Lips Touch: Three Times

Lips Touch: Three Times

by Laini Taylor, Jim Di Bartolo

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Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls: Goblin Fruit: In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy girls? Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545231787
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,105,741
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author


Laini Taylor is the author of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. She is also the creator of the Laini’s Ladies line of gifts and stationery. Laini lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and her daughter.



Jim Di Bartolo is a mixed media illustrator, painter, and visual storyteller. In his freelance career he has illustrated novels, comic books, and role-playing games. He and his wife, the author Laini Taylor, have collaborated on several books, and their most recent joint effort, LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, was a National Book Award finalist. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their daughter, and can be found online at www.jimdibartolo.com. Chances are, he probably could use more sleep.

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Lips Touch: Three Times 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved reading this book. It makes you remeber and think about all the little tales and stories that are told about creatures. I woukd reccomend this book to anybody who lives with a pure imagination of anything that could happen.
Blaire-chan More than 1 year ago
Lips Touch Three Times is a collection of three short stories which all revolve around the bond two people share, and wish to share; the wish for 'lips touch'. Despite the shorter length of the book as a whole, I found it a most remarkable read. The author Laini Taylor has taken the concept of romance into a whole new spectrum with marvelous new stories and settings, characters and creatures, which are both familiar and at the same time widely unknown, giving her stories an air of refreshing mystery. Her love of fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, fascinating languages and much more, have been spun together to create a most wonderful and engaging work for this open-minded and inspiring author, and I personally look forward to any more stories she wishes to share with the world. A must read work for anyone who wishes to taste a new and mysterious fruit which now grows in the garden of literature and storytelling. A truly wonderful fruit indeed.
loveNicole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing was good, but it wasn't at all what I expected. Especially after seeing all of the rave reviews. I liked it, but didn't love it. Guess this one just wasn't for me.
iShanella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I only heard of Laini Taylor this year, and the first book I read was Daughter of Smoke and Bones - which I loved. When I saw Lips Touch in the bookstore I thought I¿d give it a try. I¿m so happy I did! Written in usual Laini style, Lips Touch Three Times is an anthology of three short stories, all dealing with that scary yet wonderful thing - the first kiss. Each story is completely different from the next. Each story takes you to a different part of the world, to a different time and to a different myth. The first story is about Kizzy, a girl whose loneliness seeps through the pages and makes you feel sadness for her, a girl whose longing attracts the worse kind of fae. While this one was my least favourite - I didn¿t like the abrupt ending - Laini¿s descriptive writing allows the reader to feel all that Kizzy feels and, in a way, understand why she does the things she does. The second takes the reader to India and the underworld and introduces an Englishwoman, Estelle, who is working with a demon - bartering for the souls of children. This short story has complex, three dimensional characters and was intriguing from the beginning - when Estelle delivers a curse on a baby - to the end - when that baby, now a young girl, wonders if she should push the limits of the curse. In my opinion, the ending was wonderfully thought out and executed. The final story - and my personal favourite - introduces you to the dark world of the Druj, where human feelings are longed for, but never understood. This is the longest story in the collection; it is also the darkest. Mab, a prisoner of the Druj from childhood, manages to escape with her daughter and has been hiding from the Druj since. When a Druj she trusted enters her life again and tries to take her daughter away, the reason isn¿t what Mab - or the reader - expects.Lips Touch Three Times is just a sampling of Laini¿s beautiful writing and promises to leave the reader wanting more.
Capfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Firsts of all sorts are important to people; these tend to be the most memorable moments, stories that people recount. This may be particularly so for the story of a person¿s first kiss, a milestone with a sweet touch of romance. Lips Touch collects three novelettes, each in a different part of the world in a different time, each focusing on a different sort of mythology and different characters, but all concerned with the first kiss of the main character, all girls.Goblin Fruit, the first story, is concerned with a girl of gypsy roots, Kizzy, a high school student, and a none-too-popular one, who, along with her friends, longs to be connected with one of the more popular boys in school, to have a handsome boyfriend. She can hardly believe her luck when the hot new boy in the school, Jack Husk, seems interested in her, and spending time with her, from his first day. But is he more than he seems? What can she learn from her family lore and the spirits of the past that might guard her? The setup here was all right, but I found this story the weakest of the three; I don¿t much care for the supernaturally beautiful (Taylor appears to, though, considering Daughter of Smoke and Bone), and Kizzy¿s described future was more interesting than her present. I liked her well enough, I suppose, but this didn¿t gel for me, and the writing here didn¿t seem quite as even to me as the other two.Spicy Little Curses Such as These was probably my favorite of the three stories. Here is a story sent in an India still under British rule, just after World War I, and draws more on the local mythology. Here, our lead character, Anamique, is cursed with having the most beautiful voice in the world, a curse that Estelle, a hard-edged old British lady who happens to be the local ambassador to Hell, procures for her in exchange for the lives of a couple of children. Why is having a beautiful voice a curse? Well, if you hear it, then it kills you. But when Anamique starts to fall in love with a war-weary soldier who¿s relocated to the Raj, can she hold her tongue? The structure of this was very good, and the story¿s turns and characters were fresh and surprising; I didn¿t expect it to end where it did, but I was happy with it, for certain.The final story, and the longest, is Hatchling, set in the world of the Druj, a mythology invented by Taylor, with a world of shape-shifters that live on their own, apart from the worlds of men, in mountain holdfasts. They can switch from human to animal shape, and take over the bodies of people; how Druj society works, their powers, and how they interact with humans, definitely is well-described, for the amount of space that it¿s in. You get a real sense of their dark power. Our lead characters here are Esme and her mother Mab, who escaped from the Druj years before, just before Esme¿s birth, and have been under threat ever since, but with the protection, perhaps, of Mihai, a Druj that doesn¿t seem to work under the same rules at the others, exactly. The story is concerned really with Mab¿s escape from Druj, and how the Druj came to have their power, to behave the way they do; it¿s rather dark, and well-told. That said, I feel like the story in some is a run-up to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, with a lot of the same themes and tropes showing up; having read the other one first maybe lessened my appreciation of this one.Overall, I quite enjoyed these stories: they definitely have their romance to them, but it¿s the worlds that the characters inhabit that interests me more, perhaps, and how they find their place and their power within them. The kisses can be sweet, or dangerous, but they¿re interesting, and well-placed. I¿m definitely a fan of Taylor¿s writing overall, now; it¿s quite lush and almost lyrical at points without getting overwrought. She reminds me somewhat of Catherynne M. Valente in style, although I prefer the latter. The illustrations that flesh out the background of the story and the world that precede each s
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The blurb on this is a bit misleading: ¿three tales of supernatural love that all hinge on a life-changing kiss.¿ Oh, each story does have a fateful kiss. But these are haunting, dark tales more in line with the original Grimm fairytales (wherein the witch EATS Hansel & Gretel) rather than Disney with a sugar-coated happily ever after. Taylor¿s writing is excellent: lyrical and fluid, with rich and vivid description that brings her worlds to life. The illustrations (in the hardcover edition) truly add to the experience rather than just being window dressing. Each story is preceded by several pages depicting events in the story ¿ but you do not immediately understand the importance of the scenes until you reach them in the text. I often flipped back to look at the illustrations. These tales are dark, but delicious.GOBLIN FRUIT ¿ Kizzy isn¿t the popular girl at school. Her family is weird and believes in the supernatural; her two friends are outcasts like her. Despite the potential inside her, Kizzy wants to be normal. She wants it so bad it is a tangible thing that is enticing goblins to try and steal her soul. When a beautiful new boy shows up at school, with eyes only for her, she should have suspected. But want is a powerful force. This was my least favorite tale because it simply ends, rather than giving the fallout from the kiss. Never-the-less, it was an intriguing tale about the dangers of wanting what we can¿t or shouldn¿t have ¿ even a kiss. 3 StarsSPICY LITTLE CURSES LIKE THESE ¿Estella descends into Hell (not your typical Christian one) each day to bargain with a demon to give dying children a chance for more years in life. The demon offers to save all 22 children dead in an earthquake in exchange for Estella delivering one special curse to a newborn. Amanique is cursed with a voice so beautiful, anyone who hears it will die. She holds in her voice for 18 long years, until she falls in love. But, the demon will discover this spicy curse has consequences he never intended. I loved this tale! It was creative, suspenseful and intense, with an oh so satisfying ending. 5 StarsHATCHLING ¿ Esme wakes one morning to discover one of her eyes has turned blue. Her young mother Mab takes them on the run, but one of the Druj finds them. He takes Esme back to the cold, heartless realm of the Druj Queen. A queen who kept her mother Mab as a pet, until she was no longer a child, and then forced her to ¿breed¿ a new pet. Only that pet, Esme, would be the undoing of the Queen. This tale is very dark, and even disturbing. The story of Mab¿s captivity is heartbreaking, and the Druj truly inhuman. I thought it was brilliant. A creepy fairytale should leave a reader edgy, and this certainly does, but the ending also has a strong note of hope. For Esme, and perhaps the Queen as well. 5 starsOverall, I thought this collection was an unexpected delight. I was anticipating somewhat sappy fairytales with the standard HEA. There was an ever after, but the happiness was mingled with sadness. Taylor¿s novel, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, is what tempted me to read all her other books. I¿m so glad I did. Highly recommended.
EuronerdLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully rich and unusual stories. Lovely and vivid language and imagery. Haunting and ethereal.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book consisted of three stories; each had something pivotal that happened because of a simple (or not so simple) kiss. The stories were very well written, all the characters were engaging and very interesting. Taylor has a beautiful writing style and uses very creative imagery. Overall this was an excellent book and made me want to read more of Taylor's books. The book is formatted in an interesting way; and in itself the book is a beautiful book. At the beginning of each story a series of beautiful pictures tells the prelude to the story. The pictures are absolutely stunning and really fit the mood of the book. The book is written in a classic fairy tale type way, think dark fairy tales though, not Disney.I was a bit surprised that this was classified as young adult. The last story especially deals with rape, torture, stealing souls from children, etc. I thought the stories were immensely creative and very engaging, but all of them are very dark and a bit disturbing. I personally don't mind that in a story, but some people might find it uncomfortable. The stories are never dealt with in gory detail, but the imagery is there.Below I touch on each of the three stories:Goblin Fruit - About a girl who wants nothing more than to be someone else. She is tempted by a Goblin to eat their fruit and waste away to nothing. Beautiful story.Spicy Little Curses - The ambassador to Hell and a demon curse an Indian baby so that the baby can kill with her voice. Things work out until the baby grows into a young woman and falls in love and is then tempted to use her voice. Another enchanting story.Hatchling - This is the strangest and longest story of the bunch. About a girl Esme who is daughter to a woman named Mab. Mab was raised as a pet to an immortal race but escaped to free Esme. Unfortunately Esme is tied to this immortal race in ways Mab could have never guessed. This is a very creative story and the world is well-built; it is definitely an odd story too.Overall it was an excellent and creative collection of stories. I would have given it 5 stars if the writing had been a bit more polished. At points the written can get a bit choppy, if the writing flowed a bit better these stories would be masterpieces. I will be checking out Taylor's "Faeries of Dreamdark" series in the future.
kkisser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lips Touch is three tales of young women focusing on the events that revolve around their first kisses. One is a young girl from the old world yearning to be anyone else to the point of ignoring the advice and folk tales of her family. The second revolves around a young woman born in India with a curse leaving her speechless and the man who falls for her.Finally the third, takes it's roots from Zoroastrianism, a ancient Persian religion, in a tale of young woman born among the druj (demons) and her quest to keep your young daughter safe. The stories are enjoyable tales glimpsing into a new way of viewing old ideas written in a vibrant voice and beautifully illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of 3 fantasy stories about transformative kisses. In the first, a girl from a backwards family is pursued by a good looking new student at her school. Even though she knows it may destroy her, she wants her first kiss. In the second story, a girl has grown up never speaking since her voice is cursed and the sound of it fatal. Then she falls in love. In the last story, a girl lives with her mother, knowing very little of her mysterious past. Then the girl¿s eyes change color suddenly, and she learns of a different world populated by beings who shift shape, ruled by a queen who kept a little girl in a cages as a pet.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous writing and vivid details bring these stories of goblins and demons to life. Sensual and creepy and beautiful, this is a book to savor, not a quick, light read. I wish I could hand this to my 15-year-old self because holy cats this book would have been my world!
Sosseres on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains a few short stories dealing with the supernatural. Each story is about a romance/seduction and the problems around it.The stories themselves are simply told but they are so good that you want to know what happens next. Then you want the next story as the last one ends.The only downsides to this book is that it is a semi short story collection and that the book had to end at all.
