Lips Touch



➶ [Reading] ➸ Lips Touch By Laini Taylor ➫ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 FruitIn Victorian times, goblin men had only to of 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 FruitIn 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 curseHatchlingSix 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.Lips Touch

Hi I write fantasy books My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half human children of murdered gods Check it out Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE BONE trilogy, which has been translated into languages It s about a blue haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for years in another world I also wrote LIPS TOUCH THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books As well as various short stories and novellas Thanks for reading lainitaylor lainitaylor.

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    Lips Touch Epub ò Paperback 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 curseHatchlingSix 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Lips Touch
  • Laini Taylor
  • English
  • 20 June 2017

10 thoughts on “Lips Touch

  1. says:

    Beautiful words, beautiful stories, beautiful characters you know, this is just one damn beautiful book I am in awe of it Can you fall in love with a book If so, I m guilty I don t mean to sound condescending to young adult readers I am one but this book simply does not deserve the readership that thought Twilight was the best book ever written Everything about the marketing and presentation of this book does not convey how truly wonderful it is Firstly, though the cover illustrat Beautiful words, beautiful stories, beautiful characters you know, this is just one damn beautiful book I am in awe of it Can you fall in love with a book If so, I m guilty I don t mean to sound condescending to young adult readers I am one but this book simply does not deserve the readership that thought Twilight was the best book ever written Everything about the marketing and presentation of this book does not convey how truly wonderful it is Firstly, though the cover illustration is a stunning work of art, I think it tends to immediately appeal to younger readers and rule out an older audience It s pretty but it looks like a children s book Same with the title it s cute, very cute and it s quite a subtle representation of what the book is about but again, it sounds like a cutesy Twilight style romance Another thing it has in common with the saga is the genre it is categorised in paranormal romance.But to say that Twilight and Lips Touch Three Times are both paranormal romances is like saying tin and platinum are both metals It s in an entirely different league And I almost didn t read this because I saw reviews saying the first story was just like Twilight No, no, no The very main difference between the two is that Laini Taylor remembers the basic principle of quality writing.Let s look at Bella Swan for a second after four books what do we know about her 1 She s that girl who s in love with a vampire2 She s that girl who s in love with Edward Cullen3 She s that girl um, that s about it.In one paragraph of that first story called Goblin Fruit , that according to some is just like Twilight , this is KizzyKizzy wanted to be a woman who would dive off the prow of a sailboat into the sea, who would fall back in a tangle of sheets, laughing, and who could dance a tango, lazily stroke a leopard with her bare foot, freeze an enemy s blood with her eyes, make promises she couldn t possibly keep, and then shift the world to keep them She wanted to write memoirs and autograph them at a tiny bookshop in Rome, with a line of admirers snaking down a pink lit alley She wanted to make love on a balcony, ruin someone, trade in esoteric knowledge, watch strangers as coolly as a cat She wanted to be inscrutable, have a drink named after her, a love song written for her, and a handsome adventurer s small airplane, champagne christened Kizzy, which would vanish one day in a windstorm in Arabia so that she would have to mount a rescue operation involving camels, and wear an indigo veil against the stinging sand, just like the nomads Kizzy wanted YES In just one paragraph, Laini Taylor has created a farcomplex character than Stephenie Meyer ever managed And let me just say, this book is hard to quote from because the entire thing is a quotable masterpiece, you can find something beautiful in every single paragraph on every single page I actually took longer than it would normally take me to finish a 250 page young adult novel, and not because it was hard work, but because I would read a few sentences, think wow , and go back and read it again And again My only fault with it is that I finished the last story and wanted to cry because there wasn t any .Who is this Laini Taylor who seems to have appeared out of nowhere all of a sudden with her extraordinary writing and her pink hair I don t know but I do know I ll be getting my hands on her future work if I have to sell my soul in exchange yeah, that was a bit melodramatic but I haven t come out of fairyland yet Read this, spread the word tis fantastic

