Author: Stephanie Burgis
Series: The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson #1
Date of Publications: April 5th 2011
Source: Received free in exchange for an honest review from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab programme
Synopsis 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!
Before I read this, I was a little hesitant because it is a middle grade book, rather than young adults, in case it was simple and boring, like some other children's books I've read. (Not all children's book are like that though, I've read some AWESOME ones... Anyway. :L) Reading Kat, Incorrigible, it definitely did not feel like a children's book, and I loved every page of it.
Kat is a naughty 12 year old, living in Victorian England. I loved her narrative, it was fun, amusing, and every page had me smiling. Kat seems like she would fit in a lot better if she were living now, and just the thought of her in Victorian Society is hilarious. The way she talks back, doesn't really think about what she's doing, and the way she really tries hard to do the right thing but always ends up in trouble, makes her so cute, and I couldn't stop reading. She's just so loveable!
The plots were beyond crazy. They would never happen, and are sometimes a little bit over the top. I. Loved. Them. This book has everything. People falling into mirrors, crazy highwaymen, and awesome magic. They grab you and you get lost in Kat's world of magic and mystery, and there are so many things that happen, it's hard to pick a favourite part, because everything was just so amazingly fantastic. So much happened, yet it didn't seemed rushed and the plot had no holes. It really was awesome.
Don't be put off by the fact that this is a middle grade novel, rather than a young adult one. Kat, Incorrigible is mature enough to satisfy older readers, yet is still fun enough for younger ones. There isn't really much more I can say about this book, as I don't there is anything I can fault. It was pure awesomeness, and I cannot wait until A Tangle of Magics is released, as I'm sure the second part of Kat's story will just as good, if not better, than the first.
I give it 5 Feet!
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