Source: Paperback via my collection
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars :star :star
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Date Published: April 3rd, 2012
Nowhere in England is safe from the mischief and magic of Kat Stephenson: Her eldest sister has finally wed, but when a scandalous accusation threatens the marriage prospects of Kat’s second sister, Angeline, Stepmama swiftly whisks the family away to Bath in an attempt to outrun the gossip and betroth Angeline to a respectable suitor.
Meanwhile, Kat’s utter lack of ladylike propriety has prompted the powerful Lord Ravenscroft to expel her from the magical Order of Guardians — before her training has even begun! Anger and exile aside, Kat knows something is not quite right about Lord Ravenscroft.
Her insatiable curiosity and fierce loyalty to her family will have readers rooting for her all the way as Kat attempts to reunite Angeline with her true love and prove that she has what it truly takes to be a Guardian.
My ReviewYou know what they say about sequels? :||
Sequels are unfortunately, many times, less enticing than the first book in a series.
This books is prime example of why they say such things.
It took me so long to get through this book, which says a lot because it's a middle grade book. Why do I feel that it fell short? Let me list the ways…
-Kat seems to be almost a caricature of herself, even more incorrigible (ok, it's in the title, I get it), but she didn't just border on annoying—she was annoying. Until she met up with Emily, her first friend and another young lady in the series who is about Kat's age—we finally get to see a different dynamic between Kat and another character who isn't just either ENEMY or FAMILY. *yawn*
-The plot was predictable. Eerily close to the first book, but lacking in magic, was the plot.
-I felt like the book was bumbling around…disaster after disaster that didn't really seem too believable — okay it's fictional and middle grade but something just didn't "click" throughout the book…
UNTIL THE END
I gotta say the author knows how to end a book. Her ending is what made the last book spectacular; and the ending is what made this book "okay/good" instead of just, well, "meh."
The ending was brilliant, I have to say. Was it enough to save the book and make it great? Not for me, no. Will I read the next book, the last book, in the series? Well, yeah…I already bought it. I want to see it out, but I'm pushing it back so I am not sure when I'll get to it. I kind of feel like I know exactly what to expect. That's not a really great feeling for the end of a series.
The things I did like was the addition of Emily to the character list (I hope she's in the next book). Like I mentioned, I loved the ending and it pretty much made me give this book two stars instead of one. I also liked the history and the inclusion of the ancient Roman Baths. I loved learning how they were in Bath back then and what people thought of them. It was really funny and I learned some unexpected things. :O
I recommend this book for a younger audience of readers who are interested in Regency era Britain.