Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

63%

41 Critic Reviews

When someone says a book is about mummies, you expect it to be about mummies, not having the mummies relegated to an almost insignificant plot point.
-Strange and Random Happenstance

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jennifer Bradbury

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Jennifer Bradbury’s debut novel, Shift—which Kirkus Reviews gave a starred review, calling it “fresh, absorbing, compelling”—was picked as an ALA and a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and was a YALSA pick and made the Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth list. It is also on numerous state reading lists. A former English teacher and one-day Jeopardy! champ, she lives with her family in Burlington, Washington.
 
Published May 24, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Wrapped
All: 41 | Positive: 27 | Negative: 14

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 01 2011

Austen fans who wish her characters would get up off their settees and risk an adventure will enjoy Bradbury's smart, feisty heroine (who is herself an avid reader of A Lady).

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Alessio on May 24 2011

Jennifer Bradbury does an excellent job of weaving in historical detail and fascinating trivia about everything from the Rosetta Stone to fashions.

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WAPL Teens

Excellent
Reviewed by Megan on Aug 06 2011

Smart, brave, feisty and daring, Agnes is an adventurous soul that you'll be cheering for as she climbs trellises, creeps through dark gardens, explores the depths of the British Museum's Egyptian collections, battles spies, unravels an international mystery, and falls in love.

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Bottom Line Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephanie on Jun 07 2011

Wrapped was an inventive, fun story with a lot of action, intrigue and a little romance.

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Arlington Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah R on May 14 2011

If you like anything Egyptian or good historical thrillers, this is definitely the book for you.

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The Bookpushers

Good
Reviewed by Lou on Jul 16 2011

I think Wrapped was a great introduction to a YA series that is quite fresh in tone and theme.

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The Book Smugglers

Below average
Reviewed by Thea on Jun 30 2011

Provided that one is able to overlook Agnes’s masterful single-handed control of Greek, Russian, Hebrew, and seven other languages ... provided that one can believe that Agnes and her paramour would be able to thwart a master spy and single-handedly alter the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo...

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Books and Things

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on May 24 2011

I recommend it to anyone who loves regency romances, Jane Austin, and a bit of Egyptology and history thrown together.

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly F on Aug 09 2011

I believe Lady Julia would have approved wholeheartedly of Agnes’ adventures.

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Hobbitsies

Good
Reviewed by Hobbitsies on May 26 2011

I definitely enjoyed Wrapped and will probably be rereading it again in the future.

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Strange and Random Happenstance

Below average
Reviewed by Miss Eliza on Jun 08 2011

When someone says a book is about mummies, you expect it to be about mummies, not having the mummies relegated to an almost insignificant plot point.

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The Reader Bee

Below average
Reviewed by Christy on May 26 2011

The book was a bit predictable, I had most of it figured out pretty early on.

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Birth of a New Witch

Below average
Reviewed by usagi on May 22 2011

...written well. The prose is lovely and it definitely pops you right into that time period. But with the confused subplots, I just couldn’t let myself escape into the high stakes of saving England through one single educated rich girl.

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Muggle-Born

Good
Reviewed by Muggle-Born on Jun 01 2011

Jennifer Bradbury is a master a crafting beautiful descriptions. I actually had to pause on the second page to read a line out loud at a friend.

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Manga Maniac Cafe

Below average
Reviewed by Julie on May 13 2011

While I enjoyed the book and the ensuing mystery, I did find myself growing weary of all of Agnes’ missed opportunities.

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Book Addict Katie

Above average
Reviewed by bookaddictkatie on Jun 11 2011

While some of the prose seems off-kilter, the plot will keep your attention until the end. It is a quick read...

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About Happy Books

Good
Reviewed by Sabrina on May 23 2011

I don't know if more books about Agnes and Caedmon are planned but I would definitely be interested in reading more about them.

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Bibliosaurustext

Below average
Reviewed by Audrey on May 08 2011

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction because it often feels too inauthentic to me. This book kept with that trend.

