Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bookanista Feature: Laini Taylor's LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES

The Bookanistas are a group of writers - in various stages of the publishing process – who have decided to band together and review the special books of our peers.  No negative reviews here! We post every Thursday and cover various topics– upcoming ARCs, books we love, special diamonds in the rough, classics, and even cover reviews.




LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES by Laini Taylor


Why I loved Lips Touch: Three Times
  • Laini, the author, has cute pink hair, a cute new baby who just turned 1, a cute blog, and also makes the super-cute Laini's Ladies, one of which I have hanging over my desk
  • The illustrations inside are by Jim di Bartolo, Laini's husband
  • The illustrations go hand-in-hand with the stories---a few pages of illustrations added backstory, depth, and deep perception to the written work
  • You could read the stories without the illustrations--but they wouldn't be nearly as good without the complimentary pictures. Likewise, the pictures without the stories lack context
  • There are three stories
  • The first, "Goblin Fruit" has a fantastic end. Just brilliant.
  • It's the kind of end where the main character turns the wrong decision into the right one.
  • Where you know she's wrong...and you don't care
  • Which is a nice change of pace
  • The second, "Spicy Little Curses Such As These" has one of the best titles EVAR
  • What intrigued me about this one is that I wondered about the secondary characters more than the main ones
  • The last story, "Hatchling," did the best at combining the illustrations and the text
  • I went back several times to re-look at the pictures at the beginning
  • And I almost cried at the final drawing
LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES is out now and was a finalist for a National Book Award.

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