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A Reckless Magick (Kat, Incorrigible #3)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  632 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
This is the third adventure for Kat Stephenson as she faces smugglers, sabotage, tangled romance and plenty of magic activity at work. This is girly adventure meets Jane Austin.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2012 by Templar Books
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**WARNING: This review contains slight, but unavoidable, spoilers for the first two books in this series. If you haven't read the first two books in the series and want to remain unspoiled, look away.**


After the dramatic turn of events at Bath, Kat Stephenson has managed to save her elder siblings from disaster and earn back the respect of her fellow Guardians - having stopped the traitorous machinations of the former head of the order. Now, just
Wow, wow, WOW, this book completely took my breath away. Countless funny scenarios, so many cool character moments, a ton of gasp-worthy plot reveals, all leading up to an outstandingly tense ending - I was an emotional wreck reading this. The character development (mainly Stepmama and OHMYGOSH CHARLES) was so believable yet also new and exciting. Even the characters who haven't really changed as people since the beginning of the series have had their situations change and stuff happen to them, ...more
Aug 04, 2015 meeners rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
maybe it's because i read through this series so quickly, but what i found charming and endearing in the first book became irritating by the third. the author needs to learn that if something is annoying to the protagonist, it is doubly so for the reader, who has no choice but to grit her teeth and wade through all the tedious descriptions of people gritting their teeth. i'm not joking. i actually counted: the phrase "I gritted my teeth" (or some variation thereof) appears in this book TWENTY-TH ...more
Small Review
Absolutely perfect! I wish this wasn't the end of the series. Full review to come.
Amy (Turn the Page)
Oct 01, 2012 Amy (Turn the Page) rated it it was amazing
Brilliant :D

Another please?
Miss Clark
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Abigail Yow
My tastes in book varies from time to time. I could be very bias in the books I choose. At least, that's what my ratings on goodreads show. It doesn't matter what kind of books they are; whether they are deep and thoughtful, light-hearted and fluffy or simply a ponderous read (by most standards). I could like the most verbose story ever written and also equally like a light-hearted and more generic book. It makes no difference to me as long as I find it enjoyable-and such is the case with the Ka ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
The final book of the Kat, Incorrigible trilogy takes us out with a bang.

A few days before Angeline's wedding and Kat's initiation into the Order, but everything is going wrong as Kat as to try and navigate Society, keep her temper and her manners (never an easy thing), and solve the mystery of the stolen Portals.

But with Frederick's mother and Lady Fotherington doing everything in their powers to be difficult - and oh so very annoying - not to mention a reformed Charles dogging Kat's every step
Clare Cannon
This cannot be the finalbook in the series! What about Kat's adventures as a Guardian? What about Alexander? What about seeing Charles and Jane marry, Elissa have her baby, and Kat become an adult?

Just like the other two in the series, this book builds up to a mighty climax and finishes with a bang. It's the perfect combination of interesting and diverse characters (I especially love the perfectly imperfect sibling relationships), unpredictable but coherent plot, perfectly feasible but highly im
Chicco Padovan
Nov 15, 2013 Chicco Padovan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ultimo volume dedicato alle avventure della piccola Kat Stephenson e la sua scoppiettante famiglia. In questa trilogia la Burgis mischia la classica storia MG di maghi e streghette ad atmosfere vagamente austeniane. Non c’è nulla di esattamente nuovo all’orizzonte, nondimeno sono romanzi ben scritti e assolutamente godibili. L’autrice chiude bene i vari filoni narrativi, ma ci sono tutti gli elementi per un avvincente quarto volume. Speriamo bene!

And now? What about Kat and Alexander? And Charle
A wonderful end to the series. Highly recommended for middle-graders...and adults who like to read middle-grade books but are not creepers, honest, we're not.
Dec 27, 2013 She-Who-Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this entire series! Kat remains wonderful, and this was an excellent, satisfying conclusion to the series. Delightful!
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Kat Stephenson and her family are off to Devon to the Carlyle's great estate on the coast for the long delayed marriage of Kat's sister Angeline to Fredrick Carlyle, her true love. Why the delay? Because Fredrick's mother was none too keen on the match, hoping to marry Fredrick to her niece Jane; besides being against the whole Angeline's a witch thing. One thing is clear, Mrs. Carlyle
Jan 05, 2017 L YING rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: magic lovers
Recommended to L by: Myself
Rest book for magic believers and lovers. Witchcraft shown.
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Yes. I don't mind the character impersonators because I love the illustrations, and Kat's little smirk of mischief. They're really pretty, cute covers.

Characters: Kat Stephenson continues to be a completely awesome protagonist: witty, adventurous, feisty, quick to act (which usually ends with disastrous results, but it makes the story more exciting), and sharp as a tack. She causes a lot of problems for her family, but never her own, and she has the best of intentions, an
Whispering Words...
Jun 06, 2015 Whispering Words... rated it it was amazing
This series has been a total blast! Each book has been brilliant and this final volume was no exception. Although I’m secretly hoping that the story may one day continue – for now though I can honestly say that I have loved every minute of Kat’s journey. Truly a pleasure to read.

This story picks up a few weeks after the last book. Newly returned from their holiday in Bath, the Stephenson family are only days away from Angeline’s marriage to Frederick Carlyle. But while everyone else is running a
Book Gannet
3.5 stars.

I do like this fun and wonderfully readable series. However, after two books of the Guardians punishing Kat for things that have nothing to do with her, I had kind of hoped for some progress on that front. Sadly, not. The Guardians are every bit as snobby and rude as ever, embodied in the snooty form of Lady Fotherington, who really should have better things to do with her time than trying to ruin the life of a thirteen year old girl.

