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Book Review: A Tangle of Magicks by Stephanie Burgis

A Tangle of Magicks (Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson)Title: A Tangle of Magicks
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Series: The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson #2
Pages: 282
Publisher: Templar
Date of UK Publication: August 1st 2011
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: After her antics in A Most Improper Magick, Kat Stephenson is back to cause more chaos! Stepmama drags the family to Bath to find Kat's sister a new suitor. But, unknown to most of its gossipy visitors, Bath is full of wild magic. When Kat uncovers a plot to harness this magic in the Roman Baths, she finds her brother Charles is unwittingly involved. Kat must risk her newfound magical powers as she defies the Order of the Guardians to foil the plot and clear her brother's name.

My Thoughts:
I read an e-galley of the first book, A Most Improper Magic, when it was being released in the US under the title Kat, Incorrigible. It was cute and funny, and I loved it. A Tangle of Magicks, the second book in the series, is just as cute and just as funny, and I loved it just as much.

Kat is of course, her usual outgoing, occasionally annoying but always amusing and lovable self. She does what she thinks is the right thing to do, but she often does it without thought and sh usually just gets herself into trouble. Her magic is progressing, but she doesn't know how to use it yet, so for a lot of the book I think she feels helpless and a little sorry for herself for messing up the only chance she has to make good use of her magic, even though she is very good at not showing what she is really thinking. Everything she does is full of mischief and fun, and every single page something new happened that had me smiling, or even laughing out loud.

Again, the plots were silly and completely unbelievable, which is of course what makes them so good. This book takes place in Bath, where Kat discovers that the Roman baths are full of wild magic. When she finds out that her brother is unknowingly involved in a crazy plot to harness this magic, she has to risk her newly discovered powers and try to save him. Of course, while doing this, she gets herself and others into trouble, and ruins her friends' reputation in Society, but she doesn't care because all she can think about doing is saving her brother. There's also a whole story about Angeline, Kat's sister, in which Kat also tries to save Angeline from the horrible player that is Viscount Scarwood.

There was nothing about this book that I didn't like. I cannot fault it. Just like with the first book, I can find nothing to complain about. The characters were amazing, the plot was fantastic, and I read the whole book in a matter of hours.

A Tangle of Magicks is definitely a worthy sequel to A Most Improper Magick. It perfectly carries on the story, and it's so easy to jump straight back into the world of Kat Stephenson, and not jump out until the end of the story. I cannot wait for the next instalment, if there is one, as again, I'm sure it will live up to the amazingness of the first two awesome books.

*I received this review copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the book.

My Rating:
I give it 5 Feet!

2011 Paranormal YA Reading Challenge #28
2011 100+ Reading Challenge #50


  1. I really want to read these books, they sound adorable! Glad you enjoyed them, :D


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