Lang Leav is an international bestselling author of numerous poetry and prose book with her debut novel, Sad Girls, continues to be a top bestseller worldwide.
I managed to get two of her poetry on sales at the Bargain Books warehouse. So definitely looking forward to the next.
I will do a quick review on Sea of Strangers and Love & Misadventure. I have to admit I only enjoyed some of her poems, so I will still share a couple of my favorites. She rhymes quite a bit which is the type of poetry that I enjoy the least as some of the rhyming feels forced. Some of it also feels like something a high school teenager will scribble in their notebook about their crush and young love. Perhaps her other work is better but I would not go out of my way to buy more of her poetry. I can however understand how it appeals to so many. Her writing is very whimsical and romantic and themes are mostly focused on love and heartbreak.
My favourites from Sea of Strangers:
“Don’t let them tell you that your pain should be confined to the past, that it bears no relevance to the present. Your pain is part of who you are.
They don’t know how strong that makes you.”
“The distance from you is measured in how far I’ve come.”
“The greatest injustice I have suffered has come under the pretense of love.”
“If a boy asks you for your name, don’t give it to him. He will say it back to you in a voice like gravel and honey, and you will crave his hands all rough and sweet. But you’re not the kind of girl who builds her house from sticks; you are a fortress, stubborn and strong. Do not give away the keys to the kingdom to anyone less than a king. ~ Keys to the Kingdom
My favorite from Love & Misadventure (of which I could only find one that I liked and it’s only the last few lines of a longer poem):
It’s so dark now, I can’t see any light around me.
That’s because the light is coming from you. You can’t see it but everyone else can.