Friday, October 4, 2013

Book Club Friday: Being Jamie Baker

By now y'all know my love for bargain e-books and YA novels, especially the fluffy teen romances.

Two of those books this year have been by Kelly Oram. I first discovered her writing with V is for Virgin, and this summer, I read The Avery Shaw Experiment

Kelly Oram has a great relationship with book bloggers. I was happy to buy her books, but thrilled to sign up to receive a (digital) ARC of More Than Jamie Baker, plus an e-copy of Being Jamie Baker. Getting books for free, by an author I already love, in exchange for reviews I would already write? Yes, please!

And to celebrate the debut of More Than Jamie Baker (coming soon!), you can buy the first book for just $.99. A total steal!

More Than Jamie Baker, the second book in the Jamie Baker series by Kelly Oram, is almost here! 

Haven't read book one yet? No problem! 
For a limited time Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1) is available for $.99 on Amazon and Barnes&Noble!

Don't miss out on this electrifying tale of superpowers, bad guys, and heart-stopping kisses. Literally, heart-stopping...

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?

Y'all, I seriously loved this book so much. Part of it is definitely my interest in the genre of "fiction that's completely realistic except for this one thing that makes it totally unlikely and yet, it still seems pretty realistic." See: Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries and All-American Girl for other examples.

I loved it so much that I lost sleep over it. Yeah. I haven't stayed up late to finish a book in ages!

Although I obviously stay up late to blog, seeing as it's after midnight as I write this.

Jamie's superpowers are pretty awesome, and I love the evolution of her relationship with her powers. Her real hair color and eye color is a funny quirk that add yet another layer to the mystery and difficult of being a teenager with superpowers. 

Ryan is adorable, LET'S BE HONEST. Seriously, can we be besties? I like him. A lot.

So there was a twist or two in the book, depending on how strong your reading comprehension is. Like I totally guessed one revelation almost immediately, but another I only thought was a possibility then changed my mind because of a clever red herring then ended up surprised. 

One more vague, spoiler-free word of praise. 

There is an arc from the first book to the second, which I hope picks up again in the third, that is so impressive and so important in YA fiction that I plan on analyzing it in detail. I will wait a few weeks after More Than Jamie Baker debuts before posting it, and yes, I will post all sorts of spoiler warnings at the beginning of the post! Kelly does something very very very well in these two books, something that I would like to see more often in all forms of entertainment, but especially in the young adult genre. 

Being Jamie Baker was an exciting book that I couldn't put down. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves teen romances with a side of the supernatural! 

Once again, I'm linking up for Book Club Friday!

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