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Renegade Magic

(Kat, Incorrigible #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,744 ratings  ·  181 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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Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 04, 2013 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
I thought this second book in the series dragged a little more plot-wise than the first, and Kat's voice (and overabundance of self-confidence) sometimes got on my nerves. Also, some plot points either strained credulity or seemed rather too convenient. But I did like the setting of Bath, I appreciated that Kat had matured somewhat by the end, and I thought that an element of the climactic scene was very well-done ((view spoiler) ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Kat wants to become a Guardian like her mother was, but snobbery and prejudice keep her from learning how. Meanwhile, her family deals with vicious rumors that could ruin Kat and her sisters' reputations for good.

I love the combination of Regency England and fantasy, and Burgis combines them well.
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
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!
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
One sister is due a wedding, one a betrothal, and one a Guardianship of the UK from dangerous magic. Of course, everything spirals out of control, and many a proper person comes to insult.

Our protagonist is even more insufferable and headstrong than before, but she thankfully changes a bit by the end, accepting responsibilities. The plot feels like a repetition of the previous book, until the finale that was very satisfying and left me wanting more. Definitely continuing with this delightful se
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
Katie Montgomery
I so wish these had been around when I was a kid. They are so much fun.
Mar 14, 2011 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
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Limau Nipis
Feb 27, 2015 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
E.M. Tippetts
Jul 11, 2011 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
Nov 06, 2010 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
May 03, 2011 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!!!
Deva Fagan
Dec 16, 2011 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!
Ann Brookens
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much fun!

On the heels of Kat, Incorrigible, Renegade Magic is a delightful romp through 1803 Bath. Kat and family remove to Bath after her older sister's wedding has been scandalously interrupted. The ancient baths appear to be seething with wild magic, and Kat can't help but investigate! I am looking forward to Kat's continuing adventures!
Feb 27, 2012 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.
Willow H. Wood
This book is even better than the first. It's just fantastic. If there isn't a third installment, I might just go crazy.
Great read very innocent and a nice injection of excitement.
Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well I went into the first book in this series with high expectations and was highly disappointed, and thus went into this book with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was!

In this book, Kat and her sister Angeline go to Bath (thus this book is heavily influenced by Austen's Persuasion) and encounter a dastardly rogue bent on tricking women into running away with him, dangerous wild magic, and a plot to discredit Kat.

There is more magic this time and most importantly,
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. But
Sarah Bayless
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This book felt much more rushed then the first. The characters were less developed as well. The oldest sister was non-existent since she got married, and in her place we get the brother (whom we never met in the first book, but did know about). The brother is a popsicle stick of a character with no idea of drive for the character or why the family puts up with his horrible gambling habits. We also get the father as a character, but again, he was very shallow for the most part. The plot is suppos ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
I may be in the minority here, but I liked this book better than the first one. For one thing, there are less words (though there are still too many present for my liking and the target audience). Much of the plot revolves around the Roman Baths and it was interesting to learn the history behind that site. I enjoyed Stephanie Burgis mixing Roman/Celtic mythology with her own twist of magical elements. Kat continues to annoy me in certain ways, yet it was nice to see some relationship development ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book because it is the second book in a series which the first book I love a lot. Also, because the cover looked really pretty.
I really liked this book because of the humor and action in it. The book is fast paced and full of twists and turns. Every page was exciting and magical and really fun to read. I really enjoyed reading this book because of how different it is to probably all the books I normally read. The style the author writes in is really unique. It kept making
Korbie Harrison
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! Just the right amount of lighthearted-ness to balance out the dangers of all Kat's adventures! The characters are wonderful, both realistic and very interesting to read about, and I love the way Kat's family sticks together. Stephanie Burgis has quite quickly became a new favorite author of mine!
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