ARC REVIEW: The Universe Of Us – by Lang Leav

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Title: The Universe Of Us
Author: Lang Leav

Genre: Poetry, Contemporary, Romance
First published: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Finished reading: August 12th 2016
Pages: 184
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“I know there is a terrible distance between us. But our bodies are made of stardust, and we are hurtling through space and time, toward the most beautiful collision.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I admit I normally don’t read a lot of poetry, but I like trying out different genres out of my comfort zone every once in a while. I read Lang Leav‘s other poetry bundle Memories last year and I enjoyed her writing style, so when I saw this new collection at Netgalley I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did, because I ended up enjoying The Universe Of Us even better than the collection I’ve read last year. It might just be because it was a lot easier to connect to the love-inspired poetry, especially since I’m very much in love myself… But what I can say is that I now have a lot of highlights with beautiful quotes stored on my phone. The poetry is beautifully written and both easy to read and easy to relate to. And yes, that is the case even if you’re not an hopeless romantic… Trust me, I’m talking out of experience. If you are looking for a great contemporary romance poetry collection, make sure you give The Universe Of Us a go. You won’t regret it.

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This completely new collection of poetry talks about love and loss, hope and hurt and being lost and found, all inspired by the wonders of the universe. Planets, stars and constellations are all featured throughout the bundle and the poems bring forth powerful emotions and personal experiences that seem to evoke universal feelings.

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If you are looking for a beautifully written and accessible poetry collection, The Universe Of Us is the perfect option. The poetry is both easy to read and relate to since the poems are mostly about universal emotions and personal experiences. Even if you are not a big fan of romantic poems, this bundle might still be interesting to give a go. Especially since Lang Leav will most likely be able to convince you anyway with her powerful writing.

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BOOK REVIEW: Memories – by Lang Leav

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Title: Memories
Author: Lang Leav
Genre: Poetry, Romance, Contemporary
First published: October 6th 2015
Finished reading: December 19th 2015
Pages: 256
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“I have always thought of memories as fragments, like colored glass shards in a kaleidoscope. It is the source of great beauty in our lives, yet the cause of such heartache.”

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It had been too long since I last read poetry anyway, so when I needed to read a book of poetry to help complete a challenge I didn’t mind picking up Memories at all. I have written my share of poetry in the past and I really enjoy reading it in general as well. The poems and thoughts written by Lang Leav are without doubt interesting and some even have the same feel about them as those poems I wrote myself a few years back… But somehow these sad broken relationship poems couldn’t keep my attention right now. It might be the fact that I have been happily in love for the last three years, but the poems and thoughts started to feel melancholic and repetitive as I advanced in the book. This collection might be perfect for those who feel a little heartsick or a hopeless romantic, but I almost felt like I was ruining my reading experience by disagreeing and feeling that true love does exist (even if it sounds corny). It’s a well written collection though, so if you like the genre you might enjoy it a lot better than I did!

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Memories is a collection that consists of a mix of the best of Lang Leav’s previous work Lullabies and Love & Misadventure and quite a few new poems. This collection is illustrated by the author and all poems and thoughts have the same general theme: love. Lang Leav explores love and broken relationships in poems and thoughts full of emotion that will sound familiar to most of us.

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Lang Leav is able to describe situations and emotions most of us have felt at some point in our lives (unless you’re lucky enough to have happily married your first love). Her prose is both simple, emotional and beautiful and the only reason I couldn’t really connect to them because it’s simply hard for me to identify myself with sad/broken relationship poems right now. Memories is a treat though for those who enjoy the genre and don’t mind reading about bad relationship experiences and negative feelings!

WWW Wednesdays #70 – December 23rd

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below. But first: Happy Holidays!!! I hope everyone will have a wonderful time.

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  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have started reading The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson the other day and so far it’s just as good as I’ll Give You The Sun. The story is a bit sad though; not exactly the right mood just before Christmas. That’s probably why I’m going to try and finish Let It Snow by John Green today or tomorrow as well.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Four books finished since last week, although two of them were short and quick reads…
* The first book I finished is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s not a terrible read, but somehow this project would have been more interesting if it was about someone with a less privileged life and more interesting goals… I don’t mind the author wanting to be happier, but she did come over as a tad arrogant.
* I then picked up my last pending ARC of 2015: Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass. A short read, which was probably the only reason why I actually finished it because it wasn’t good at all. More details in the upcoming review…
* I also finished Memories by Lang Leav; a collection of poems and thoughts that wasn’t necessarily bad, but I just couldn’t relate to the sad broken relationship poems…
* The last book I finally finished is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, a book I have been wanting to read for too long now. I really enjoyed it and it’s definitely a lot better than the Wolves Of Mercy Falls series, but I did have some minor issues with it.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I want to try and read My True Love Gave To Me before the Holidays are over, and I have been wanting to read The Young Elites by Marie Lu as well. I might pick up The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury as well and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is still my latest TBR jar pick.

WWW Wednesdays #69 – December 16th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have started Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass yesterday evening since it’s my only pending ARC… I’m not too far into the story yet, but hopefully I will be able to finish it today. I’m also about halfway through The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, a book I picked up at a hostel book exchange during our trip to the capital… And I’m still trying to finish The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater as well. Let It Snow by John Green I’ve put on hold for now because the first story is just too sappy… Hopefully I will be in the mood to continue soon.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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December is a difficult month to actually read! Still, three books isn’t that bad considering I was away for two days.
* The first book I finished is November 9 by Colleen Hoover, which I absolutely loved even though I’m not into the genre.
* I then picked up My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris solely to help complete the When Are You Reading? challenge. Which is probably why I actually finished it, because I didn’t like it at all.
* The last book I was able to finish is Hamlet by William Shakespeare, which means I was able to finally complete the When Are You Reading? challenge! 😀

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I want to read Memories by Lang Leav next, a collection of poems and one of the last two titles I need to complete the full BINGO of the Bookish Bingo 2015 challenge. I will probably try to read My True Love Gave To Me at some point before Christmas as well.. And if I’m in the mood for fantasy, I’m going to try and pick up either The Young Elites by Marie Lu or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (latest TBR jar pick).

WWW Wednesdays #68 – December 9th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Since I’m still not completely out of my reading slump, I have been trying to read genres I haven’t been reading a lot lately… Romance is one of those, so I started November 9 by Colleen Hoover the other day. I think this might actually one of the first romance novels to receive one of the highest ratings; I’m loving it so far! I started Let It Snow by John Green as well, but I put it on hold because I don’t really like the first story so far. And I’m trying to finish Hamlet by William Shakespeare so I’m one step closer to finally completing my last two pending challenges. It’s been too long since I last read his work!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Only two books this week… Between my reading slump and Christmas decorating I just didn’t have a lot of time to read.
* The first book Takeover by Lisa Black was mostly a disappointment with very boring characters, plot and prose in general. More about my complaints in the full review…
* I then finished Paperweight by Meg Haston, a very well written book about eating disorders. The main character is not exactly likeable, but very realistic. Recommendable!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have a new ARC pending: Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass. I will probably read that one next… I also want to read Memories by Lang Leav, a collection of poems I need for a challenge. If I’m in the mood for fantasy, I’m going to try and pick up either The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (latest TBR jar pick).