Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (review)

September 18, 2014 Book Reviews 6 ★★★★

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (review)Kat, Incorrigible Series: Kat Incorrigible #1
Pages: 304
Add to Goodreads


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 her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost.

If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love?



A delightful historical fantasy romp! Kat is, indeed, incorrigible – in the most amusing and charming of ways. At 12 years old, Kat is about as far from biddable and ladylike as you can get, which causes her stepmother and elder sisters no small measure of aggravation. Courageous, indomitable, independent, and possessed of a imagination and a strong belief in her own intelligence and invulnerability, Kat is determined to learn her mother’s magic and protect her family – especially when it comes to her sister’s prospective marriage to a man rumored to have killed his first wife.

Burgis takes many of the Regency clichés, blends them with magic, throws in a generous dash of humor, and serves them up in a tale that’s completely appropriate for children but will also appeal to adults, especially those familiar with the Regency oeuvre. It’s a marvelous mixture sure to bring a smile to your face, and would be a wonderful story to read aloud to your children.

Favorite quote:

     I was 12 years old 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.



*     *     *







About Stephanie Burgis

Author photo: Stephanie Burgis (with tortoiseshell cat Pebbles)

Stephanie Burgis grew up in America, but now lives in Wales with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their two sons, and their sweet (and extremely vocal) tabby cat, Pebbles. Her most recent books include a MG fantasy adventure series, The Raven Crown duology), and two romantic adult historical fantasy series, Regency Dragons and Good Neighbors).

Stephanie is also the author of two popular MG fantasy series, the Kat, Incorrigible series (known in Britain as The Unlikely Adventures of Kat Stephenson) and the Tales from the Chocolate Heart series. Her adult fantasy romances include Masks and Shadows and the Harwood Spellbook series.

(adapted from Goodreads biography)

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • TBR Pile Reading Challenge 2014
  • Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge 2014

6 Responses to “Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (review)”

  1. Rita_h

    I honestly don’t read MG books, but I am always on the look-out for books for my 11 y.o. granddaughter, who is an advanced reader and enjoys Twilight and Dr. Who, so I guess fantasy books are up her alley.