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Lips Touch by Laini Taylor

Lips Touch

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A collection of three stories of kisses and curses from the truly original author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. In the first story, Goblin Fruit, we meet some of those characters again. Delicious, sensual and enthralling, it leaves you aching for more. Illustrations for Kizzy’s Grandmother’s adventure are by Jim de Bartolo. They are vivid, detailed and viscerally alive. A collaborated graphic novel by these two would be a wonder to behold. The rich detail of Kizzy’s life and family background make you want to know more about these amazing people. The tale is simple; a lonely girl is offered her heart’s desire, at a price. Many readers will sympathise with this predicament, give in to temptation or grasp an opportunity with both hands. And aren’t they often, as here, the same thing? This is a glorious escape from our mundane lives, take it. The other two stories are Spicy Little Curses and Hatchling.

If you like Laini Taylor you might also like to read books by Carol Goodman, Tim Powers and Deborah Harkness.


Lips Touch by Laini Taylor

From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight, three fantasy stories that all hinge on a single, life-changing kiss. 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 another 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.


'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' - Patrick Rothfuss on DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE

'DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment.' - John Connolly

'You don't want this book to end ... it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night-addictive'.
- Easy Living

About the Author

Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the author of three previous books, the most recent of which, Lips Touch: Three Times, was a silver medal finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their baby daughter Clementine.

Author photo © Jim Di Bartolo

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Publication date

24th October 2013


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Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


432 pages


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Fantasy romance (Teenage)



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