Review- Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

September 10, 2011 Reviews 5

Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Hardcover314 pages
Expected publication: September 12th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Age Group: Middle Grade, Middle Grade/YA crossover
Source: NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads)

Princess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne.
Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family.
Fortitude, an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips.
These three passionate souls might just attain their dreams while preserving Montagne from certain destruction, if only they can tolerate each other long enough to come up with a plan. Tough to save the world when you can’t even be in the same room together.
Magic, cunning, and one very special cat join forces in this hilarious, extraordinary tale by the author of Dairy Queen and Princess Ben. An incredibly creative tale told with diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, even a stage play, all woven together into a grand adventure.

This book was not for me. It was confusing and I just could not get into it. I tried reading it probably about 8 times and each time I got discouraged or uninterested in the story. It was a very choppy story, in my opinion.

I think the main reason I did not enjoy the way the book was written, was because it was written with 8 different point of views. And not only were there 8 different voices in the story to keep up with, but they were all written in different formats. And on top of that all, none of them were straightforward. They did not flow into each other, but rather they were just lined up back to back in no sort of discernible order. It was really hard for me to get into the flow of the story.

Another thing I did not like about Wisdom’s Kiss was that there was not much character development before the main character left. They were supposed to be such great friends but I did not see much of that at all. Because of this, it was really hard for me to become attached to either of them.

I see this book as geared towards a younger audience because of the age of the characters. Maybe like Middle Grade or young YA. But the vocabulary of the book did not line up with its target audience. There were some very high level words throughout this books, and I know that many younger readers would have no idea what they meant.

I could not finish this book. I read most of it over my 7 or 8 attempts and I finally had to give up. But just because this book was not for me, does not mean that someone else won’t enjoy it. I won’t be recommending it to people, but if it looks like something you might enjoy, give it a shot and let me know what you think! I would love to hear from people that did enjoy this book. Maybe I was just missing something?

0.5/5 Gavels

Other people did enjoy this book however! Im going to link to two 4 and 5 star reviews of Wisdom’s Kiss. Ellen @ Word Thief and Kathy @ Inside of a Dog both really enjoyed the book. Go take a look at their reviews, if you want to get a different perspective. 🙂

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5 Responses to “Review- Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock”

  1. Abby

    Thanks for the review! 8 POVs is really confusing especially like you said, that it’s not straightforward. Especially if it’s meant for the younger generation.

  2. AWE5OM3

    you totally nailed it–i just put the book down, actually. the points of view are really confusing, especially since they’re all different, and the wording–like you said–is too high level (i’m in high school, and i still had to look up some words, haha). i don’t think you were really missing anything with this book.

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