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Kat, Incorrigible ➽ [Download] ✤ Kat, Incorrigible By Stephanie Burgis ➲ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In nineteenth century England, twelve year old Kat Stephenson knows she was born to be a magical Guardian and protector of Society if she can find true acceptance in the secret order that expelled her In nineteenth century England, twelve year old Kat Stephenson knows she was born to be a magical Guardian and protector of Society if she can find true acceptance in the secret order that expelled her mother She s ready to upend the rigid Order of the Guardians, 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 her powers to help her two older sisters find their own true loves, even if she has to turn highwayman, battle wild magic, and confront real ghosts along the way History seamlessly merges with fantasy in this humorous and lively novel.


About the Author: Stephanie Burgis

I grew up in America, but now I live in Wales with my husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, our sons, Mr Darcy and Mr X , and our sweet and extremely vocal tabby cat, Pebbles I write fun, funny MG fantasy novels most recently The Princess who Flew with Dragons and wildly romantic adult historical fantasy novels and novellas most recently MoontangledTo get early sneak peeks at new stories and novels, sign up for my newsletter here stephanieburgis newsletterTo read my monthly column about my favorite books and get early copies of every ebook that I put out myself so, all of my novellas, short story ebooks, etc , check out my Patreon page, where I ll also be publishing a series of fantasy rom com short stories across I only rate and review the books that I like, which is why all of my ratings are or stars.



10 thoughts on “Kat, Incorrigible

  1. Jo Jo says:

    I m going to try and keep this review short and sweet , like our heroine Kat Stephenson.Whenever I read a book set in this era, I always get a bit of an uneasy feeling because I know it s going to inevitably lead to my most dreaded confession I don t like Jane Austen The first thing you think of when it s books from this period is her so I feel like, when reading a book set in this time, that I m gate crashing a party that no one wants me at.But whatever, because I loved this book and I m glad I m going to try and keep this review short and sweet , like our heroine Kat Stephenson.Whenever I read a book set in this era, I always get a bit of an uneasy feeling because I know it s going to inevitably lead to my most dreaded confession I don t like Jane Austen The first thing you think of when it s books from this period is her so I feel like, when reading a book set in this time, that I m gate crashing a party that no one wants me at.But whatever, because I loved this book and I m glad I went to the party and ate all the cake before all you Austen fans got any.Um.This book was so charming It s the kind of book you should read on a dewy Saturday morning before any one is up with a steaming mug of tea in front of you Or, well, coffee if you re that kind of person.I simply adored Kat She was such a perfect narrator fun, observant, clever and just a little oblivious to the things going on around her.But it was the sisters and their interactions that stole my heart I know I m always chattin on about how I wish that YA books focussed on familial relationships, especially those of the sibling variety, but it s true It s such a minefield for love and humour and, on the whole, it s completely untapped It took me a while to put my finger on why I loved these sisters so much Sure they were hilarious, realistic, sassy and their interactions were simply wonderful But it was somethingthan that And then I realised what it was.Basically, the Stephenson sisters are the slightly sassier British cousins of the March sisters And, even better, they don t even have an Amy counterpart I know I ve just opened a can of worms because all the Amy March fans will come crawling out of the woodwork and pelt me with limes as they cackle over the embers of my burning manuscript My Amy March rant is almost as long as my Mockingjay rant, and this review is neither the time or place for such a rant but I have to say I wish Laurie and Jo had carried on skating as Amy floundered in the icy water.Sorry, sore subject.Anyway, where was I Oh yes The Stephensons I loved them My favourite of the sisters was, naturally, the snarky difficult Angeline because she was well, snarky and difficult I am a bit jealous of her because of a certain dashing gentlemen with sideburns Actually, he might not have sideburns but I m pretending he does She was simply brilliant.And I loved how Ms Burgis portrayed Elissa through the cynical and constant rolling eyes of Kat and Angeline The part at the end with the masked man Pahahaha It made me think of all the simpering heroines that I wrongly, before you all SHOUT at me that I associate with Austen esque books and the way that Elissa was poked fun at in a nice way, of course made me feel like Ms Burgis was giving me a secret wink Though she probably wasn t.I also adored the setting As much as it s going to pain my Cheshire heart, Yorkshire does provide the best background for books What with ramshackled abbeys and sprawling moors, the atmosphere was brilliant and perfectly complimented the magic that Ms Burgis weaved through her story As much as I know and appreciate the readers who love their urban fantasy, I always think that magic issuited to take place in the middle of the countryside, where secrets dwell in the dark corners of wild forests and dilapidated buildings In our house, and in our comfortable little village, despite how hilly it was, you could almost forget we lived in Yorkshire But the Dales were different Wild Dangerous As massive, craggy hills rose high before us and a rock chasm opened up beside the road a hawk soared over our carriage, letting out a high, piercing cry of defiance, and I wanted to jump out of the window and fly with it This is what I was imagining.Actually, that picture was taken when I went searching for my other favourite book set in Yorkshire Can you guess which one This book was glorious and a wonderful surprise A really promising start to what looks to be a fantastic and unique serious with a spirited heroine and men with delicious sideburns.Wait, ok the men might not actually have sideburns, delicious or not Please don t just read this book for the sideburns, because you may be disappointed Please read it because of the story and the characters, because then I assure you, you won t be disappointed Don t tell her I said that because she ll boot me in the shins You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog, Wear the Old Coat.


