Lips Touch

Lips Touch

Three Times

Book - 2009
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Three short stories about kissing, featuring elements of the supernatural.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545055864
0545055865
9780545055857
0545055857
Characteristics: 265 p : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Di Bartolo, Jim

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VaughanPLKasey Nov 15, 2016

Fantastically twisted and original takes on some classic fairy story themes, centred around three teen girls' first kisses.

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tocch101
Aug 23, 2014

A good set of stories, but they were better written the further into the book you got. The last one was excellent.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

Laini Taylor is a phenomenal writer. The way she describes things is lyrical, poetic, and sensual in every way. I wish I had read this when I was in high school, and could relate to Kizzy (in her first story). The stories within Lips Touch: Three Times are fantastic examples of contemporary retellings of fairy tales and fairy tale tropes. They are morality lessons for all, couched in gorgeous narrative and relatable characters. Reading these is like having a vacation for my imagination. I recommend it for fans of fairy tale retellings and classic grimm-style adventure stories. Also for fans of Laini Taylor.

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GuyN
Nov 08, 2012

Laini Taylor is becoming one of my favorite authors. Not only does she write well, but her insights into the human condition, even though explored with supernatural elements, ring true. In her author's note she says, "Like a magpie, I am a scavenger of shiny things: fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, fascinating religions, and more." This is an apt description of the kind of "urban fantasy" she writes. These stories are not retreads of any tired demon stories you have already read. They are fresh and different. I liked the first two stories a lot more than the last story, which I found just a little stretched for coherency but still well worth reading. Appropriate for teens or adults this jewel is far more mature than its teen paranormal romance cover suggests. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (her newer book) is just as good a melange of exotic modern locale and unfamiliar esoterica.

KelseyPaige Jun 04, 2011

My first book by Laini Taylor to read. She has a very prose-like tone, which I liked: it complemented the dark, fairy tale-reminscent tenor of the stories. Recommended for mature teens.

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andreareads
Feb 08, 2011

Laini Taylor puts her own touch on familiar fairy tale elements such as goblins, shapeshifters and trading in souls in this collection of three stories where life changes with a kiss. I was impressed by the way the dreamy, sometimes nightmarish parts of these tales blended with more ordinary details of what we like to think of as real life. The ending of the first story left me wanting more, but maybe it will turn into a novel. Illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo, giving a visual prequel or tale-within-the-tale for each story, definitely add value to the book. After I finished this collection I went for a walk and met a husky with one brown eye and one blue, just like in the third story. Cue Twilight Zone music . . .

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library_heaven
Feb 12, 2010

A very easy read since there are three separate stories which have a very original take on folklore from different cultures. The illustrations are very evocative.

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andreareads
Feb 08, 2011

He learned what quickens human hearts, how the touch of lips could make two lovers slip into a niche between moments so time rushes past them.

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andreareads
Feb 08, 2011

Druj magic must be spoken aloud. Most commonly it's whispered. The magic is in the breath, and the shape of the breath as pressed by lips, tongue, and teeth into words determines the shape of the magic.

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andreareads
Feb 08, 2011

A sick dread began to fill her. Perhaps, she worried, she'd waited too long. Perhaps her eccentricity had lost its charm and become merely inconvenient. Could it be that he was bored? Happiness can turn like a tide for a young girl in love . . .

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andreareads
Feb 08, 2011

A thrill went through Kizzy. She imagined for a second that his eyes had silvered like a cat's. And she imagined he had looked right at her. She blushed instantly, even though she was sure she was wrong. Boys' eyes didn't find her in a crowd. Boys' eyes didn't even find her when there was no one else around. They sort of glazed over or fixed on some fascinating object in the distance.

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andreareads
Feb 08, 2011

Kizzy hated it all, and she kind of hated herself too, by association. She hated mirrors, hated her ankles, hated her hair. She wanted to climb out of her life as if it were a seashell she could abandon on a shore and walk away from, barefoot. No one else on the whole landmass of North America, she was sure, had such a stupid life.

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andreareads
Feb 08, 2011

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.

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