Rummanah Aasi
  I read a few books over Spring Break. One of them is Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis which is the first book in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series. Though the book is already released in the U.K., it was released in the U.S. today. Courtesy of Simon and Schuster, I received an advanced reader copy of the book in order to provide an honest review.

Description: In order to save the family from financial ruin, the Stephenson sisters try to change their destiny. One contemplates a loveless marriage while the other casts a love spell to summon her true love. Kat, the youngest of the Stephenson sisters, comes up with her own plans for her sisters' suitors after discovering that she has magical powers herself.

Review: Kat, Incorrigible is a delightful read that mixes adventure, mystery, romance, magic, and humor in all the right doses. Readers are transported to Regency England, where the social mores that are present in Jane Austen novels still rule society.Though set in the past, the female characters very much have a 21st century perspective on how they want to live their lives.
   Kat is our lovable heroine and narrator. She is spunky, hilarious, adorable, and ready to be unladylike if that means she can save her sister from marrying a cad. When Kat's plans to disguise herself as a boy and get a job are dashed, she stumbles upon her magic powers, which are very powerful. In addition to saving her family, she also on the radar for a powerful group called the Guardians who are trying to recruit her. Kat's magic isn't really explained besides being inherited from her family, but I hope we get more information about this and her late mother in later installments of this series. I loved how Kat interacted with her sisters, which very much rang true as they get into constant arguments and make-up while still doing anything to help each other out.
  I also loved the other characters of the story too, which included Kat's lovable but oblivious father, her prim and proper Stepmama who hates her family's disreputable history, and the various male suitors for her sisters. I thought they were well developed and came alive. Out of all the secondary characters, I loved Kat's sisters. 
  While the plot for Kat, Incorrigible is multifaceted, it does not drag the book down. Each plot thread is woven nicely and I didn't get bored with any of them because there was plenty of humor and action. The humor of the book reminded me very much of Princess Bride, which is very hard to do.
 Despite a quick wrap up of the many plot lines, there is a lot we don't know about Kat and her world. I can't wait to find out what mess Kat finds herself in the next book. Tweens, teens, and adults alike will absolutely love this book  

Rating: 4.5 stars

Words of Caution: There is talk of magic and witchcraft, but other than that, it is very clean. Recommended for Grades 5 and up.

If you like this book try: The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray or The Agency series by Lisa Yee
1 Response
  1. I really liked your review and will look for the book. I have a feeling that the book suffers from the cover, which looks very juvenile. As I was reading the review I was trying to figure out the target audience, which you cleared up at the end of the post.

    I am never quite sure why people comment or don't comment on my reviews. For one thing we have to get followers to come over and read them, which is always a chore.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. There will be another question tomorrow so come on back!


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