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    Update 4 23 2017 Hatchling might be the best work of Taylor s to date.I am familiar with YA literature enough to know how horribly, horribly wrong a collection of short stories about kissing can go see, for example, The Eternal Kiss 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire and Kisses from Hell Let me tell you, Lips Touch is not that kind of book This book is simply magical.Laini Taylor grabs your attention with the first lines There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave You could wa Update 4 23 2017 Hatchling might be the best work of Taylor s to date.I am familiar with YA literature enough to know how horribly, horribly wrong a collection of short stories about kissing can go see, for example, The Eternal Kiss 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire and Kisses from Hell Let me tell you, Lips Touch is not that kind of book This book is simply magical.Laini Taylor grabs your attention with the first lines There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave You could walk across a high school campus and point them out not her, not her, her The pert, lovely ones with butterfly tattoos in secret places, sitting on their boyfriends laps No, not them The girls watching the lovely ones sitting on their boyfriends laps Yes. Them. The goblins want girls who dream so hard about being pretty their yearning leaves a palpable trail, a scent goblin can follow like sharks on a soft bloom of blood The girls with hungry eyes who pray each night to wake up as someone else Urgent, unkissed, wishful girls. Like Kizzy.How can you possibly resist this gorgeous writing I know I couldn t The book consists of 3 stories, or rather, fairy tales based on Irish, Hindu, and Zoroastrian folklore Each tale is about a kiss, the kind of kiss that changes lives, turns the world upside down, a kiss that can kill or bring you back to life The writing is superb, the descriptions are gorgeous and the mythologies Laini creates are unique and enchanting There is passion and love and tenderness in these stories I remember shivering and smiling at the end of each one The book is also beautifully illustrated The fairy tales are preceded by short graphic stories which do not reveal the content on the tales themselves, but serve as sort of pre stories whose details are revealed in the main tales.My only complaint about Lips Touch is that there isn t , otherwise the fairy tales are irresistible and delicious as the kisses they are about This book is definitely one of the best I ve read this year so far

