the first thing that caught my attention was the writing style, Laura is a very good writer and for those who like poetical writing th This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionActual rating: 3.5 stars“A Woodlands heart always find its way home”🌟 The moment I set my eyes on this cover I knew I was going to read this book. It has one of the best covers ever. I wanted the inside to match the outside, well it happened but to a certain degree.🌟 Let’s just say that the first thing that caught my attention was the writing style, Laura is a very good writer and for those who like poetical writing then this book is for you, it literally even had many verses of poem. The prose flowed easily which made this quite fast to read despite it being a bit heavy kind of book.🌟 The Edelweiss page says that this book genre is Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches, but I actually disagree. I thought it was going to be like that which makes you think it will be action packed with wars and tactics and stuff but nope! I can’t find one genre to put this into as it was a mix of Magic realism/ fantasy/ contemporary and historical fiction. So think of this more as a quiet book rather than a fast action packed one.🌟 This was also a bit confusing at first because it jumps between the real world and the Woodsland world. between past and present and between Evelyn and Philippa. But after a few chapters I got the hang of things and that wasn’t really a problem.🌟 I saw mixed reviews about this when comparing it to Narnia, some said that is a must for fans of Narnia and some said that it is a big No for those fans. I say try it and have your own opinion. I never watched Narnia (I know!!) so I can’t judge but there are similarities as jumping into a different world where time flows different form our world. So the characters grow in Woodlands for a few years and then they go back to the real world as young children. I found this idea a cool one and so if you like it give this a chance.🌟 It is also more of a character driven book that deals with families, wars and sisterhood. I expected it to be like HP kind of book with more magic and creatures and adventures and that never happened. That actually affected my rating.“If it’s your heart that fails you, we’ll teach your hands what to do. Then they will act before your heart can stop them”ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    Boring and a complete rip off of Narnia.bleh
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A yearning, achingly lovely take on what happens when you find your way free of your own world and into one that suits you better--then are forced back home again. This is a book for anyone who dreamed of being Lucy Pevensie or broke their heart over poor Susan, with the mystical, lonesome feeling of a clearing happened upon in the woods.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    If you have loved Narnia, you MUST look this book up next fall. I don't even have words to describe how much I adored it; the lyrical, literary prose, the deeply flawed but eminently relatable characters, the utterly phenomenal premise. This book is like nostalgia incarnate, and not quite like anything I've ever read. ❤❤❤ DEFINITELY read it. If you have loved Narnia, you MUST look this book up next fall. I don't even have words to describe how much I adored it; the lyrical, literary prose, the deeply flawed but eminently relatable characters, the utterly phenomenal premise. This book is like nostalgia incarnate, and not quite like anything I've ever read. ❤️❤️❤️ DEFINITELY read it.
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  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Update: I got an arc 🙆🏼♀May 5th, 2018Someone said this is like Narnia....I am so ready for this book to come out🙊 Update: I got an arc 🙆🏼‍♀️May 5th, 2018Someone said this is like Narnia....I am so ready for this book to come out🙊
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  • ✧lilly✧
    January 1, 1970
    ✧ ARC PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER VIA EDELWEISS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ✧Have you read The Chronicles of Narnia or watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? If yes, don't come anywhere near this book. Reread or rewatch Narnia instead. You'll be getting the better execution of the exact same premise.There isn't an ounce of originality in The Light Between Worlds. It's practically a recycled version of Narnia, minus Edmund:✔ four three children are swept away to a magical medieval land ✧ ARC PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER VIA EDELWEISS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ✧Have you read The Chronicles of Narnia or watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? If yes, don't come anywhere near this book. Reread or rewatch Narnia instead. You'll be getting the better execution of the exact same premise.There isn't an ounce of originality in The Light Between Worlds. It's practically a recycled version of Narnia, minus Edmund:✔️ four three children are swept away to a magical medieval land through a wardrobe bunker;✔️ the godlike lion Aslan deer Cervus serves as their spiritual mentor;✔️ the magical land is threatened by an evil tyrant who the children should help defeat;✔️ little sister Lucy Evelyn befriends the supernatural creatures and feels more at home in their world;✔️ big sister Susan Philippa turns her back on the magical land once the children are back in our world.And as if these similarities aren't enough to appall any Narnia fan, little to nothing happens in the first 25%. The storyline follows the children's arrival in the magical land and Evelyn's 24-hour mental pity party five years after their return simultaneously. The flashbacks are predictable because you're witnessing a less exciting version of Narnia which barely scratches the surface of the fantasy classic. The "after" chapters are boring because of how mundane they are. Evelyn goes to boarding school. Evelyn reads poetry. Evelyn takes a walk in the woods. Evelyn pulls weeds. Evelyn makes a phone call. There are a million amazing things you can do with the "after Narnia" premise, and this book throws every opportunity for adventure and excitement out the window. The occasionally striking writing is the only thing keeping The Light Between Worlds from a 1 star rating.I wasn't aware that you could write a bland Narnia, but I guess I stand corrected. DNF at 25%.More of my reviews can be found on my blog, Valley of the Books.
