Book Review: Under Wraps by J.A. Cipriano

About the book:
Title/Author: Under Wraps (Werewolves vs. Mummies #1) / J.A. Cipriano
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Date of publish: June 2015
Pages: 200
Book Links: Amazon / Goodread / Barnes & Noble

25472919This was interesting to say the least. A werewolf has been sent back to ancient Egypt to rescue his friend’s soul. How and by whom is never made clear. Somehow in doing this, a group of particularly heinous mummies have been released from the underworld, also back into ancient Egypt where they are able to take corporeal form. Our hero Thes, and Aziza the mummy in charge keeping the other mummies incarcerated, are hunting the mummy Kufu who is hunting the Staff of Ra, to do who knows what, but probably bad stuff with it. What follows is a quasi journey through the Egyptian Book of the Dead with Egyptian deities, divine creatures and mummies causing havoc.

The premise of this story is terrific and enough to keep the story through some small issues. I am assuming the copy I have is an ARC so the intermittent misspellings and other small mistakes can be forgiven. The beginning of the story is a cold opening with lots of action already having taken place before the story. It reads like it should be a second book in a series and it takes most of the book to find out most of what happened. This is an interesting way of doing it, but does cause a little frustration when all the characters know what is going on and merely hint at it at a bit at a time.  I would dearly have loved to have gone into this story with a bit more background, even a prologue, explaining the backstory and a little more about werewolf clans as they don’t seem to follow typical canon.

That said there is much that is good about this story. As I said, the premise alone is an interesting twist. Anyone with a bit of knowledge of Egyptian lore will appreciate the modern take on it. This take on werewolves is also quite interesting. There seems to be an interesting society involved with Thes and his kin. Most of the book flowed easily. I would be interested in reading the next book just to see where it goes.

4 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary: Never explore an ancient Egyptian tomb. That was the first rule of adventuring. It was right before never, ever be the last one alone inside. Thes Mercer did both of those things. Now, this Alpha werewolf has just one goal, to get back home before Ancient Egypt is engulfed in a turf war of godly proportions.

It’s too bad he broke the third rule of adventuring, too. Don’t fall in love with the mummy princess.

Goodreads Author Info:

8560615When J. A. Cipriano was in second grade, his teacher gave everyone in class a journal to write down whatever they wanted. Their first subject was to write about something they didn’t like. J. A. chose to write about why he didn’t like writing. His reasoning was simple. He had bad handwriting. Even then, he was destined to be an engineer due to his messy scrawl.

Unfortunately, he found through the course of this little adventure that he actually liked writing. That year was sort of the high point for his writing career because he won a writing contest for the state. He got to go to a big dinner and his teacher was all dressed up.

He kept writing little stories, year after year, and in sixth grade, won another contest. In seventh grade, he broke his arm and got the cast signed by both Dean Koontz and Stan Lee. It is, by far, the coolest cast he’s owned. That was about the time he found video games and anime. His writing turned mostly toward fanfiction until about ninth grade when he wrote his first novel, a small book about twenty thousand words called Revelations. In sophomore year, he wrote two more books to complete the trilogy because he saw Star Wars that year and learned trilogies were the cool thing to do.

He rewrote Revelations during his senior year, and his wife swears it is the best thing he’s written. J.A. is not so sure. Every time he reads it, he cringes, but then again, he hates everything he writes, so there is that.

It was about that time, he got heavily involved in a fanfiction writing group, but that isn’t one hundred percent accurate. It was a world based on a popular anime but everything was created especially for this world. It made it so that every story someone wrote was unique.

Imagine writing a Star Wars novel set 1,000 years after A New Hope, where everything that happened was a distant memory and you get the idea. You have the force, some distant memories of the past, and that’s pretty much it.

He wrote about a million words (863K to be exact) for them before he decided to do his own thing. He wrote another novel. He put it in a drawer. He wrote another one that eventually became the basis for The Hatter is Mad. His next novel was Kill It With Magic, his first real novel. It’s not bad, but it’s bumpy. This is unfortunate because the books get loads better as the series progresses.

Since then, he’s written six more novels, four of which are in the Lillim Callina Series, and one in the Abby Banks series. The other is stuck in a drawer for time undetermined. He’s writing his next book now which is about werewolves fighting mummies in Ancient Egypt. After that, he will move onto Abby Banks 2. The Spy Within will come out in June or July.

J.A. also has three chinchillas. Two of them are grey, and because of this, they are named Slate and Cadmium. The third is named Jet because he’s black, and Jet is old English for black. See, creative. He also has a cat named Turtle. This does pose problems for his two-year-old from time to time.

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