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    i was not expecting to five star this i must confess i hate the title and i hate the cover art although i love the internal illustrations aren t those much better something about the color palette on the cover is upsetting, the covergirl looks vapid and whorish, and the title makes it seem like some teen heartthrob novel, which is it not what it is is a sequence of three fairy tale ish stories.the first one is my favorite, and this one is a first love story, so what a frustrated girl fr i was not expecting to five star this i must confess i hate the title and i hate the cover art although i love the internal illustrations aren t those much better something about the color palette on the cover is upsetting, the covergirl looks vapid and whorish, and the title makes it seem like some teen heartthrob novel, which is it not what it is is a sequence of three fairy tale ish stories.the first one is my favorite, and this one is a first love story, so what a frustrated girl from an old world gypsy family living in a regular all american town who does not fit into the high school full of beautiful normal people until a handsome stranger appears yeah, the skeleton of the story is your basic fairy tale archetype, but the language with which she structures it is perfectly modern and evolved into what comes across as a very contemporary story kizzy and her two friends have pitch perfect exchanges and bantering sessions that just leap right off the page her frustration and dissatisfaction and wanting are perfect and believable and i tore through the story, wanting to get to the end and not knowing what kind of resolution the author would choose the perfect one, of course the supernatural elements of this story the goblins and the fruit they try to force into the mouths of maidens i mean, it s not a subtle metaphor, but the way this woman writes just carries the reader along in a wave of perfect phrasings.here is an overlong passage you can either read or not kizzy had never met her mairenni had stayed behind in the old country but her grandmother said she looked like her there was a single sepia photograph of a girl in a doorway, full lipped, with eyes that seemed to sparkle with secrets kizzy had always been fascinated by her truth be told, she had always identifiedwith that wild girl who almost sold her soul for the taste of figs than with her grandmother who kept her lips tight shut and never hungered for forbidden things but though she stared at that photo, and even saw the shape of her own eyes and lips mirrored back at her, kizzy just couldn t see herself in that long ago girl, ripe and thrilling and flush with a weird species of beauty the young have no vocabulary for kizzy was so busy wishing she was sarah ferris or jenny glass that she could scarcely see herself at all, and she was certainly blind to her own weird beauty her heavy, spell casting eyes, too wide mouth, wild hair, and hips that could be wild too, if they learned how no one else in town looked anything like her, and if she lived to womanhood, she was the one artists would want to draw, not the sarahs and jennys she was the one who would some day know a dozen ways to wear a silk scarf, how to read the sky for rain and coax feral animals near, how to purr throaty love songs in portuguese and basque, how to lay a vampire to rest, how to light a cigar, how to light a man s imagination on fire if she lived to womanhood.the second story reads the most like a typical fairy tale, mixed with biblical and classical mythologies the story of a woman cursed with silence, told that if she ever utters a sound, her voice will destroy all who hear it.she lives her life believing in this curse until her doubt is awakened by a handsome stranger the tension in this story is built up so carefully, raising questions about blind faith and trust vs hard evidence, with some field trips to the underworld this story, too, seems darker and sexier than most fairy tales, or at leastso than ones i would expect scholastic to publish this is an applauding tone, not a critical one.the third story is the longest, and readslike a fantasy short story than a fairy tale but that might just be my unfamiliarity with these particular themes most fairy tales are set in a recognizable location with some fantastical elements thrown in to make themappealing to a younger audience, but not so fantastical that the moral or lesson is not recognized as being applicable to the real world.this one is all world building and shapeshifting and body snatching, with very little to anchor it in a recognizable environment it is still great, it just didn t feel as much like a traditional fairy tale as the previous two.this story is also a little bit creepy, and it is about possession and love and protection and selfishness and how both motherhood and romantic love relate to all of the above.i am so grateful to ariel because when we were at the suzanne collins midnight magic party and i had to pick one hardcover book to buy to get my free mug, she talked me into this one instead of beautiful creatures which has a beautiful cover, but is a way crappier book she helped me dodge a bullet there because friends don t let friends buy crappy books on their birthday plus, signed i am a happy girl.come to my blog

