ARC Review: The Light Between Worlds – Laura E. Weymouth

This Advanced Reader’s Copy was obtained during Book Expo 2018, in which this will be an honest review with both positive and negative points about the book.


34842042Name: The Light Between Worlds
Author: Laura E. Weymouth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

The final book cover is, of course very different from the ARC’s, since the ARC just had a black background, the main slogan and of course the book title. The final cover brings much more life to yet such a dead-like place- and I couldn’t help but wonder if there is a significance of the color grey in the “bright” world of the Woodlands.


The Actual Review

To put this book simply, it can be called as a Narnia retelling. Imagine when Lucy returned from Narnia, but her negative emotions are amplified; imagine Susan’s desire to disassociate herself with Narnia -an expanded story-. This is what The Light Between The Worlds is about.

I must say I expected something completely different from how I interpreted the synopsis; I thought that I would be getting a much more longer process and section on how Philippa either confronts Evelyn’s past, or at least (like in the book) recalls Evelyn’s symptoms of PTSD; but rather, half of a book is a build up to the point in which Evelyn decides to disappear (in which her whereabouts are pretty much predictable), the other half being Philippa hearing the news of Evelyn’s disappearance and the aftermath of that.

As much as the fact that the ideal situation I mentioned above would seem to be a much more situation for this book -I would have enjoyed a much darker turn on this tale considering the considerable warning that was provided by the author- it wasn’t unenjoyable. Evelyn’s build up stayed true to one of her kind: the fact that things go back and forth and there are times where you find tethers, but whether they last forever is another question. How Evelyn copes with dealing with her separation from the Woodlands stays true to how mental health is represented, and I do give kudos to that.

Philippa on the other hand, deals with a lot of self-blame, and she is probably going through as much as Evelyn is. Philippa copes more with the fact that she made bad choices in the past that affected her sister’s behavior, choices that could possibly avoid situations that she put her sister in. The toxicity of the two’s relationship is what makes it interesting: Evelyn cannot be in Philippa’s world, yet when Philippa was around, Evelyn had a hope of feeling calmer in a world of chaos; Philippa cannot be in Evelyn’s world, and yet she took responsibility upon her shoulders and cared for her sister greatly.

Though the ending was not exactly what I wished it to be, as I believed that if this book turned down a more darker path, it would bring out the story even greater (as I mentioned above), but it was indeed an ending that I was expecting, and it helped close the story well and brought it to an end, and it resolved a final knot that caused the tension between the two sisters all this time the two were struggling, and I thought it was a good way to close the book.


The Light Between Worlds is a tale of two sisters to find and regain their own selves: to find out who they are, find out where exactly do they belong, the things they have loss, the things they need to work on to heal, and the things they have to let go in order to move on.

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