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The Review Diaries

Below average
Reviewed by Rosy on Jun 22 2011

My biggest gripe with the book was the lack of research that had gone into simple things about the period.

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Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Katie on May 24 2011

If you like historical fiction with some adventure then this is definitely the book for you. It was for me.

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Small Review

Below average
Reviewed by Small Review on Jul 05 2011

I got a plot that bored me to tears… Are you a stickler for accuracy? If you are, then get your eye twitch ready.

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Cracking the Cover

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Jun 28 2011

She plays on people’s past and present interests while creating a unique story of her own.

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Book Labyrinth

Good
Reviewed by Ashley on May 17 2011

It's lovely when a heroine can be super smart, brave, and sassy without being annoying or over the top.

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A Story Untold

Below average
Reviewed by AtenRa on Apr 01 2011

As far as the mystery part of the book is concerned it was OK but a tad predictable, in my opinion.

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Book Aunt

Above average
Reviewed by Kate Coombs on Jun 05 2011

Yes, it's all a little campy, but it's also a whole lot of fun...Wrapped is fairly predictable, a lighthearted adventure, a mystery and a spy story. There is just a touch of the paranormal for you fantasy fans out there.

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A Trail of Books Blog

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Jun 01 2011

Agnes is a great character: fun and spunky and incredibly smart.

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The Sparkle Project

Good
Reviewed by Ceilidh on May 01 2011

A simple, light-hearted romp that one shouldn’t take too seriously.

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Mollie's Yattitude Problem

Below average
Reviewed by Mollie on Jul 03 2011

Wrapped had so much promise . . . Sadly, the predictability of the plot and the forced natures of every character, turned the book into a train wreck of a mystery.

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I Heart Reading

Good
on Jun 04 2011

If you like a good suspenseful novel with a fast-pace, interesting characters and a humorous undertone, then Wrapped definetely is a great choice. It’s a light and fast read, but it will pull you through a rollercoaster of events...

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Bite My Books

Below average
Reviewed by Bites on May 23 2011

I had a hard time swallowing the end.

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Wickedly Bookish

Below average
Reviewed by Wicked on Aug 13 2012

Basically, it's not too good and it's not too bad. It's just there.

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Lydiahuth

Good
Reviewed by Lydiah on Jul 24 2012

Whether it be street smarts, tac­ti­cal wit or clas­si­cal knowl­edge, I like to read about clever char­ac­ters. And — if you’ll believe it — Wrapped has all of the above.

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What Is Bridget Reading?

Good
Reviewed by Bridget Wilson on Mar 14 2012

There's so much to like about Wrapped--the Regency setting, a headstrong intelligent heroine, a budding romance, and a mystery.

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Atlantic House Books

Good
Reviewed by atlantichousebooks on Dec 02 2011

It looked like an interesting book, right away – and it was!

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An Abundance of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Dec 01 2011

This book reminded me a lot of Zylpha Keatley Snider's The Egypt Game, an old favorite of mine, and might be why I enjoyed Wrapped so much.

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Rosemary's Rambles

Good
Reviewed by Bookanista on Nov 10 2011

It’s a romp through Regency London, with a heroine who loves Jane Austen and wants more from her life than parties and clothes.

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Eating YA Books

Good
Reviewed by Jan on Oct 27 2011

For fans of the Regency era, well crafted mysteries, and romance, Wrapped is an excellent read that will leave you wanting more.

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Gamila's Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Gamila on Sep 05 2011

The book is like Indiana Joes mixed in with Jane Austen.

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Books and Threads

Below average
Reviewed by Emily on Aug 15 2011

This book isn’t a great piece of literature, and it probably won’t be a life-changing book.

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Books Before Bed

Good
Reviewed by Scarlett on Jun 08 2011

Agnes was spunky and fun, has girlish desires (reads Jane Austen, or 'the Lady' as she was known, and wants to find her own Darcy!) but is intelligent.

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A Myriad of Books

Good
Reviewed by Kat on Apr 07 2011

Our heroine Agnes is the most endearing protagonist I've read about in a while, despite that awful name of hers.

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