Wisdom's Kiss

Wisdom's Kiss

A Thrilling and Romantic Adventure, Incorporating Magic, Villany, and A Cat

Book - 2011
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Princess Wisdom, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne, Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family, Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips, and Magic the cat form an uneasy alliance as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
ISBN: 9780547566870
0547566875
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 22 cm.

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litriocht Jun 17, 2014

Several characters--prescient Trudy, acrobatic Tips, strong-willed Princess "Dizzy" Wisdom, egocentric Felis El Gato, evil Duchess Wilhelmina, caring Nonna Ben--tell their versions of the events leading up to Wisdom's Kiss, a historical turning point in the neighboring lands of Farina and Montagne.

Duchess Wilhelmina rules Farina but covets the adjacent kingdom of Montagne. In an effort to wrest control of its throne, Wilhelmina arranges a marriage between her son and the youngest princess of Montagne, Dizzy. When she arrives in Farina for her upcoming wedding, however, Dizzy falls in love with Trudy's childhood sweetheart, Tips.

While Tips still cares about Trudy, he is madly in love with the charismatic Princess. With a kiss and a plan, Dizzy evades marriage to the Duke and subsequently escapes with Tips. Although romantically scorned, Trudy helps Tips and the Princess travel back to Montagne. Ultimately, all three of them are needed to foil Wilhelmina's devious scheme.

This book is not for the literary faint of heart. The mission, should you choose to accept it, will involve reading multiple points of view, fairy tale allusions, and clever wordplay. All you fairy tale aficionados, keep a sharp eye out. The origins of Puss in Boots, Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, and Snow White's glass coffin--to name but a few examples--are all explored. Place names in the book's fairy tale world are often witty and, for some reason, food-related. For instance, one town is called Pamplemousse, the French word for grapefruit. The Duchess's domain, Farina, is a kind of milled cereal or flour. And Nonna Ben's magical cat, Escoffier, is renowned in his kingdom for having good taste in food; his name is inspired by that of a famous French chef.

If you like smart books that keep you guessing--à la The Phantom Tollbooth or The Princess Bride--then this one is a must read.

alevesque Mar 20, 2014

A little hard to follow in the beginning, but once you get used to the story telling way, you can't let go of the book. Catherine is an excellent writer.

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acterry
Jun 13, 2013

A really fun, but at times sad, adventure. I had fun reading it and I have some ideas for fan fics. I truly recommend it to teens, especially girls. I can't wait to read this author's other books.

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pookiebear
Mar 31, 2012

this is such a cute book! it's told through the eyes of many different people. only thing is has a dissapionting ending compared to the dramatic start.

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mbssmith
Mar 18, 2012

I like how everything is explained, but nearing the end it becomes very sad.

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gvlee
Feb 21, 2012

The first chapter is promising, but the book goes downhill from there. An interesting format, but too disjointed. The plot development plods along and the character development is poor.

jazs Aug 29, 2011

Childlit's best fantasy recommendation

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