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I Belong

Review: Jane Unwrapped by Leah & Kate Rooper

Jane UnwrappedTitle: Jane Unwrapped

Authors: Leah & Kate Rooper

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 12, 2015

Format: Paperback, 238 Pages

ISBN-10: 163375457X (Entangled Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1633754577 (Entangled Teen)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Some tombs should never be opened…

Teen scientist Jane’s latest experiment in living went really wrong. After a fatal accident, Jane becomes the first modern-day mummy—and wakes up in the Egyptian underworld without a heart. With nothing to help her get into paradise, Anubis, the snarky god of embalming, wants to devour her soul. Then again, Anubis is drop-dead gorgeous, so maybe things aren’t so bad after all.

But a mad god offers Jane a way out of the underworld, and she only has to do the impossible—go back in time and steal King Tut’s heart. Well, every experiment has variables which can end in disaster. Between posing as a priestess, trying to murder the young pharaoh, and being followed by Anubis, who can’t seem to decide if he’s going to kiss her or kill her, Jane has to make a choice: Do the logical thing and steal Tut’s heart, or find a way to save them both…Even if it means rebelling against all the gods of Egypt in the process.

This Entangled Teen Crave book contains life in the name of science, the rage of a vengeful god, love against life and death, and swoon-worthy kisses. Warning: you may find yourself wishing that you,too, had died and gone to the Duat.

Quick & Dirty: This strange tale starts off a bit slow but with the uplifting ending was really worth it. I highly recommend for fans of Egyptian mythology.

Opening Sentence: Adventure is overrated.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I absolutely love Egyptian mythology so when I saw I could review Jane Unwrapped I just had to go for it. This story was such a strange tale which I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not in the beginning but I’m one of those readers who are in for the long haul. I’m glad I did. I was surprised by how uplifting and inspirational the ending was after the mostly depressing story.

Jane Ezrael dies and due to some really extreme circumstances and is sent to the Duat. The Duat is the underworld/purgatory of Egyptian mythology. The place that souls are weighed and judged by Anubis. But Jane is missing her heart and Anubis cannot judge her, so he must devour her. Jane is able to stop Anubis with a deal to explore the Duat when she runs into Aten. Aten also makes Jane a deal, if she is able to steal King Tut’s heart then she will be able to enter the Field of Reeds and move on to paradise. If she can’t do that then she will dissolve into dust. Gods are tricky creatures so Aten’s deal does come with an ulterior motive.

After taking Aten’s deal, Jane finds herself in Ancient Egypt with a jackal at her side. Anubis becomes Jane’s protector. He follows her wherever she goes and when she is threatened with death or her jackal, she is taken to King Tut and his retinue. She unwittingly becomes the Priestess of Anubis when it appears that she can speak to Anubis directly (which she can). When Jane accidentally saves King Tut from choking and gaining his heart, she must follow Tut through the desert contemplating ways of how she is going to literally get her hands on his heart.

Jane Ezrael is a scientist. She never lets you forget how scientific her mind works. I really liked this about her character. She was a bit eccentric and for some reason it worked for her. I was surprised by how calm she was with her own death in the beginning. Her scientific mind overruling her emotions so she could discover the Duat. Jane breaks down once which finally shows that she doesn’t only follow her robotic scientific thoughts. She also tries to rationalize her feelings towards Anubis with her vast knowledge of how the human body works.

Anubis doesn’t quite understand why he gave into Jane’s request to study the Duat but when he realizes that Jane is a part of a bigger plan he sticks to her side like glue. Anubis spends much of his time with Jane in his jackal form. He only transforms into human shape when Jane is in trouble. Anubis has gorgeous eyes. I have always been fascinated by Anubis and Egyptian Mythology so I kept rooting for the Anubis and Jane hookup. Anubis does something that is too spoilery to talk about but what he does and the reasoning behind his actions just made me fall for him a bit more.

The writing was a bit stilted and the beginning was a little slow but once Jane starts her mission for King Tut’s heart, I was surprised by the way events played out. I really enjoyed how close the story was to the actual Egyptian mythology stories but the authors were able to twist the stories around to still fit into “history” without actually changing history.

Overall, it was a great debut story for the authors. The thought that went into the story and the ultimately uplifting ending made reading this story worthwhile. Things happen for a reason and Jane learns this. Jane Unwrapped appears to be a standalone story, although it might be fun to see what misadventures Jane would have messing up other historical timelines.

Notable Scene:

Anubis pulls me toward him, hands brushing the sand off my body. He’s a mess, black sand spotting his cheeks and lips.

Slowly, I move my arms, until my palms are flat against his chest, and the sand falls off like sheets of rain.

“Say something,” he says.

I open my mouth to speak but there are no words. I look down at the pool of black sand we sit in, concentrating on the glint of Anubis’s golden belt, weaving its way in and out of the darkness.

The sandstorm has lifted since I first left the palace and now the Nile ripples in the slow breeze.

“W-what. . . did you do?”

“It was a spell to steady the soul,” he says, then: “I didn’t know I could do that.”

I close my eyes. “Can you save me if that happens again?”

“I don’t know.”

I nod a couple times, trying to gather my voice until finally I whisper, “I don’t want to die.”

Anubis’s gaze goes right through me. “You’re already dead.”


FTC Advisory: Entangled Teen provided me with a copy of Jane Unwrapped. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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