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Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,474 ratings  ·  503 reviews
Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she's inherited her mother's magical talents, and despite Stepmama's stern objections, she's determined to learn how to use them.

But with her eldest sister Elissa's intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with he
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Atheneum (first published August 1st 2010)
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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
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 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

"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
Steph Su
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
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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.

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
I remember wanting to read this one under it's original title "A Most Improper Magick." As a huge fan of historical romance, I thought it was great fun to see the Regency Era with it's ballrooms, carriages, and adorable suitors, from the eyes of a twelve year old.

There was a slight Cinderella slant to the story, with Kat's at times annoying two sisters, and her almost evil stepmama. I think this element will greatly appeal to younger girls. Sometimes the magical element seemed a little overdone
Melissa McShane
Closer to 3.5 stars, except I enjoyed the conceit and I really like Regency era fiction, so it gets the boost. It's an engaging story and promises more of the same in future books in the series. Kat is particularly intriguing; I like how she is by turns naïve and wise, occasionally wiser than the adults around her, but never in an annoying way. I could see in her the kind of adult she will end up being and how she'd get to be that person.

But even though I loved the characters, there was somethin
I read this book in early manuscript format and couldn't put it down. It's a wonderful, adventure-filled romp steeped in magic, romance, rich family relationships, and a young heroine who never gives up, no matter what. For fans of Jane Austen who've always wanted the women to be more adventurous and take-charge, you will love these books!!!
I really liked the idea of this book. Regency era with a spunky middle grade heroine? With magic? Sounds fun! And Kat herself is actually quite fun, just the sort of spirited, bright, difficult to control young girl who makes for a really good lead but who might actually be more irritating than fun if you had to be in charge of her. I sort of feel for her older sisters, is what I'm saying. But she's still a very fun character if you follow her adventures from a distance.

But much as I liked Kat,
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Truth be told, I picked up Kat, Incorrigible from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab not because of the blurb but because I thought the cover was utterly charming. The girl's mischievous smile is enough to make me curious about this book, so I picked it up from the selection, excited to know what really made Kat incorrigible.

Katherine is the youngest Stephenson family, and she's also the least ladylike of all the Stephenson sisters, much to the despair of her step
In the tradition of the strong heroines starring in some of my favourite series such as Julia Golding’s Cat Royal and L. A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack, Kat Stephenson bursts into the literary world with a lot of spunk and an irrepressible curiousity. The first installment, in what is sure to become a moved loved series for me, contains all the elements necessary to make an entertaining story into a novel one. The novel presents the Stephenson family which contains three sisters, one brother, one stepm ...more
May 02, 2011 Kat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tween girls, fans of Jane Austen & Harry Potter
The first thing about this book that grabbed my attention is the title — how can I not be intrigued by a novel with my name in the title? The colorful, whimsical book jacket depicting a mischievous-looking girl holding a book and magically pouring a cuppa tea...also another selling point. But when I read several reviews that said this book is a good read for fans of Jane Austen and Harry Potter — well, that was the icing on the cake. I knew I had to read this book. I downloaded the sample on my ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Fun and quick fantasy Regency book, with a 12-year-old spunky heroine.

I liked the story and think it definitely shows promise for the trilogy, but something about it just didn't have the sparkle that I had been hoping for.

For one, it was one of those books where no one seemed to ever talk to or listen to anyone else. Everyone had their secrets, and that's one thing, but then everyone seemed to think they knew what was going on, or what was best for everyone else, and I don't think there was one
I loved this book. Let me count the ways.

The humor. I laughed out loud many, many times while reading this book. The narrator is a twelve-year-old girl, I do not read very many narrators this young, but I loved Kat, her humor (used against others) and her unintended humor (when she gets in a pickle through her own clumsy earnestness).

The sisters. Kat is the youngest of three girls. The dynamic between the three is SPOT ON to how sisters work. They may fight and bicker, but you can tell they ca
Claire Legrand
Gosh, what a delightful book! Think Jane Austen through the eyes of a feisty 12-year-old girl -- and then add magic!

This delicious middle grade fantasy tells the story of Kat Stephenson, who discovers that she has inherited her late mother's powerful magical talents. Suddenly, several people of questionable intentions are after her, and to make matters worse, her beloved eldest sister Elissa is being bullied into marriage with the sinister Sir Neville, to save the family's reputation and livelih
Karen Healey
A fantastic romp sparkling with wit and hilariously told by the excellent and most improper Kat. This is one of my all-time favourite upcoming YA books, for its charm, its verve, and its wonderful Regency setting.
Gail Carriger
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis was entirely new to me and I quite enjoyed it. I can't remember how this book came on my radar originally (I really should start keeping track of that kind of thing). It's mid grade but with the sophisticated edge one might expect from a Regency setting. It was not as light nor as comedic as I felt the cover and blurb suggested. It was quite fun (almost silly) at the begging but became more serious as the book progressed. I'm not certain if this shift in ton ...more
Vicky N.
Mar 28, 2011 Vicky N. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya

Firstly, Kat is a 12 year old. A TWELVE YEAR OLD girl & she's a freaking awesome!

