Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy
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?
Literary Awards: National Book Award Nominee for Young People’s Literature (2009), Cybils Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2009), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2010)
Three girls. Three stories. One thing in common: one kiss that seemed to change everything. but not always for the better. *evil grin*
Lips Touch: Three Times is one magical book. the stories are lush, rich, and very evocative! Add that to Taylor’s magnificent storytelling, and I’m hooked from day one of reading.
I want to give individual ratings for each story:
Goblin Fruit, 3 stars
Spicy Little Curses such as These, 5 stars
Hatchling, 4 stars
Every story is mesmerizing, tantalizing to my imagination. They were really good! I just don’t like the ending of Goblin Fruit (and i thought the female lead too shallow for my taste), and Hatchling reminded me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone‘s storyline. There are similarities, so Hatchling doesn’t sound as unique as it should be. Still, the lore was fascinating!
If you want to be immersed in not-your-usual magical myths and tales, try Lips Touch: Three Times. But I’m not promising you happy endings. =P