alwright1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wish that I had been able to sit down and read this all in one sitting instead of breaking it up over my lunch breaks at work. I was dubious of the title, as I have a bit of an aversion to romance, but Laini Taylor's writing is always worth it. I loved the girls and the women and the bad guys and the good guys. I loved the places that she described and and the illustrations. It was a wonderful read, and I'm going to have to sit down with it again and give it my undivided attention to do it justice.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lips Touch: Three Times is a wonderfully delightful set of two short stories and a novella. They read like dark, delicious fairy tales, and although the title evokes romance and each tale revolves around an important kiss, the tales are actually richer and more complex than you might think.The first, Goblin Fruit, is a delightful modern retelling of Christina Rosetti's poem "The Goblin Market". Kizzy is a fantastic heroine almost any teen girl will identify with, and Taylor evokes the voice, worries, fears, and desires of teenagers with effortless ease. The last words of the story had me blinking and rereading quickly - did that /really/ happen?The second, Spicy Little Curses, is the story of an ambassador to hell (of the Indian, not Christian, variety) who bargains with a demon for children's souls. Sometimes the bargains have bitter prices - like the curse she lays on a newborn girl. The sound of her voice will kill all who hear it. Every character in this story - the ambassador, the demon, the cursed girl, the soldier who loves her - is wonderful, and the story builds a dread in your stomach for the myriad of possible endings even as you root for your favorites.The last, the novella (Hatchling), is easily my favorite, and it is just a gorgeous example of world and mythology building. Taylor crafts a magnificent world to hang her story on in about a hundred pages, and she does it with a deftness and thoroughness any fantasy or sci fi author out there ought to envy.The story itself is dark in places. I don't want to give away details because the slow unfolding of the world is delicious and I'd hate to cheat anyone of that. But the darkness makes the ending so very powerful. This is a story that can really move you.Taylor is a deft author with a knack for characters and worlds and delicious description. I will definitely be watching her.
Myckyee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lips Touch Three Times is a series of three sophisticated young adult fairy tales. The first, Goblin Fruit, tells the story of what happens when a lonely high-school girl receives her first kiss. The second called Spicy Little Curses tells the story of a girl, cursed at her baptism, who can't speak for fear she'll kill all who hear her words. When she grows to adulthood this girl must make the ultimate decision whether or not to utter her first cursed words. The third tale centers around another girl who when almost grown, finally discovers why her life has always seemed so different from other people¿s.This book is like someone¿s imagination gone wild. I think the author pegs the character¿s personalities down tightly. They are innocent and wise, scary and kind. I don't think any one of the characters is completely good or completely evil - they are more complicated than that and they blend well with the story lines. The plots are well developed and the stories come to the point quickly leading the reader along a well-written path.I enjoyed all three stories. While they all had a young girl as the protagonist I found the plots to be quite different. The third tale was the longest and I thought, the scariest. I can¿t imagine that any young adult wouldn¿t enjoy these narratives. They encompass themes that most can relate to: first love, friendship, coming of age and feelings of alienation. They have a sort of associated `coolness¿ in that they are not afraid to tackle themes that most young women dream about.Each short story is prefaced by a graphic short story mirroring the one about to be told. I couldn¿t quite gleam all the details from the graphic stories ¿ there were no words at all ¿ but they did add beautifully to the quality of this book. The cover illustration gives an idea of the drawings inside.This book is for anyone who loves fantasy and graphic novels.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES consists of three short stories involving the supernatural and¿what else?¿a kiss that starts or ends it all. In ¿Goblin Fruit,¿ Kizzy¿s excruciating desire to fit in makes her the perfect prey for a mysterious and gorgeous boy, who seems to be able to give her everything she wants. In ¿Spicy Little Curses,¿ a demon¿s deadly curse forces a girl to remain mute, until the love of her life shows up and she must decide what she¿s willing to risk for him. And in ¿Hatchling,¿ readers are introduced to a world of the Druj, soulless demonic creatures that keep humans as pets as the only way of experiencing life as they cannot.It is my experience that there are far more novels in YA literature than short stories, but Laini Taylor makes you wish there were more stories as exotic, rich, and romantic as hers. LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES is an astonishing blend of the magical and the universal, told in elegant prose and accentuated by breathtaking illustrations.In a genre that one may argue is overpopulated by the supernatural and paranormal, Laini¿s worlds stand out because of their complexity. On the surface, things are romantically lush: exotic locales, unique predicaments, beautiful dress and decorations. All described in prose that may not be as jaw-dropping and powerful as Francesca Lia Block¿s, but is still beautiful nonetheless, and perhaps more approachably so. Laini¿s stories, however, are also deep: they are full of ambiguous gray areas that may cause you to think beyond the stories just being nice to read.Jim DiBartolo's full-page illustrations are a jaw-dropping addition to this already beautiful, dual-colored book. His drawings precede each each story and tell a story all on their own, and add a sort of mysticism to these already whimsical stories.Pick up this collection of Laini Taylor¿s stories if you want to forget about the real world for a few hours and be swept away to enchanted lands full of mystery and magic.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls.Lips Touch: Three Times contains three short stories - which to be quite honest were like nothing I've ever read before. I personally am not a fan of short stories.. why? you ask, well because you normally don't get enough time with the characters to fully grasp them and just when you finally get into the storyline, it's over. The same cannot be said for Ms. Taylor's stories.Not only were her stories beautifully written, but they were also illustrated by her husband, Jim Di Bartolo. Mr. Di Bartol's illustrations are gorgeous and just a treat to visualize and then compare with the story. The cover art does no justice to the beautiful layouts scattered throughout the stories. This book is really a gem to have in one's own personal library.Out of the three stories Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses Such As These, and Hatchling - I think my favorite was Goblin Fruit (but let me tell you to pick a favorite is no easy task). I really enjoyed Kizzy and the ending was completely unexpected. These stories are dark, edgy, lush, imaginative and even wild at times - yet through it all, I found that these young women and their tales were haunting. All in all, this book is one beautifully complete package and has definitely put Ms. Taylor (plus she's got cool pink hair) on my radar. I will anxiously be awaiting her next title.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't the type of book I wanted to seen reading in public (it just screams juvenile girl); but it wasn't bad. The stories were interesting & I think this will be hugely popular with my high school girl readers!
