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Wisdom's Kiss

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Exciting Read

    The cover of this book has the words "A Thrilling and Romantic Adventure Incorporating Magic, Villainy and a Cat". These words say it all.

    Princess Wisdom (Dizzy) becomes engaged to the man who has arrived to court her sister, Queen of Montagne. She travels with her grandmother (Ben - Queen Mother of Montagne) to her betrothed's home. Crisis after crisis delays their arrival, eventually stranding them in an inn in Bacio with their ladies-in-waiting suffering from food poisoning.

    Trudy, chambermaid at the Bacio inn, has written to her childhood sweetheart Tips for years. She has the ability to see the future or, to be more exact, which is the right path to take for a good future. Unaware of this, the Queen Mother invites her to join them as a lady-in-waiting for their visit to the duchy of Froglock where Dizzy's intended awaits them at Phraugheloch, the ducal residence.

    Although her prescience warns Dizzy is not good for her own future, Trudy is overcome by the knowledge Tips will be in Froglock. Lady Fortitude, the title Ben gives Trudy, arrives in Froglock and chaos erupts. Dizzy's future mother-in-law intends to get rid of her after the wedding, the Emperor is also in Froglock with his own hidden agenda. Tips and his master have accompanied him. The fairy story takes a dark twist as they all try to achieve their own aims.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a modern fairy tale complete with hero, heroine, villain and various helpful minor characters. Despite the eight points of view it flowed well, carrying the story seamlessly throughout the book.

    Both Trudy and Dizzy's inner thoughts added spice to the story, but still kept it sweet and light. At first I wondered where the author intended to take the storyline but after a few chapters I didn't care. I was too entranced by what would happen next. If Star Wars is a futuristic Cinderella, then Wisdom's Kiss is a realistic Cinderella. I say this because the actions and reactions of the characters reflected the way modern misses would react in similar situations.

    To get the full flavour of this story the book must be read from cover to cover. Delightful, engaging, captivating. These three words describe my feelings as I read this book. Suitable and entertaining for any reader, young and old.
    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Fun read

    Wisdom's Kiss blends fairy tale and fantasy in a sweet and clever
    story about growing up and finding your place in the world.  The
    author, Catherine Gilbert Murdoch blends literary styles from chapter
    to chapter, telling the story from multiple perspectives in multiple
    voices.   The results are a charmingly quick read with surprising
    richness.  the story really demonstrates the interconnectedness and
    longevity of relationships.

    Excellent story for younger teen readers.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    More from the Kingdom of Princess Ben!

    It all started in the spring of 2008 while in the library I discovered a gorgeous cover on a novel in the New Releases section entitled Princess Ben. I was not necessarily looking for a young adult, or teen girl read, but the cover was awesome and gorgeous so I decided to check it out. A week later, I ordered myself a copy and convinced my sister she needed one as well. Princess Ben was my first introduction to Catherine Gilbert Murdock and will not be my last! When a few weeks ago I discovered there was a new Fantasy Historical (she also write contemporary novels - Catherine Gilbert Murdock) I was ecstatic and could not wait to get my hands on Wisdom's Kiss. I have been waiting for this for years!

    While Princess Ben was completely amazing. Wisdom's Kiss was different. It still has the narrative voice and humor that I came to love and without fail I completely recommend it to your teens, and anyone else to read as well. Princess Wisdom is a granddaughter of Princess Benevolent and as the Queen Mother Benevolent she is a returning character as well that brought a smile to my face. While you can definitely read this one as a stand alone, I hope it will make you want to go back to journey on Princess Ben's adventure too.

    This is a different kind of novel. It a story told from eight different perspectives in the form of diaries, letters, encyclopedia entries and more. I think it would be a great example of what different sources would be on a historical tale for a student by the way. This is an adventure that takes you and stalls you until you find out the full details of what all went on. It was exciting, heart breaking and romantic at the same time. While I do not love it quite as much as Princess Ben. I love it all the same.

    *Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a copy for review.*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Amusing and fun fantasy

    I haven't read Princess Ben so I was unfamiliar with the world and with the character. I might have to go back and read it because Nonna Ben was pretty fierce. As was Wisdom. She was very tenacious and curious and fairly unprincess-like. While she wasn't my favorite character (that honor going to Trudy) she was alright for a princess. Trudy was the sweetest and the one with the most to lose as an orphaned serving girl with psychic powers. The love triangle that springs up between Wisdom, Trudy and Tips, Trudy's childhood friend and first love, was inevitable. But the real meat of the story, for me, was in the intrigue between Wisdom's kingdom and the duchy she is meant to marry into. I loved the outcome and how clever they solved the problem. I liked this book, let me say, I did. But it is told in many random forms like diary entries, memoirs, letters, biographies, a play and all of that together felt mish mashed. Random bits of important information are thrown in through in encyclopedia entries which seems like a lazy way of importing things readers need to know. The conceit is cute at the beginning but loses its cuteness about half way through the book. But it doesn't make the book unreadable. On the contrary, it is a charming book that I enjoyed very much. It was just one of the those things I couldn't help noticing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    SO GOOD

    This book does not disappoint at all!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Good.

    I give this book a four because of the relationships. I do not think Princess Dizzy should have Tips because Trudy has loved him since they were little. When I learned that Trudy wasn't going to have Tips, I was shocked and sooo mad. I mean she made the journey to see him and she gets heartbroken!!!!!! That sucks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Awesome

    Awesom

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