Short Story Review: Goblin Fruit

Blurb: Kizzy wanted it all so bad her soul leaned half out of her body hungering after it, and that was what drove the goblins wild, her soul hanging out there like an un-tucked shirt.
Beware of souls that want too much.

Book: Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, 2012
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: heartheartheartheartheart
Source + Date Read: Purchased+ Jan. 2014
Recommend: Laini Taylor lovers need to gobble this up the first instant they get. If not, if you want a sensual, descriptive tale, please, also pick this up.
Book Pro’s: Brilliantly written, sensual.
Book Con’s: Can I get a scream for that ending? It’s very apt and applicable, but oh my goodness I wanted to kick Kizzy into high hell.
Favourite Line: “Kizzy wanted it all so bad her soul leaned half out of her body hungering after it, and that was what drove the goblins wild, her soul hanging out there like an un-tucked shirt.”

Even the name is sensual. I know this is a YA short story so my using the word sensual to describe it’s title is wildly inappropriate, but as my blog is also named Bitches With Books, I believe that I can get away with it a little.

Well what is there to say? Another 5 heart‘s and it deserves each one of them. Goblin Fruit is a brilliant and well written short story about desire and our understanding of such desire. Our protagonist, an insecure yet resilient teenage girl desires so much it’s as if her soul hangs out of her very body, hungering for everything she’s not. She wants soft hair, cool clothes, to have sophisticated family and to sit on the laps of popular boys. She wants everything she can’t, and this attracts a more devious menace, the Goblin. And then the end happens and for the sake of not spoiling everything I won’t tell you what does exactly happen, but I will say that I want to shake the protagonist a bit.

Laini Taylor sets up her world very quickly with much aplomb, which isn’t easy in a 55 page short story, but she does it so well, after I finished I kept flipping for more. There had to be more. It reads like a novel and in the end, Taylor achieves the very thing that permeates throughout the book: desire. You desire more. You want more. But you ain’t gonna get it, unfortunately.

My one quip concerns money. I purchased this book on Amazon for my kindle for $4.99 USD. For a 55 page story this is quite expensive, even Angelfall cost me less, and that’s a full book. Mind you, Susan Ee wasn’t as popular then as Laini Taylor is now, but I would like to see some sort of realistic price-management going on. That’s almost 10 cents per page, and believe me this short story is worth every damn cent you can scrape up, but it’s a bit steep.

Total Score: heartheartheartheartheart
Recommend? How can you not? You have to.



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  8. Grace says:

    I agree on the pricing. Short stories and novellas shouldn’t be more than $2.99, and that’s the upper limit of what I’d pay for one.

  9. Anne says:

    Yeesh, sounds wonderful, but overpriced a bit. I agree with the sensual though, I felt Taylor’s DoSB series was written for more adult than young adult because of the luscious nature of her writing.

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