More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
E-ARC: 249 pages
Release Date: 15 October 2013
Age Level: Young Adult
Source: Provided by the author
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.Do you ever find yourself reading a book and enjoying it so much, you can't help but sneak in some reading any spare second you have? Well, More Than Jamie Baker was definitely one of those books for me. It had action, suspense, humor, drama, romance, a super-powered kick-butt heroine, you name it. After having loved the first book in this series, Being Jamie Baker, I didn't think I could like any following Jamie stories more. Oh boy, was I wrong or what?!
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.
I'm going to put a warning right out here in the beginning: if you haven't read Being Jamie Baker yet, do not continue reading this post. I mean it. Stop right now! As is common for sequels, there are going to be spoilers for the first book, and I really don't want to ruin anything for you. I'm already trying hard enough to omit spoilers from this book in this review! So as I was saying, if you haven't read the first book yet, stop reading this review. Go download it, fall in love with Jamie's story and then after you're done reading it, I'll be more than happy to let you read this rambling thing I sometimes call a review. And we're moving on...
I was extremely happy to see Jamie be so much more playful in this book. She still has a little bit of her Ice Queen quirks, but for the most part, she's really changed things around. When we meet back up with Jamie, she's attending college and rooming with her best friend, Becky. Her relationship with Ryan is strong, and growing stronger, since he is also going to the same college and Jamie has learned to gain more control of her abilities. As much as I like that Jamie is coming into her own more, I felt she was rather careless in this book. There's an accident in the beginning involving Mike, Ryan's best friend, getting seriously injured. There was a point where she saw what was going to happen, so she could have saved Mike. However, her self-preservation kicked in and she couldn't bring herself to use her powers in front of the crowd, so she didn't save him. Naturally, she felt super guilty about that afterward. However, as is pointed out to her numerous times, this was a very sensible thing to do. Then after that, she's just so reckless. She sneaks into the hospital, uses her powers to ward off people trailing her and even exposes herself to a new friend. After having been so careful and stuff during the first book - and evading creepy stalker scientist Mr. E - I thought for sure she'd be smarter about her secret and pay more attention to signs that things might not be quite right. She fell right into every trap and was kind of, well like I said before, reckless. She's really the one who gave herself away. Though it was tough for me to see everything that she couldn't, I can understand the sense of freedom she has now that she can be more like herself. But still. I did like seeing her go all superhero, though. It was a nice switch from being so reclusive in the first book, to putting herself out there - albeit in costume - and helping people. She really is quite an amazing person.
Ryan is charming as ever. Sometimes I think he's not so good for Jamie, because he's the one that suggests she put herself in danger and start doing superhero deeds, but he does understand it's something that would make her feel better after not saving Mike. He really is such a romantic, arrogant, wonderful guy... the perfect guy for Jamie. His love for her is so strong and real, it practically oozes off the page. I love him. I love him, I love him, I love him!
In this sequel, we're introduced to a new character, Teddy. Jamie and Becky meet Teddy on campus right before Mike's accident, which kind of bonds them in the tragedy, since he was there as well. The girls really warm up to him, but from the get-go, I wasn't sure if they should trust him. I wanted to trust him so bad, for their sakes! But, since Jamie didn't seem to be paying enough attention to things, I felt like I had to watch her back or something. It made me suspicious of everyone. I mean, do you even remember the whole Mr. E thing? It's like nobody is safe for our gal to trust in this world! Well, other than her parents, Ryan and maybe even Carter. But anyway, as for Teddy, he'd have to prove himself to me. I know, I'm weird. I'm most certainly not going to spoil any story bits, so you'll just have to read the book and find out if Jamie was right to trust him or if I was right to be wary. I know, I'm evil. Bwahaha!
I found the pacing to be perfect. Parts that needed to go quickly, did. Scenes that needed a little more time were given that time. The writing, as always, was well done and entertaining. There is so much going on, that having that amazing balance is a true testament to Kelly's writing prowess. This is the third book I've read from Kelly Oram and I have to say, I am definitely a fan. I think my one and only complaint is I wish her books were offered in physical copies, instead of strictly digital. I can tell you right now, if they were, all my friends and family would have at least one of her books, compliments of me. Other than that small disappointment, I really can't help but love everything I've read from this wonderful author thus far. Keep them coming, Kelly!
Like I said earlier, I got totally wrapped up in this story. Not only do we have Teddy flirting with Jamie every chance he gets, but there are Visticorp creepers lurking around every corner, and someone even gets shot! Secrets are being told, lies are being revealed, friendships are tested and lives are put in danger. There's even a seriously shocking ending that will leave you gasping for air! Needless to say, our super-girl has never had her hands more full.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed More Than Jamie Baker. It is an amazing adventure that is sure to have readers clamoring for the next book. If you're looking for a little more spark in your reading, be sure to check out the Jamie Baker series. You seriously won't regret it.
A favorite quote: “That's right. I, Jamie Baker, the world's only superpowered girl, come complete with supersenses, deadly lightning bolts, and - you guessed it - the ability to superkiss someone.
Evildoers of the world, beware.”*
* I originally had a different quote, but then I thought it was too spoilery, so I had to change it. This makes me sad, but I definitely don't want to ruin anything for ya. I can't wait until you read it, though! EEE!