by Stephanie Burgess
Do not let the cover of this book fool you. The story is cute, but not nearly as cutesy and little kid-ish as it appears. I think the British covers (and title, for that matter) is much more appropriate for the story. See…
Anyways… Kat, Incorrigible is set in Regency England and has a Jane Austen feel to it. Only with magic too. After Kat’s brother gambles away all the family money, the women of the family each come up with plans to save the family from ruin. Kat’s somewhat evil stepmother decides the best way is to arrange a marriage between the oldest (and most obedient) sister and the rich Sir Neville, a man rumored to have murdered his first wife. The middle sister, Angeline attempts to use magic to find a rich husband first, with funny results. And Kat has to try to save everyone. Meanwhile, she discovers that she has accidentally joined a secret magical society that has connections to her mom and she’s not sure she wants anything to do with them.
Kat is a really great main character. She is funny and mischievious and independent. The sibling relationship was great to see. The sisters clearly love each other and are protective of each other, but at the same time fight constantly. It was portrayed very realistically. This is the first book in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series, and I am excited to learn more in the next book. In particular, I hope brother shows up more. He was barely mentioned (besides his gambling debts) and I would like to see how he fits in to the sisters’ relationship.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable book and I highly recommend it.