Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
This was a fun book. At first I thought it was going to paranormal for some reason, but then it ended up being a mystery which is even better! Agnes is definitely a different sort of girl. Not content with doing only girl appropriate things, she has learned 10 languages and is fairly genius. But this doesn't stop her family from trying to get her settled into a nice marriage, something Agnes is not set on entirely. Then at an unwrapping party (a party where the guests unwrapped a mummy and find treasures hidden in the cloth (yes a real mummy)), Agnes finds a metal disc with a jackal's head on it and she ends up keeping it instead of returning it. This one action leads her into the kind of adventure that she has dreamed of. I enjoyed the fact that Agnes was so smart and that she wants to defy convention. I liked how her relationship with Caedmon plays out and how they are more equals than anything.
The Egyptian mystery was also interesting, involving mummies and the Rosetta Stone as well as Napoleon as the action of this story takes place after he escapes from Elba. I got a real sense of the time period and how people in England thought at that time as well as a really fun adventure mystery.
Provided by Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
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