Reviews for Stolen Magic


Booklist Reviews 2013 May #1
Impetuous teen Kat Stephenson is resigned to being on her best behavior as her sister Angeline's long-delayed wedding to wealthy Frederick Carlyle approaches. But Frederick's mother is intent on humiliating Angeline, there's a mysterious and somehow familiar marquise among the wedding guests, and someone has stolen all the portals used by Kat and her fellow Guardians of the Order. Clearly, it's time to forget Regency England manners and break out her magic powers to put things right. Part Jane Austen, part Harry Potter, and with a healthy dash of Tamora Pierce, Burgis' the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series is good, clean fun for tweens and younger teens. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Spirited protagonist Kat's upcoming induction into the magical Order of the Guardians is at risk thanks to missing portals and a "mysterious follower." Her witch sister, Angeline, is getting married, if her future mother-in-law and a gunman don't stop the wedding. This latest enjoyable series entry, set in an alternate 1804 Devon, England, is filled with hijinks and secrets.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 March #2
Romance, intrigue and scandalous magic among the mostly highborn in Regency England. Kat's out of sibling projects with Elissa married and Angeline soon to be; even her scapegrace brother, Charles, has reformed. Kat's enemies have delayed her initiation into the Order of the Guardians that expelled her mother for practicing witchcraft, even though--or perhaps because--she unmasked a highborn traitor among them. She's waiting for a portal to reach the Golden Hall, having sacrificed hers to save Charles. Angeline's wedding to Frederick Carlyle at Hepworth, his family's stately home in Devon, soon provides scope for Kat's talents. En route, a suspicious accident overturns their carriage, yet Papa's oddly uncomfortable when the Marquise de Valmont comes to their rescue. Attempts to sabotage the wedding continue at Hepworth. Is Mrs. Carlyle responsible? She'd prefer Frederick marry his cousin, Jane. When the Order's portals are stolen, the unspeakable Lady Fotherington suspects Kat, whose own suspicions center on the angry, mysterious boy who's been following her. Though Kat's longing for the mother she never knew sounds a note of gravitas, the now-too-familiar characters and predictable plotting call for freshening. A final plot twist that moves the series action beyond lives of the rich and titled could do the trick next time around. Kat's fans will want to hang on for Book 4. (Historical fantasy. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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