Jac8604 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I seriously have to think about this review - words fail me. It's simply not enough to say that it is a "good book" or that "I enjoyed it".
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am absolutely in love with this book. No exaggeration. It's my favorite read of 2010 (so far), and I simply cannot recommend it highly enough. A finalist for the National Book Award in 2009, this book transcends young adult and fantasy, while still being a sterling example of both. The three short stories/novellas are all joined by the theme of a kiss. Each kiss has consequences beyond the ordinary. The first story, "Goblin Fruit," is a reinterpretation of the Goblin Market legends, set in the present day. The second, "Spicy Little Curses," takes place in colonial India (and, partially, Hell). The third, my favorite, "Hatchling," is full and vital enough to be a novel, introducing us to the Druj, demons based on ancient Zoroastrian legends. All three stories are breathtakingly told, lyrical, and filled with life. There are also amazing illustrations by Taylor's husband, Jim di Bartolo. Go out and buy this book. I'm not kidding. You won't regret it. Five stars
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got my hot little hands on this after it was highly recommended by several friends. I raced through 45 pages on the subway on the way to work, and then had to be writhing with suspense until I could continue reading at the end of the day. I TORE through this book, which is made up of three short romantic fantasy stories.Goblin Fruit - I loved this because it was funny and sexy and I liked how it ended. Pretty boy v. your soul, it's a tough call.Spicy Little Curses - This story is the most lyrical, the writing is lovely, and love the Raj setting. This almost felt like one of those Paul Gallico allegorical stories to me; I felt it was more about the sweet and wistful atmosphere than the actual plot.Hatchling - WOW. I think the pages were smoking as I was turning them. Sultry tale of exquisite passion, or creepiest rape fantasy ever? And I don't even mean that in a bad way, it manages to be both at the same time. I sort of loved -- from the perspective of a person who appreciates complexity in literature -- that a lot of issues were left ambiguous, and at the same time, also sort of hated it, from the perspective of a reader who was really, really, really into the story and needed a lot of emotional closure. But talk about successfully creating an entire mythology -- clocking in at only 150 pages, and I'm completely buying in to the entire concept of the Druj. I think they're more or less as believable as, say, everyone in Middle Earth, so that's a CRAZY per page rate of believability.Grade: A-Recommended: Oh, it's so good. High quality writing mixed with a quite a bit of dark thrill.
LarsTheLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's definitely a market for this, the same teens who like Tithe or Wicked Lovely etc. These stories aren't necessarily "dark" but they deal with death and torturous emotions and the other horrible things that teens in the throws of life are obsessed with.I liked the first two stories better than the last, longest one. That one involves elaborate mythos and backstory, which isn't my preference.The first story involves Kizzy, a girl who craves popularity and the football star boyfriend. She is embarrassed of her old world family, and while she has friends, she can't help but stare at the skinny blonde popular cheerleader. In short, Kizzy is exactly the kind of girl the goblins crave. This story really showcases Ms. Taylor's talent for capturing teenage speech, and her talent with the raw wanting that teens and young adults feel. The desperation to be something else.The second story, my favorite, involves a woman named Estella, who must travel to the Hindu underworld each day and bargain with a demon for the lives of the innocent. One of these bargains results in her placing a curse on a baby, that if she should ever speak, all who hear her will die. Estella also puts a silence on the baby, so that she will have to make the decision to speak, not make some baby gurgle or cry. The girl grows up, her family not believing the curse, her servants deathly afraid, and only she can decide if her voluntary muteness is worth it.The last story is the epic one, all about a race of fairy type creatures and a mother and daughter. One morning, Esme wakes up to find that one of her ordinary, boring, brown eyes has turned blue.Each one has something of a frontispiece, an easy few paragraphs of a hook that would be great for booktalking.The art is beautiful and adds a very interesting element to the stories. I wish my ARC had the sketches for the two later stories.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deliciously fun. Three other-worldly stories about magic, fantasy and kisses. The first story was my favorite, involving creatures who take human form and seduce women. The second does a good job balancing Indian culture and British colonialism all with a dash of hell. The third involves a complicated tale of creatures and souls.The drawings are absolutely exquisite and add so much to the stories. I hope Di Bartolo does a graphic novel!
LarissaBookGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three stories of a kiss that had the power to change lives.Three stories of souls that learn what it is to love.Goblin Fruit.Kizzy is exactly the kind of girl that is easily picked on by pretty girls with gorgeous boyfriends. She is exactly the kind of girl that will never fit in, with her strange family customs and superstitious ways. She is exactly the kind of the girl the goblins crave.All her life Kizzy has wanted. She has wanted with a passion all that she does not have and would give anything to have it. But would she really give everything? Kizzy has the knowledge that would save her, but will she ignore it risking everything for a single kiss.Spicy Little Curses Such As These.Estella was only a young bride when she became a widow. Overcome with grief, Estella had made a decision to travel to Hell, literally, to win back her love who was so cruelly taken from her. However it was too late and she could not save him.It was the first of many journeys for Estella into Hell, for although she had failed to save the man she loved she had instead been given a purpose. She was to save the souls of the innocent, but somehow she finds herself the deliverer of a murderous curse that will change one girl's fate forever. A curse spurred on by a kiss.Hatchling.Esme and her mother lived a life straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Esme was taught to dance like a faerie, climb trees like a squirrel, and sit so still that birds would perch on her. But as magical and beautiful as their peaceful life was it would be shattered each night with nightmares hiding very dark secrets.Like Esme, her mother Mab had a dreamlike childhood that then turned into a nightmare. But some nightmares you can not escape from no matter how far you run. As a lifetime of memories is hidden in the mists the only hope may be a lover's first kiss.Lips Touch: Three Times and magical things happen; though these are not always good things. A beautifully haunting book of doomed lovers and lost souls. This is a masterful collection of stories that are accompanied by the most gorgeous otherworldly images.
_Zoe_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would say I've read a lot of YA fantasy, but this one felt completely fresh and new. Laini Taylor draws on the myths and legends of various cultures to create three short stories/novellas, putting the borrowed elements together to produce something that's entirely her own. I love the way she describes herself in the author's note: "Like a magpie, I am a scavenger of shiny things: fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, fascinating religions, and more." In Lips Touch: Three Times, these elements come together in a thoroughly satisfying way.In the first story, we encounter goblins who steal the souls of teenaged girls--not the pretty, popular girls, but the girls who want to be pretty and popular, who want so hard that their souls hang out. Girls like Kizzy.The second story, set in India, deals with a woman who negotiates with a demon in hell. She barters for the souls of children, but has to make some difficult concessions and then face the consequences. I really liked the setting of this one, and the story itself made me cry at one point.I'm not even sure how to describe the final story without giving away key plot elements, but it was the longest and probably also my favourite. It involves a race of immortal, soulless creatures who live in the cold mountains around Russia and whose queen raises a mortal child as a pet. The story starts with a human viewpoint, but ultimately shifts to the perspective of the Druj, so that we come to see them as more than just the evil enemy.I've tried to keep my descriptions of the stories as brief as possible, because the gradual unfolding of new and surprising plot elements is one of the things I enjoyed most about the book. This means, though, that I can't in any way do justice to the stories. The main point that I want to stress is the novelty of them: it was nice to have two of the stories based in Eastern lore for a change, and even that was just a springboard for Taylor's creativity. After reading a lot of books about, say, typical faeries, I really enjoyed being immersed in a whole new mythology.The book itself is also very well put-together, with some very nice illustrations. I had borrowed this one from the library, but I went out today and purchased my own copy. I'll be seeking out other books by this author as well.