October 15, 2010

Review: The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes



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.
 
Only her intriguing new friend, the elusive Alan, shares her passion for Shakespeare. Hiding in the dark recesses of the theater, he leads Esti deep into her own soul to explore the limits of her talent. When Esti's childhood best friend moves to the island and back into her life, however, Alan disappears. Rocked by growing accusations of befriending a jumbee, Esti realizes she must find out who – or what – Alan really is. She is soon forced to defy everyone and everything she’s ever believed in, as she plunges into the mysteries of Shakespeare and the legends of the West Indians, discovering shocking truths about her own past that will forever shape her future.
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The Jumbee is an entertaining, fast-paced read.  Teenage love triangles are all the rage and this one delivers with a bang!  I was very pleased with Pamela's writing and ability to tell a fascinating story.  Four stars.

Penguin Group (USA)  
October 14, 2010
400 pages
$17.99 US

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Disclosure: I received this product for free.  Opinions expressed are 100% mine.




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