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Lips Touch: Three Times Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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A National Book Award Finalist
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A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
"Even nonfantasy lovers will find themselves absorbed by Taylor's masterful, elegant work." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Taylor's three novellas form a triptych of beautiful fantasy writing reminiscent of Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman." - Booklist, starred review
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That being said, this collection is not really for young girls and teens, unless they are of a an unusually high maturity for their age. There are three stories contained in this collection that are ordered progressively in length, complexity and morbidity. It is important to note that these stories are very dark and unsettling. This is particularly true for the last story, which depicts a rape. The girl and the boy involved are not in control of their own bodies, making them both victims, and they are conscious while the rape is occurring. It is later told that the rape recurs almost daily until the victimized girl is impregnated. This is a rape despite its unusual nature and young people ought to understand that while reading this story. Despite its inherent tragedies toward humanity, which is central to the plot, the last story is undoubtedly the most interesting of the three in that its premise is wildly creative and it delivers a more meaningful punch to the reader. But, in my opinion, it is geared toward adults, not teenagers.Read more ›
So, what DID Taylor do with that slightly different genre? She aced it, of course. This woman can write. Period. She is a master storyteller who weaves richly detailed worlds, fully developed characters and carefully crafted plots flawlessly together, creating stories that I'm confident will prove over time to be completely unforgettable. Taylor's writing touches me in ways the writing of other authors - even very gifted authors - has not done for many, many years. [[I'm aware that I sound like a gushing fangirl, but honestly, Taylor's writing is totally gush-worthy, so I'm learning to accept that I AM a fangirl. And, with several grandkids, I really thought I was too old for any title with "girl" in it! Huh.]]
Lips Touch is a trilogy of unrelated stories all of which have to do with a kiss. They are darker and more adult than the Dreamdark books and proved to be just as impossible to put down. The first, Goblin Fruit, is the shortest at only 40 pages, has the most modern feel to it and more amusing moments than the other entries. ("You could have his mouth baby!Read more ›
The first story, "Goblin Fruit," narrated by wry and darkly funny 16-year-old Kizzy, captures the very essence of teenage longing. Kizzy --- quiet, observant and sarcastic --- is the perpetual outsider. She believes that her life is like no other American teenager's and her family is like no one else's. Her mother wears a peasant scarf around her head, and her father wears bones in a pouch around his neck. There are numerous gypsy aunts and uncles wielding accordions and clinging to the superstitions of the Old Country. In Kizzy's backyard, cars on blocks share the space with anvils, tick-infected goats, peacocks screaming "rape" and melancholic and lonely ghosts.
At school, Kizzy is not one of the popular girls. She is the one watching the pert and popular girls. In fact, it turns out she is just the kind of girl the goblins crave. When strikingly gorgeous Jack appears in Kizzy's life and shows an interest in her, Kizzy must decide whether to heed the warnings she is seemingly receiving from beyond the grave, or follow her heart. Is Jack really who he seems to be?
The second story, "Spicy Little Curses Such as These," tells of two English women --- one old, one young --- living in India in the days of the British Raj. Their lives intersect tragically at the behest of a demon. Estella has been pressed into service as the human ambassador to Hell, where she must bargain daily with the demon Vasudev to save the lives of the young and innocent.Read more ›
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Laini Taylor has a remarkable gift. Her stories are rich magic, and I don't really have the words, but I will stumble through. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Michelle Morgan
I loved these stories. Laini Taylor is amazing. I can't wait for her next book. I've read everything of hers.Published 5 months ago by Dorothy A. Bertsche
These stories stayed in my head for a long time after I read them. I love Laini Taylor's writing. I am now hooked. her writing is beautiful and her stories compelling.Published 6 months ago by Sarina Dorie
I am in complete awe of Laini Taylor's near-supernatural abilities as a writer. In just three short stories about demons and kissing, she makes me understand the incredible... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michelle Hazen
Laini Taylor has a natural gift for storytelling, and the three stories in this compilation are fine examples. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kai Lin
This book is well written, eloquent and skillfully crafted. I devoured the stories, especially the last. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something unique to read.Published 8 months ago by Kristen
Great, original stories. Reminiscent of the best fairy tales. Incredibly well written. Just avoid looking at the melodramatic cover art and the intensely cringe worthy title, if... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mel's a Reader