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Friday, August 13, 2010

Book Review: Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Bluefields
Pages: 360
Source: Received from author for honest review

Summary: An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High's resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

My Review: Being Jamie Baker was a cute and fun debut by Kelly. The great character development and superpower plot captured me immediately. Jamie, was an absorbing protagonist. I really loved peeling back her personality traits and discovering her true nature. I empathized with her longing to be normal. After a tragic accident, Jamie was left with an electrical supercharge that ran down her body. In the heat of a moment, Jamie was extremely dangerous and a possible threat to others. Because of that, she kept her distance at school and remained a loner. Yet, that all changed when Ryan was dared by his best friend to kiss her. Ryan, made the book for me. He was honest, charming and at times cocky. That kiss between Ryan and Jamie was fiery and full of surprises.

Their relationship was quite entertaining. Jamie had a tendency of pulling away, while Ryan was adamant in getting to know her. Seemingly, they were made for each other. He had a way of either calming her anger or igniting it even more. Throughout the novel, their relationship progressed back and forth. Personally, that was the only flaw in this book, I found their situation to be a little repetitive at times. Besides that, I was pleased to see other elements surfaced, such as the government who were interested in Jamie's powers. The ending concluded very well and left me wanting to read more books by Kelly. She has a knack for writing addictive story lines and introducing characters you can't help but love.

(Read Chapter 1 here)

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Author's Info:

Kelly Oram is a stay home mother of three children, who recently escaped the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for a small town in Arizona. She wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. Being Jamie Baker is her debut novel.

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Kate said...

Great review. I want to know more about Jamie's superhuman abilities!

Orchid said...

I definitely want to read Being Jamie Baker now. Thanks for the review. ^_^

Janelle said...

This sounds like the type of read I would enjoy! I'm looking forward to it!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Hey Eleni!

I really enjoyed this one too. And the trailer is ADORABLE! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Great review.. I have this one on my shelf to read..

I also wanted to let you know that I started a new weekly post called, Link Your Reviews.. I hope you can make time to stop in and check it out and participate! =)

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