Saturday 12 April 2014

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

Lips Touch: Three Time is a collection of beautifully written novellas / romantic fairy tales for (young) adults. Exquisite prose, archetypal characters, only slightly marred by the fact that everything is over-prettified to the point of near-Disneyfication: love, in these tales, is a blush-inducing magical thing between Adonises and Goddess-like maidens, with just the right shot of lust to be sensual, yet safely pre-watershed literary programming.

Love in this book is an expression of aesthetic beauty, rather than anything even remotely connected to affection and real emotions. This fits with the beauty of the prose and the general worship of all things beautiful, but it also means, as well-written as the tales are, they are ultimately incredibly shallow and quite hollow, as if one were reading a story set inside a universe created for advertising Coca Cola or fashionable clothing or perfumes or acne cream. But then, these are tales about beautiful youngsters, for beautiful youngsters (and those who wish they were).

Nothing is more important or valuable than beauty, in these tales.

Still, enjoyable to read & the writing voice is beautiful.

Rating: 4.5/5

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