Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: Kat, Incorrigible

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 was such a fun character, and one that younger teens and tweens are going to adore. She is spunky, curious, and gets into all kinds of trouble, but she's also very caring and mostly just wants to help the people she loves. The side characters were also wonderful, and although at the beginning I was worried that some would be too stereotypical, I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn't the case.

The story itself was absolutely charming, and reminded me a bit of Pride and Prejudice. The upside was that it is more accessible to younger readers than P&P is. The other bonus, if you like that sort of thing, is that it has magic. Luckily for me, I like anything that adds a bit of fantasy into my books.
I would highly recommend this to younger readers who are looking for a fun, sweet story, and to older readers like me who remain young at heart. This is the first in a series, and I will definitely continue.

Book Details
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Page Count: 304
Publishing Info: April 5, 2011 by Atheneum
Why I Read It: netgalley review copy
Grade: B (very good)
Cover Thoughts: The cover is as charming as the book. I like it a lot!

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