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    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Nectar and spice, goblins and demons, memories and sorcery abound in three tales of supernatural love that hinge on a kiss that s unlike any other kiss.Readers who ve only just begun to explore and fall head over heels for Laini Taylor s recently released books will be equally enchanted by Lips Touch Three Times Taylor employs an imaginative approach to writing that s uniquely her own and, despite being Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Nectar and spice, goblins and demons, memories and sorcery abound in three tales of supernatural love that hinge on a kiss that s unlike any other kiss.Readers who ve only just begun to explore and fall head over heels for Laini Taylor s recently released books will be equally enchanted by Lips Touch Three Times Taylor employs an imaginative approach to writing that s uniquely her own and, despite being one of her earliest published works first released in 2009 , Lips Touch Three Times is no exception Drawing inspiration from mythology, fantasy, and various religions, Taylor crafts a spellbinding array of characters and locales She enriches her creations by embroidering everything from the tangible, such as characters or clothing, to the intangible, like dreams or desire, with words evocative of mysticism, whimsy, and romanticism His eyes, very dark, canted elvishly upward at the outer corners and were surrounded by delicate bruises of sleeplessness, bluish and tender, giving him the look she fancied of a poet who had been up all night with a candle and a quill, memorializing a beautiful lady who had fallen from the aristocracy to die penniless of a fever, perhaps in a snowbank, leaving, of course, an ethereal corpse. While Taylor s stylistic writing flair remains wonderfully consistent throughout, each of the protagonists in her stories infuse the narrative with their own individuality and longing In Goblin Fruit, Kizzy is a seemingly average teenage girl, relegated to hovering in the shadowy corners of her high school where she watches the attractive popular students from afar She s unaware that her spell casting eyes and wild hair, and hips that could be wild too, if they learned how make her a natural beauty Where her dislikes are parochial her unruly hair, her ankles, being seen in public with family members Kizzy s desires are farsophisticated She wanted to make love on a balcony, ruin someone, trade in esoteric knowledge, watch strangers as coolly as a cat She wanted to be inscrutable, have a drink named after her, a love song written for her, and a handsome adventurer s small airplane, champagne christened Kizzy , which would vanish one day in a windstorm in Arabia so that she would have to mount a rescue operation involving camels, and wear an indigo veil against the stinging sand, just like the nomads. Kizzy s family is just as unorthodox and strange They prefer singing songs in a foreign, unknown language over watching television, and Kizzy s grandmother tells stories of goblins luring young maidens with luscious fruit then slowly sipping at their souls until the maidens wither their way to an early death What her grandmother doesn t tell her is that goblins have the power to shape shift, so when a new boy of unparalleled attractiveness arrives at Kizzy s school and takes a special interest in her, she s not inclined to question whether he could be the death of herSpicy Little Curses Such As These introduces Anamique Ana , a young beauty with eyes that are lonely, and haunted, and hungry because she has reason to believe she was cursed by a demon to never speak Fearful that uttering so much as one word will kill everyone within earshot, she goes a lifetime refraining from using her voice She kept her own voice like a bird in a cage She imagined it as a willful songbird with a puffed breast, its feathers gray like her eyes, with a flash of peacock blue at the neck, and the cage an ornate prison of rusted scrollwork with a little latched door that she never dared open Sometimes the urge to do so was nearly overpowering. When a handsome young soldier enters her life, Ana yearns to speak aloud her love for him and begins to question the validity of the curse If she s wrong about the curse, then her voice can at last be set free but if she s right, then an utterance of love will kill the man who is her heart s greatest desireFinally, Hatchling puts forth a red haired girl with porcelain skin named Esm whose entire world is upended by one small, unexpected change Six days before Esm s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turned from brown to blue It happened in the night She went to sleep with brown eyes, and when she woke at dawn to the howling of wolves, her left eye was blue . The reason for Esm s transient London life with her mother is unveiled in this multi layered story that not only crosses the known world with mythical realms, it explores the idea of view spoiler shared memories hide spoiler Readers will pass through one diaphanous veil after another while traveling alongside Esm as she wades through her memories and navigates the unbridled intensity found in a kissWith first kisses being central to all three stories, Lips Touch Three Times has plentiful imagery that speaks of virginity, fertility, and sexual appetite By bestowing the narrative with mention of plump fruits, hungry mouths, and tongues getting a first taste, Taylor successfully portrays passion and sexual desire without resorting togratuitous measures Further enhancing the book s succulence are the vividly rendered illustrations created by Taylor s husband, artist Jim Di Bartolo His hyper stylized representation of caged birds, flame licked demons, and defiant maidens set against a backdrop of gray and blushing with pinks and reds accurately capture the sorrowful nature of Taylor s stories What is arguably the book s only weakness isthan made up for by Di Bartolo s artistry Goblin Fruit feels incomplete, but an arresting illustration at the end of the story provides a sense of closure Filled with mystery and magic, and glowing with the gloomy, fanciful elegance that s the hallmark of Laini Taylor s linguistic genius, Lips Touch Three Times is a dazzling collection of short stories

