Lips Touch: Three Times

  • by Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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Darkly gorgeous

This is a collection of three short stories, each different from the other, with the common prompt of "a kiss." The first is based on an old poem called "The Goblin Market" and while the story works on its own, to me, reading the poem gives you another level of appreciation for the piece.

The second story is, in my opinion, the most spectacular. It takes place in India, about a girl who is cursed--anyone who hears her voice will die instantly--but as she falls in love, she desperately wants to speak. The narration adds something exotic and magical to it I just don't think you could get reading it in written form.

Some readers have griped that there is no connection between the stories. There isn't meant to be, as is the usual with short story collections. In fact, I think the author's talent shines by writing three very different stories centered around a single prompt.

These are stories for people who like a sense of dark, fairytale wonder to their stories. They are filled with imagination and the language is rich. I normally don't like stories just for the prose, and actually tend to roll my eyes at authors who get carried away with trying to be artful with their prose, but damn. DAMN. If you have an appreciation for a bit of darkness, a bit of wonder, and words so rich you can almost taste them, you may, like me, find yourself listening to these stories over and over just for the feel of them.
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- Brandilyn

3 one of a kind gems for your fantasy library

What did you love best about Lips Touch: Three Times?

What I found to be most satisfying about this series of stories is that they are completely different from daughter of smoke and bone series (which happens to be one of my fave series) Laini Taylor has the knack to switch her writing style from story to story so differently it's almost reading a short compilation of stories by a few different authors. it was refreshing that the author isn't afraid to branch out and risk her neck in different styles of writing where each story is so different and unique each a little concentrated gem.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Lips Touch: Three Times?

the endings of each short packed real strong concluding punches that were not entirely expected but none-the-less pleasing to read.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

narration was decent no complaints here


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

this book was both entrancing and pulled the reader in enough that I did happen to read this in one sitting.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio