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:
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.
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?
This book is beautiful, that’s really the only word to describe it. Absolutely beautiful.
A Quick Summary of Everything Awesome About This Book:
- The writing is dark and beautifully haunting, it lingers with you throughout the entire book and even after. It definitely pulls your eyes from page to page, the way Laini writes is certainly very unique.
- This book is full of complex and strong female protagonists and love interests.
- They’re 100% creative, unique, and original fairy tales.
- The mythology Laini creates for each story is mind blowing, it is so fascinating. She manages to build an entire world in less than 100 pages.
- I actually loved the romances.
- Gorgeous illustrations to accompany each short story.
Now I shall review each short story within “Lips Touch: Three Times”
Goblin Fruit – 4 Stars
Overall the story was very, VERY good. It captured my attention right away and didn’t let up until the story ended.
I loved the background and mythology about the goblins and their wicked fruit, it was one of the more interesting plots in this book. We learn about everything from Kizzy’s family’s weird religious beliefs, superstitions, ghosts, and of course the goblins.
The ending was pretty shocking in a way that made me frustrated and upset with our main character Kizzy. I was very disappointed in her. Although she really was a good heroine, it was just her last choice that angered me.
This story was a great way to start off a great book.
Spicy Little Curses Such As These – 3 Stars
This was very disappointing. It was the least engrossing and the most annoying.
For a book that’s all about romance and kissing, the insta love and romance is the most nauseating in this story. The main couple is bland, boring, and irritating, I did not think they were cute or enjoyable to read about at all. Anamique (the MC) wasn’t strong or complex or really anything, she was just…..there. She had a curse put on her and that’s about the only thing great about her. Her love interest is just an idiot, an absolute idiot.
Honestly, the only redeemable quality about this particular story was the Ambassador to Hell and the demon she barters with in Hell. They were the best, they were ACTUALLY interesting. What this story lacked for in a main couple it made up for with its mythology. The story of how Estella becomes Ambassador and her journeys into Hell are really what drove the plot for me.
Hatchling – 4.5 Stars
My favorite story in this book and the longest one too. Laini not only develops a GREAT background and mythology (again) but she also provides us with a really great mystery as well. It’s all very well thought out and very well detailed.
Esme wakes up on her 14th birthday with a pale, ice blue eye. Wanna know why? Well guess what? It takes the entire length of the story to explain why, and it’s captivating. The mystery only gets more complicated the more you read, but everything is revealed by the end, I promise.
Though the plot does get pretty bizarre and at one point, even a little disturbing and uncomfortable.
I also quite enjoyed the romances in this story the most because there is no insta love and they’re just more realistic. I ship all of the romances so hard!
Overall “Lips Touch: Three Times” is an extremely creative, original, and unique book. If you love fairy tales and retellings I definitely recommend this book for you. I guarantee you’ve never read anything else like it!