My review: 4 of 5 stars
Beautifully eccentric right out of the gate, and not at all what I expected. These three stories of kisses were reminiscent of Grimm’s fairy tales. The romance was edgy, born of fire and blood rather than lace and hearts. The author draws on ancient religions, dead languages, folk lore, and fairy tales to create this enchanting and sometimes disturbing work. Recommended for more mature teens due to frank sexuality and mature themes. A finalist for the National Book Award.
“…and that was what drove the goblins wild, her soul hanging out there like an untucked shirt” (p. 21).
“Believe there is more to the world than what your own eyes have seen” (p. 105).
“Boredom is a terrible affliction of the soulless” (p. 161).
“Human eyes were like windows left open in a storm…” (p. 221).