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Renegade Magic (Kat, Incorrigible #2)

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The feisty Kat Stephenson is back in the second installment of the Regency era magical trilogy Kirkus Reviews calls “enjoyable mayhem.”

Nowhere in England is safe from the mischief and magic of Kat Stephenson: Her eldest sister has finally wed, but when a scandalous accusation threatens the marriage prospects of Kat’s second sister, Angeline, Stepmama swiftly whisks the fam
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2011)
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I love this series so much but I have a sad feeling that it isn’t going to be as well-loved as it deserves to be. I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s probably because it’s more for younger young adults or because there’s no love story (unless you count Freddie, which you should. You should always count Freddie) and there’s no angst and the world isn’t complicated and edgy and it’s a magical-historical romp through Britain.

But… um… well, those are all the reasons why I adore Ms Burgis’ series. They’re
Review first posted on my blog, Dee's Reads

You know what they say about sequels?
Sequels are unfortunately, many times, less enticing than the first book in a series.
This books is prime example of why they say such things.

It took me so long to get through this book, which says a lot because it's a middle grade book. Why do I feel that it fell short? Let me list the ways…

-Kat seems to be almost a caricature of herself, even more incorrigible (ok, it's in the title, I get it), but she didn't just
Clare Cannon
Nov 28, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 13-15yrs
Another rollicking adventure involving the cluey Kat Stephenson in a magical Regency England. Like the first book there is much magic in this story, and though it is always easy to tell the good from the bad it is more suited to mature readers who will not be drawn in too easily. When an innocent person is roped into a magical power-seeking plot by an evil magician and a group of larrikin youths, Kat must use her minimal knowledge of magic and history to save him. There is Latin chanting and sac ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
The second book in the Kat, Incorrigible series still has the charm, the Jane Austen style, and scheming, but maybe not quite as grand as the first. Maybe it was intentional because the book itself felt simpler, possibly to be more accessible to a younger audience.

That’s not to say the book isn’t enjoyable. Kat is still gets into all kinds of problems and is entirely unapologetic about it in the most charming way. But the problems aren’t quite as messy, the scheming isn’t quite as tricky, and th
Miss Clark
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Ah, this was so good! I have no complaints. Though I'm generally not a big fan of Regency or magic, I have huge affection for this series so far and this was such an enjoyable read. The characters are so entertaining to read about and I love that they are so capable and don't make stupid decisions, yet they still find themselves in all manner of sticky situations. The plot went in loads of directions I didn't expect it to and the ending was very satisfying. Can't wait to see how it all ends!
Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)
I read an e-galley of the first book, A Most Improper Magic, when it was being released in the US under the title Kat, Incorrigible. It was cute and funny, and I loved it. A Tangle of Magicks, the second book in the series, is just as cute and just as funny, and I loved it just as much.
Kat is of course, her usual outgoing, occasionally annoying but always amusing and lovable self. She does what she thinks is the right thing to do, but she often does it without thought and sh usually just gets h
Jul 18, 2011 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Tangle of Magicks is 300 pages of fun, fabulousness and magical frolics.

I know I mentioned Kat’s awesomeness briefly in my review of A Most Improper Magick, but to match her increase in awesome, I thought I’d expand it a little! Kat is the type of girl that I wish I was when I was twelve. She’s strong, fiercely loyal and completely kick-ass. When it comes to her family and the people she loves, there’s nothing she wouldn’t do. For all of her often disastrous plans, I was glad that she has a c
Amy (Turn the Page)
A Tangle of Magicks, I’m happy to say, is even more enjoyable than, Kat, Incorrigible, the first book in this refreshing children’s series by Stephanie Burgis (my review of which, can be read here).

I was swept up in Kat’s latest adventure from beginning to end – in fact I finished it in one sitting. Best of all, the characters I grew to love from the first book are all back; we finally get to know a little more about Charles, Kat’s older brother; and see Kat and her father set out to rescue him
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

It was a truth universally acknowledged that my brother Charles was a hopeless gamester, a ridiculous over-sleeper and the one sibling too lazy to take part in any family arguments, no matter how exasperating our sisters might have been (and usually were).

