Beautiful Creatures - II (& Lips Touch: Three Times)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I ran some errands downtown today and picked-up Beautiful Creatures. But it took them awhile for actually find it in the store (the Chapters-Indigo at Bay & Bloor is one of the bigger locations with two levels). It wasn't on the shelf, but the did eventually find a couple of copies on one of the display tables.

Anywho, while I was waiting around for some one to track down a copy in-store, I did some browsing and came another book that sounded pretty awesome. So I bought it to!

Lips Touch: Three Times

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?


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Hmmm.... the description on Amazon differs from what's on the back blurb or the inside cover-flap. The synopsis on Chapters-Indigo jives with what's on the book-flap:

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 childbearing 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.


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That's still not what's on back cover. Looks like I have to type it out:

There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave. You could walk across a high school campus and point them out: not her, not her, her. The pert, lovely ones with butterfly tattoos in secret places, sitting on their boyfriends' laps? No, not them. The girls watching the lovely ones sitting on their boyfriends' laps. Yes.

Them.


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.

Like Kizzy


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Goblins! How cool is that? And isn't that cover just gorgeous? The book was spine-out on the shelf so it was the title that caught my attention first.

Maybe there is something to this YA craze, I like the way they've branched out beyond the usual vamp/were paranormal material.

Again, while googling the cover I came across a review for the book, here
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6 comments:

Lynn Viehl said...

I think I might have to check out this one for my daughter. I've been looking for some new books to put in her stocking. Thanks for taking the time to type out all that copy. :)

vanessa jaye said...

Lynn, afterwards I wondered if it was a bit of overkill posting 3 diffrent synopsis, but that back blurb *really* worked for me. I think I might put aside the romance I'm reading (gasp!) to read Lips Touched.

One of the images that popped up on google had some sort of awards seal on the it, I did a little futher investigating and the book won a National Book Award Finalist.

A short bio on the autor and illustrator as well as a snippet of an excerpt are here:

http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2009_ypl_taylor.html

Lynn Viehl said...

That's impressive, thanks for the link. Is weird hair color becoming a trend, I wonder? One of the girls at Kat's school dyed her bob that same retina-frying shade of pink; you can spot that kid from half a mile away. :)

vanessa jaye said...

I haven't seen a fully dyed head in a funky color like bright pink in a while, but I have seen a lot of people with fuschia steaks. It was a suprise seeing her author pic. *g* Thought it was cool of her editor getting his goatee colored pink for the awards night.

raine said...

Have never really been into the YA thing--but the goblin angle does things for me, lol.
Let us know how you like it.

vanessa jaye said...

Raine, I do plan to write one of my half-assed reviews on this one, even though I'm not completely finished it. Maybe by tomorrow? She is an absolutely wonderful writer. If you get a chance to read this book, jump at it.

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