Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Light Between Worlds (A Saturday Short Review)

About the Book

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Published by Harper Teen on October 28, 2018

GoodReads Description

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

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. If you have any questions about these warnings, or require more details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page on the author's website.

Saturday Short Review

Although it may seem shallow, this book absolutely caught my eye because of the gorgeous cover.  I swooned at first sight and had to have it! I was delighted that the story inside was just as beautiful as the cover it was wrapped in.  I was blown away by the enchanting fantasy land described in this novel. Most of the novel does not take place in this land, but it was enough to allow me to fall in love with it.  The world building of both the real world and the fantasy land were so well done that I never wanted to leave either when I turned the final page.  And, perhaps my favorite part, the characters were stunningly realistic!  No only could I imagine them vividly, I was able to believe that each thing they did was truly happening.  I could put myself in their shoes because Weymouth did such a fantastic job of bringing them to life.

Unfortunately, there were a few things that I didn't think were done as well.  I hated that several aspects of the novel were rather predictable.  I would have been more entranced had the story shocked me in more places.  The most painful moment, however, was the ending.  There is no true resolution to this novel.  Did Ev die? Did she commit suicide? Did she go home?  I need to know, but I will probably never find out.  I'm fairly certain that Weymouth did this to encourage her audience to use their imagination.  This would have been more effective had she given her audience a less predictable novel.

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