Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Author: Jennifer Bradbury
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Source: Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
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.
Review: Wow, I was a little surprised by this book. I was expecting more of a paranormal book, initially I thought it was about magic. But if that's what you thought too, then this is not what it's about. I'd have to say it's way better than that.
I love historical fiction. This was historical fiction mixed in with a bit of intrigue and political danger. It was addicting. The amount of historical facts added in was just right, I wasn't overwhelmed but I learned a couple of things!
I couldn't really connect to Anges though. She seemed distant. But I still liked her. She wasn't the most well-written character ever but she was fun to read about. And I appreciated that. Though my favorite character was Caedmon. Though I'm not exactly sure how to pronounce his name! He was a cutie.
The concept of this was amazing. It really doesn't talk about it too much in the summary, but it's pretty cool.
If you like historical fiction with some adventure then this is definitely the book for you. It was for me.