Review: Lips Touch by Laini Taylor

Lips Touch: Three TimesLips Touch | Laini Taylor | Hodder and Stoughton Short Story Collection | Source: Bookbridgr | 266 pages | Young Adult | Fantasy
Release Date: October 24th, 2013
ISBN13: 9780545055857

Goodreads Synopsis

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?


I have been a huge fan of Laini Taylor for a number of years now. I need to get a move on and finish her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series but what I have read of that, I have enjoyed. When I found out that Laini’s short story collection was being published again, I basically asked the publishers how high they wanted me to jump!

I usually stay away from short story collections but this one was definitely worth the chance I gave it. This collection consists of three short stories where a kiss proves to be a turning point in someone life, albeit for the better or for the worst.

Goblin Fruit follows the story of creatures that try and obtain the souls of young girls. It is incredibly dark and majestic. The pacing was brilliant for a short story and I adored the ending. Not my favourite of the three but it was a great read and so eerie!

Spicy Little Curses was hands down my favourite of the three short stories. It follows the story of a cursed English girl whose voice kills anyone who is unfortunate enough to hear it. I found it cruel that this person was essentially a grenade in waiting. Again, I adored the ending and I honestly think that this could easily become a series.

Hatchling was my least favourite story by far. I can’t comment too much as I found it difficult to follow and I couldn’t even tell you what the story was about. I think that there was something wrong with me as opposed to the novel but I couldn’t work with this story at all. It definitely wasn’t the best way to end something that I initially enjoyed so much!

I think two out of three stories isn’t half bad when it comes to a short collection. If you love Laini’s writing style, you will definitely love these reads!

Goodreads Average: 3.84/5 (out of 7,111 ratings)

This novel was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone | Author: Laini Taylor | Hodder and Stoughton | Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1 | 418 pages | 5 Stars | Source: Bought
Release Date: September 29th 2011


Goodreads Synopsis

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.


I have had this book on my shelf ever since February and I have never got round to reading it. Thank goodness I finally have!

I went in to this book completely blind and for me, this enhanced my reading experience. Hence the reason I am going to try and keep this review as short and sweet as possible.

Unlike many books I got in to this one from the very first page. Karou is such and intriguing character (to be honest she had me at blue hair). As I read on I was just itching to find out more about her and her background. The irony is though I entered the novel knowing as much as she did about her self and her background. Nothing. Her discovery is immensely gripping from start to finish and is one of the many factors that contributed to me reading this in every spare minute I had. Even if it was a paragraph waiting in the canteen for a drink, it was worth it!

The world building is brilliant. I thought with it being the start of a new series it would try and cram as much info in to the first book as possible and bombard you with info from start to finish in order to set you up for the next books. Luckily, I was wrong! We are given tidbits of information through out. Enough to keep readers entertained and not too much so we are not baffled.

Character development is also another reason why this is a must read. We are given info/background on all of the characters (even the ones in the background). If something happened it definitely made me feel more towards them because of this. It especially (for me) applies to Brimstone. The way my feelings changed towards him across the novel took me by surprise. It could turn from hatred to endearment with in pages because the characters are so wonderfully written and complex.

Also, the concept of the Chimaera and the Seraphim is stunning. It is so refreshing to see a new kind of supernatural. The elements that make them especially vivid are Karou’s drawing in her sketch pad. While reading them you can picture them so vividly thanks the illustrative writing style.

It is also set in Prague, which makes the whole read even better.

Goodreads Average: 4.08/5 (out of 89,599 ratings)

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