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  • London Shah
    January 1, 1970
    You don't even know how much you're going to love this book... Oh my goodness, it is haunting in the most beautiful ways. Prepare to meet one of the most unforgettable MC's you've ever read about––I can't believe how much I connected with Ev!!! I still think about her, and that's something when you consider I read an early draft of this story. I cannot wait to read the final version. So utterly beautifully written, a heartbreaking premise, and an MC who will grab your heart and run away into he You don't even know how much you're going to love this book... Oh my goodness, it is haunting in the most beautiful ways. Prepare to meet one of the most unforgettable MC's you've ever read about––I can't believe how much I connected with Ev!!! I still think about her, and that's something when you consider I read an early draft of this story. I cannot wait to read the final version. So utterly beautifully written, a heartbreaking premise, and an MC who will grab your heart and run away into he woodlands with it. Oh my <3
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  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial Impressions 8/19/18: 4.5 starsWhat a beautiful book this was! THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS wasn't quite what I was expecting but it turned out to be even better. The focus was much more on the time after the fantasy world and how the three siblings had to deal with being back in the real world and it made for such an emotional story. I loved the characters and how real everything felt. The emotions really struck me and I connected with these characters so much. The writing was positively gor Initial Impressions 8/19/18: 4.5 starsWhat a beautiful book this was! THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS wasn't quite what I was expecting but it turned out to be even better. The focus was much more on the time after the fantasy world and how the three siblings had to deal with being back in the real world and it made for such an emotional story. I loved the characters and how real everything felt. The emotions really struck me and I connected with these characters so much. The writing was positively gorgeous. It was a tad flowery at times which sort of took away from some of the beauty because it was so well-written that it didn't need to be over the top. Those quiet moments and emotional connections did the work so the overly flowery passages weren't necessary, but they still evoked emotion as well, even if they did become a bit distracting. I was easily swept away with this story and I had a hard time tearing myself out of this world. I actually really appreciated that this book wasn't so much about the fantasy world that these children found but about how it changed them and the people they became. It wasn't about all of them needing the world and everyone took away something different from the experience. I loved the sibling connection and the other relationships in the book were positively perfect as well. Tom was easily the best character in the book and I loved him so much, and Philippa's Jack made for a wonderful addition as well. It's wonderful to see supporting characters doing just that -- supporting the leads for exactly who they are, despite heartbreak, secrets, stubbornness, and all the other things. I actually didn't quite love the ending. It was quite fitting and I knew it was one of two possibilities but I still didn't love it. It also leaves a lot of questions left unanswered (like what will happen after the closing chapter), but it's also not necessary to address those questions because that would be another story entirely. I'm so glad I read this book and although it wasn't what my heart told me I was in the mood for when I picked it up, it founds its place quite fittingly.
