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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,773 ratings  ·  539 reviews
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
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
I dropped this book around page 100; it was just too fluffy, while at the same time annoying.

I don't think the things I didn't like will bother every reader. My chief gripe, a common with historical fiction, is that it was just too inaccurate. The way the characters thought, the ways they interacted, their public behavior, these were just not correct for the Regency period. But obviously for people who don't know or care much about history this won't matter. It's just a deal breaker for me becau
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
So first of all, let's comment on that GORGEOUS cover. Love it! It's not often that a cartoon/illustration cover can look YA, but this one completely does. So pretty! Second of all, I don't read a lot of historicals, but this one was great. It contained so many of my favourite things! It had a cool, forward thinking girl who I still found to be time-period appropriate. She was modern enough that readers can identify with her, but she wasn't just a modern girl transported back into a pretty dress ...more
I had really high hopes for this book. The Egyptology elements seemed like they'd be a somewhat different, but still period appropriate, thing to add to a Regency book. Unfortunately, it was just so... bland is the word I'm looking for, I think. For much of the book, I was honestly kind of bored. Especially with the conversations, which would just drag on and on. Even when the characters are supposedly in a time sensitive situation, and just keep talking and talking and talking... The villain is ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of light mysteries, Ancient Egypt and the Regency period
Shelves: british, audiobooks, ya

I really liked the premise of this story as it includes several of my favorite topics--Regency England, Ancient Egypt, and non-violent spy stories! Also, that cover art is just gorgeous! ;-)

Unfortunately, the story didn't quite weave together all that I could wish of those rich subjects in an ultimately satisfying way, but I still enjoyed it. Too, I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator was not my favorite. I didn't like the way she read Cademan (our swoony leading man), I'm s
Brandy Painter
Oct 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Review originally posted here.

The book has adventure, peril, a mystery to solve. It has romance. I'm sure there are many people out there who would enjoy it for those things. I couldn't. For one, Agnes annoyed me to no end. She too often allows her petulance and will lead her down roads she ought not go down. Despite knowing that she ought not go down them. She is selfish and, once the mystery is under way, can not stand for any part of it to be conducted without her. For example, when a person
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
When I was little, I went through a serious phase of loving all things ancient Egypt, which grew into a Victorian detective novel love when I hit my teens. This book combines two of my greatest nostalgic loves so of course I had to pick it up! Overall, I was pleased with “Wrapped” and enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it.

The greatest strength of “Wrapped” lies in Agnes, its witty, independent and imaginative heroine. She falls into the typical heroine trope traps but is executed with a certain flai
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Agnes Wilkins is a wealthy debutante in Regency England who speaks ten languages (and counting) and has a bit of a geeky streak. Bluestocking? Sign me up! She goes to the handsome Lord Showalter's "unwrapping" party (the grotesque practice of pirating mummies out of Egyptian pyramids and unwrapping them at upper class social gatherings) and decides to nick something small--just for kicks--only to uncover a scheme bigger than she could have imagined. I love this time period, and stories about the ...more
Nicki Chapelway
This book was a light, enjoyable read. My one beef with it was that I was expecting there to be more... well... mummies.

Imagine my surprise when this turned out to be more of a spy story than a mummy story.

But past my initial disappointment, it was an enjoyable book.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
I didn't really like it, but it wasn't terrible. Just that I wanted these characters to feel more intimate, more real and less staged. I wanted less quoting Austen and more character development. The thing that bothered me the most about this book was that I felt like the whole time the author was telling me about these characters and situations instead of using realistic dialogue and interactions and prose to SHOW me who these people really are. ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely perfect blend of Egyptian mythology and the Regency period. I loved the history in the novel.
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Agnes Wilkins is sixteen, about to make her societal debut, and more than a little terrified at the prospect of coming out on the marriage market. Though Agnes is excited to attend parties, wear fancy dresses, loves her parents and is willing to emulate their dutiful roles in the peerage, she can’t help but feel that she isn’t quite ready for a husband. She longs for the adventure and romance she reads of in her darling A Lady
Nancy O'Toole
Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into society, and she has already attracted the attention of a very rich man. But Agnes, a highly educated young woman, can't help but feel unfulfilled and desires something more in life than an advantages match. Then she is invited to a party where an ancient Egyptian mummy is unwrapped by the guests. When a small stone object slips out of the mummy's wrappings, Agnes steals it without realizing why. It doesn't take long before she learns that there's mu ...more
Wrapped was a little bit of a mystery to me. It was a sweet, cute read but not at all what I was expecting.
I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the beautiful cover; I became even more interested when I read the summary. A girl who is unwrapping a mummy? At a soiree in Victorian England? Who is also a linguistic genius debutante? (As a foreign language teacher I couldn't help but be extremely pleased with that character revelation.) How could I say no?
Overall, I felt the characters were w
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I knew the ending immediately! I feel really bad that I figured it out but I loved the characters. The characters in the book were lovable and amazing. But seriously I wanted to kill some of the men in the book because of how they spoke to Agnes. I mean I understood that was the normal at the time but I was still pissed at it. I mean I wanted to kill some them because they were really annoying! But I loved the romance and the Agnes's handmaid. I mean she was so excited that there was gossip f
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-own
Can I just gush? For hours? Because this book is worthy of years of gushing. Jennifer Bradbury states in the author’s note that she wrote this book to “[combine] my loves for the Regency period, Egyptian mythology and history, and stories featuring spies and secret agents.” Does this not sound like the most perfect combination of awesome things? And trust me, it worked. Soooo well!!
Because of my love of Jane Austen (whose works are referenced and spoken of many times throughout the story), I ado
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
With a somewhat slow start, Wrapped launched into an intriguing and on-the-edge plot that kept me hopping from one page to the next, eager to see what happens.

