Title: Lips Touch: Three Times
Author: Laini Taylor
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.
Hatchling: Six days before Esme’s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?
I’m not going to write a summary for this book since it was three different stories. I am going to tell you that if you don’t run out and get Lips Touch Three Times right away you are missing out on something wonderful. I don’t usually like short stories. I have a hard time connecting with the characters. With Lips Touch Three Times I was sucked right in with the first story and I stayed that way until the very last page.
Every story in Lips Touch Three Times is beautifully unique and unlike anything I have ever read before. Laini Taylor has a way with words. She makes them sound lyical and fantastic. I was left wanting more! The world she created in the last story Hatchling is amazing. There is so much potential there to create endless novels in that world.
The characters were all very well written and I felt connected to their stories and hardships. Which in my opinion is something hard to capture in a short story. As an added bonus we get to see these characters and stories brought to life with the beautiful illustrations of Jim Di Bartolo. Everything about this book is beautiful!
Lips Touch Three Times is a finalist for the National Book Award and after reading it I am not surprised. This is going to be a book that people will talk about for a long time to come. 5 Stars!