Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (April 5, 2011)
Twelve-year-old Kat Stephenson may be the despair of her social-climbing Step-Mama, but she was born to be a magical Guardian and protector of Society–if she can ever find true acceptance in the secret Order that expelled her own mother. She’s ready to turn the hidebound Order of the Guardians inside-out, whether the older members like it or not. And in a society where magic is the greatest scandal of all, Kat is determined to use all her powers to help her three older siblings–saintly Elissa, practicing-witch Angeline, and hopelessly foolish Charles–find their own true loves, even if she has to turn highwayman, battle wild magic, and confront real ghosts along the way!
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant in reading and reviewing this book. The cover is cute, it is geared for the younger teen scene, and the main theme is magic. I usually have bad experiences with younger teen books that try to come across cute with paranormal weaved into the mix. I was honestly surprised though by reaction I had towards this book.
From the moment I stepped into the world the author created, I fell hard for it! While Kat could be stubborn at times, it fit the character because she is a younger tween. The family dynamics also brought fun and drama to the mix. What I also enjoyed was that it was set in the 1800’s. I am not a big fan of historical books, but the author has written it so wonderfully that I didn’t feel that I was reading a historical tale at times.
With great writing, magical fun, and all around great characters, this would be a delight for a younger tween to enjoy along with the adults. If you are looking for quirky and something fun to pass the time, then I recommend getting a copy of this book! I am glad to have found a new author to keep and eye on!
Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS