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The Light Between Worlds

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,381 ratings  ·  1,027 reviews
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, 351 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by HarperTeen
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was not at all what I was expecting and unfortunately that worked out in a negative way for me. The story was so bleak and depressing, and I understand why but it just made it super hard to read. The concept is intriguing but the execution was lacklustre and bland. Maybe part of it was that it was a totally different book than I’d thought it would be, but I found it so hard to connect with anything. It hit one note and that was it. Partially I wasn’t a fan of the jumping between fantasy and ...more
Charlotte May
Beautiful and sad all at the same time.

“I think it’s very easy to find yourself living a life full of regret…and that you should always make the courageous decision, even when doing so seems hard.”

I picked this one up mainly because of the Narnia-like vibes it gives off. Another reviewer said that it reads like Narnia fan-fiction, which I would say I agree with, and that definitely isn’t a bad thing!

The chapters alternate between the past – where siblings Jamie, Philippa and Evelyn have been t
C.G. Drews
I'll be honest = this book hit me really hard and I'm a bit dismayed that (in all the promo/reviews/hype I've seen) no one's talked about how this is very heavily about depression and suicide. Please be careful if you pick it up and you're not in a good place. I honestly felt (and I hope I'm wrong and that I misunderstood the book's intention) that it had underlying tones of depressed people being a burden to society and their families. This is so so dangerous to say. And so so untrue. Depressed ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Light Between Worlds ended up being a much more emotionally powerful story than I initially anticipated. There's a lot to unpack after reading this.

If you're going into it expecting a light YA portal Fantasy, like I was, you're in for a surprise. This is a deep dive into codependency, mental health, guilt and trauma. Prepare.

Broken into two distinct sections, this book follows sisters, Evelyn and Phillipa, and their complex, codependent relationship.

Set in the early-1940s, the girls, along
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
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

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
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.

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.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books where I’m trying not to factor in the “enjoyment” factor when rating this. The writing itself is 5 star worthy. It’s extremely poetic prose but instead of being light and flowy, it’s heavy and introspective. This entire story is a love letter to depression in a painfully beautiful voice.

While this has notes of portal fantasy like Every Heart A Doorway does, it explores the depressive thoughts of those children kicked out of their fantasy worlds even more than that one
Nadhira Satria
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Boring and a complete rip off of Narnia.
Vicky Again
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 this nove
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
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
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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 a
Lenore .

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
I haven't read Seanan McGuire's "Wayward Children" series yet (I know, I know, I'm going to get to it!) I believe this book covers a little of the same ground, in that some children are taken to a magical land then are returned after some years. Laura Weymouth's two main characters and sisters Evelyn and Philippa, and their brother Jamie, are spirited away to the Woodlands by a stag called Cervus during an air raid and bombing during the second World War. Unfortunately, after they return, Evelyn ...more
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
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 q
A Book Shrew
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!!!

Full review at A Book Shrew

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
Para (wanderer)
This is one of my favourite finds this year.

Have you ever wondered what happens to children violently thrown from portal fantasy worlds? Do you think Susan from Narnia deserved better? Are you looking for something quiet and melancholy? Did you wish the Wayward Children novellas were darker and longer? Then you should absolutely read it.
And we’re all a little frayed around the edges, aren’t we? It doesn’t surprise me and it doesn’t frighten me, finding out you’re only human like the rest of u
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🙊
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
*me finding random books on my GoodReads that I know I reviewed but the review is just gone!*
Laura Weymouth
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I give this book 5 stars because I wrote it
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 8/19/18 & review posted on The Book Addict's Guide 7/25/19: 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
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 the ...more
“This is, after all, my own peculiar magic--whatever circumstances I find myself in, I always land on my feet.”

TW: depression, self-harm, ptsd, suicidal ideation, illness and disordered eating, loss of a loved one, and mentions of drowning.

It's been nearly ten days since I finished this book and my feelings are still really conflicted about it. There were parts of this book that were 5 star worthy and parts that barely deserved 1 star. Some of it comes from personal taste, while other comes from
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)

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.

Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who re-read Narnia until the books fell apart
[ARC Provided by NetGalley, my review is unbiased]
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📗 Somehow 2020 has blessed me with not one, but two new favourite authors and after many years of not having any auto-buy authors, this feels amazing. This book reminded me of my favourite childhood books, but was utterly heartbreaking.

📕 I've often wondered how the Pevensie children of Narnia went home and just continued their lives after so many years away from home, and this follows a very similar vein, but a
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Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living 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, and an ever-expanding menagerie of animal friends. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Sp ...more

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