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Renegade Magic (Kat, Incorrigible #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  925 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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
Clare Cannon
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
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
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
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
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: childrens, fantasy
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
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
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!
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!!!
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
Limau Nipis
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
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.
Great read very innocent and a nice injection of excitement.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here.

Stephanie Burgis has combined two of my favorite things with her Kat books. Magic and Regency England. I loved Kat Incorrigible. Bit thoroughly enjoyed it as well. I was going to wait and review Renegade Magic with her too, but we are currently in the middle of a different trilogy so it will be a while before I can read it to her. I didn't want to wait that long. There is always some nervousness when reading a sequel to a book you really enjoyed. There is a chance it won't
***Possible spoilers for first book Kat Incorrigible***

After loving Kat, Incorrigible, it was a no-brainer to pick up this sequel, looking for another delightful adventure with Kat who now knows about her Guardian powers and is eager to learn more.

The book dives right back into the mischief, beginning with Kat's eldest sister marrying the wealthy young man she had fallen in love with in the previous book; the ceremony is interrupted when the middle sister's love's mother storms in, hellbent on p
Kat, Incorrigible, the first book in this series was picked up because I loved the cover art work. After the first couple of pages I was totally enthralled in a whimsical, magical storyline. Kat is a fun, strong main character, that I think anyone with a little bit of a wild child inside of them can identify. I was super excited when I saw that Renegade Magic had come out, I couldn't wait to pick up with Kat and find out what other adventures she had in stock for me.

Although the first book star
Princess Debz
Such a wonderful sequel to the fully original Kat, Incorrigible. After the fiasco that happens at sister Elissa’s wedding, Kat and her family take a trip to Bath. There Kat discovers that the Roman Baths are more than what they seem, with a magical and dangerous secret waiting to be uncovered.

While I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first, I still found it utterly delightful and charming. The characters were lots of fun to read. The old and new ones alike were such fun to read about. F
C D Meetens
Jul 30, 2011 C D Meetens rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys an adventure, the Regency period, and a dash of magic
I think Kat Stephenson is the sort of friend I would have loved to have growing up. She gets into all sort of scrapes, but through a mixture of bravery, intelligence, talent, and sheer dumb luck, manages to find a way out. If that way out also happens to involve some hapless friends and acquaintances in a rollercoaster of an adventure, well, that's what comes from knowing Kat.

This book took a little while to get going. I thought it started at an odd place, but the setting made sense much later i
A Tangle of Magicks is the second book in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson. I might say a few spoilers about the first book in this so be warned!

After the events taking place in the first book, Kat's family has entirely changed. Well, not exactly, her father still doesn't say much, her brother still sleeps all the time and her step-mother is as ruthless as ever. But Kat is now a Guardian, after inheriting her mother's power, Angeline is a witch and getting better at it and Elissa is
‘A Tangle of Magicks’ is a truly magical read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Stephanie Burgis has a captivating way of writing that wraps you up in the storyline.

The settings that were described throughout the novel felt alive and very real, I could see myself in Yorkshire and Bath and The Baths. I enjoyed the fact that some of the places described were actually there in Bath – such as the Roman Baths, this added a mysterious fantasy element to the novel.

The characters all fitted well into t
Jan 24, 2013 Nafiza rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
The second installment in the delightfully frothy series packs a punch. While I did not like it as much as I did its predecessor, I still found the novel effervescent and full of riotous happenings. Kat shows a bit more maturity in the sophomore novel which is always a welcome indication that she is growing through her experiences. I also liked how Burgis characterizes the stepmother as something more than her fairytale counterparts. Even though she cannot (or more actively, will not) see and un ...more
I anxiously anticipated the release of "Renegade Magic" for a tremendous number of months, and I was not disappointed. Book Two of Katherine Stephenson's "scandelous" adventures is everything that fans will want - and more. As cliche as that sounds, it's entirely true. Renegade Magic takes off with a series of events that are disastrous, and launch this book in a set of exciting adventures in Bath that are very much reminiscent of Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" (good choice, Stephanie Burgis!) ...more
Somehow I lost track of this wonderful magical series, so I’m a little late in reading the last two books. This is the second in the series, following Kat, Incorrigible. Kat’s oldest sister is wed at the beginning of this book, but not before her wedding is disrupted by the angry mother of another sister’s suitor. Once again Kat’s feud with Lady Fotherington has caused catastrophe. When Kat confronts Lady Fotherington about what she has done, she goes too far and loses her right to learn how to ...more
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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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