book review: kat, incorrigible, stephanie burgis
Title: Kat, Incorrigible
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Category: Middle Grade
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s, April 2011
Starred Review: 3 out of 5 stars
I got my reading copy from Around the World ARC Tours.
This is a fun middle grade novel that I think will definitely appeal to young girls, especially girls who love Harry Potter. Because this time, the witch is a girl – Katherine. One thing that makes the book unique is that it takes place in the Jane Austen time period. In fact, a lot of the book reminded me a bit of Jane Austen books, especially in that Kat’s family is a family of unmarried girls whose goals in life is to get married at some point, especially to get married to help the family.
As Kat is the youngest, and she’s nowhere near marriageable age, this isn’t the kind of stuff that she has to deal with, yet she does worry about it. Kat seems to me to be the nosy, precocious, and, as the title suggests, incorrigible younger sister.
Kat’s dead mother was a witch, and Kat learns early on in the book that she’s inherited those magical talents and abilities. The book has all the makings of a great Regency story — bad engagements, highwaymen, mistaken identities, parties — then a bit of magic and intrigue thrown in and it’s interesting. But not — quite interesting enough.
There are some interesting twists — Kat’s oldest sister’s intended fiance is a jerk with a strange fascination with Kat’s magical abilities. Her other sister has magic of her own, but she wants to use it for the wrong reasons, including a love spell that brings an unsuspecting and clueless suitor to the girls’ home. Not only that, but Kat gets caught up in the mysterious Order, a group of magical folk who once expelled her mother for reasons unknown.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it didn’t really pop at me. Kat was, surely, incorrigible, but maybe a bit over the top. It reminded me of a Nancy Drew book with magic, and I wasn’t really ever a huge Nancy Drew fan. Too precocious and too old for her age, sometimes, in my mind. I probably won’t read any more of the series, only because it didn’t grab me as much as I wish it would have.