Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini TaylorLips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Lips Touch: Three Times

byLaini TaylorIllustratorJim Dibartolo

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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A National Book Award Finalist, now in paperback!

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.

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

Laini Taylor is the author of Daughters of Smoke and Bone. She is also the creator of the Laini's Ladies line of gifts and stationery. Laini lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and her daughter.
Title:Lips Touch: Three TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.01 × 5.25 × 0.63 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545055865

ISBN - 13:9780545055864

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing stories and artwork! I love Laini Taylor, her stories are always so original and beautifully written. The artwork in this book is also amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Writing, Beautiful Art Lips Touch, Three times is a collection of 3 short stories about first kisses. The writing and imagery in this book is superb. Each story pulls you in deeper than the one before. Taylor first grabbed my attention with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and she has once again proven herself a master storyteller. These stories are modern day fairytales that are so exquisitely written they derserve to be called art. They manage to be both taboo and tender at the same time, sensual, yet remain appropriate for their targeted audience. The way she puts words together on a page is so unbelievable beautiful, my review cannot do it justice. "She leaned into him, sinuous as a predator, and touched her lips to his and held them there in mimicry of kisses she had witnessed. There was nothing sensual in it, not at first, just the chaste press of skin. But then her lips parted ever so slightly and Mihai felt her tremble as, just for an instant, there passed a ghost of the way they had kissed in a long-ago life when they had loved each other, soul and skin, and slept intertwined, sharing dreams through their flesh and waking in the dark to the slow pull of pleasure." This is a must read, and a must see, for the art is as gorgeous as the writing and enhances the readers enjoyment and understanding of these stories. This is what all YA should strive to be!
Date published: 2011-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Moody teenager review At first, I really liked this story. It was fast paced and it got to the point, it was really okay. But the ending was just that, an ending. But this ending didn`t really contain any conclusion, just an ending. open ending wasn't really what I was hoping for, since anything could have happened. (duh). Overall I'd give this story a 2.5/5 The next sory, Spicy little curses, such as these was my favorite story, since it was the most complete of the 3 and had a better conflict. And oh man, the drawings done by Jim di Bartolo, Taylor's husband were magnificently beautiful. Each drawing had a way of telling the story. So to summ it p, the second story was darker and better and simply great! I'd give it a 4.5/5 I found the last sory, Hatchling to be kind of dull and confusing at first but as you continue to read more of Mab's past becomes knowne and the confsion lead to interest and the dullness leads to excitement. The sotry was kind of dark since some very disturbing things have happened to Mab in her childhood. So what did I think of the book? I thought it was okay but the book is very unique and different so that kind of makes up fot it. Does it have the moody seal of aproval? Yes, yes it does.
Date published: 2009-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally! A real modern fairytale! First of all, props to the author, the woman definatley knows what shes doin when it comes to writing an amazing book. I loved all the stories, especially Goblin fruit, and Hatchling. I was hesitant about getting this book, im not usually a fan of anthologies. But i found the beautiful cover hard to resist, and once i read some reviews about the stories i had to give it a chance. And i m sooo glad i did. The stories are creative, dark and magical, i was drawn in by the first page. The illustrations are a nice touch also. This book reminds me of the old fairytales but with a modern touch. Get this book! Its unique, and i really dont think theres another like it.
Date published: 2009-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly imaginitive! Lips Touch Three Times is a series of three sophisticated young adult fairy tales. The first, Goblin Fruit, tells the story of what happens when a lonely high-school girl receives her first kiss. The second called Spicy Little Curses tells the story of a girl, cursed at her baptism, who can't speak for fear she'll kill all who hear her words. When she grows to adulthood this girl must make the ultimate decision whether or not to utter her first cursed words. The third tale centers around another girl who when almost grown, finally discovers why her life has always seemed so different from other people’s. This book is like someone’s imagination gone wild. I think the author pegs the character’s personalities down tightly. They are innocent and wise, scary and kind. I don't think any one of the characters is completely