  2. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    A beautiful and bizarre story of magical powers and the value of family reigning supreme, Kat, Incorrigible is a fun, exciting and mysterious story of fantasy and mystery colliding.


  3. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    Cute, cute, cute Kat, Incorrigible is a charming and delightful read that will amuse any reader looking for a fun book filled with sisterly devotion, scandalous adventure and enchanting magic I totally agree with other reviews when they said they wished this book was around when they were younger, it would have been one of my favorites as well It s been a long time since I enjoyed a book like this and even though it s aimed for younger readers it didn t stop me from being absolutely bewitched Cute, cute, cute Kat, Incorrigible is a charming and delightful read that will amuse any reader looking for a fun book filled with sisterly devotion, scandalous adventure and enchanting magic I totally agree with other reviews when they said they wished this book was around when they were younger, it would have been one of my favorites as well It s been a long time since I enjoyed a book like this and even though it s aimed for younger readers it didn t stop me from being absolutely bewitched.I simply adored every single one of these characters but I have to say that Kat s voice really owned this one She has the most wonderful zest for life, living in such a proper lady like society She s hopeless, troublesome and stubborn and those are the qualities I loved the best Stephanie Burgis pens this debut like a born classic She brings a smooth and fierce voice to her historical characters and adds mischief and magic so effortlessly into the plot, making this extremely easy to lose yourself within this time period.Bottom line, I loved this book It s darling and adorable and truly a treasured debut I can t wait to see what Burgis will bring in the next book of the series Renegade Magic Arc provided by Simon Schuster Galley Grab


  4. Eilonwy Eilonwy says:

    Kat Stephenson, youngest of three sisters in Regency England, is determined to keep her oldest sister from marrying horrible Sir Neville When her first, failed, attempt leads her to discover a family secret about her long dead mother, Kat realizes she may be onto a different way to save her sister, and discover some exciting, if not necessarily welcome, possibilities for herself It also exposes her to just how horrible and dangerous Sir Neville truly is Then it s up to Kat to save her s Kat Stephenson, youngest of three sisters in Regency England, is determined to keep her oldest sister from marrying horrible Sir Neville When her first, failed, attempt leads her to discover a family secret about her long dead mother, Kat realizes she may be onto a different way to save her sister, and discover some exciting, if not necessarily welcome, possibilities for herself It also exposes her to just how horrible and dangerous Sir Neville truly is Then it s up to Kat to save her sisters, and herself The UK title for this book isA Most Improper Magick,which is muchaccurate and catchy than the US title IMO I really enjoyed this Kat has a great, pragmatic, and very much 12 or so voice as she makes her discoveries and faces unexpected twists, turns, and challenges The tension is constant, the stakes high, and the pacing excellent All possible outcomes are up in the air until the very last second I m not usually an ideal middle grade book reader, but I ll probably look for the next books in this series This was just so much fun


