Monday, November 8, 2010

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Book:  Being Jamie Baker
Author:  Kelly Oram
Published:  June 14, 2010 from Bluefields Publishing
My edition/number of pages:  PB/353

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Publisher
Series?:  Not that I know of.

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?

Being Jamie Baker was a refreshingly cute story.  I was pulled into the story with the very first sentence and from there it just got better.  I read straight through and I can’t help but want more.

Jamie Baker is the Ice Queen.  That all changes when she kisses Ryan Miller.  She doesn’t think it will change anything but she doesn’t know Ryan.  That one kiss leaves him wanting more and he is not going to give up easily. Jamie would love to cave but she knows what could happen if she did.  She could kill Ryan.  The only problem is that Ryan isn’t the only one trying to learn Jamie’s secrets.  Someone else with much more sinister intentions is too.

Being Jamie Baker is an amazing book.  I loved how easy it was to be drawn into the story.  Jamie was such an honest character and she was going through so much.  I couldn’t help but relate to her.  She wanted to be normal but she knew it would never happen.  She also knew that Ryan wouldn’t give up.  He was so funny.  He was sexy, cocky, and so happy!  He lightened the mood of the book and I just loved reading about him and his relationship with Jamie.

The plot seemed a little slow at first but the book did not drag.  The reluctant romance really helped the pace of the book and I was never bored.  The plot picked up at the end and there were some surprises that I definitely didn’t see coming.

Overall, Being Jamie Baker is an incredible debut novel from Kelly Oram.  It was a fun, light-hearted read and I can’t wait to see what Kelly Oram has in store for readers next.

First line:  Most superhero stories start with a meteor shower or a nasty insect bite, but mine actually starts with a kiss.

Writing:  5

Characters:  4

Plot:  4

Ending:  5

Originality:  5

Overall:  23=A-

Cover:  5=A++

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