Kat Stephenson, untrained Guardian and youngest member of the Stephenson family, has saved the day, and now must deal with the consequences. Thanks to her efforts, Kat's eldest sister Elissa is marrying
E.M. Tippetts
Jul 11, 2011 E.M. Tippetts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Kat Stephenson is back, and this time she and her sisters and brother are in Bath, where Stepmama hopes to find a suitable match for Angeline. Never mind that Angeline has already found her true love; his mother has put paid to that union. Kat would love to have her sister's ear, but Angeline isn't speaking to her. For that matter, neither are the Guardians after Kat loses her temper in front of their leader.

There is strange magic around the baths that give the English west country town its name
Aug 04, 2011 Hallie added it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Got an advance copy of this from a charity auction - win-win! Much as I enjoyed A Most Improper Magick, I thought this outing was even stronger - tighter and more controlled, while still as much fun as the first. I also loved the magic in Bath! Kat's a great protagonist - determined and independent without ever being merely stroppy - and the family relationships are wonderful.

Younger than the books I usually read - wish this had come out when the girls were younger, as it would have been deligh
Book Gannet
3.5 stars.

This series is so much fun. This time around Kat’s having to deal with losing her oldest sister, Elissa, who’s off to marry her beloved, leaving Kat behind trying to keep her other sister, Angelina, from making some serious mistakes. We also get to see a bit more of her brother, Charles. But mostly this book is about Kat uncovering dark deeds, fighting her own private battles with the snobby Guardians, and watching in frustration as Angeline makes a mess of things. Again.

The first boo
My main issue with Kat, Incorrigible, was Kat herself, and unfortunately Renegade Magic has the same exact problem. Kat’s independence and breaking of every propriety is still unbelievable and even gets to the “this is annoying” and “does this girl ever learn anything?” stage. There are some moments where Kat begins to realize that she can’t act impulsively all the time and get away with it, but those moments are few and far between and overall do nothing to impact Kat’s development as a charact ...more
Whispering Words...
‘A Tangle of Magicks’ is utterly fantastical. The second book in Stephanie Burgis’ Kat series, this story is just as spellbinding as the first, only with an even more captivating storyline. Full of amazing characters, magic and plot twists, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this book!

This second story picks up a few weeks later from the happy-ever-after ending in the book one, and begins with Kat’s quick recap of events. Both her older sisters are happy, what with Elissa literally about to b
Deva Fagan
Mar 10, 2012 Deva Fagan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-read
Even better than the first! This is one of the best *sequels* I've ever read, too. I am so impressed by how the book drew me right back into Kat's world, reminding me of what I needed to know from the first book, without over-burdening the delicious new story.

I just love these characters so much! They're funny and charming and true, especially Kat herself.

And while the ending was completely satisfying, I'm even more eager now for the third book!
May 03, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing
As much as I loved book 1, book 2 is even better! (I read both in manuscript form.) The setting moves to the city of Bath, where Kat uncovers some very dangerous magic. All my favorite characters from book 1 are back, but now we get a much closer look at Kat's brother Charles. Luckily, Kat's own magical powers are progressing, so she's more than equal to the task of rescuing her family from even graver (and more exciting!) situations. LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
Limau Nipis
Mar 17, 2015 Limau Nipis rated it really liked it
Well, well, after 2 years, I finally read the second installment in the Kat, Incorrigible series.

Magical mayhem. Screaming hoydens.

Kat being stripped of her Guardian title, because of her curiosity and the Guardians saw her not fit telling the 'lies'.