  5. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    3.5 STARS You can t tell a book by its cover but I was absolutely charmed and captivated by the whole design of this cover, from the adorable illustrations to the elegant but quirky handwriting to the shimmery sparkles I am, as ever, grateful for GoodReads as the numerous positive reviews of this book kept me reading even though I was underwhelmed by the first 1 3 of the book.At age twelve Katherine Kat Stephenson is the youngest of three daughters of a country minister, respected enough to 3.5 STARS You can t tell a book by its cover but I was absolutely charmed and captivated by the whole design of this cover, from the adorable illustrations to the elegant but quirky handwriting to the shimmery sparkles I am, as ever, grateful for GoodReads as the numerous positive reviews of this book kept me reading even though I was underwhelmed by the first 1 3 of the book.At age twelve Katherine Kat Stephenson is the youngest of three daughters of a country minister, respected enough to be invited to some lovely balls and house parties, but not wealthy enough to make a dowry sizable enough to attract the highest eschelon of England s gentlemen Worst, big brother Charles has run up some terrible gambling debts that are threatening to ruin the family Lovely and sweet tempered eldest daughter Elissa is ready to martyr herself for the sake of the family and marry the wealthy but slightly sinister Sir Neville who is, for some unfathomable reason, interested in her much to the delight of the girls unpleasant and society crazed stepmama Quick tempered middle daughter Angeline cannot stand by and watch her sister sacrifice herself and decides to find a suitor for herself And Kat is rather disgusted by all of the love and money talk, only too eager to find adventures of her own And, oh, did I mention that there is magic in this book When Kat finds her late mother s magical things kept carefully locked away by her papa , a magic mirror takes her to an elaborate hall where she meets with two magical Guardians who explain to herabout her mother and her own heritage Things becomecomplicated when Kat realizes that Angeline has used a magic spell to capture a young man s attentions so that he will marry her You see, witches like Angeline can use magic spells but Guardians are muchpowerful Guardians don t much like the witches, and neither type of magic is considered mentionable in good society And then there s the rumor of Sir Neville having murdered his previous wife And there s a house party which Kat is really too young to attend but, thanks to the kindness of the hostess, effectively crashes all the same Oh, and did I mention there is a highway man lurking about, as well Magic mingled with Regency England is nothing new i.e., Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot but I believe this is the first middle grade offering on the subject and I m just not quite sure all the ballroom manners and marrying game shenanigans fit for a young audience no matter how engagingly written For me, the book had a bit of split personality sometimes, it flowed really beautifully with all the Regency manners and drama, but contrasted to this Kat felt very young, sometimes annoyingly so She s one of those precocious children whom it is sometimes fun to read about but would probably be very annoying to meet in real life Also, some of the elements of the magical world were never explained enough for me to really understand or appreciate them and some of the dialogue felt a bit too modern Because of its young heroine, I don t think this book would fit well with the YA group despite the fact that most of the characters are sixteen to twenty years old or adults then again I m not sure that many ten to twelve year olds would be that interested in the Regency hoopla however, for a select group of readers, this will probably be literary ambrosia In her afterword the author credits her parents and grandmother for instilling a love of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer at a surprisingly young age, so perhaps she was thinking about a new generation of eager little girls ready to read about refined manners and matters of the heart with a dash of magic, too Although the first 1 3 of the book plodded a bit and I had difficulty distinguishing characteristics between Elissa and Angeline or feeling any real attachment to Kat, once the house party began the plot thickened and I ended up enjoying the second half immensely So, 3.5 stars overall The book is ripe for a sequel and I will probably check it out, hoping for the best


  6. Angie Angie says:

    I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin I made it almost to the end of my front garden When I read these first lines, I knew Kat Stephenson was going to be a character I liked a lot Her story continued to unfold with all sorts of delicious twists and turns, including magic and danger and plenty of dry humor thrown in The magical element of the story was so much fun to read, as was the sharp dialogue, gorgeous I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin I made it almost to the end of my front garden When I read these first lines, I knew Kat Stephenson was going to be a character I liked a lot Her story continued to unfold with all sorts of delicious twists and turns, including magic and danger and plenty of dry humor thrown in The magical element of the story was so much fun to read, as was the sharp dialogue, gorgeous prose, and especially the early 19th century setting at a grand house party in the English countryside Stephanie Burgis has perfectly captured the voice of a spunky, 12 year old girl who discovers the rumors of her late mother s magical abilities are in fact real, and have been passed down to her And now, with her oldest sister on the brink of being unwillingly betrothed to a man who might have murdered his first wife, Kat must find a way to tap into her magic to save her I can t wait for the next installment in the Adventures of Kat Stephenson