And despite ample proof to the contrary, it might be
Jan 03, 2017 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delight. I loved how much everyone grew up (Kat, Angeline, Charles, Frederick), and Jane and the Marquise were fantastic new characters.

This felt like it completed a journey for Kat and her family, even though Kat is still new to the Order and young.
This is the third book in a series that originally attracted my attention because of its beautiful cover. Who says "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Kat, Incorrigible was a wonderful romp through Regency England with a headstrong, magical heroine. Renegade Magic and Stolen Magic continue the delightful adventures of Katherine Ann Stephenson as she deals with the marriage of two sisters, the surprising moral 180 of an older brother, and generally as much social disruption and can possibly be han ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Holli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fav in the series. It wrapped things up nicely. A lovely edition too.
Despite my dislike of Kat in Kat, Incorrigible and Renegade Magic, I was holding out hope that she would start to mature a little in Stolen Magic. There were signs in Renegade Magic that she was, so despite my overall dislike of that book, I still looked forward to this one. However, I was sorely disappointed, because Kat continues to be the annoying, irresponsible and rash protagonist that she was in the first two books. If you like that about her, then great, you’ll love this book. I, however, ...more
LH Johnson
Nov 17, 2012 LH Johnson rated it really liked it
I'd heard a lot about Stephanie Burgis' Kat series; a sort of magical spin on a Jane Austen-esque universe. I took a while to get to it, because it's a premise which is very much out of my norm. I don't really read magical books or fantasy. I loved, loved, loved Buffy but then got all twitchy when Willow started to talk about magic with a k. I'm not best friends with Jane Austen. The portents for me and this series weren't great and then, because I'm pretty much a genius, I ended reading the pen ...more
Kathy Martin
Apr 02, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STOLEN MAGIC was a very satisfying conclusion to a very entertaining trilogy. This middle grade historical fantasy has it all--excitement, danger, exquisite manners, and a young heroine easy to fall in love with.

Miss Katherine Stevenson is the youngest of four children. In this episode, Kat is traveling with her father, stepmama, older brother and older sister to her sister's fiance's home for her wedding. Her fiance's mother is one of the most unpleasant characters in the story. Mrs. Carlyle is
Early on I praised this series for its historical accuracy. I have to dial back on that praise a bit. I suspect it’s probably very accurate as far as places and things go, but the attitudes of the main characters – especially in this particular book – suffer from a very common historical fiction malady of being too modern. Several times characters say things that we, today, would think make perfect sense, but that would never occur to a person of their day. For example, (possible SPOILER?) when ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
This third in the Kat, Incorrigible series continues the magical story of Kat who continues to romp through the social rules of the Regency-era with reckless abandon. In this book, she is attending the wedding of her sister Angeline or at least she hopes that it will turn out that way. But someone seems to be trying to kill her, cutting the axle of their carriage. She has spotted someone lingering in the shadows, watching her, but has yet to figure out what she has done to anger them. Kat is due ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. I've read the other two books in this series, and really enjoyed them. In the "about the author" at the back of the book, Stephanie Burgis says that her favourite books aged 10 were Pride and Prejudice and The Lord of the Rings; here I likened the first book in the trilogy to a cross between Diana Wynne Jones and Georgette Heyer. Yes, it's that much fun!

Imagine an alternative Georgian Britain where witchcraft is scandalous to polite
Joanne Hall
Oct 06, 2012 Joanne Hall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
“There was nothing in the world quite so improper as magic. That was one of the reasons I loved it so much.”

That tells you everything you need to know to fall in love with thirteen-year-old Kat Stephenson, witch, Guardian, would-be highwayman, constant thorn in the side of her family, and Saviour of England from the dastardly French. When we first met Kat she had hacked off her hair and was running away to be a highwayman, and A Reckless Magick opens, naturally, with her shinning out of a first-
I had been dying to read this book since the end of Book 2. I stayed up WAY too late reading it. The magical mystery plot kept me turning the pages. I also wondered about the mysterious Marquise though I guessed who she was right away. There's also a non-magical mystery plot that absolutely confounded me and shocked me. It was somewhat predictable in a way but in the context of the story it wasn't so easy to figure out. I found the ending really rushed and the best part was rather skimmed over w ...more
Anoush Emrazian
Kat's family is preparing for Angeline's imminent wedding. Not only are her future in-laws very hard to get on with, but portals have been stolen from the Order and someone is following Kat. Of course things would ever just work out when Kat Stephenson is involved.

Phew, this was a rough ride! The Carlyles, especially Mrs Carlyle, are horrible people! I cannot believe how truly awful they felt they could be, all while trying to keep face. Ridiculous.

Lady Fotherington was just as insufferable as s
Limau Nipis
After a few days finishing the book, I would rate it between 3 to 4 stars. More towards the 3.5 stars.

I do love Kat, but I think too much of being thoughtless and running away during an event or in the midst of conversation is really not becoming of her. I got tired of this Kat attitude, of just dropping the ball and then just go out to rescue the world.

Angeline, only has minor roles in this book. But, I do miss her think out loud role. At the same time, even Kat has the love hate relationship w
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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 crazy-sweet border collie mix, Maya. My MG Regency fantasy trilogy was published in the US as the KAT, INCORRIGIBLE trilogy and in the UK as THE UNLADYLIKE ADVENTURES OF KAT STEPHENSON. The trilogy also has a stand-alone epilogue - the YA novella COURTING MAGIC (s ...more
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