Sunday, 12 January 2014

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram (Review)


Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural
Number of Pages: 353
For ages 13+

"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?" -Goodreads

So I had just finished Allegiant. I was a mess. Seriously a sobbing mess. And I was in DIRE need of a new, bubbly, somewhat happy book. And this book seemed like the perfect solution. I've LOVED Kelly Oram's other books like, The Avery Shaw Experiment, which I reviewed! You can find that here! And V is for Virgin. Both AWESOME! So, I was pretty positive I was going to like this one.

At first, I was a bit skeptical about the "superhero powers" thing. I'm not really into the whole super hero vibe, but hey! It's good to try new things. And goodness gracious, I'm so glad I did.

Jamie Baker is your average girl. She goes to high school... Uh... Actually that's about the only average thing about her. She goes to high school. What is most definitely not average about her is the fact that she has, oh yeah! SUPER HUMAN QUALITIES? That's not average. And that caused lots of issues in for Jamie in this book. And I seriously felt so bad for the girl. And due to the fact that she was basically a super hero, minus the saving part, Jamie wasn't the sweetest girl at her school. But can you blame her? Luckily, a handsome quarter back with the name of Ryan changes things up. And I'm sure all of you know by now what this means... *Cue the sighs*

... He was so stinking swoon worthy. I had to say it guys, I had to. Because it is seriously so true. The guy swept me off my feet the moment he talked to Jamie. I was a goner. (For a fictional character, once again. I know, this is an issue.) And from then on, I was Team Ryan all the way. Sometimes he could come off as a bit arrogant, but it was kind of charming in a way? The boy knew what he wanted, that's for sure. And no matter what Jamie said to sway him, he was not giving up. Thank goodness for that. I loved that he wasn't afraid of Jamie for what she was. He was willing to help her. Seriously, guys, you have no idea how many times I wanted to squeal like the teenage girl I am because of some of the things he said. What's that? You want an example? Well, if you insist! (I was gonna share one anyway, but we'll just pretend you all were begging for one.)

"After that day, every time I was with you I got brief glimpses of the real Jamie, the one who is dying to break out, and she was this fun, relaxed,
smart, funny, caring girl. Finding out the truth about you only made you that much more incredible. You’re so strong. You’ve gone through so much,
you’re going through so much, but you never stop trying. You’re amazing.” -Ryan Miller 

Uhh... CAN YOU SEE WHY NOW? Oh my gravy... That's only one example. That's just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to Ryan. BUT, you all will have to read the book to get the rest of the swoony-ness. Let's just say this is yet another example of why I have extremely unrealistic expectations for teenage boys. Oh... and he's goin' on the list.  You know? The super lengthy one I have filled with swoon worthy boys? (And goodness gracious my paragraph about Ryan's swoony-ness was the longest one on this post. I have a problem. I admit it.)

While I was a bit wary at the beginning of this book, it exceeded my expectations. I was filled with laughs, sighs, and sitting on the edge of my seat moments. (Well, the edge of my figurative seat) 5 of 5 diva crowns! I would recommend this book to people who love a bit of supernatural with their romance. And if you are more of a fan of contemporary romance, I would still recommend this book. Shake things up a bit! I'm telling you, you are going to love it.

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In case any of you were wondering what I was listening to while reading this book I was listening to Mindy Gledhill's album, Anchor, and if YOU are looking for a great playlist for a book you're reading make sure to check out my post on a playlist for any kind of genre! You can find that here!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you all had a great weekend and I hope your week is filled with *SPARKLES!*



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