Title: The Jumbee
Author: Pamela Keyes
Published: Dial, 2010
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First Line: "'Paul is dead!'"
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Esti Legard spent her childhood in the Shakespearean world of her famous father, and when he died, she knew she could never give up acting. After she and her mother move to a Caribbean island for her senior year, she realizes that nothing at her new school's theater department is quite as it seems. Stunned by the death of a fellow student on her first day of class, Esti is soon surrounded by legends of the wicked jumbees that haunt the West Indies. She finds herself snubbed by the school’s star actress and relegated to a minor part in Romeo and Juliet.
Review: The Jumbee is a very interesting title. Before I started the book I had no idea what a Jumbee could be. I think thats one of the things that kept me reading at the start, I was really curious as to what a Jumbee was. But right off the bat I did love reading The Jumbee.
It was something a lot different to anything I've read for a while so it was quite refreshing and something that I enjoyed a lot. It has a lot of Shakespeare references in it which I thought was really awesome. As a huge Shakespeare fan I can say that it was definitely something I enjoyed a lot. I would also say that I don't think you have to like Shakespeare or even understand Shakespeare to get into the story. It doesn't take away from the enjoyment one bit.
I really liked Esti as a character. There were some moments she annoyed me a bit when it came to Alan, but for the most part she was a pretty cool character. Rafe too, I think he was my favourite character in the book to be honest.
Supposedly The Jumbee is based on The Phantom of the Opera, which I roughly know the story line but have never seen. However, reading The Jumbee has made me very curious and I'm thinking I'll look into the Phantom of the Opera.
Overall, The Jumbee is a very captivating and satisfying read. Whenever I'd sit down to read it I ended up reading far longer than I had planned to. It's quite addictive and had me on the edge of my seat turning pages right up until the very end. I definitely recommend this one!
Source: Copy for review from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations Inc.
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