Friday, 10 October 2014

Lips Touch, Laini Taylor

Pages: 265
Publisher: Hodder
Release Date: 23rd October 2014
Edition: UK paperback, BookBridgr review copy

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

In Victorian times, goblins offered sumptuous fruits in exchange for maidens’ souls...and were usually successful. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy women. Discover the answer in GOBLIN FRUIT.

In 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 the curse placed upon her.

And in 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?

Lips Touch is a collection of short stories that I’ve wanted to read for a very, very long time so as soon as the paperback popped up on BookBridgr I had to request it.

I read this last year in a sampler sent out by Hodder just before the hardback came out and reviewed it in a Bite Size Books post. Here’s what I wrote:

Man, this woman can write! Her prose is seductive, vibrant and enchanting. Kizzy’s desire leaps off the page and smacks you in the face. Her straight up want to be wanted and to be one of those girls that are is something I recognised in myself and Laini Taylor got it spot on. That atmosphere, tied up in a re-telling of Christina Rossetti’s dark and alluring poem ‘Goblin Fruit’ which I fell in love with at A-level, was electric and even though I knew it wouldn’t end well, I couldn’t wait for Jack and Kizzy to finally, finally kiss. Gorgeous.

This is a strange little story and my favourite of the collection. Set in British-occupied India at what felt like the turn of the 19th century, Spicy Little Curses blurs Indian legend, mythology and religion with the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, but turned on its head. I love stories about Hell and the demons that lurk there, especially when they creep out into our world and interfere with humans. A gorgeous story.

Hatchling is the longest story in the collection and probably the oddest. Taylor takes fae as demons and twists the mythology into something I have never, ever seen before. Their way of existence and history is completely original and I was amazed at what she drew out of a very frequently exhausted mythology. There’s a lot to it and I was occasionally a little bit lost as all of the mythology and its relation to Esme and Mab was revealed. Putting aside the stunning writing and Taylor pure skill at weaving a story, Hatchling is worth a read for the ingenuity alone.

This is a gorgeous collection of three romantic and mystical stories written in exquisite prose and filled with wonderful illustrations. I need to get a hardback copy of this to fit with my copies of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series... I also need to get around to rereading the first two books so I can finally see how Karou’s story concludes.

Thanks to BookBridgr and Hodder for the review copy!


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