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  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book was quite a trip. It started out with a Chronicles of Narnia vibe but then turned into all of the darkness and poetic beauty of Wintersong. This book gives insight to what might happen after Narnia. They’ve lived in a different world, are years older, different people – and then get thrown back into their younger bodies in this old world. It is a story about the bond/relationship between sisters, and dealing with loss, grief, and guilt. Keep in mind that this is a pretty emotional Wow, this book was quite a trip. It started out with a Chronicles of Narnia vibe but then turned into all of the darkness and poetic beauty of Wintersong. This book gives insight to what might happen after Narnia. They’ve lived in a different world, are years older, different people – and then get thrown back into their younger bodies in this old world. It is a story about the bond/relationship between sisters, and dealing with loss, grief, and guilt. Keep in mind that this is a pretty emotionally intense story (feeling lost, depression, self-harm) so take care while reading. It is also interwoven with poetry, magic, art, and finding where your heart calls home. Laura Weymouth enchants you with the Woodlands and makes you never want to leave. It is heart-wrenching and beautiful and definitely worth a read this Fall!
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  • Ameema Saeed
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.I'm an Indigo Employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback.The alternate ending to Narnia that you never knew you needed. This book was devastating (in the best of ways). Covering incredibly heavy topics like grief, loss, trauma, and mental illness – this book was truly genre-defying. Almost split into two stories – this read half like the story of a young, troubled girl – torn between two worlds; and half like the new adult coming- 4.5 stars.I'm an Indigo Employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback.The alternate ending to Narnia that you never knew you needed. This book was devastating (in the best of ways). Covering incredibly heavy topics like grief, loss, trauma, and mental illness – this book was truly genre-defying. Almost split into two stories – this read half like the story of a young, troubled girl – torn between two worlds; and half like the new adult coming-of-age story of a woman who loses her sister. Somehow, the two stories worked, and together told a heartbreaking (but strangely uplifting) story. I really loved this book – I was surprised by how much, and am excited for more from this author.
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  • Drue
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks, Edelweiss and HaperTeen for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. "The heart of a woman falls back with the night,And enters some alien cage in its plight,And tries to forget it has dreamed of the starsWhile it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars."Oh boy, had I expected this book to be completely opposite of what I got? Yes. A thousand times.Weymouth has a way with words. Each sentence contained a deep thought and emotion. Some people thought t Thanks, Edelweiss and HaperTeen for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. "The heart of a woman falls back with the night,And enters some alien cage in its plight,And tries to forget it has dreamed of the starsWhile it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars."Oh boy, had I expected this book to be completely opposite of what I got? Yes. A thousand times.Weymouth has a way with words. Each sentence contained a deep thought and emotion. Some people thought that this book is similar to Lewis's 'The Chronicles of Narnia'. I disagree, however. This book definitely has a similar concept to that beautiful series, and the characters are similar too. The thing about this book is that it says more about finding your way back home. The age-old question: Who am I? Where do I belong?Further, Weymouth also explores a bond of sisterhood. The book is divided into two perspectives told in the first person, which I thought was interesting. When I started reading the book, I wasn't able to follow the storyline. There is a past and then there is the present. When I realized what was going on, the reading was a breeze. It felt like I was in an ancient Britain.Find more reviews on: The Secret of Drue Isle
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Love the cover!
