The Jumbee Book Review

The Jumbee
Author: Pamela Keyes
Pages: 400 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Published: October 14th

What an amazing story. This book captivated me since the moment I read the first paragraph. I read this entire book in one day! It is like nothing that I have ever read before. I usually read the back of the book and the sleeve to find out a little about the book before I get into it and when I read that it was A Phantom of the Opera with a Carribean twist, I just had to read it to find out what "The Jumbee" was. I am not familiar with The Phantom of the Opera and after reading this book, I have caught an interest in learning more about it. The author did an amazing job at the historical aspect of the West Indies and beautifully described the Carribean with it's locals cultures and way of living. Overall, this book is something else I never expected to read and it caught me by surprise. I recommend this book. 

Esti is an aspiring actress who's overshadowed by her extremely talented and celebrity father. After her father dies she's determined to shine on her own and has moved with her mother to the Carribean to attend a school of theater. After a tragic accident, she encounters a voice that helps her through her auditions in leading the lead role of Juliet in an upcoming play of Romeo and Juliet. As she settles in with the life of the carribean her long lost friend arrives to the island who she hasn't spoken too since she was five. After hearing his reputation on the island, she's skeptical about opening up to him. Esti begins lying to her mom and when strange things begin to happen in the theater, Rumors are spread about Esti. Esti's wants to know the truth behind "The Jumbee" and when she does, she's forcced to choose. 

This story is so capitvating because it's a story that can happen in real life. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more book of Pamela Keys.

Summary: When Esti Legard starts theater school on Cariba, she's determined to step out of the shadow of her late father, a famous Shakespearean actor. But on an island rife with superstition, Esti canÕt escape the darkness. In the black of the theater, an alluring phantom voiceÑknown only as AlanÑbecomes her brilliant drama tutor, while in the light of day Esti struggles to resist her magnetic attraction to Rafe, the local bad boy. Toppled sets, frightening rumors of jumbee ghosts, and brewing tropical storms culminate in a tantalizingly spooky finale where romance sizzles and truths are unmasked.
Laced with eerie mystery and the lush scenery of the West Indies, this modern Phantom is perfect for readers who like their love stories served with spine-tingling suspense.

1 comment:

  1. The story of the Phantom is the some-what the same. Except it isn't set in the Caribbean.

    Christine Daaé is an opera singer/actress in the Paris Opera House where the legend has it that the Phantom of the Opera haunts it.
    The Phantom, Erik, disfigured is Christine's singing coach and the Angel of Music her father promised to send her after his death.
    Raoul is her childhood friend and love throughout the play/movie.

    The movie is fantastic, watch it, unless you don't like musicals. Hopefully this gives you a more interest in checking out The Phantom of the Opera :)


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