10/18/2013

(ARC) Book Review: More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

More Than Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #2)
by Kelly Oram
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: October 15th 2013 by Bluefields
Format Acquired: eARC (thanks, Kelly!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Jamie Baker, the only girl in the world with superpowers, has now accepted who she is and learned to control her power. Not to mention she has the best boyfriend on the planet. Life is finally looking good. But the day she witnesses an accident and decides not to save the guy out of fear of being exposed, she realizes that simply being Jamie Baker isn't enough.

After seeing Jamie so wrecked with guilt, the ever-helpful Ryan Miller decides it's time to make all of his fantasies about turning his girlfriend into an honest-to-goodness superhero become a reality.

Of course, coming up with a decent Super Name and fending off all of Ryan's attempts to get her into spandex aren't the only problems Jamie faces. The more her alter ego starts to make headlines, the harder it becomes for Jamie to hide her extracurricular activities from her best friend, the government, radical scientists, and the mysterious new guy who is determined to steal her from her boyfriend.
Back by popular demand, Kelly Orams brings readers the second installment of the now Jamie Baker trilogy. To be honest I think the fans were craving for more Jamie and Ryan instead of Jamie's superawesomeness so they demanded a follow up. Ha! That's alright though because I personally wanted to see more of Ryan. And, uh, Jamie's superpowers. Of course! *coughs*

In More Than Jamie Baker, Jamie knows how to control her power in any given situation. She's more cautious now than she was in the first book because she didn't want a repeat of the last time she let her guard down and almost exposed herself to the public. However after an accident she consciously didn't do anything to stop, she decided that she had to do something about it. She wanted to quit being guilty and make up for what she failed to do. Naturally, Ryan had a few ideas up his sleeve to help her out once again.

I didn't think it was possible for Jamie and Ryan to get any cuter but here they definitely did! Since Jamie knew how to keep her powers at bay whenever her all too adorable boyfriend got too close, they could afford to get plenty touchy-feely in public. They even came up with a name to describe Jamie's charged up kisses, 'superkisses.' With Ryan's help, Jamie was able to device a plan for her to break out of her shell and become the superhero she's bound to be. All that power should be put to good use after all. I like how simple it was for the pair to come up with Jamie's costume and how she'd track down the bad guys. It was all fun and light. It kind of reminds me of the movie Sky High. It was action packed and intense but it wasn't heavy. I like the new Jamie Baker - definitely an improvement from the previous book.

What makes Jamie even better now, aside from her superhero secret identity that is, is that she's finally more confident and sociable. She's gotten closer to Ryan's bestfriend Becky after their misunderstanding in highschool. It was great seeing this new side to Jamie - a happier one that's not afraid to make friends. The downside however is that she's become more open to other people - people who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Enter mysterious new guy... who, let's just say, is shady but in some ways adorable.

I like the action, the Ryan time, even the new guy (fine) but what I liked the most was the cliffhanger... IT WAS INSANE!!! It's exactly the kind of cliffhanger that will both scare you and make you crave for the next book. Kelly Oram - that was sneaky. Really really sneaky. 4 stars for Jamie Baker, my favorite superhero. ;)