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    This can also be seen at The Book Eater I truly feel like anything I say couldn t do this book justice.So, in my endeavor to describe my cough feelings , I made a pie chart I love pie charts.This book was was amazing Well written Gorgeous, gorgeous writing Touching characters I just I loved it Every story was better than the last Enchanting, horrifying, beautiful and captivating The way Taylor writes Again, I don t know what to say She pulls you into the universe she create This can also be seen at The Book Eater I truly feel like anything I say couldn t do this book justice.So, in my endeavor to describe my cough feelings , I made a pie chart I love pie charts.This book was was amazing Well written Gorgeous, gorgeous writing Touching characters I just I loved it Every story was better than the last Enchanting, horrifying, beautiful and captivating The way Taylor writes Again, I don t know what to say She pulls you into the universe she created like no others and makes you truly experience the story she s telling Her writing grabs you and doesn t let you go You get attached to the characters, feel their joy and their horror, all the while sinking deeper and deeper into the mesmerizing universe she presents you with.The way she manages to combine such a vast array of emotion into one story is mind boggling This book feels like a rainy afternoon spent cuddled up in your blankets with an amazing book and a tub of ice cream It s a treat you ve been waiting for, and savor slowly to keep it as long as possible It s the kind of book you keep reading at night, secretly, while you re supposed to be sleeping simply because you just can t stop reading While the first story was short, sensual and surprising, the second and third ones were longer, and therefore had their own universe and set of rules And the writing God Her prose is lyrical and flows perfectly She uses recurrent imagery so well that you can almost picture everything I kept literally stopping in the middle of a chapter to think wow, this sentence is gorgeous Also, I d just like to point out that not once, while reading this book did I think anything was remotely wrong with the character development, the pacing, the plot or just anything This is rare, people Very rare Everything made perfect sense So much sense, actually, that when Taylor later explains her definition of the Hell she used in the second story, it wasn t necessary, because she told it in such a way that it was obvious for anyone, even those not versed in Hindu beliefs like me.If you re still not convinced, here s a quotethey thought the same thoughts as completely as if a butterfly traveled back and forth between their minds, bearing ideas on its legs like pollen See So pretty So cute and perfect Sigh.Really I m re reading myself and I have not done this story justice Don t take my words for it Go read it You won t be sorry

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    To those of you who haven t read this book, what are you doing right now If your answer is anything other than Purchasing this book and getting ready to read it then I m afraid that you and I might just have to come to some kind of disagreement.There is something enchantingly, alluringly fantastic about this book From it s beautifully written stories to the amazing drawings and the characters within This book is like a beautiful, wild romani woman with her ankle bracelets, bare feet and twi To those of you who haven t read this book, what are you doing right now If your answer is anything other than Purchasing this book and getting ready to read it then I m afraid that you and I might just have to come to some kind of disagreement.There is something enchantingly, alluringly fantastic about this book From it s beautifully written stories to the amazing drawings and the characters within This book is like a beautiful, wild romani woman with her ankle bracelets, bare feet and twirling skirts Mysterious, beautiful, dangerous and entrancing Not that Babcia approves of gypsies Apparently they stole her chickens during the war and she s never forgiven them since True story She never rants about the Germans, she ll tell you that the Russians are worse but if you even mention the Gypsies she ll start a Polish rant the likes of which my Irish born and bred self had never imagined until I saw it with my own eyes Though apparently gypsy tears are THE thing this season to put in your charms.Why can t other female protagonists in YA literature be as awesome as the girls in this I had a fangirl try to tell me that Luce from Fallen was a real girl, and therefor relatable, because she was a spineless, boring teenage moron Well, I think Laini Taylor just provided the ultimate bitch slap to that theory Kizzy was a hundred timesrelatable and real without the downside of being so miserably pathetic that she ll probably be doing Daniel Gregori s gardening in a slutty maid outfit just so he ll acknowledge her existence image error Oops too late.Well, at least she isn t some deranged and mentally unstable stalker without a shred of dignity like Nora from Hush, Hush image error Cough Moving onYou know what I love the best about this book the inevitable Europeanness of it all Even when she didn t mean to I mean, the stories mostly ended out happy or open ended but there were consequences or time lost or bargains made or things given over Nobody turned into a vampire without any consequences, gave birth a lochness monster and then defeated the bad guys without a single blow.It was all so gritty and filled with sacrifices, loss, but redemption and possibility image error But not in that way

