I picked this book up because the cover was just so wonderful - I couldn't resist it when I saw it on the shelves at my library. The very next day, Cat at Beyond Books posted her glowing review of the novel, so I was doubly looking forward to reading it.
Twelve-year-old Kat, our heroine, discovers that her family is in a tough spot. Her feckless elder brother has squandered the family's money through his gambling habits, and one of her sisters is now in the position of having to marry a wealthy man to save the family finances. If she loved him, Kat wouldn't have a problem with it. But he is clearly a villainous sort, and her sister is being so sacrificing and selfless that Kat can barely stand it.
It becomes clear to Kat that her mother had been a witch. And that Kat has talent along those lines as well. So even though their stepmother has locked all their mother's things away, Kat manages to get a hold of something that will either save the day - or ruin it.
What a fun book! It contains many elements that I enjoy in fiction - a feisty, smart, somewhat curmudgeonly heroine, magic, humor, and a historical setting. I'm very much looking forward to the future unladylike adventures of Kat Stephenson.
Books in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series:
1. Kat, Incorrigible (aka A Most Improper Magick)
2. A Tangle of Magicks (aka Renegade Magick)
3. A Reckless Magick
Kat, Incorrigible (#1 in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series) by Stephanie Burgis (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011