  • Mia
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 5 stars When I picked this book up on a whim, I definitely never expected to find one of my top favorite reads of 2018 and possibly of all time. The Light Between Worlds is one of those books that I felt in my bones, in every facet of my heart as I turned each page. It's a story of belonging, sisterhood, love, and most of all, home.I'm going to start my review off with a very important note, however, which I think everybody needs to understand before they pick up this book. Although the Rating: 5 stars When I picked this book up on a whim, I definitely never expected to find one of my top favorite reads of 2018 and possibly of all time. The Light Between Worlds is one of those books that I felt in my bones, in every facet of my heart as I turned each page. It's a story of belonging, sisterhood, love, and most of all, home.I'm going to start my review off with a very important note, however, which I think everybody needs to understand before they pick up this book. Although the cover and marketing led me to believe that Light is high fantasy, I definitely would not put it in that category. You shouldn't pick this up expecting Game of Thrones-style world-building or Sarah J. Maas-style characters. Light Between Worlds is really a genre-defying novel, which is one of the reasons I loved it so much! While it has elements of fantasy and magical realism, its foundation sits clearly in historical fiction with a focus on character development like a contemporary.The book is broken into two halves, the first from the perspective of Evelyn, the younger sister whose every thought is consumed by her desire to return to the magical world of the Woodlands. The second half is told from Phillipa's perspective, the older sister who is forced to deal with the aftermath when Evelyn goes mysteriously missing. "As for me, I refuse to be pitied. I refuse to be anyone but who I've always been: Evelyn Hapwell, teller of truths and walker of worlds, friend of the Woodlands and enemy of tyrants, beloved of Cervus, the Guardian of the Great Wood." Initially, I was afraid that I wouldn't like Phillipa's half nearly as much as Evelyn's (or vice versa). But both perspectives were equally as strong and heart-wrenching with distinct personalities. Overall, the narrative is so in-tune with the raw, human emotions of each character, I've never read something that felt so deeply personal even though I couldn't relate to their issues from experience. The way Weymouth writes about life is utterly realistic and unabashedly true.The world of the Woodlands is fairly simplistic, we see it mostly through flashbacks (which are intricately and seamlessly woven into the present story). The world-building is what I would consider to be extremely minimal and mostly intuitive, it's very similar to Narnia. Because at the end of the day, this story is not about the fantasy world the characters are caught between, it's about their journey to discover where they truly belong and how to mentally cope in a harsh reality.Which brings me to another very important part of my review—content warnings. This book heavily discusses depression and suicide, and there are a few scenes displaying self-harm and disordered eating. If you think this book may not be safe for you to read, I encourage you to visit the author's website, she has a page that explains more about Light's sensitive content. Not only do we get to see ownvoices representation for depression, but we also see the very unique perspective of someone who has had to be the main caretaker of a family member with depression. I feel like we get to see the former somewhat often in YA literature, but never the latter. To have them both in one side-by-side narrative was truly breathtaking.Post-WWII London serves as the perfect backdrop for this melancholy and contemplative story. The oppressive tension and uncertainty in the atmosphere are reflected in Evelyn and Phillipa's struggles, as well as in minor characters from both our world and the Woodlands. The historical aspects made this feel right at home with classic stories like Narnia, Peter Pan, and even Wuthering Heights or other romantic British literature. Artwork and poetry are also featured very heavily in this book, which I adored! The art history nerd in me came out in full force as I sat googling each work of art mentioned and reading its description. "This world is asleep, and no matter how many times I've wandered and wondered and spoken and sang, I've never been able to wake a single thing." And of course, the romance. AHHHHHH the freaking romance!! (Or really, romances, I should say). Evelyn and Phillipa both have prospective love interests, Tom and Jack. The romance is completely understated and just a whisper compared to the main focal points of the book, but damn did those two boys manage to capture my heart entirely. They're both sweet, kind, patient, and deserve no less than the entire world.Finally, the writing is phenomenal. Weymouth easily deserves to be on the NYT list just for her pure talent, I'm so shocked that this is the first we've ever gotten to read from her! I used more than an entire stack of tabs in my book to mark the quotes that I loved.If you pre-order one fall release this entire year, let it be this book. I promise you will end up just as heartbroken and blown away as I am!