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    Overall Laini Taylor is a master of crafting darkly gorgeous and deliciously unique tales with all sorts of unearthly creatures Each story featured strong heroines with very different personalities, and the same goes for the men they touch lips with.As usual, it was hard to get into her very flowery and descriptive writing, but nevertheless I enjoyed Lips Touch Three Times as a whole.Goblin Fruit 4 stars Laini Taylor works magic with this story I mean, who else can create such beautiful, ee Overall Laini Taylor is a master of crafting darkly gorgeous and deliciously unique tales with all sorts of unearthly creatures Each story featured strong heroines with very different personalities, and the same goes for the men they touch lips with.As usual, it was hard to get into her very flowery and descriptive writing, but nevertheless I enjoyed Lips Touch Three Times as a whole.Goblin Fruit 4 stars Laini Taylor works magic with this story I mean, who else can create such beautiful, eerie tale with depth in just 54 pages The actual story was so dark and whimsical you can t not get sucked into it We re told of goblins, ghosts, swan wings in coffins with the dead all of those disturbing bedtime stories rolled into one.Our main character, Kizzy, was so well developed and realistic She s a girl with dreams and so many wants, just like all of us She also has a love interest here, and I did ship them pretty early on.Again, the only reason I didn t love this was because of the writing The flowery writing worked well with the story, but not with my brain, and the humor was lost on me.Spicy Little Curses Such As These 2 stars Short Story Syndrome I m totally making this up has finally caught up, and the insta love in this story hits me hard.The writing was somewhat harder to get into in this one as well, probably because a lot of it also takes part in the real world AKA not Hell so the flowery writing didn t work for me in those parts.I couldn t get a sense of the characters too much, either Anamique lacked a strong personality for me, and I can t say anything much about her aside from the fact that she s gorgeous and has a lovely singing voice I found James to be dull as well.Despite those, as usual, Laini Taylor weaved together an absolutely stunning story It started off and ended equally fabulously no spoilers though Hatchling 3.5 stars Hatchling is the longest of the short stories featured in Lips Touch Three Times, and it s certainly the one with most depth as well It was weird, odd and disturbing, but in a totally holy cow how are you such a genius Laini kind of way.It features Esme, a young heroine with a dark past and a dark present You re going to discover the truth behind her condition along with her, not before or after.There were three romances in this story, two that I didn t care for, and one that didn t really play a big role in the story but I adored dearly The romances were realistic, though, although I don t think I can mention in what way in fear of spoilers.Laini Taylor weaves such unique mythology and intricate details in this short story, sometimes a bit too detailed for a reader with goldfish attention span like me, but enchanting for the most part.Deadly Darlings The Social Potato The Book Geek Twitter Instagram

