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The Light Between Worlds

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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 the
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by HarperTeen
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Laura Weymouth Hi! The Light Between Worlds is a standalone, though I'm currently hard at work on an unrelated second book that I think those who enjoy TVK will love…moreHi! The Light Between Worlds is a standalone, though I'm currently hard at work on an unrelated second book that I think those who enjoy TVK will love :)(less)
Laura Weymouth TLBW just touches on disordered eating a few times in passing during the second half of the book. You can see a bit of it happening with one character…moreTLBW just touches on disordered eating a few times in passing during the second half of the book. You can see a bit of it happening with one character in response to very difficult circumstances, but it's not dwelt on or discussed/described in detail.

The content warning for self-harm is the one I'd most strongly advise readers to take into account, as that receives more on page time and is discussed/described more fully.

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Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Actual 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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nadhira Satria
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Boring and a complete rip off of Narnia.
Joey Rambles
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
You know, if you can get past the off-putting formatting and enigmatic writing style of this novel, there's actually a pretty interesting story in it!

Too bad I couldn't get past the off-putting formatting and enigmatic writing style.

This is going to sound like an angry review, so before anything else, I'd like to say this: everything I dislike about this novel is purely on a semantic level. I have no problems with its characters or its plot. It's actually pretty sophisticated for a YA novel.

Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Some people will see this as a loving homage to Narnia, with similar elements easily identified: Lucy, Susan and Peter are obviously Evelyn, Philippa, and Jamie, with Aslan recreated in Cervus the stag, and the Woodlands creatures shadows of Narnia natives.

Others will see it as a Narnia ri
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. ...more
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
May 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
Update: I got an arc 🙆🏼♀

May 5th, 2018

Someone said this is like Narnia....

I am so ready for this book to come out🙊
This book is achingly horribly painfully sad.

The pitch for THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS is basically what would life be like for children, grown into heroes or saviours in another world, to come home (ie, post-Narnia). Or to what was once home. I'm not sure exactly what I expected from such a plot, and of course I didn't read the synopsis before diving in, but I was totally unprepared for this experience. In a good and a bad way.

Weymouth's writing is stunning and I want more from this author; that i
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5 years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night 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. When Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair an
Vicky Who Reads
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drcs, wishlist
4.5 stars

This was such a poignant read, I'm stunned by Weymouth's expert skill at manipulating what we perceive as reality and fiction.

Not only was I wholly immersed in this novel--in the rich worlds of the Woodlands and wartime London--I was also invested in the characters' stories and wanted to see them succeed.

Let me backtrack.

Weymouth definitely blew my expectations away with her debut, and I definitely already had decently high expectations.

Yet, there was so much meaning and subtext within

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
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

Firstly, I did not realize how much of a historical fiction it was going to be! It's a historical fiction with some fantasy--not a fantasy. I got some hardcore Narnia vibes but the POV and information given was actually quite different. Imagine being kicked out of Narnia and trying to go back to your life just after WWII. We're not focusing on the magical world that changed you BUT how actions and events in life change people so permanently.

My favourite part?
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 8/19/18: 4.5 stars
What 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
London Shah
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-of-fame
How dare someone think to write this! I mean ... this was just ... COMPLETELY, UTTERLY AND IRREVOCABLY DEVASTATING!!!

First, let me start off by saying I had ridiculously high expectations for this book. Ever since the deal was announced, say a year and a half ago, I have kept an eye on every single update. The title change, the cover reveal which then changed as well (to a masterpiece, I might add), when ARCs went out, etc. The author even followed me back on Twitter a little while ago and I los
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This book... well it wasn't my favorite. It did get a wee bit better as it went along, at least? Idk, I am grasping at straws here, because I wanted so desperately to like it. And tons of people did, from what I can tell on Goodreads! So as always, opinions vary!

The Things I Liked:

•The sibling bond. The sibling story that the story was rooted in was great. They experienced a lot toge
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Ameema Saeed
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-
Meredith Miller
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up most of the night reading this. It's that compelling! The premise is great. What happens to kids once they get back from someplace like Narnia (it isn't Narnia, but a similar kind of fantastical alternate world) and have to fit themselves back into this reality?
The writing here is so strong and the story is realised in a dark and beautiful plot about love between sisters and two young women coping with the constant threat of emotional breakdown. I found Philippa's story more complex
Lovely writing. Winsome characters. Leisurely pace. This novel explores the characters’ longings for another world & the ache they feel when separated from the place they truly belong. A strong YA novel with beautiful use of language. I look forward to another story from this talented author!

(This is a very introspective novel. I was moved by the story but wished that the characters’ sojourn in the other world would have made them braver, stronger & more altruistic in this world—though
Right. Where do I even start with this?

How about here: there's only one other book (or series, rather) I've read this year that's made me cry as much as this one, and even now, days later, it's got me aching and drenched with its characters and their pains.

I wondered if should take a month to sort out my feelings and write something that can be at least 10% of what this story is worth. Then I realized I could take the entire year and still have no "perfect" review to show at the end of it.

Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, digital, family, ya, fantasy
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 stars
While 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
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
This book is 50% girl searching for her way back home and 50% girl searching for her missing sister. It involves a lot of emotional and physical searching.

If you’re searching for a POW-wow-wow book, this isn’t it. It’s a quiet and character-heavy look at emotions and the repercussions of having to leave behind what you love, and I love the idea of it - because what does happen after the journey’s done and everyone is heroes - do you just go home?

It was beautiful and simple novel that felt very
Elise (TheBookishActress)
May 16, 2018 marked it as releases-2018
Shelves: coverporn
and here's why this sounds good!! also, let's talk about this COVER. it's absolutely stunning.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Love the cover!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
(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
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't even right now. I'm too happy and hopeful and also a little sad. I think this review might get a little personal because this book people....this BoOk.
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Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Trigger warnings (as given on the authors' website): "The Light Between Worlds portrays characters dealing with depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, illness and disordered eating, and the loss of a loved one. It refers to possible suicide, contains scenes of violence and war, and brief mentions may be unsettling to readers with emetophobia."

I had been hearing a little bit about The Light Bet
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Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, and an indeterminate number of chickens.

Laura’s debut YA fantasy, The Lig
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