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  • Abby
    January 1, 1970
    (I rated this book 5 stars!)Holy shit. I can't believe how lucky I am to have stumbled across an ARC of this in the staff room at work, because I think if I hadn't it would have gotten buried under the rest of the new releases in October when it's slated to be released and I never would have picked it up.As someone who vastly prefers fictional worlds to real ones, sometimes to a very unhealthy degree, to cope with mental health problems... This book was endlessly compelling and relateable. I don (I rated this book 5 stars!)Holy shit. I can't believe how lucky I am to have stumbled across an ARC of this in the staff room at work, because I think if I hadn't it would have gotten buried under the rest of the new releases in October when it's slated to be released and I never would have picked it up.As someone who vastly prefers fictional worlds to real ones, sometimes to a very unhealthy degree, to cope with mental health problems... This book was endlessly compelling and relateable. I don't think I've ever cried so much and felt so much while reading a book before. Again, holy shit. And to be honest, I don't think I've ever seen such a raw, honest, realistic portrayal of depression (and possibly what also seems to be PTSD but that just might be aligned with my experience with having the disorder) and just the pure hopelessness that comes with it. I find that a lot of YA tends to... poeticize (not a word, but we'll go with it) depression and dumb it down and I can never quite relate to those portrayals. This is the first portrayal that has really hit me hard and deep, and not necessarily in a bad or triggering way. I could relate to Evelyn so strongly; the constant feeling of just not belonging in this world and that your real home is not here, in this universe, in this reality. It was always a feeling that I thought was specific to me, but it was put down in the pages of this book so accurately and in line with my own feelings that, quite frankly, I was a bit flabbergasted.Despite the fact that this is a deeply personal story to me, there is also a compelling and well-told story here. The characters and their relationships felt very real, natural, and organic, which in my experience is quite hard to find in YA fantasy. There is a consistent message spread throughout that it is never one person's sole job to ease the suffering of another, and I really appreciated the fact that it was constantly brought up. If you do decide to pick this one up, and you definitely should, be aware of the fact that there is triggering content in regards to ableism, PTSD flashbacks, realistic portrayals of depression, brief allusions to disordered eating, self-harm, and (view spoiler)[allusions to suicide (hide spoiler)].
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  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.I wasn't too sure of this at first, but it turned out to be a beautiful exploration of sisterhood, grief, and finding your place in the world. (I'd like to give trigger warnings for depression and self-harm)
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  • Anna Bright
    January 1, 1970
    THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS is a feast, full of magic and reverence. Its pages are laced with poetry and art that lend a rare and beautiful texture to a book already rich with the bittersweetness of longing to understand those you love.Sisters Philippa and Evelyn's narratives are the story of what happens after an adventure. During the bombing of London, Evelyn wishes herself, her sister, and their brother, Jamie, far away, and by magic, they land in a world called the Woodlands.Evelyn finds respit THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS is a feast, full of magic and reverence. Its pages are laced with poetry and art that lend a rare and beautiful texture to a book already rich with the bittersweetness of longing to understand those you love.Sisters Philippa and Evelyn's narratives are the story of what happens after an adventure. During the bombing of London, Evelyn wishes herself, her sister, and their brother, Jamie, far away, and by magic, they land in a world called the Woodlands.Evelyn finds respite and happiness in the Woodlands and with its Guardian, Cervus.Philippa finds herself waiting for the day they can return to England-- especially when war darkens the Woodlands.Evelyn and Philippa return and readjust to to our world, but only one of them feels she's found her way home. I'm excited for you all to meet this story in October. I loved it. It already feels like an old friend.
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  • Jen Fulmer
    January 1, 1970
    The Light Between Worlds is a staggering work of sorrow and joy that explores the meanings of home, family, and loss. Set in a richly detailed post-WW2 England and a lush forest fantasy land, Laura Weymouth expertly weaves together the lives of two sisters, their love, their pain, and the unbreakable bond they share. Heartbreaking and beautiful, The Vanishing Kingdom is sure to enchant its readers.
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  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    January 1, 1970
    Not quite sure how I feel... nothing really happened, lots of potentially interesting scenes were skipped or just kind of went nowhere, and I generally felt like I was being kept at arm's length from the characters as a result.RTC.
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I NOW HOLD A PHYSICAL ARC IN MY HANDS BECAUSE MY LOCAL BOOKSTORE IS THE GREATEST.I don't think you realize how excited I am to dive into this now. That display is lucky it's still in one piece.
  • Kristen Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the Pevensie siblings after they left Narnia, this is the book for you! While it’s not a direct sequel, after hearing the author speak, that was partially her inspiration. And boy, oh boy, does it hold up. This book is thrilling and exciting and has funny moments and sad ones. It’s a fantastic debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what Laura writes next!