  7. Steph Su Steph Su says:

    If A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK had been around when I was in middle school, it would ve been my favorite book of ALL TIME As it is, I am over 20 years old, and this is still one of my favorite books I have read in recent history, with an amazing narrator and charm to the likes of which I haven t seen since I read Gail Carson Levine s Ella Enchanted for the first time in fifth grade and which still remains one of my favorite books to this day.Kat is undeniably the best part about this book Unlike If A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK had been around when I was in middle school, it would ve been my favorite book of ALL TIME As it is, I am over 20 years old, and this is still one of my favorite books I have read in recent history, with an amazing narrator and charm to the likes of which I haven t seen since I read Gail Carson Levine s Ella Enchanted for the first time in fifth grade and which still remains one of my favorite books to this day.Kat is undeniably the best part about this book Unlike other historical fiction heroines I ve encountered in the past, Kat s modern day stubbornness and rebelliousness feels perfectly natural She is at that wonderful age when she can resist societal conventions without appearing petulant or immature, and she defies all our expectations, much to our endless delight She has moments, for example, when she consciously refuses to act like the silly, spineless heroines in her sister s favorite gothic novels, the similarity to some 21st century YA lit too good to go ignored It takes great skill to write a historical character with modern appeal, but Stephanie Burgis does it like she was born to write this.The villains in this book may be rather straightforwardly sinister, but it works for its middle grade audience, and besides, it s the gray characters the complex supporting ones that showcase Stephanie Burgis extraordinary talent with creating characters Kat s older sisters, Elissa and Angeline, have distinct personalities and are enjoyable in their own way Throughout A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK, Kat struggles to figure out whom she can entrust her secrets to, and we can empathize with her confusion and suspicion as the adults circling her approach with a variety of motives.A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK charmed me into a place of childish giddiness that I haven t encountered in too many years This deceptively easy read is actually rich with character development and possibilities for future books in the series Without a doubt I would not hesitate to hand this out to every girl I know between the ages of 10 and 14, and I highly recommend you check this delightful book out when it is released, and fall under Kat s benevolent charms I can t wait forof Kat s adventures


