I know! "Don't judge a book by its cover!" I'm THAT GIRL. THAT READER.
I apologize, Laini Taylor, because although I didn't like the pictures inside the book any better (graphic novels just aren't my thing), I did love love love the words in Lips Touch Three Times. So much so that I read parts out loud to my husband, which I never do.
The first story, "Goblin Fruit," was my favorite. I love the combination of ethereal, spooky setting with funny, realistic dialogue.
"The goblins want girls who dream so hard about being pretty their yearning leaves a palpable trail, a scent goblins can follow like sharks on a soft bloom of blood. the girls with hungry eyes who pray each night to wake up as someone else. Urgent, unkissed, wishful girls."
"'Believe me, if you had my family, you'd have my rage. You know what my dad did last night? He was cleaning an elk carcass in the yard and he came in and stuck his big bloody hand right in my popcorn bowl!'
Evie and Cactus both shrieked in disgust. 'Okay, I take it back,' Cactus said with a grimace. 'You can keep your family.'**
'What, over a little bloody popcorn?' asked Kizzy. Shaking her head, she muttered, 'Wuss.'"
"Kizzy wanted it all so bad her soul leaned half out of her body hungering after it, and that was what drove the goblins wild, her soul hanging out there like an untucked shirt."
"She gave him his tea for free, slipping chocolates onto the dish and brushing her knuckles across his as she handed it to him. Her face was luminous and hopeful; she'd go into the dark with him in a heartbeat, sharp teeth and all. Human girls were stupid that way. No, not stupid. Primal in their skin, without even knowing it. The things that made their pulse quicken were all the wrong things, but Mihai didn't take advantage of it, except for the free tea."
Funny, creepy, pretty and all-around awesome.
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