Le royaume évanoui
Un hymne à l'amour de deux sœurs prêtes à tout l'une pour l'autre. Un roman fantastique dans la lignée du Monde de Narnia.
Une nuit, alors qu'Evelyn donnerait tout pour échapper aux bombardements qui touchent Londres, sa soeur Lena et elle sont transportées dans la Grande Forêt, fabuleux royaume peuplé de créatures fantastiques. Quand elles sont de retour quelques
“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 Narna-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 ...more
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 then ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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:
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 peopledid, 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 ...more
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? ...more
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 ...more
Incidentally I found the ‘Narnia’ (Woodlands) aspect less compelling than the actual Narnia books. The focus is really on the real world.
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 ...more
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 ...more
WHAT I LOVED
-Such a strong setting, particularly in our world! I liked the Woodlands too, but it's been compared to Narnia, and I preferred to think of the Woodlands as its own thing... because ...more
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.
Very reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Narnia books, which made me really like this one! I do think it is more appropriate for mature Y.A. readers, because of some of the more adult situations and scenes.
(pg. 115)-"I'm afraid of who I'm becoming. I catch myself singing when I cross the back field, early in the mornings, to visit the cows. There's something inside me- a glad, bright feeling, fragile and lovely as a dew-spangled cobweb, and I'm terrified."- Evelyn
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