Thursday, July 28

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
Release Date: May 24, 2011 
Publisher: Atheneum
Age Group: Young Adult 
Pages: 320 

Summary: 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. Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.
Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.
Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.

My Thoughts: I did not expect myself to like this as much as I did. I usually do not like historical books. They are lucky to even get 3 cupcakes from me usually. And I always have a hard time finishing them. It took me a little while to get into Wrapped but once I hit about page 100 I was hooked. I wanted to know what happened.

The book starts out with Agnes and her debuting season. She has to get a husband and get married off. Lord Showalter is veering for her affections. All the other women want him. He's handsome (kind of), loyal, and rich. Whats a girl not to want? Agnes just doesn't feel it with him. She doesn't really want to be married off. She's very independent and likes being her own person. She knows she'll make a good wife someday but she just doesn't want that someday to be now.

She attends a party at Lord Showalter's and unwraps a mummy! Its a special event. She finds a unique token and instead of returning it, she decides to keep it. Keeping it sets off a chain of reactions. There are some powerful people looking for that item and everyone who unwrapped the mummy starts to get attacked. Agnes goes to the museum to find out more about its history and there she meets Caedmon.Caedmon was adorable. He was the very opposite of Showalter, and he was friendly and respected Agnes. They start to become partners, working on the mystery together. People start to get hurt, people are out to get them, people are not who we think they are! While Showalter is trying to get Agnes attention, she's secretly sneaking out to meet Caedmon to work on their project.

What happens to Agnes? Do the bad people eventually catch up with her? What happens to Showalter and Caedmon? Read the book to find out.

Overall: I really enjoyed Wrapped much more than I originally thought I would. Yes, it was historical but it was more than that. It was a nice story! I also liked learning about her family and the time spent with her friends. I really liked Caedmon, he was so sweet. Honestly, this was a fun historical novel!

Cover: Love it! Its weird but it fits the book perfectly. Its a neat weird. 

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Christina T said...

I am glad you decided to give this a chance even if it isn't what you usually enjoy and I'm glad to hear that you ended up liking it. I thought it was a fun mystery too and liked the Egyptian lore and museum setting. I hope there will be more mysteries with Agnes in the future. Nice review!

Alexa said...

I saw this one at the library two weeks ago but I was very unsure about it. Your review really does a great job at explaining some of the things that had me worried about picking it up. Thanks for the great review!

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Love the cover! I just added it to Goodreads. Great review!


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