Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bookanistas: WRAPPED by Jennifer Bradbury

Happy Bookanista Thursday! Be prepared for lots of good book recommendations, because that's just how we roll.

Today, I've got to tell you about this fabulous book that I read recently called WRAPPED, by Jennifer Bradbury. WRAPPED just hit the shelves about a week ago, so I'm not taunting you with one you can't get yet. You're welcome. And here's the book description:

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.

Awesome, right? This book reminds me of an Indiana Jones adventure, only instead of a hunky, scruffy guy with a whip, the main character is a spunky debutante with a flair for languages and a thirst for adventure. This is exactly the kind of book that I would have loved in junior high--a little romance, a lot of adventure, and a bunch of cool Egyptology. I could totally see this as a movie; something's always happening, and the fast pace made it pretty much impossible for me to put the book down until the end.

This book totally fueled my Egypt fever. Any more good Egypt book recommendations out there?

In the meantime, check out this week's Bookanista titles!

Elana Johnson gushes over Blood Magic

LiLa Roecker adores Hourglass

Christine Fonseca sings high praises for Possess – with giveaway

Shannon Messenger applauds A Need So Beautiful – with giveaway

Megan Miranda has a passion for Possession

Carolina Valdez Miller sees beauty in Between Shades of Gray

Bethany Wiggins finds Bad Taste in Boys delicious

Shana Silver celebrates A Need So Beautiful

Stasia Ward Kehoe delights in Delirium

Rosemary Clement-Moore is giddy about Hourglass

Sarah Frances Hardy finds the awesome in Okay for Now

Myra McEntire welcomes Blood Magic author Tessa Gratton into the Fort


Aurora Smith said...

freaking lvoe the freaking cover

Karen said...

I ordered this one ages ago and read it the day it came out. I love it that Ms. Bradbury can go from writing a great book liked Shift to this wonderful historical.

P.S. Love the Bookanista Reviews. I probably never would have read Putting Makeup on Dead People if you hadn't reviewed it.

Karen said...

Oh and Egypt recommendations. You've read the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters?

Bethany Wiggins said...

The cover is amazing. Great review!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yay! I haven't seen this one, but it looks perfect for me. Thanks for the review, Carrie! :-)

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Sounds like a fun adventure! I hadn't heard of this one. I can imagine a movie or even a series from it now. Love books with strong female mc's.

Carrie Harris said...

Read my books: Me too! That's what caught my interest in the first place, and I'm so glad it did!

Karen: I haven't read Shift, but it's on my list now! As are the Amelia Peabody books. And so glad you like the recommendations!!!

Bethany: Thanks so much!

Shannon: If you pick it up, let me know. It's a huge amount of fun!

Carolina: Yeah, it seems like there's space for a sequel, and in this case, I really hope it happens!

Anonymous said...

"a little romance, a lot of adventure" sounds right up my alley! And historical setting, too - double cool! Thanks for the recommendation, Carrie, I'll have to keep it in mind. :)

Ray Veen said...

Hello Carrie Carris. How have you been? Good, it seems. And this pleases me.

In case I don't come back for another five months -- take care, awesome-writer-lady.