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Three Times

by Laini Taylor, richly illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo

2009, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic

"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. 

  • National Book Award finalist
  • YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults
  • Publisher's Weekly, Best Children's Books of 2009
  • NPR Best Young Adult Fiction, 2009
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • finalist, Oregon Spirit Book Award
  • starred reviews, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly

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 Such As These: 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?

"With three fantastical, richly layered tales about the terrible and wonderful power of yearning, master storyteller Laini Taylor steals the reader's breath as deftly as the most skilled lover. Lips Touch pulses with vivid imagery yet remains economical in its world-building, its unpredictable plot-spinning, and its compassionate characterization. Taylor draws from multiple literary and historical sources to spin a wholly original and unforgettable reading enchantment that is nothing short of a tour de force." 
                                                                                        -National Book Foundation 

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Also available in audio and paperback!

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the DREAMDARK series
Sophisticated fantasy for ages 9 and up

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