by Jennifer Bradbury
Year pub: 2011
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Jennifer Bradbury weaves in Victorian England, Egypt, deciphering cryptic codes, the Rosette stone, and a dash of romance that is well balanced and doesn't distract you from the main plot. The balance of everything kept me reading. It didn't make me stay up to see what would happen, but enough to actually enjoy the book.
What the summary doesn't tell you is that I think Agnes can be very bad-ass in our modern world setting. No, just listen, maybe she could be a...ninja. Seriously, she knows 10 different languages, would rather explore the world then be set up on little tea parties with fancy suitors. How awesomer can she get. And Mr. Showalter here, he's here "suitor" and soon to be "fiancé". Didn't think there would be a twist in here but there is. All I have to say.
It ended at a wonderful spot and could be open for the sequel. I wouldn't mind seeing more of charming Caedmon and spunky Agnes. Seriously, the ending made me bawling for more of Caedmon and Agnes. Please tell me there would because there are wonderful together! Agnes could be all stealthy on things and Caedmon could be the mad duster as he always is. Come on, if you were to meet an adorably sweet guy at a museum, who wouldn't want to get involved and solve this whole Napoleon business and dresses and suitors and lots of languages.
For those who don't very much like historical fiction or a light easy read with some mystery, I don't think you would like this, but, hey, give it a try!
Wrapped isn't all I have told you. At times it could be very sweet, some parts daring, and some just feeling it for Agnes. And you know how Caedmon and Agnes' adventure starts? It starts, with a mummy unwrapping.