Wow. Just . . . Wow; or, A Review of Lips Touch: Three Times

You ever read a book not expecting much of anything, and walk away completely floored by the experience? I am having that reaction now to Laini Taylor’s Lips Touch: Three Times. I expected it to be sort of . . . lame. Honestly, I can’t remember why now.

And all I can say is . . . wow. Just . . . wow. What I want to say is–I can’t explain it, just go read the book okay? Okay. But that would be the easy way out and I live to serve you, my loyal blog readers!

So, here’s the synopsis:

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 think I might have to buy this book (and before you think I did some illegal free download thing, let me inform you that I checked it out from the library like a good citizen, and I will return it like a good citizen even though I want to clutch it to my chest and caress it whilst calling it my preciousssss). Partly because the first thing after the title page is a series of stunning illustrations in a pared down color scheme, obviously created specifically for the first story. Each story has it’s own set of illustrations, and . . . wow. I may have said that already. “Pretty, pretty pictures!” squeals my inner five year old. She is very enthusiastic. The illustrator is Jim di Bartolo. You can see his work at his website. Mmmmm, delicious.

But even without the illustrations, reading this book would have been a very visual experience. Taylor’s language is so evocative I’m pretty sure I would have seen it all very clearly in my head even without the beautiful illustrations.

The three tales are eerie, unsettling, and captivating. I loved the book. Just go read it. Okay?


4 thoughts on “Wow. Just . . . Wow; or, A Review of Lips Touch: Three Times

    1. It’s sort of like comparing apples to oranges–these stories are waaaaaay different from the Twilight novels. And there aren’t the super-happy, neatly tied up endings you get in Twilight. Also, there is very little mooning. BUT, the stories are beautiful, and magical, and delicious.

      My follow up to Twilight recommendations (frequent readers of the blog can tune me out at this point!): Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass; Sarah Rees Brennan’s Demon’s Lexicon, Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. These are also not like Twilight much. They ARE, however, Young Adult Fantasy/Horror novels. And most importantly they are delicious books that grab you the same way, and won’t let you go–and they are the best things I’ve read over the past year and a bit. If you use the search function on my blog you’ll find reviews of all of them, and of course the book selling websites all have synopses and cover photos and whatnot.

      Cassandra Clare’s books, in particular, were the first things I read after getting sucked in to Twilight that really caught my interest and made my heart hammer and all that good stuff. And Suzanne Collins’ books were the most amazing things I’ve read in a loooong time. Superb writing.

  1. Thanks for the recommendations! My friend is mad about the Twilight series – she casually left the first book and the DVD at my house this week. I think she is trying to get me as hooked as she is. Every addict loves company (!) I haven’t read any yet – but I will give them a go, after the third Dexter book, which is on my reading table. Do I have to admit what I’m currently reading? Oh all right then – Marian Keyes’ “Sushi for beginners” – yeah, pathetic I know but I am into it now, and it does make me laugh out loud sometimes, probably cos it all takes place in the editorial dept of a glossy magazine and brings back many memories for me!

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