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  • Barb Heinrichs
    January 1, 1970
    THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS is a hauntingly beautiful and surprisingly literary tale set in London, rural England, and a strange and wonderful world called the Woodlands. Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell and their brother Jamie, are struggling to adjust to life in post-war England after an unexpected trip to the Great Wood where they acted as decoys to stave off an imminent war. The book begins by introducing us to Ev who, of the three siblings, has the most difficulty forgetting where her past life end THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS is a hauntingly beautiful and surprisingly literary tale set in London, rural England, and a strange and wonderful world called the Woodlands. Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell and their brother Jamie, are struggling to adjust to life in post-war England after an unexpected trip to the Great Wood where they acted as decoys to stave off an imminent war. The book begins by introducing us to Ev who, of the three siblings, has the most difficulty forgetting where her past life ends and her current life begins. On her way back to the fall school term she meets Tom Harper, an acquaintance of her brother, who attends school at nearby St. Joseph's. As the term progresses and their relationship develops, Ev seems to be gaining ground. She begins to feel at home but when reminders of what she lost cause her to retreat further into her own private world of memories, she attempts to cope by penning letters to her beloved and much missed sister Philippa who has reluctantly abandoned Ev for the sake of her own well-being, by accepting a scholarship to a school in America. The letters, containing poetry, are eventually turned over to Scotland Yard as they become part of an investigation to locate Ev after she goes missing. Philippa’s school term comes to an abrupt end when she receives a trans-Atlantic phone call from Jamie telling her about Ev’s disappearance. Once back in London, Philippa lands a job in the newly developed Art Restoration Department at the National Gallery where she meets Jack, a former soldier, who despite his war wounds maintains a positive outlook on life. Like her sister Ev, Philippa also encounters circumstances that propel her into the past. But unlike Ev, her memories focus on the traumatic time she spent trying to cope with Ev’s increasing dysphoria. As the police investigation heats up, Philippa attempts to answer her own haunting questions of what happened to her sister. The story shifts seamlessly between the fantasy life in the Woodlands, the sisters' shared past at St. Agatha's and the shattered life they are now living. Through evocative descriptions, skillfully executed dialogue, and poignant vignettes, Laura Weymouth weaves a spellbinding narrative of the intimate and often complex relationship between two sisters. Readers are also treated to the inner workings of a prestigious art gallery during a tumultuous time in its history. Fans of C.S Lewis' Narnia series will find much to love in this tale, which was inspired by the authors own questions of how one would cope with life after an adventure in another world. Speaking to his sister, Philippa, Jamie has this to say "No one's ever had a choice around you and Ev. The two of you are like gravity. It's impossible to get free once you're caught" and just like that, you also, dear reader, will be drawn into their world.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from the publisher for an honest review.During a middle of the night air strike in London, the siblings Jaime, Philippa, and Evelyn are transported to another realm. They are returned back to their world, with no time lost, after 5 years in the forest realm of the Woodlands. Philippa and Jaime adjust and move on but Evelyn mourns her home in the Woodlands and longs to go back. Filled with magic and poetry, this book is heartbreaking in the best way. This book is t I received an ARC of this title from the publisher for an honest review.During a middle of the night air strike in London, the siblings Jaime, Philippa, and Evelyn are transported to another realm. They are returned back to their world, with no time lost, after 5 years in the forest realm of the Woodlands. Philippa and Jaime adjust and move on but Evelyn mourns her home in the Woodlands and longs to go back. Filled with magic and poetry, this book is heartbreaking in the best way. This book is told in alternating chapters from the past and the present in a way that feel entirely natural.
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  • Shoshana
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, thoughtful, and so much more than it's one-liner pitch: What happens after you come back from Narnia?It IS that, and it's such a fantastic premise, but it's also so much more. It's sisterhood, and the love, responsibilities, and sorrows therein; it's self-discovery and finding your place in the world (and that hideous specter: what if you can't?); it's loss and grief and hope and the depth of true emotion, all in one moving, captivating story, told by two young women who are so powerf Beautiful, thoughtful, and so much more than it's one-liner pitch: What happens after you come back from Narnia?It IS that, and it's such a fantastic premise, but it's also so much more. It's sisterhood, and the love, responsibilities, and sorrows therein; it's self-discovery and finding your place in the world (and that hideous specter: what if you can't?); it's loss and grief and hope and the depth of true emotion, all in one moving, captivating story, told by two young women who are so powerful and relatable in their struggles and their triumphs. I flew through this, but know I'll have to read it again to absorb every moment, and linger again in their worlds.
