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:
Goblin Fruit: 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.
Hatchling: 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?
Lips Touch is a tremendous display of imagination. I've read nothing like it before. Taylor draws from a very rich and vivid treasure box to weave together these three tails, and they are only accented by her husband and illustrator Bartolo's illustrations. With so many overlapping offerings in fiction these days it's refreshing to find something completely out of the ordinary in Lips Touch.
The three stories Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses Such As These, and Hatchling cross space and time but are all tied together by the theme of a kiss. If I had to pick I think that my overall favorite it would be Spicy Little Curses because I felt it had the most complete beginning, middle, and end which is often hard to do with a short story. They were all very enjoyable though. I would have liked a bit more from the ends of the other two stories though and overall more dialogue, it felt a little heavy narration wise.
Regardless, I'm very excited to see what this duo comes up with next or on their own!
Lips Touch was released on October 1st
Genre: Young Adult
Review copy provided by publisher