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    Boy howdy Where did this goddess of words with the pink hair come from I am not usually a big fan of the short story, but I do declare, I will read anything this literary seductress writes, even her stroked out grocery list, so send them on down, and I will eat them up Why oh why, would I, with my meagre abilities, even try, to persuade you to read these stories, each of which involve a kiss, when Laini herself awards us a brief glimpse of what is to come.Goblin Fruit my favourite There is a Boy howdy Where did this goddess of words with the pink hair come from I am not usually a big fan of the short story, but I do declare, I will read anything this literary seductress writes, even her stroked out grocery list, so send them on down, and I will eat them up Why oh why, would I, with my meagre abilities, even try, to persuade you to read these stories, each of which involve a kiss, when Laini herself awards us a brief glimpse of what is to come.Goblin Fruit my favourite There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave You could walk across a high school campus and point them out not her, not her, her The pert, lovely ones with butterfly tattoos in secret places, sitting on their boyfriends laps No, not them The girls watching the lovely ones sitting on their boyfriends laps Yes.Them.The goblins want girls who dream so hard about being pretty their yearning leaves a palpable trail, a scent goblins can follow like sharks on a soft bloom of blood The girls with hungry eyes who pray each night to wake up as someone else Urgent, unkissed, wishful girls.Like Kizzy Kizzy wanted it all so bad her soul leaned half out of her body hungering after it, and that was what drove the goblins wild, her soul hanging out there like an untucked shirt.Spicy Little Curses Kissing can ruin lives Lips touch, sometimes teeth clash New hunger is born with a throb and caution falls away A cursed girl with lips moist from her first kiss might feel suddenly wild, like a little monsoon She might forget her curse just long enough to get careless and let it come true She might kill every one she loves.She might and she might not.A particular demon in India rather hoped she would This is the story of the curse and the kiss, the demon and the girl It s a love story with dancing and death in it, and singing and souls and shadows reeled out on kite strings It begins underneath India, on the cusp of the last century when the British were still riding elephants with maharajas and skirmishing on the arid frontiers of the empire.The story begins in Hell. Hatchling Six days before Esme s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turned from brown to blue It happened in the night She went to sleep with brown eyes, and when she woke at dawn to the howling of wolves, her left eye was blue She had just slipped out of bed when she noticed it She was headed to the window to look for the wolves wolves in London, of all impossible things But she didn t make it to the window Her eye flashed at her in the mirror, pale as the wink of a ghost, and she forgot all about the wolves and stared at herself.It was no trick of the light Her eye was an eerie white blue, the color of ancient ice in a place that never thaws, and as startling as it was, there was something profoundly familiar about it too Esme s blood quickened as a shock of memories pulsed through her a world of snow and spires a milky mirror framed in jewels the touch of warm lips on hers.Esme swayed on her feet These weren t her memories This wasn t her eye She clamped a hand over it and ran to wake her mother. As a prelude to each of these stories Jim Di Bartolo graces these pages with graphic illustrations, which in themselves are well worth the price of admission Gather round boys and girls and listen to these fairy tale type stories from a writer of unparalleled imagination and singular panache Woot Woot

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    When you want to take a story that someone else has told and make it your own, do it like this If you want to write a story, recognize your own magic, your own style, and add it to the story you want to steal If you want to write a story, do what Laini Taylor did, and absorb the story, wait until it has seeped into the interstitial places of your writing, and give it back to your reader Make it beautiful and true And the only way you can do that is by figuring out what to you is beauty and t When you want to take a story that someone else has told and make it your own, do it like this If you want to write a story, recognize your own magic, your own style, and add it to the story you want to steal If you want to write a story, do what Laini Taylor did, and absorb the story, wait until it has seeped into the interstitial places of your writing, and give it back to your reader Make it beautiful and true And the only way you can do that is by figuring out what to you is beauty and truth So many writers try to figure out what made something beautiful to someone else They try to say, what made the Trojan war beautiful to Homer What made Harry Potter beautiful to J.K Rowling And they try to imitate that They don t say, What makes this story beautiful to me Well, Laini Taylor told us what makes these stories beautiful to her.So, I m a little expansive tonight I m a little drunk I m not usually one of those drunks who goes around telling everyone she loves them In fact, I ve been told I can recite a pretty good story while drunk, even if I don t remember it a few months later I usually don t remember who I told stories to anyway, drunk or not drunk, no offense Anyway, I just want to give this book a hug and tell it I love it I love you, book Like, in the full, Wayne s World sense of the word I love you, book Damn, every time I write book, I spell it bood Sorry I love this book in a drunk, college high school kind of way I love this book like, Wait a second, what have we all be doing, standing around fighting over whether vampires are sparkly or not So, it turns out there are people out there writing real love stories and fairy tales There are people reading great writing like Christina Rossetti s Goblin Market, getting inspired by them, and then writing these wonderful tributes to them I think, when anyone writes anything great, their ultimate hope has to be in some kind of legacy They have to hope that their great writing will inspire something beautiful in the future, some kind of strength and inspiration I think it is a tribute to the traditions that Rossetti, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism created that Taylor could create something as beautiful as this book And then, hopefully her writings will inspire someone else, and the stories of goblins, hell, and eternal life will continue It is like how Shakespeare reminded us that 13 year olds falling in love doesn t always end for the best And, look, that story has continued in tradition because of him Hopefully we will all, likewise, remember not to eat goblin fruit because of Taylor, not to doubt our own curses or our own mortality.I had intended to talk about how some authors are natural with language, and how some authors know how to integrate a magical, traditional feeling with really modern writing I don t really feel like talking about that now that I am writing this Maybe I will haveto say about that in the morning Anyway, it s not like Taylor tried to add a bunch of ye s to her writing, or like she tried to end everything with e like, unfortunately, some authors do, to give a sense of ye olde timmes Taylor shows everything beautifully, and in doing so she shows how modern times are not removed from tradition and magick e.I like how this book is not about kisses, is not about love When I first picked it up I thought it would be an emo version of Gossip Girl, but it is not that It is about evil kisses, lips shutting in silence, and kisses that are sense memory I like how this book is about loyalty and strength I like how it is about curses This book is beautiful, and in true, drunken or non drunken spirit, I love it

