I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Published by HarperTeen on October 23rd, 2018
Genres: Family, Fantasy, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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.
The Light Between Worlds, is in a word, Gorgeous. The Cover, the writing, the characters, the world(s). All of it. What I love about it the most was that it was a story about AFTER. It was primarily about how the siblings were coping and dealing with their return from the Woodlands. It does have that Narina feel to it, which I actually liked.
The first part of the book is Evelyn’s POV. Being the youngest, I felt she was more affected by events that had happened and she was struggling. She has a lot of built up emotions; which all felt genuine due to the circumstances. The second part, is Philippa’s POV after Evelyn disappears. We also get flashback scenes of their time in the Woodlands. Since the story was primarily about how coming home affected them, I liked these short scenes on who the characters were in the Woodlands. It also builds up to why they left.
As I mentioned, the writing (along with everything else) was gorgeous. It’s flowery, yes, but it felt true to the story. These characters harbor a lot of emotion; some even having severe depression, suicidal thoughts, self harm, PTSD (to name a few) and it was very well done.
I really liked reading about the sibling connection between the three of them, but especially Evelyn and Philippa. For a large part of the book, I was curious on why we had so much focus on those two and not so much their brother, but as the story unfolds it becomes apparent. There are some amazing supporting characters too, each bringing their own quirky, and in some cases, broken, parts too.
The ending. It could only have gone one of two ways, and it fit. There is a lot of things left unanswered, and I’m okay with that. This is another book this year that I find myself still thinking about from time to time. I highly recommend it.
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