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  • Bethany Stevenson
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book, especially since ever since the book deal was announced, I started counting down the days until it's release.To sum it up briefly: it's beautiful and heart-wrenching.But there's a warning I need to give to any future readers before picking this book up. If you're going through a rough spot in your life or struggling personally with something, hesitate to pick it up. Laura is a FANTASTIC author, which means things get very very very realistic. Since I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book, especially since ever since the book deal was announced, I started counting down the days until it's release.To sum it up briefly: it's beautiful and heart-wrenching.But there's a warning I need to give to any future readers before picking this book up. If you're going through a rough spot in your life or struggling personally with something, hesitate to pick it up. Laura is a FANTASTIC author, which means things get very very very realistic. Since the story deals with a suicidal, depressed, lost girl around my age, it actually started affecting me a little since I'd just gotten off some identity issues, shredded friendships, and a really young friend of mine recently nearly died.This meant I had to read the book S.L.O.W.L.Y. It also meant I got to savor every word more though so I'm not complaining! Just the opening half in Evelyn's, one of the two sister's, POV is very. very. very close (in a fantasy) way to what lots of girls struggling with depression. anxiety, broken dreams, lost identities and etc go through. So if you are easily emotionally influenced by books and movies, maybe hold off until a brighter moment in your life to pick it up.What I loved:The descriptions.The setting.The love interests. I can't pick which guy I liked better. (no there isn't a love triangle.)I just wish there was a more solid ending. But I can see why it ends the way it does. Real life isn't solid happy fairy-tale like endings. It's happy and somber throughout the entire novel. If there was a second novel, I'd read it, even though I know there isn't going to be one.Both sisters are realistic and I relate to both in a lot of ways.Even though this book is pitched to be a lot like Narnia, it has a lot more aspects to it that make it it's own original, fresh world and story. I would 10/10 recommend to any friend of mine who is 15+, but also, again, warn them about how crazy of an emotional roller coaster the story is... and that's coming from someone who doesn't cry when reading or watching movies.
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  • R.M. Romero
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who loved Narnia as a child but found the idea of the Pevensies being pushed out of their second home more and more dissatisfying as I grew older (not to mention the ultimate fate of Susan), THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS was the book I have always wanted. A lyrical exploration of exile, sisterhood, and what it's like to find your way home.
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  • Joanna Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    This mesmerizing novel breaks my heart, but in a good way. 💚💚💚💚
  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC received through #booksfortrade on Twitter. “Inside me something aches and aches, and I wonder if it will ever stop. I reach out and hold tight to my sister’s hand because I can’t fathom going home without her, but can’t imagine her anywhere but here.” Based on how this is being described, I believe a lot of readers are going to go into this with certain expectations, and may be severely disappointed. Yes, The Light Between World has certain aspect THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC received through #booksfortrade on Twitter. “Inside me something aches and aches, and I wonder if it will ever stop. I reach out and hold tight to my sister’s hand because I can’t fathom going home without her, but can’t imagine her anywhere but here.” Based on how this is being described, I believe a lot of readers are going to go into this with certain expectations, and may be severely disappointed. Yes, The Light Between World has certain aspects that are very similar to The Chronicles of Narnia. However, this is also an extremely different sort of book than Narnia, so if you’re expecting a whimsical story full of magic and mythical creatures, this is not that book.Once I got over my initial disappointment, I really learned to love this book. As I said, it’s light of fantasy elements, so don’t be misled by many of the reviews and other descriptors of the novel. The Light Between Worlds is a character driven book, that deals with important issues and heavy subjects such as familial bonds, war, grief and guilt, depression, and mental illness. Not many of the pages are dedicated to the characters’ time in another world, but instead in their return to their own world and their ways of coping.The writing is poetic and really quite lovely. The pace is much slower, but I enjoyed every part of it and had no problem cruising through it. I did connect with one sister more than the other, but I really liked reading from both their prospectives, as they were both so distinct and interesting.The Light Between Worlds was nothing like what I had expected, and yet I loved it anyway. If you want to read a book full of magical creatures and fantasy worlds, this is not that book. If you want to read a beautiful story about coping mechanisms, mental illness, sibling bonds, love and heartaches, with lyrical writing and engaging characters, than I would highly recommend giving The Light Between Worlds a chance!