I love that Stephanie Burgis set the characters in a different town, which is Bath. This give the book, a feel of another notch of adventure, like being in a different place, with different experience - although we are familiar with Kat's family and
Mar 16, 2012 Jacqui rated it liked it
Again the adventures of Kat Stevenson provided fun, intrigue and excitement but again the characters suffered from the same flaws which made for clumsy plot devices. Not enough faults for me to give up on her though and it was a fun read.
Mar 25, 2016 Areeba rated it liked it
Definitely not as good as the first one. My rating would be closer to 2.5 but Goodreads doesn't allow half ratings. Anyway, it started out pretty good and relatively fast, just like the beginning of the first book. But after the initial interest, the book really started to drag on. To be honest, I really didn't care at all for Kat's troubles with the Guardian organization. I thought the whole idea of it was getting boring; at this point, she should've been a part of it, not still trying to get i ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Erin rated it liked it
I love Kat and her incorrigibility and her incorrigible loyalty and concern for her family (even her stepmother). This book, though, was not as delightful a read as the first one in the series. I kind of think this is due to Angeline going off on the deep end (both literally and figuratively). Also, I get that people like Kat don't fit in well in society but I don't quite understand why there could be sooo much hatred for a 12 year old girl. On the other hand, Kat's narrative is fun and engaging ...more
Great read very innocent and a nice injection of excitement.
Mar 01, 2016 Maleen rated it liked it
This series is fun. I enjoyed the first one a bit more, but that could be because I stopped reading halfway through this one when I had to return the book to the library and I didn't pick it up again for a month or so. (That does tend to mess up the flow of the story.) Also, I'm a little bummed because the series turns from junior fiction into teen fiction. This book had mild profanity and was a little darker. (Still not bad for tween kids) Many loose ends were wrapped up in this book, so it wil ...more
Just as fun as the first one!! Lighthearted yet serious at the same time. Definitely hits the border between MG and YA. Has all of the same fun elements that I loved in the first one, as well as new, dastardly villains (writing that made me very happy; I've always wanted to use dastardly!). I was able to read this book right after the first one, and it picks up only a little after where the other one left off. It also has the minimal cursing and cleanness of the first. Pure fun.
Just as highly re
Feb 04, 2016 Aylea rated it really liked it
This review originally published by The Children's Book and Media Review run by Brigham Young University.

Kat’s world is turned upside-down when her sister Elissa’s wedding is ruined by Frederick Carlyle’s mother. When his mother refuses to let him marry Angeline and announces to everyone that the girls in the family are witches, Stepmama takes all of the Stephensons to Bath, hoping that Angeline can get married to an eligible suitor before the word spreads about the family. Kat is thrown out of
Anoush Emrazian
Jul 19, 2015 Anoush Emrazian rated it really liked it
Lady Fotherington continues her epic grudge and continues in her life goal of ruining Kat's family. After scandalizing Elissa's wedding and then ruining Angeline's future happiness by outing her magic to the potential in-laws, Kat's family retires to Bath to get away from the scandal and hopefully let it all settle.

While in Bath, Kat gets mixed up in a magical plot centered on the healing-and-actually-magical baths.

The most frustrating thing about this book was how hard it was for Kat to get any
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Regency Magic (March & April 2015)

After Kat's sister Angeline loses her true love Fredrick during their older sister's wedding thanks to the interference of Lady Fotherington, the girls stepmother whisks them away to Bath to avoid scandal. With the public renouncing of Angeline as a witch their stepmother hopes that by going to Bath Angeline can get herself an eligible bachelor before the gossip reaches the resort town.
Erica Gale
Mar 26, 2015 Erica Gale rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of fantasy and historical fiction
A great addition to this magical adventure!

Katherine Stephenson is a quick-witted, headstrong 12-year-old girl. She has a heart bigger than her small body and would do anything to protect those that she loves. She is the epitome of a strong female lead that little girls should read about.

In the first installment, the story focused on Kat's relationship with her sisters and Stepmama, and this second book finally puts a foot down on Charles, Kat's brother, and little more on her father. We also e
Oct 12, 2015 Libby rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this just as much as Kat, Incorrigible, for many of the same reasons:
-Kat's family, who exasperate her and get in the way of many of her schemes, but who are (mostly; I'm excepting her brother in this installment) there when she needs them. I continue to be thrilled that her Stepmama, in particular, always stands up for Kat around outsiders no matter how upset she gets in private--kids' literature needs more positive views of stepparents. I was pleasantly surprised at how Kat's father
Kat Stephenson's magical adventures continue in this second installment of the Kat, Incorrigible series. I loved the first book, so I had pretty high expectations for this book. I'm happy to say that Renegade Magic did not disappoint. While I could've read this book quickly (every page had me wanting to read more), I really took my time with this one — reading only a chapter or two each day — because I wanted to enjoy the book as long as possible.

The author released a Kat short story called "Due
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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. The trilogy also has a stand-alone epilogue - the YA novella COURTING MAGIC ...more
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