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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor: Book & Audiobook Review & Giveaway

Everyone dreams of getting the kiss of a lifetime... but what if that kiss carried some unexpected consequences? A girl who’s always been in the shadows finds herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real. And a third girl discovers that the real reason for her transient life with her mother has to do with belonging -- literally belonging -- to anther world entirely, full of dreaded creatures who can transform into animals, and whose queen keeps little girls as personal pets until they grow to child-bearing age.

From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight, three stories about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch.

Audio CD
Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD
Unabridged edition (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
Reader:  Cassandra Campbell
Buy the Audio:  Amazon

I recently received Lips Touch Three Times on Audio, and I was excited to start it and see how I liked it.  After listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and enjoying Laini Taylor's writing so much, I wanted to experience more from her.  Listening to this one on audio turned out to be a fantastic choice.  Cassandra Campbell did a brilliant job reading these stories.  The worlds that Laini writes are so mystical and....I can't think of a word other than sensual, and Cassandra Campbell captures that feeling with her voice.  I don't have a single complaint.  There are three stories, and in the second story, Cassandra conquers an Indian accent, as well as a British accent, and though I'm not an expert, she definitely convinced my American ears!  The only thing, that I actually just learned while searching for information about the book, is that there are apparently some really fantastic illustrations in the book that I missed out on.  I saw some of the pictures online, and I think I'll have to run to the library and check out the rest, because they were gorgeous (don't let the cover of the book fool you).  However, I'm still glad that I listened to this one.  It was easy to get swept away while listening, and I think if you're a fan of this type of book, you'll really enjoy it on audio too!

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
Buy the book: Hardcover, Paperback

When I started this book I had zero idea what it was about.  I knew nothing about it, other than Laini Taylor wrote it, and Laini Taylor is a word-building genius, so I wanted to read it. I hadn't even read the summary, so I didn't know that this was actually a collection of three completely separate stories.  I found out afterwards, that they are loosely based in folklore/fairytales/poems and other such things, but as I am not well-read in those things, I never realized it.  I'm not usually a fan of short stories, in fact I have yet to get through an Anthology, but once again, Laini blew me away with her ability to craft worlds that I found myself lost in.

The book's stories are named Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses Such as These, and Hatchling.  They are all set in different worlds, but have the commonality, as you can tell from the title, of being centered around a kiss.

The first story, Goblin Fruit, was the shortest, and my least favorite of the three, but still delicious.  It was about a girl who had learned her whole life about Goblins, knowing never to eat fruit offered to her out of season, but finding herself yearning to be seen so much, that she is tempted anyway.  This story was bizarre, and mysterious, and sad, and beautiful.  When it ended, it definitely left you wanting.
“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.”
The second story I enjoyed even more.  Spicy Little Curses Such as These was an Indian folklore about a girl who was cursed from birth.  If she even uttered a sound, anyone who heard it would be struck dead.  She sacrifices speech her entire life, not even testing her voice to see if the curse is real, so that she would never hurt another person.  Then she falls in love, and all she wants to do is tell this boy how much she loves him.  This story was fascinating, and very much had the feel of a fairytale.  I loved how quickly Laini was able to bring me into this world, and capture my imagination.  The romance was just so sweet and simple and endearing, but the underlying theme was so dark and sinister.  It was really a fantastic mix of tones.
"[...] they thought the same thoughts as completely as if a butterfly traveled back and forth between their minds, bearing ideas on its legs like pollen."
The last story, or maybe novella would be a better word, because it was also the longest, was by far my favorite, and the one most reminiscent of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  I would buy this book, just for this last story, Hatchling, and that would be good enough.  I don't know how on earth Laini can so fully develop a story, and another completely unique world, filling it with characters that you know so completely, but have never heard of before, in such a short time, but she does it exquisitely!!  I loved the lore, the mythology, the fae-like quality that this story had.  It was dark and twisted and mysterious and surprising.  It was unlike anything that I've ever read, and I'm so in awe of gorgeous use of language and world-building, that I don't even know how to describe it.

I highly recommend it to anyone who has a taste for the dark and mysterious worlds of the paranormal!

Book Doppelgangers:  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, Chime by Frannie Billingsly, Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Profanity:  moderate
Sexual Content:  Heavy sensuality
Violence:  Moderate
Other Notables:  Demons and other paranormal creatures

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  1. I haven't really heard much about this book, but what I have has been all good. I think it sounds like a great read.

  2. Just posted my review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone today and i vowed in there that i would read anything by this woman, so i really hope its amazing too =D

  3. This book has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it a couple months ago. I really want to read it!

  4. Very interesting! Thanks for the chance!

  5. I haven't heard about this one, but when you said that it is similar to Wicked Lovely I got turned off. Didn't like that one! But I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  6. I loved Laini Taylor's Daughter of smoke and bone, I can't wait to read this one, I'm hoping I'll enjoy it just as much :) thanks for the giveaway and the awesome review :)

  7. This book sounds very good. I think this is only the first or second time that I have heard of this book, but I'm still willing to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. lips touch sounds really interesting and I love Daughter of Smoke and Bones.

  9. I can't wait to read this it sounds very interesting. I just bought my second Laini Taylor book this week.

  10. This book has actually been on my books to purchase list for a while. I really want to read it, it sounds like a great read.

  11. great giveaway! it's fantastic!

  12. Sounds interesting! I totally didn't know she had an earlier book!

  13. I've been wanting to read this book for ages, and now that I've read your review, I'm DYING to read it!

  14. I haven't heard too much about this book, but I've seen it around since Daughter of Smoke and Bone came out. Sounds interesting!

  15. this sounds so awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I read the book and loved it! Would love a chance to see how it sounds like on audiobook!

  17. The books sound really, really interesting! I've never tried an audiobook before, but I'd really like to, well, read-hear it!:D

  18. After reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I knew I just have to pick up Laini Taylor's other book! glad to hear that it was great. :)

  19. This is the first I have heard of Lips Touch Three Times. I recently received Daughter of Smoke and Bone and looking forward to reading it and Lips is certainly intriguing. Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  20. This book looks really interesting. Before your post, I had not heard of Lips Touch Three Times. I definitely wouldn't mind reading this! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  21. Ok I LOOOVVEEEDDD!!!! Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor is sooo awesome and this book sounds great!

  22. This book sounds like a very good read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! :)

  24. Great giveaway! Sounds like something I would really enjoy. Although I haven't heard much about it.

  25. Haven't heard of this one but I would love to hear it now! Thanks for the chance

  26. Oooo count me in! :)
    This looks awesome.



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