Saturday, October 2, 2010

[ARC Review] - The Jumbee

Title: The Jumbee
Author: Pamela Keyes
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: October 14, 2010

I received this book for review from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations.

Summary:  Esti Legard starts theater school on Cariba, she's determined to step out of the shadow of her late father, a famous actor.  But on an island rife with superstition, Esti can't escape the darkness. In the black of the theater, an alluring phantom voice--known only as Alan-- becomes her brilliant drama tutor, while in the light of day Esti struggles to resist her magnetic attraction to Rafe, the local bad boy. When socking accidents begin on the set of Romeo and Juliet, the islanders are sure the theater is haunted by a jumbee. Is Esti's secret mentor a wicked ghost. And what will it cost her--and those she loves--to unmask the truth?

Thoughts: Esti has started a new theater school in the Cariba in the hopes of finding herself, as well as setting herself apart from her famous father.  She befriends two different guys, the mysterious Alan who helps with her acting and bad boy Rafe. She's attracted to both.  But when accidents start happening on the set she doesn't know who to trust. Uncovering secrets could be very dangerous for her.

Esti's story is a modern day Phantom of the Opera with a twist.  This book really caught my eye because of the Phantom of the Opera connection.  I love the musical and the movie.  The cover art is beautiful as well. Alluring and eerie at the same time.  Inside The Jumbee you will find mystery and romance.  While I prefer the original Phantom of the Opera, this book turned out to be a captivating read.  Esti is an interesting character to read about.  I recommend this book especially if you have love for the musical or the theater.

Score: 3 Stars

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Other titles by Pamela Keyes:
The Rune of Zachary Zimbalist
The Legend of Zamiel Zimbalist


  1. I found Jumbee to be good reading during the first half, but then lost steam.

    Also, can no one come up with an original idea? The Phantom story has been re-written way too many times.

  2. I thought just the opposite - the story really picks up in the second half and becomes a page turner.

    Although the story draws from the Phantom of the Opera, it has many original twists, not the least of which is the setting and tie in to Carribean culture.

  3. I've had my eye on this one, thanks for the informative review!

  4. The Caribbean setting was a nice change.



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