Original Title: Lips Touch: Three Times
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of Pages: 288
First Sentence: “There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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:
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.
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?
What a wonderful collection of short stories this is. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, but I absolutely loved it. This is the first I have read of Laini Taylor, although I own her Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, which I will pick up as soon as possible.
There are three different stories in this book, Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses and Hatchling. They are all different and oh so good. They all have a collection of interesting and captivating characters, and a plot that just draws you in.
All the stories feel original and although you could argue that they do have similar elements it feels like completely different stories and characters (which they of course are). I love that they are set in different environments and times, it feels like you have been on adventure through time and space.
The illustrations are gorgeous as well (my copy had illustrations, not sure if they all do) and make the stores feel even more real.
Although the stories are very satisfactory in their own right, I kind of wish they were longer.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.