Spy, Sleuth, and Snoop Scoop: Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

This is not what the cover of the book I checked out looks like, but it is the same book!  I absolutely LOVED this story! The funny thing about it is that I was about two chapters in when I realized that I had read it before, but since I couldn’t remember the ending,  I just went ahead and read it again. Has that ever happened to you?

The story is set in the Regency England time period much like a Jane Austen or Bronte sister’s novel. It starts with Agnes Wilkins, a young girl just about to make her debut into society.  She attends an “unwrapping” party -which was all the rage then- where an Egyptian mummy is unwrapped for the amusement of guests . Pretty strange, I know, but true.

While there a man is murdered, a secret object falls into her hands, and Agnes is drawn into an mystery involving spies, ancient curses and unexpected romance! You will really enjoy this book. It is fast-paced and the characters are genuine.

Similar Books at Chesapeake Central Library

VELVET by Mary Hooper

SECRET LETTERS by Leah Scheier

WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame

Plus the excellent AGENCY series by Y.S. Lee

THE TRAITOR IN THE TUNNEL   THE BODY AT THE TOWER   and    A SPY IN THE HOUSE

Banned Books Week – six word summary showdown

We’re kicking off

Banned Books Week

with a

GREAT BIG SHOWDOWN!

Here’s how it works –

Choose your favorite Banned or Challenged Book. Some great places to look for titles are

http://www.oclc.org/research/top1000.html

http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

http://bannedbooks.world.edu/
Then write a comment on this post with the title, author, and two six word summaries for other bloggers and readers to choose between. Look through the other comments for showdowns YOU can choose from.

Here’s the first showdown to get things started:

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M. T. Anderson

Is it

REALLY

in your head

OR

Worst trip to the moon.  Ever.

Book Battle Royale: Revenge

Let’s take a look at a few books about ….REVENGE.

The Poison Apples by Lily Archer

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Alice, Reena, and Molly have been sent or decided to go to a New England boarding school away from their new step-mothers.  The girls form the Poison Apples club and creates a plan to get revenge on the stepmothers.

My verdict:

The beginning of the book was pretty depressing and had me thinking “YEAH GET REVENGE” but it also caused me to ask the question, why didn’t the girls want to take revenge out on their father’s too? They sat around and did NOTHING!  Not a bad book but…ok.

Duckling Ugly by Neal Shusterman

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Cara DeFido, is very unattractive (nice way to put it).  She cannot look at mirrors…They break, if she looks at a camera…it breaks, if she looks at her reflection in water it “goes cloudy in a second.”  Imagine how cruel her life is!   Cara is drawn to a special place with people who accept her and gives her the opportunity to change her appearance.  But Cara has a need to inflict some vengeance on people in her hometown.

My verdict:

I liked the overall story of the book.  I felt sorry for Cara and I wanted to scream at her for some of her decisions.  (Characters in books never listen to my advice, oh well.)  The end was a bit depressing and left me imagining what the rest of her life may be like.

Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

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Mr. Griffin’s students don’t like him.  He won’t accept late work, seniors are fearing for their GPA, and five of them have had enough!!  They want REVENGE and have a plan.  Kidnap Mr. Griffin and teach him a lesson, unfortunately, the plan goes bad very quickly.

My verdict:

The story is told from the points of view of each of the main and a few secondary characters.  I enjoyed seeing the different points of views of the story as it unfolded and how one thoughtless act affected everyone AND their families (consequences of actions have effects).

My Winner of the Revenge battle is : Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

but what would you read? 

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier vs. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

In today’s book battle I’m putting A Mad, Wicked Folly up against Ruby Red, are you ready for this??

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Ruby Red vs. A Mad, Wicked Folly

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Ruby Red is the story of Gwyneth. Her family has set all of their hopes on her perfect cousin Charlotte. Charlotte is beautiful, smart, talented and destined to be a time traveller. When the time comes, however it is Gwyneth that ends up spiraling through time. Suddenly Gwen loses control of her life as a secret society plots to use her to achieve their own mysterious ends.

A Mad, Wicked Folly is the story of Victoria. Victoria’s family has massive expectations for her future and they don’t involve pursuing her dreams. Vicky nearly ruins everything when she steps in to model nude for the sake of art. Suddenly Vicky is ripped away from her French finishing school and her bohemian friends when her parents take control of her life and plot to use her marriage to advance the family business.

These two books have a lot in common. Both stories have major shout outs to history but very different approaches: Ruby Red has a Doctor Who vibe while A Mad, Wicked Folly is more Downton Abbey. Both books have breathtakingly beautiful covers. Both books have girls forced to fight against the opposition to unlock hidden destinies. I even read both books for free: Ruby Red was available at my local library and A Mad, Wicked Folly was made available thanks to the publisher’s e-proof. (A Mad, Wicked Folly will be published 1.23.2014.)

Obviously if you prefer time-travel elements and the whole sci-fi scene Ruby Red is up your alley but if for a brief moment you want to become absorbed in another time yourself; to live the culture and social change of the early 20th century A Mad, Wicked Folly is the way to go. Go experience the fight for women’s rights and the painful pressure to conform; take the time to look up all the amazing art mentioned in the book and fall in love with the Edwardian period. You’ll thank me later.