When I read the synopsis I thought I had a clear idea of what the book was going to be about, but I didn't. No matter what you expect of this book, I bet it would not be what you encounter, it would be MILLION times better.

Kat is definitely the center of the story, her imaginative 12 year old mind, innocence & braveness is what keeps the story going. She's straightforward & is not afraid of anything an
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Kat, Incorrigible is a witty, adventurous and undeniably adorable read! It's the kind of book that I'd love to read again and again! It’s filled with adventures and laugh out loud moments! I utterly love it!

I have lots of favorite parts in the book but Kat is the main reason why I wholeheartedly enjoyed the story. She’s gutsy, independent and a smart one, too. For me, she’s not the typical “ass-kicking” heroines. I think Kat has her own way of being a brave, out
Jocelyn Koehler
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Early nineteenth-century child and teen novels written with an equal influence of Jane Austen and Diana Wynne Jones are nothing new. Indeed they've been around for quite some time. They're your Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer and the like. High manners plus magic equals an unbeatable combination in the eyes of many a reviewer (the jury is still out as to whether kids could care less). Into the fray leaps Kat, Incorrigible, known as A Most Improper Magick over in Engl ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The word that came to mind when I finished this book was "Fabulous!".

Kat is an extremely precocious twelve year old girl, who is more than a witch and has an incredible personality. She is so stong willed and stubborn that she gets in pretty funny situations.

Kat has inherited her mother's magical abilities. She is a guardian, she can perform magic without spells. She finds herself in possession of her deceased mother's mirror. The mirror is magic and takes her to a hall, where she meets two guar
Dixie A.
So when reading this book, I had several reactions to it. First, that it was interesting being set in Regency times; second, that it was tremendously dull, being set in Regency times; third, that it was quite uncomfortable reading about a girl trying to disrupt her sister's upcoming engagement; and fourth, wonder at the amazing climax of the book. So the rating I gave it is for having a disappointing book up until the very end, when everything came together.

Though the cover gives you the impress
Ruby Rose Scarlett
As wild as it sounds, this is the most action-packed book I've read in a while. I don't know why I wasn't expecting this (I think I underrated the magical elements in this before picking it up) but it definitely took me by surprise. The heroine is wonderful, very pro-active and smart and the plot is ingenious, mixing elements of beloved novels (there's a lot of Austen) while still maintaining its own identity (I really enjoyed the different kinds of magic in this for example). This series also f ...more
This was quite the charming book and I wish it had existed when I was twelve. Oh, and I heart Kat!
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Kat isn't your typical girl. When her family is facing money problems due to her older brother's profligate ways, she decides to cut off her hair and run away to London to make her fortune and save her family. Never mind that the idea is more then a little ill conceived, her heart was in the right place. But her stepmother has a foolproof plan, and that's to marry off Kat's sister, and
Mar 10, 2011 Christie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christie by: S & S Galley Grab
Kat is the youngest of the widowed vicar’s three daughters and the constant bane of her stepmother’s existence. When Kat discovers she has inherited her mother’s gift for magic she hopes she can find a way to solve her family’s financial woes that doesn’t involve her older sister marrying the frightening Sir Neville. The only catch is the magic is off limits so she can’t let anyone know about her new found talent. Kat manages to stir up all kinds of trouble along the way.

I have a list of things
Merrie Haskell
Full disclosure: I know Stephanie. I've known her online for a while, met her in person once, and we're both Michigan girls. The difference is, I was moved away from Michigan during my childhood and came back--and I married another Michigander--and she left Michigan and married a guy from BRITAIN. And lives there now. Not that I don't adore my husband, but that used to be my childhood fantasy!

So, maybe, since she's living my childhood dream and we're from the same state and we've known each oth
Sometimes middle-grade books are the some of the best books out there, and Kat, Incorrigible, Stephanie Burgis’ fabulous debut, proves this point even further. Full of memorable characters, action, and wit, there is nothing not to love about this book, in my opinion!

Kat has always been the one most likely to get in trouble in her family, though she cannot help it that she does not like to follow the rules of society. She just has too much fun being her own improper, unique self. To make matters
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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 "Baby 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. I've just added a YA novella to the trilogy, COURTING MAGIC (set five years ...more
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“I was twelve years of age when I cut my hair short, became a highwayman, and captured husbands for both of my sisters.

I could hardly wait to find out what would happen next.”
“For me, Mama's cabinet had been full of mysteries and secrets to be puzzled out, like an adventure. For them it had been full of memories. And I had broken all of them.” 7 likes
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