Dec 16, 2012

REVIEW: Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #1) by Kelly Oram

First off check out this trailer and tell me if it doesn't immediately make you want to read this book? 

It's like the coolest book trailer ever. And so cute. It had me laughing before I even got the book. All good signs. I just had to get it and read it right away. I wasn't disappointed and you wouldn't be either after reading this totally awesome book.

What a wonderful debut from this author. It's been out a good while now but better late that never and it's my first read from this author and won't be my last. 

"Most superhero stories start with a meteor shower or a nasty insect bite, but mine actually starts with a kiss. Whether it was a kiss of life or a
kiss of death I still haven’t decided, but it was, surprisingly, a really good kiss."

Let's start with out characters,

Jamie Baker is a seventeen year old girl, who moved away to a new place after a freak accident that killed her boyfriend and gave her enhanced physical abilities or superpowers. It also turned her hair green and her eyes are now yellow. She hides this by dying her hair black and wearing coloured contacts. She can run as fast as  the speed of light, she has enhanced senses, that is, her senses of smell, sight, hearing and touch is enhanced and her emotions when heightened causes high volts of electric energy to burst forth.

Jamie is a loner, she keeps to herself, that is until Ryan Miller comes into the picture threatening that with his boyish good looks and sexy smirk and his over-confidence that somehow makes him very charming.

Ryan Miller is one of the most popular guys in school. He's the quarterback on the football team and he's seriously good looking, with his blonde hair and sexy blue eyes. He's one of those characters that take you off guard because his personality is anything but what you expected it to be. He's cocky and self-assured yes, but he's always very sweet, caring, heroic and very persistent, especially when it comes to Jamie.

After Jamie kisses Ryan helping him win a bet mainly because he surprises her with his honesty, Jamie can't seem to shake him. He wants to go out with her but for obvious reasons of self-preservation and for his safety, she's very reluctant and non-agreeable.

“I kissed Ryan, and it charged him up like a freaking Duracell."- Jamie

After a freakish accident in school where Jamie saves someone getting hurt in the process and walking away unscathed, witnessed by schoolmates, she has some explaining to do.

Ryan learns the truth about her because he already seems to know too much and well she trusts him and with good instincts too because he's very trustworthy and he's not easily scared off. He's willing to be with Jamie at the risk of being fried in the process  He wants to be with her that much.

I really loved Ryan's character  I love him as a hero. Love how he's always there for Jamie and that he wants to be with her even when he risks losing all his friends because they think she's a freak and even when Jamie doesn't think she's good enough for him because he could do so much better.

There was a lot for Jamie to work through and the pressures of controlling her powers to avoid exposure  and to be able to have a semblance of a relationship with Ryan. There are  many hazards that come with Being Jamie Baker but she could do it for herself, her family and Ryan.

A lot of things to love from the book and there's a short story from Ryan's POV called "Kissing Jamie Baker" that you can read on the author's blog here. There's also a second book "More Than Jamie Baker." The release date is uncertain but there's a blurb and the release date according to Goodreads is 2014. (So long to wait but at least there's another one so I'll try to be patient).

5/5 stars!

For more from Kelly Oram check her blog here 

Kelly has a new book out now 
"V is for Virgin" (it's on my reading list)


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