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  • C.L. McCollum
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warnings for self harm, depression and/or seasonal affective disorder (though neither are specifically named on the page), suicidal ideation, and grief as well as grief affecting eating habits.OK with those out of the way, this was GORGEOUS. Lyrically stunningly gorgeously written. Y'all, this may be my fave book I've read this year, I'm not even joking. Talk about Pevensie children feels hitting you right where it hurts. Seriously though, this read like a love letter to sisters and find Trigger warnings for self harm, depression and/or seasonal affective disorder (though neither are specifically named on the page), suicidal ideation, and grief as well as grief affecting eating habits.OK with those out of the way, this was GORGEOUS. Lyrically stunningly gorgeously written. Y'all, this may be my fave book I've read this year, I'm not even joking. Talk about Pevensie children feels hitting you right where it hurts. Seriously though, this read like a love letter to sisters and finding your place in the world and failing to find it and the sheer struggle to admit sometimes you have to save yourself first even if it means you can't save someone else. Plus the sheer poetry and art love in this book had me wanting to pull out old chapbooks and go to museums. Just ugh gorgeous. I full on was bawling more than once in this book, but it STILL left me feeling hopeful, y'all. So yeah, if you can, I DEFINITELY suggest reading this book. Just have a box and a half of tissues on hand.
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title.WOW. Just WOW. This book was mind-blowingly beautiful and tragic. If you imagine Lucy coming back from Narnia and dealing with being a child again and feeling out of place in the real world, this is the book you're looking for.During an air raid in London, siblings, Jamie, Phillippa, and Evelyn are suddenly spirited away to another world. There the meet Cervus, the guardian of the Woodland. Once there they are told ther Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title.WOW. Just WOW. This book was mind-blowingly beautiful and tragic. If you imagine Lucy coming back from Narnia and dealing with being a child again and feeling out of place in the real world, this is the book you're looking for.During an air raid in London, siblings, Jamie, Phillippa, and Evelyn are suddenly spirited away to another world. There the meet Cervus, the guardian of the Woodland. Once there they are told there is also a war going on and that they could help if they choose to stay. They do, but after five years in the Woodland, they are taken back to London the moment, five years ago int he bombs shelter, they left. Now five years younger, they all must cope with being back, hiding their secrets and their yearning for the Woodlands. They all deal with it in different ways. Evelyn, who we read about in the first half the book, has the hardest time pretending to be someone she knows she is not.Phillippa takes over the second half of the book. After a falling out with her sister, she returns to America to deal with what has happened. She felt guilty and torn up. She takes a job near home where she meets a boy named Jack, who is fantastic btw. As is the romantic interest for Ev, Tom. They are understanding and sweet and kind. I was swooning, I admit.This is story about the bond between siblings and the achingly sad way they all try to help Evelyn's depression. It touches upon some serious issues, and it made me think that if we had a book about what happened to the Narnia kids after coming back to the old world, how they would cope. They wouldn't just jaunt around as if things were fine after spending so long in Narnia and growing up there. Some have said that not a lot happens in this book, but for me, everything happens. You get such insight on how lost Ev is and how everyone around tries to help only to fail. You see the desperation in everyone to "save her." To me, it is realistic and heartbreaking.All in all, this book needs to pre-ordered now. It is one of those that had me dwelling on it days after I finished it and even though I read this fantastic e-arc, I went ahead and pre-ordered myself. Laura is going to be one to watch in the future.
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