A Review of Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Rise of the Jumbies is the second book in The Jumbies Series. Following the events in the first book things have started to settle down, but for Corinne, she notices that people are starting to treat her differently. To make matters worse children are starting to go mysteriously missing again. The fingers land on Corinne this time. So she decides to take matters into her own hands to clear her name and bring back the missing children.

This was a quick and easy read and not because of the page count. The pacing was fast but in a good way. A number of times I thought to myself, what will Corinne do now? Where is the story going? But the author did not leave me hanging, in fact, I was left on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next.

With the introduction of new Jumbies, I found myself falling in love with the lore all over again. I loved Mama D’Leau’s character and the mermaids. There were so many heartwarming parts and lessons to take away from this. I didn’t feel like the book was preaching to me like I do sometimes when I read other children’s stories. Instead, I felt the lessons flowed organically through natural storytelling. As always the language and imagery were out of this world. I especially loved the way the author described the setting and characters. That’s one thing I love about the author’s writing style it’s as rich and beautiful as the cover art.

I would give this a 5/5 easily, for keeping me entertained the whole way through and for the wonderful lore and storytelling.

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