Friday, July 13, 2012

Wrapped


by Jennifer Bradbury
Pages: 309
Format: Paperback
Year pub: 2011
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
An adventurous debutante refuses to settle for society’s expectations—and unleashes international intrigue (and possibly an ancient curse) along the way.
Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings—about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.

She sees herself wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.

She sees herself as a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.

She sees herself dreaming. Because reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust even. No, Agnes’s encounter with a mummy is happening on Lord Showalter’s verdant green lawn, where butlers abound and strolling sitar players strain to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping. And a beginning. Not just of Agnes’s debut season and the ever-shrinking scope of her future—home, husband, and high society. No, something else begins as well, because the mummy Agnes unwraps is more than a mummy: It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing a mystery, an international intrigue—and possibly a curse.


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 "fiancĂ©". 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.



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4 comments:

  1. Oh, I like the cover! It's very different from most YA covers. <3 The story sounds very interesting too! Since I love historical fiction, I think I'm going to enjoy this book. :)

    Amazing review, D.L.T.! <3

    PS: I have no idea how to call you hehe! Can you please tell me how to call your name? x)

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    1. You can either call me Delaney or D.L.T. which is the intials of my full name. Either one is fine! :)

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  2. Love the cover of this, really cool and interesting :) I am a new follower and thanks for visiting my blog :)

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