Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Review: Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Title: Kat, Incorrigible (The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, #1)
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publisher: Atheneum
e-ARC, 295 pages (Via S&S Galley Grab)
Date Published: April 5, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Twelve-year-old Kat Stephenson may be the despair of her social-climbing Step-Mama, but she was born to be a magical Guardian and protector of Society--if she can ever find true acceptance in the secret Order that expelled her own mother. She’s ready to turn the hidebound Order of the Guardians inside-out, whether the older members like it or not. And in a society where magic is the greatest scandal of all, Kat is determined to use all her powers to help her three older siblings--saintly Elissa, practicing-witch Angeline, and hopelessly foolish Charles--find their own true loves, even if she has to turn highwayman, battle wild magic, and confront real ghosts along the way!
Kat, Incorrigible is a surprisingly wonderful middle grade read. I expected to enjoy it because I love MG books, but I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I did. Stephanie Burgis has created a character that is endearing, intelligent, funny, and strong. For a twelve year old girl, Kat sure has a lot of spunk to her. It isn’t just Kat that’s a delight to read though. Every single character serves a purpose and has his/her own personality.

Taking place in the early 1800’s, Kat, Incorrigible revolves around proper ladies, social status, and magic. The magic is key and oh so fun to read about. Kat’s will to keep her sister, Elissa, from marrying Sir Neville, a possible wife murderer, drives her to do some drastic things, but it’s all out of love. The family aspect plays a huge role and was handled perfectly. Elissa, Angeline, and Kat all love one another, but they fight as well. They’re sisters and bickering is part of that. Being around them made me long for a sister of my own.

The story isn’t exactly short, but moves very quickly. Kat’s adventures range from averting the attention of Mr. Gregson to wanting to be held up by a highwayman. Along the way, the secondary characters will either make you swoon – thank you Mr. Carlyle – or want you to punch them in the nose – I’m looking at you Sir Neville. Even the wickedly evil, yet somehow not entirely terrible, Stepmama was three-dimensional.

Kat, Incorrigible is delightful and enchanting, with a full cast of characters to entertain any reader. I felt so content when I finished it. The story came full circle and left me with a big grin on my face. I love a happy ending and the way Kat and her sisters live out their discovery about magic, their deceased mother, and even realizing their Stepmama isn’t so bad, couldn’t have made me any happier. This is the start of a series and I honestly cannot wait to see where it goes next.

Opening line: I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: Both of my older sisters’ faces were puffy from crying. For me, Mama’s cabinet had been full of mysteries and secrets to be puzzled out, like an adventure. For them, it had been full of memories. And I had broken all of them. ~ pg. 72
*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Aleetha said...

It was nice to see that you also loved this book. Kat is love-able.Their sisters are also amazing. Even her step mama played great some role.

~The Book Pixie said...

I've got this on my shelves and you have me wanting to read it even more. I get the feeling I'll enjoy it just as much as you. And what an awesome first line! Great review girl. :D


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