ARC REVIEW: The World is a Dark and Lovely Place

After a whole month of not reading and posting reviews due to college workload, I’m finally back from a hiatus and ready to resume blogging! Today’s post is one that I’ve had prepared a long time ago but had to wait in order to publish it near the time of the book publication.

The author, Carol Chu, is currently holding a giveaway for her debut poetry collection on her Instagram until the 17th of September. It is open internationally so as long as you’re 18 and over and have permission to give your address, feel free to participate!

If you’re a Malaysian reader residing in Selangor, Carol will be launching her book on the 16th of September in Intermark Mall during the #MYWritersFest2019, 2PM alongside with 9 other Malaysian authors. I hope to see you guys there!

the-world-is-a-dark-and-lovely-place-150-f64372b3The World is a Dark and Lovely Place
by Carol Chu Mei Yin

get it here


The World Is A Dark And Lovely Place is a poetry book that describes nature, the fear of drowning, friendship, love and loss in a world that is at times dark but beautiful. My writings here are somewhat influenced by the classic style of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost; but the words, the mood and the settings are entirely my own.


*An e-ARC was given by Carol in exchange for an honest review.

The World is a Dark and Lovely Place is a poetry collection that is relatable. It reflects on the joys, blessings, goodness yet also the backstab, death, loneliness and pain that we feel in our lives. 

The World is a Dark and Lovely Place is a poetry collection that I really enjoyed when I read it the second time when I was in a completely different state of mind. I’ve read it once last year back in October 2018 (almost a year from now, wow!) during its’ initial time of publication but now Carol has added more poems.

If you want to check out my old review of it, click here.

It’s a bit strange for me since I am able to relate to it more now and love it a lot more than I did last year. Throughout the whole time I read this poetry collection, I noted down the poems that I liked and there were a total of 11 poems. Some were because of how I could relate it back to my life and how I feel, some were just so fun to read as it rolls off my tongue and the poems were worded beautifully.

Last year, I loved “Rain” and “Trust Not Your Broken Heart”. This year, I have a longer list. Some of my new favourites are “The Hearkened Heart”, “A Friend”, “To Love in Doubt”, “All Those Times I Caught You Unawares”, “Comfort Remains In Places That We Used To Know”, “It Was But A Shadow Of Words I Thought”, “In The Pages Of The World Only Known To Bookworms”, “An Ode To Books”, “There Is No One In This World Like My Papa” and “The World Is A Dark And Lovely Place 2”.

It’s strange to be reading a book the second time around and witness your growth from there and relate to things you couldn’t before. I believe that’s why I loved this poetry collection so much.

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