Guest Review: Lips Touch


Title: Lips Touch: Three Times

Author: Laini Taylor

Rating: 3/5 stars

Series? No. Anthology.

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NOTE: This is a prescheduled post. I am on holiday, so I will reply to all your comments when I get back mid-December! Take care 😀

This review is brought to you by the fantabulous Jeann of Happy Indulgence. I was crying to Jeann about I am falling way behind on my blogging schedule as I was going on holiday, so she kindly offered to write a review to help me out. THANK YOU JEANN!


Lips Touch: Three Times shares three dark stories with us, of varying degrees of intricacy.


I can see why Goblin Fruit was the first one in the book, it slowly eases us into the highly imaginative brain of Laini Taylor. Kizzy is a girl who was plain and just wanted to be loved, so when a goblin posed as a handsome boy at her class, she couldn’t say no even when it was too late. It very much felt like a typical paranormal, but one with a dark and sad twist to it. It definitely felt very Grim, with the message of “be careful what you wish for”.

How then, had her knife come to be on Kizzy’s pillow, and her swan’s wing, torn feather from feather, in Kizzy’s room?


This was my favourite story of the lot, inspired by Hindi’s version of heaven and hell. There’s black magic here, curses, karma, and Indian mythology which was really fascinating. Ana is a wonderful character who was so sweet and careful, as speaking or singing will result in the immediate death of everyone within earshot. She was probably one of the most relatable characters in the book and I really liked her.

There are other ways of showing someone you love them, such as fetching them out of Hell.


The longest and most convoluted story of the lot, Hatchling explores the perspective of several characters, including a druj (demon) queen, another druj, a mother, and her daughter. I liked the story behind it, but having multiple point of views and a lot happening was too ambitious for the short story format. There’s a lot of flash backs and multiple perspectives which made it difficult to wrap my head around, especially with all these Eastern terms and mythology I just did not understand.

She was a girl and she was a queen and back in the mists she was a woman who had seized the moon from the sky and drunk its light so that she would never die. And she never had.

Laini Taylor has a whimsical imagination which successfully delivers some wonderful, twisted dark fairy tales all revolving around a kiss. I wish I prepared myself for the dark themes inside though, there’s rape, gore, cussing, kidnapping, death and more. While I’m usually tolerant of these themes, I was quite disturbed when out of the blue I stumbled upon “butterfly rape” and “swollen lips that wanted to eat humans”. Teaches me to think Disney before I read fairy tales….

With the exquisite, rich exploration and even combination of darker themes and different mythologies, this book kind of lost me at several places. Most would find this exciting and intriguing, but I was just confused half the time

Lips Touch: Three Times reflects my difficulty to connect to short stories, but it’s another example of Laini Taylor’s lush, beautiful and exquisite writing. Unfortunately I found it erred on the side of weird rather than whimsical at times, and it’s definitely more of a mature YA read rather than childhood fairy tales. The three fairy tales are incredibly unique and dark, based on mythology, folklore and Laini Taylor’s imagination which is an imaginative artform in itself.

Thank you Jeann for your review! I have to say, I am intrigued by the dark stories in this anthology, I’ll have to check it out.

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10 thoughts on “Guest Review: Lips Touch

  1. Oh hey there, stranger! 🙂
    You know, for some strange reason, Laini Taylor is an author who doesn’t work for me. I tried her first book, and it was too wordy for me. I can definitely see why people think her writing is lovely, but her books just aren’t for me. 😦
    These short stories sound dark and intriguing though which makes me want to pick them up! I’m glad you enjoyed it overall, Jeann.


  2. I quite like a well written anthology and have started reading this one, having read the first two stories (Kristy from BNR bought me a copy). I loved story one and two, but the last installment in the anthology, I just couldn’t get into it at the time sadly. There is something incredibly magical about her writing though, she never ceases to amaze me with how vividly beautiful and lyrical her writing is. Great review Jeann and nice to see you on R.A.M ❤

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  3. I haven’t had a chance to read this one, but Laini Taylor is a goddess, so at some point I am determined to get my hands on these short stories. I didn’t realise they were so dark – thanks for the warning! I would have been a tad taken aback otherwise.


  4. Wonderful review, Jeann! I haven’t read anything by this author yet. I want to start with Daughter of Smoke & Bone though, since I often have problems with short stories, too much limitation.


  5. I’ve seen so many 5 star reviews for this book, and I’m constantly wondering what I’m missing by not having read this. I have yet to read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy yet, so maybe I’ll pick this one up first.


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