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Editorial Reviews


"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

A National Book Award Finalist

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009

A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Laini Taylor is the author of the Dreamdark books: Blackbringer, which Kirkus said "belongs at the top of everyone's fantasy must-read list", and its sequel, Silksinger. She is also the creator of the Laini's Ladies line of gifts and stationery.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 10 - 12
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455847941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455847945
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,186,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This collection of novellas is beautifully written and the accompanying artwork is stunning to say the least. (I call them novellas because they are technically longer than what is traditionally labeled a short story.) The prose is perfectly paced and expertly constructed. It's obvious a great deal of care and thought was put into the crafting of these stories, which is evident in the rich imagery, the lush metaphors and the aesthetically woven sentences. The stories were deliberate, engrossing and brilliantly written. Though some might disagree, I found the endings to be thought provoking and fitting - the haunting resonance I'd expect in the modern day literary short story.

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.
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Last spring, I fell in love with Laini Taylor's first novel, Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, and its recently released follow-up, Dreamdark: Silksinger was equally wonderful. I was very excited about Lips Touch for two reasons: 1) I wanted to see what Taylor could do with a slightly different genre aimed at a slightly different age group and 2) I had hopes that a successful YA book would bring new readers to the Dreamdark series.

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!
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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. She writes fairy tales from an alternate universe, but a universe related to our own in some tangible, recognizable ways. When I read these three stories (Goblin Fruit. Spicy Little Curses Such As These. Hatchlings), I was quickly and completely sucked into their worlds, with all the attendant sights and smells and textures and tastes. It was the same when I read her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. When I get to the last sentence of her stories, I always feel exactly the same way: As if I've emerged from a dark theater, after a very long movie, and directly into the inexplicable sunlight. It's momentarily confusing and disorienting, though an echo of that feeling lasts for days, and I want to go back because this new thing feels all wrong. Cognitive dissonance? I think that's the phrase. In any case, I think she's aware of this effect, because the order of the stories is ascending. Or her publisher is aware of it. The first one, Goblin Fruit, is the most grounded one. The second, Spicy Little Curses Such As These, takes you a bit more behind the curtain. The final story, Hatchlings, is full-on otherworldly. And now, here I am, back out in the jarring sunlight, blinking and looking around for her next book so I can go back. Sidenote: LOVED the illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo. The pictures in my head were different, but it was a wonderful way to set the tone of the stories. Plus, they were just plain beautiful to look at. NOTE TO PUBLISHER: Grab Jim (or another artist) and come up with some breathtaking, sparkly, colorful but dark, magical illustrations, and turn Spicy Little Curses into the scary/awesome children's book it is screaming to be.Read more ›
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