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Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
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Mar 07, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: did-not-finish, youngadult-fiction
Read in February, 2010

I only read the first of the 3 supernatural tales in this book--"Goblin Fruit." (And I apologize to those who enjoyed it!)

The mood is heavy with superstition, slaughter and blood and flesh and titillation. In case grandma's trusty knife isn't enough, the element of danger is further highlighted by several appearances of the word rape, unsubtly used, for example, when peacocks in the farmyard don't screech or caw--they scream "rape."

The story is driven by the theme of lust despite (or heightened by) a clear threat of danger to one's self. I have no objection to the supernatural setting--ghosts and upturned earth, or the theme of longing and desire. But the motifs are shallow and exploitative: horny teenage girls risking brutality and death for desire. Or, unnoticed or under-confident girls being easy sexual prey. Additionally, although the main character's actions and some of her inner thoughts are the subject of the narration as if she were our heroine--those readers who would prefer her objectification and victimization are also thoroughly indulged. Ick.

If you dislike the Twilight series, you might dislike this too!
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

wow! i'm sorry you did not like this one! i thought it was simply wonderful.

how far did you get?

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

you answered my question. :) i would just add that the first story was, by far, my least favorite of the three. but, maybe it just isn't for you.

thanks for elaborating on the one star, though!

message 3: by Jean (new) - rated it 1 star

Jean :) Isn't it funny sometimes how people have such different reactions to a story? Ah, well...

message 4: by Mandy (last edited Apr 04, 2010 08:51AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mandy Yea, the first was the worst. You should have read the other two, because they had a stronger plot. Although, I fail to see how Goblin Fruit was at all like Twilight...

Anna Grace I agree that the first story is much as you described. The second story is a little better, but still has some very dark themes. What I thought made this book worth reading was the last story. It was an adorable romance about a young lady who was cursed to never be able to speak, and overcoming that curse.

Caitlin Have you listened to a peacock call? It's pretty intense. That being said Goblin fruit was my least favorite of the three as well. I hope if you ever decide to try the others that you'll like them a little more.

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