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:
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?