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    This is a story collection that I have very mixed feelings on, so I ll be color coding my thoughts will be for praise, will be for criticism GENERAL REVIEW The writing is luscious and beautiful, with great atmosphere and tone Maybe not quite as spectacular as her later writing, but she s definitely showing a great beginning here And I love the addition of artwork I mean, just look at this In general, this is a really great piece of 2000s YA Unfortunately it is also This is a story collection that I have very mixed feelings on, so I ll be color coding my thoughts will be for praise, will be for criticism GENERAL REVIEW The writing is luscious and beautiful, with great atmosphere and tone Maybe not quite as spectacular as her later writing, but she s definitely showing a great beginning here And I love the addition of artwork I mean, just look at this In general, this is a really great piece of 2000s YA Unfortunately it is also a piece of 2000s YA I m sure this could be considered awesome feminist lit back in 2009, but between some of the fatshaming, I m not like other girls mentality, and weird exoticism appropriation of Indian mythology we ll discuss this a bit later I found myself getting just a bit annoyed Or maybe a littlethan a bit Taylor s characterization is good She s great at conveying entire swaths of characterization in just one or two lines, which is an excellent trait for a short story collection and one I think I noticedIt s just not quite as good The characterization shown here would ve stood out in the 2009 YA world I don t think it does any, whether because of short form or because of overall quality I think she s quite improved on characterization and writing as she s grown this book just doesn t deliver to the same degree as her later Strange the Dreamer STORY REVIEWS Goblin Fruit This is a story you have to read to the end, because 98% of my enjoyment of this came from the final page Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the dialogue it felt quite cheesy compared to some of the Zuzana Karou dialogue in Taylor s later Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy I also wasn t a fan of some of the borderline fatshaming and definite vibe of I m not like other girls Spicy Little Curses Such as These I have very mixed feelings on this I liked the writingthan I did for Goblin Fruit, as it fell closer to Taylor s later prose, and I thought the character work was great The ending was especially fabulous.And yet holy shit, the cultural stuff is bad I m sorry, but setting your story in India for the mythology not only that, fucking colonial India and having your entire cast be white European colonists Not a good look Not a good look at all It made me super uncomfortable to even read this You can tell from the title that this is going to be a oh India is so exotic circlejerk, and it completely lives up to that Hatchling This was probably my favorite it s the one where the writing and character work is strongest and closest to her later works The only thing is, um this basically feels like softcore DoSaB The plot and character concepts are in some ways so similar to her later books that I don t think this felt new to me VERDICT Some good thoughts, and I definitely understand the hype, but too many issues for me to really love this It was definitely interesting to see how Laini Taylor has evolved as an author you can see that it s the same author, yet her later books just have another level of depth that isn t so present here Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube

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