  8. TheBookSmugglers TheBookSmugglers says:

    Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersI was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy and set off to save my family from impending ruin.With those charming, devilish words, young Katherine Ann Stephenson Kat, for short begins her unladylike adventures, fueled by the best of intentions Kat doesn t quite accomplish her goal of saving her family on this fated evening she only gets so far as the garden before her two older sisters sound the alarm and bring her home , bu Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersI was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy and set off to save my family from impending ruin.With those charming, devilish words, young Katherine Ann Stephenson Kat, for short begins her unladylike adventures, fueled by the best of intentions Kat doesn t quite accomplish her goal of saving her family on this fated evening she only gets so far as the garden before her two older sisters sound the alarm and bring her home , but she does by the end of Kat, Incorrigible rescuing her sisters from their own follies, landing them the loves of their lives, and discovering her own magical talents, besides.But I m getting ahead of myself First, the Danger Part the First, the Danger facing Kat and her Sisters Kat is the youngest of four siblings, with a scattered but loving father, and a stern, imposing stepmama Elissa, the eldest of the girls, is angelically beautiful and the very image of upperclass propriety Angeline, Kat s elder by 5 years, is also beautiful, but fardevious and, as slightly older sisters are wont to be, very bossy, especially when it comes to Kat Then, there s Kat our determined and stubborn heroine, with a penchant for causing messes and getting into unladylike scrapes The family is facing danger because of Kat s older brother, Charles, who has been sent down from Oxford on account of his rubbish grades, and has dashed the family s meager fortune with his gambling debts In order to save the Stephenson prospects, Elissa is to be married to some rich old buffoon which Kat simply cannot allow Things take a turn for the worse when Kat, her stepmama and her sisters are invited to a country party, and the man that takes an interest in Elissa has, according to all society s gossip, been implicated in his first wife s untimely death But there smagic and mischief, namely afoot Part the Second, or the Problem of Witchcraft and Secret Orders Unlike her older siblings, Kat has no memory of her mother whatsoever What Kat does know as does the rest of high society is that her mother was a witch, who exposed her powers at a very inopportune time Needless to say, the wife of a clergyman being unmasked as a witch does not do much for the Stephenson reputation in early 19th century British society Shortly after that debacle, Kat s mother died, leaving a husband and four children in her wake When Kat s father remarried, any object related to Kat s mama s presence was locked away, and any mention of magic or witchery taboo in the Stephenson home.That is, until Kat discovers that her sister Angeline has stolen their mother s diaries, containing all of her spells Angeline has been practicing magic with some untoward results in the form of a love spell gone terribly wrong but the worst of it is when Kat learns that there is a distinction between witchcraft and other types of magic Against all odds, Kat is the lone heir to her mother s legacy as a Guardian and an inductee to this private order of high society magicians.And it is up to Kat to save her sisters, her family, and the day.Which finally leads me to Part the Third, or My Opinion Regarding the Incorrigible Kat If you couldn t tell, I absolutely loved Kat, Incorrigible From the brashness of heroine Kat, to the relationship with her older sisters and stepmother, to the magic and overall story, I loved this book.Of course, the success of Kat, Incorrigible rests entirely on the fortitude of young Kat s shoulders a burden that the feisty Kat bears brilliantly Kat s narration is by turns hilarious and insightful, and she has quickly become my favorite middle grade heroine of recent memory I love that it is Kat, and not her older sisters, that saves the day and inherits the magical abilities of her motherthan that, I love that the relationship between Kat and her sisters feels wholly genuine There s love there, but there s also a copious amount of exasperation for example, Kat is frequently frustrated with Elissa s penchant for gothic novels and her apparent dedication to becoming a proper Tragic Gothic Heroine Too, Kat bickers constantly with Angeline who cannot possibly believe that Kat is the inheritess of any magical ability andoften than not, Kat believably finds herself on the losing end of wars of words with her sisters and stepmother Ultimately, though, there is love and grudging respect at the root of all Kat s familial relationships Even with her blustering stepmama whom I hope to see muchof in the second book Regarding the actual story, proper, with its magical mysteries and dramatic turns of event including the involvement of a Highwayman, a new mentor, and nasty high society folk , Kat, Incorrigible also shines While there is little groundbreaking in this novel, the cast of characters and Stephanie Burgis skillful storytellingthan compensate for a familiar setting and magic system Plus, there are plenty of twists and ridiculous situations along the way to keep even the most jaded reader thoroughly entertained On one final note, I cannot finish this review without one final observation While reading Kat, Incorrigible, I kept thinking that in today s market, it seems many authors would have chosen to write the story from the perspective of one of the older sisters which would then come with a romantic storyline, and so on and so forth personally, I love that this is a MG novel told from an intrepid 12 year old s perspective, who has little interest in the silly dalliances of her older sisters Of course, your mileage may vary but for me, Kat takes the Victorian Magic thing to a new level of awesome Absolutely, wholeheartedly recommended I cannot wait to dive into book 2, and embark on the next adventure with incorrigible heroine Kat


  9. Intisar Khanani Intisar Khanani says:

    A lovely read, absolutely hilarious in some respects oh, the absurdity of the self sacrificing gothic heroine , withthan a few unexpected twists, and both serious danger and sisterly drama.


  10. Tukunjil Nayeera Tukunjil Nayeera says:

    I love stories where girls save themselves I love stories of rebel girls be it fiction or real life tale Kat, Incorrigible is a amusing and delightful story of three sisters full of mischievous adventure and enchanting magic I was got hooked by the very first lines I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin.I fall in love with Kat with every turning pages Now she is one of my favourite rebel girls and I am gonna I love stories where girls save themselves I love stories of rebel girls be it fiction or real life tale Kat, Incorrigible is a amusing and delightful story of three sisters full of mischievous adventure and enchanting magic I was got hooked by the very first lines I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin.I fall in love with Kat with every turning pages Now she is one of my favourite rebel girls and I am gonna read the whole series of this book


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