good or completely evil - they are more complicated than that and they blend well with the story lines. The plots are well developed and the stories come to the point quickly leading the reader along a well-written path. I enjoyed all three stories. While they all had a young girl as the protagonist I found the plots to be quite different. The third tale was the longest and I thought, the scariest. I can’t imagine that any young adult wouldn’t enjoy these narratives. They encompass themes that most can relate to: first love, friendship, coming of age and feelings of alienation. They have a sort of associated ‘coolness’ in that they are not afraid to tackle themes that most young women dream about. Each short story is prefaced by a graphic short story mirroring the one about to be told. I couldn’t quite gleam all the details from the graphic stories – there were no words at all – but they did add beautifully to the quality of this book. The cover illustration gives an idea of the drawings inside. This would make a great holiday gift for anyone who loves fantasy and graphic novels.
Date published: 2009-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly Unique... Lips Touch is more than just three girls awaiting a's three beautiful stories intertwined with gorgeous characters and a mystical plots. Laini Taylor is an amazing author, who wrote these stories so beautifully and creatively...I thought I was watching the stories play out in front of me the whole time. She created amazing characters who are out of the ordinary and brilliant....Each story has a different main character, we read about Kizzy in the beginning story, Anamique in the following, and Esme, who's in the story that ends this fantastic book... The first story is called Goblin Fruit, We read about Kizzy, a girl with a not so normal family..Her Grandmother believed in Goblins...well, she knew there are such things of Goblins. A long time ago, she had to save her sister from them. Goblins force you to eat unnatural fruit..once you taste it you can't live without it. They lure girls who are willing to eat this fruit, and when you try the fruit just once you'll never eat anything else...The girls go looking for the Goblins to get more of this fruit..but they never find them..Goblins hide on purpose, all they want are the girl's souls.. so they wait until they can stand it no longer and are willing to give it up... Kizzy's old crush fades when a new boy comes to her school...his light brown hair, very dark eyes..and red lips have her wanting to know more about him... which could be worse than it actually sounds.. The next story is called Spicy Little Curses...and begins with Estella making a deal with the demon, Vasudev...In order for him to follow with his part of the deal...Estella must place a curse on a child...This curse gives you a beautiful voice...but if you speak everyone who hears you..dies. This child with the curse is Anamique, she grows up never saying a word..for that word will kill everyone that listens. But..when she meets James, the handsome solider...not saying a word gets harder and harder to control... In the last story we read about Esme, a stunning girl with hair the colour of fire and dark brown eyes...but, when she wakes up one morning one of her eyes is blue...She shows her mother and her blue eye turns out to have a more horrible meaning that leads to more untold secrets...her mother knows more... and Esme learns the whole truth... now knowing that there's another world, where horrible creatures roam and where an evil queen rules... These stories are defiantly out of the ordinary and unique, the characters and plots are so different...that's what I really liked about this book. The first story was good, but the last two were my favourite...And, before each story there are beautiful drawings that lead you to what the story is about...They were amazing, and brought the stories to life. Overall, a great read that is truely one of a kind...
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from are you kidding me? This could be a great book but I am so Irate that I don't think I'll even read it! I am really tired of my daughter bringing home books that are recommended for children 10 to 12 (for example) and then skimming through them and finding that the content is beyond inappropriate! I'm sorry but I don't think that my 10 year old needs to read about Gang Rape, and licking nectar from a boys lips. This is just what I found in the first two minutes of skimming through this book. I often hear parents complain that kids are growing up way to fast and that they don't understand why. Well... hmmm, maybe we should have proper monitoring if what they are reading and watching. My kids love reading and can finish a book a day, I can't read every book they bring home. It would be nice to be able to trust the Authors to rate their books properly. Give a Mom a break!
Date published: 2009-10-12

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Lips Touch: Three Times

A National Book Award Finalist

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009

A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

"Even nonfantasy lovers will find themselves absorbed by Taylor's masterful, elegant work." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Taylor's three novellas form a triptych of beautiful fantasy writing reminiscent of Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman." - Booklist, starred review