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 fiancÉ, 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?Review:
Sometimes middle-grade books are the some of the best books out there, and Kat, Incorrigible, Stephanie Burgis’ fabulous debut, proves this point even further. Full of memorable characters, action, and wit, there is nothing not to love about this book, in my opinion!
Kat has always been the one most likely to get in trouble in her family, though she cannot help it that she does not like to follow the rules of society. She just has too much fun being her own improper, unique self. To make matters even better, she has recently discovered that she has inherited her mother’s magical talents. Hoping that they will be able to bring about truth in her mother’s demise, she knows she will have to learn how to use them, especially when her sisters’ own disastrous love lives came into the mix as well. However, with the Order of the Guardians as well as her oldest sister’s fiancée following her every path, this will not be the easiest of tasks! Will Kat be able to save the day? Will she ever get Step-Mama to understand her better? Only time and more pages will tell in this tale perfect for all ages!
Kat is without a doubt one of my favorite protagonists ever for many, many reasons. For one, she is smart and feisty- a girl who will do anything to make her family happy, even if it means taking some dangerous jumps along the way! Secondly, she is a perfect role model for young girls and boys. She shows that it is okay to be yourself, that doing what you think is right is the best thing in the world. Lastly, she is resilient yet feeble in some ways, making a perfect mix, if I do say so myself. Oh, how I wish I had Kat to read about in my younger years…
Better yet, the secondary characters in this are amazing as well. Fully developed and full of life, there’s isn’t a moment where they don’t jump off the page and come to life. My favorites would have to be Kat’s two sisters, who had similar hearts to Kat’s even if they didn’t show it, as well as their two love interests, nimble but lovable.
The plot was also a high point. If there’s one thing that makes a book addicting, it’s action, and Kat, Incorrigible had plenty of it to say the least. There wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t dying to know what would happen next to Kat and her friends, family and foes, thanks to Stephanie’s Burgis’ writing, and if that didn’t happen, I was probably laughing out loud or possibly rooting Kat on… In addition, I loved the focus on magic, because not only did Stephanie give it a great twist, but she also used it to advantage the plot and characters in the best ways possible.
In all, Kat, Incorrigible is the perfect for all ages and perhaps one of my favorite debuts ever. I’ll be eager to see what will happen to Kat next- that’s for sure.
Kat, Incorrigible is now out!
Source: Galley Grab