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Thursday, March 29, 2012

(M MG M) Review: Kat, Incorrigible

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TITLE: Kat, Incorrigible      
SERIES: The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson #1)
AUTHOR: Stehpanie Burgis     PUB DATE: 4/5/11
PUB: Atheneum                           FORMAT: pb, 304 pgs

Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she's inherited her mother's magical talents, and despite Stepmama's stern objections, she's determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissa's intended fiancĂ©, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost. If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love? 

THREE WORDS: Marvelous Magical Mischief

MY REVIEW: Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis is a wonderfully delightful MG read that thrilled, enchanted and enthralled me with its intrepid heroine, fantastical story and excellent writing!

Twelve year old Kat Stephenson is determined to save her family from financial and social ruin, and somehow get her eldest sister, Elissa, out of having to marry a sinister man decades older than her. When Kat discovers that her other sister, Angeline, has used their deceased mother’s spell books to concoct her own plan, Kat decides to do the same. Kat soon learns that she and Angeline have inherited her mother’s magical abilities, but they both find out that magic is anything but easy. When Stepmama takes the three girls on a trip in hopes of securing Elissa’s engagement to Sir Neville, Kat must put her smarts, courage and magical gifts to the test to save her family and perhaps help her sisters find true love.

This is such a wickedly fun, wildly exciting and wondrously whimsical book! Stephanie Burgis offers readers a splendid adventure full of humor, rousing adventure, captivating fantasy elements and an unforgettable heroine.

Brimming with imagination and vivid imagery, the world Burgis has created is very well developed, believable and easy to fall into. Stephanie Burgis has captured and explored the charming and fascinatingly layered essence of the Regency Era in a way that will simply enchant readers of all ages. And younger readers will have so much fun reading about Kat’s adventures that they won’t realize just how much they've learned about this era’s social and cultural norms.

Kat Stephenson has earned a place as one of my absolute favorite heroines (right up there with Hermione Granger and Anne Shirley)! This plucky, endearing firecracker of a girl has oodles of courage, determination, wit, wonderfully reckless ideas and mischievous charm.  I think younger readers will find Kat relatable, what with her habit of getting into trouble and her sassy mouth, but awe inspiring at the same time. And I think older readers will love being able to live out all their old childhood fantasies of grand adventures, daring rescues and defeating the dastardly villains, through Kat…I certainly did.

But there are other compelling characters in this book as well. I really loved Kat’s sister Angeline, who is incredibly witty and smart and who has a very awesome Girl Power fueled attitude. Mr. Collingwood and Mr. Carlyle are both dashing and charming young men that I had fun swooning over. And of course, any epic adventure must have a wicked villain, and this book has a few!

The fantasy and magical elements in Kat, Incorrigible- from a magical portal found in a pocket mirror to floating teapots and love spells gone awry- are fun and whimsical. Kat’s exciting adventure is full of the unexpected and I loved very minute of it. The book ends on a heartwarming and happy note, but with plenty of room for more magical mischief.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I had such a fabulous time reading this book and joining Kat on her adventures. Kat, Incorrigible is truly a marvelous MG book and I cannot wait to read book two (which comes out in April '12)! A fun, must read!

5/5 Cupcakes

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Deborah Julene said...

I loved Kat, Incorrigible! Everything about it was just so creative and fun!
If you stop by my blog in the next few days, I'll have an author interview and review of Renegade Magic up! (Of course, first I have to finish the book!)
I loved your review! You covered basically everything I loved about it!

~Debz @ Debz Bookshelf

Gaby G said...

Hi Aeicha :) I'm so glad you loved this book, Kat, Incorrigible is one of my favorites!

I still need to read the sequel...hope I can do it soon!

April Yedinak said...

I really need to get this book, because I keep hearing great things. Thanks for the review.