The beginning was filled with high talk and poofy dresses. It takes a minute to get used to the language but once you settle in, you're ready for the action to start. That doesn't happen for another couple of chapters though. First we have to flesh Agnes out, show that she's not your typical society women concerned with debuts and marrying
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Wrapped is a perfect title for this book, but another good one might have been Pride and Prejudice and Mummies.

In 1815, multilingual Agnes Wilkins would much rather be traveling the world on archaeological adventures than preparing to make her debut to London society. She gets more than she bargained for when her potential suitor Lord Showalter holds a mummy unwrapping at his garden party (something that was actually a fad in the 1800s, according to the author’s note). Agnes uncovers a mysteriou
This book is a fun adventure set in Regency England that takes the traditional plot and adds the unique element of Egyptian culture to provide more mystery than is usually found in traditional Regencies. Agnes is a great character. She's smart but unsure of herself and her place in the world as most teens are. She's flattered by Lord Showalter's attentions yet doesn't want to be tied down just yet. She's torn between duty and desire, much like her favorite literary hero Mr. Darcy (though in a di ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
First of all- the cover is BEAUTIFUL. That is what originally drew me to this book- I can't say enough about how much I love this book. And the premise- sounds so much fun! I rarely get to read about books that have to do with Egypt and the story sounded like it could be a big winner.

But sadly, that is where the trouble began. Perhaps my expectations were to high. I didn't like this book. In fact- I almost returned it to the library without finishing it. It was almost as if I was reading an "abr
Wrapped is a fun YA historical mystery with mummy unwrapping parties, artifacts and curses, secret museum excursions and a sinister plot. There's also Regency society to navigate, with an inappropriate romantic interest for the heroine.

It's entertaining but without the level of complexity that I'd usually reserve for a 4 star book. Still a fun, light read. From the ending, it sounds like there should be a sequel, so I'll be keeping my eye out for the next one.

**Received free arc for review.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun and romantic and very like Alias set in an alternate-history Regency England.
Whitney Borup
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
A student recommended this one to me (actually put the book in my hand and made me check it out from the school library). I love that she loves it, but it just wasn't for me. ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Wrapped is a fun Regency YA book with a little bit of a sweet romance and a lot of mystery. Agnes is a girl who wants more from life than parties and ball gowns. A young lady with a quick mind who loves to learn and wants to travel. I love that the author has Agnes reading Jane Austen, who was then only known as A Lady. Not only does Agnes frequently quote her, but she does so in multiple languages.

I have read the book before. This is the first time I have listened to it. If I had listened to it
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Where do I begin with this book? I don't think I would have even finished it if I hadn't been listening on audiobook and in the car for a long ride anyway. It was so frustrating! Agnes, the main character, was never convincing as a member of her era. The book is set in 1815, yet Agnes repeatedly (as in over, and over, and over!) comments that museums should not be appropriating artifacts from other countries because the items should remain in their original countries. Um, that is NOT a period co ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars, really. I wavered between 2 and 3 stars and I thought, if I were a teacher I'd probably give this a low C, and if 5 stars is A, 4 is B, etc, then 3 is fine. The main issue, for me, was the deceptive description. It was so vague, that what I thought was going to be a book about Egyptology and mummies and such turned out to be a book on Napoleon and espionage and British patriotism. And it wasn't what I wanted.

The first half of the book felt bland. I didn't care about anything. The lac
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Overall, Wrapped had a very good story. The main character is Agnes Wilkins, a young debutante about to enter into the marriage market of upper-class English society. The story opens at Agnes' debut party at the home of her wealthy admirer, Lord Showalter. At the party, a fashionable "unwrapping" is going on-- a mummy imported from Egypt is on display for the guests' amusement, to pick apart and find souvenirs. Through a series of events, Agnes becomes wrapped up in her own adventure-- centering ...more
A light hearted trip back into the Napoleon era with a twist. Set in Britain, Bradbury sends you on a light adventure that includes an Egyptian artifact that may or may not be a powerful tool in the war - the answer is never clear if the paranormal is suspect or real.

This won't stretch your mind. I found it ridiculously predictable but light enough it wasn't too boring to read. The characters - especially seeing as this is YA regency - were just what you might expect. A strong headed girl in a t

Wrapped was nothing I expected it would be and I have to admit, I had fun reading it. It was a pleasant surprise and a much needed break after so many paranormal books.

Bradbury's writing is easy going, light and mellow. The way she draws her characters is pretty much the same as in any regency romance. There is a young, rich girl who wants to do something more with her life and refuses to be contained and follow the path that is predestined for her by her parents. She wants to see the world
Princess Bookie
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2011

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 wa
Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
The year is 1815, and Agnes has just entered into her first season, a time to go from social event to social event to try to snag a desirable husband. One very eligible (not to mention rich) suitor is Lord Showalter, so when Agnes is invited to a mummy unwrapping party at his home, she attends. What she doesn’t know is that this event will lay open a plot to help Napoleon obtain an ancient Egyptian artifact–one that may turn the tides of the war and result in Napoleon defeating England. With the ...more
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Jennifer Bradbury is an English teacher living in Burlington, Washington. She and her husband took a two-month long bicycling trek from Charleston, South Carolina, to Los Angeles, California for their honeymoon, changing more than fifty flat tires along the way. She was also a one-day winner of Jeopardy! Shift is her first novel.

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