Saturday, June 2, 2012

Review: Renegade Magic - Stephanie Burgis

Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis
Series: The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson #2
Genre: Middle Grade, historical fantasy
Published on April 3, 2012
Published by Atheneum Books
Pages: 336
Read From: 4.29.12 - 5.4.12

Kat Stephenson may have inherited her mother's magical talents, but not everyone in the Order of the Guardians is ready to accept her. When she is tricked into losing her temper in front of the most powerful Guardian in England, she finds herself expelled without a single magic lesson. 
After a devastating accusation shatters her sister Angeline's romance, their stepmama whisks the family away to the fashionable city of Bath and orders Angeline to find a new fiance. But as Angeline plays a dangerous game with a scandalous rake, their brother, Charles, tumbles headlong into danger. . . .and Bath's wild magic gets ready to explode. 
With more than one life at stake, will Kat's untrained magic be enough to reunite Angeline with her true love, conquer the danger at Bath, and prove she truly has what it takes to be a Guardian?


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 "scandalous" 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!).

Kat continues to be the strong and intelligent heroine that no one listens to because she is the youngest. I absolutely love her general distain for romantics, but her steadfast devotion to her sister Angeline when it comes to winning back Angeline's beau. Angeline herself is both easy to sympathize with and infuriating over half the time. The Reader very easily connects to Kat's frustration with her older sister. Meanwhile, Charles is the not-too-bright older brother that we Readers can't help but shaking our head over while still liking him as a character. Poor Kat, being stuck with such siblings - and being the only one who can really protect them. And then there's the introduction of Kat's snotty relatives. Lucy is one of those classic silly females that Jane Austen loved to write about, and while most people would probably find Lucy annoying, I absolutely loved her for her brainlessness and innocence. It gave Kat wonderful opportunity to make sarcastic observations.

The only reason Renegade Magic held a tiny bit less allure for me than Kat, Incorrigible was the fact that the events in this book were more fantastic and grand in scale. I can understand why the Author did this - with a sequel, Readers expect more. And I loved what she did! But the storyline of Kat, Incorrigible held just a bit more charm for me. However, this is personal opinion only, and overall I was not one bit disappointed with Renegade Magic.

Others in The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson Trilogy:
1)Kat, Incorrigible
2)Renegade Magic
3)Stolen Magic

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