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Lissa's Review: Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1) by Kelly Oram

Reviewer Purchase Publisher: Bluefields Released: June 14th 2010 Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Romance Length: 353 pages Format: Ebook, Paperback Add to Goodreads Buy Links

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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?

Five Boundless Stars

I had been thinking lately, I had really wanted to read a YA

1) with a strong female character

2) that had powers and

3) was also witty.

I know weird little combo. But one day as I’m scrolling down my newsfeed, this story popped up. I knew by the cover. I don’t read much of the blurbs/synopsis’s when I decide on a book to read. It’s just a habit, I like to be surprised. Especially, love it, when I find a story that just stands out. Jamie Baker aka Ice Queen, some of her classmates gave that nickname. In Sacramento, CA. Is just a little misunderstood. She’s keeping everyone away from a secret, one that can be very lethal. Then one day Ryan decides to annoy her, with an unusual request. Everything just begins from there. I loved the build up, this wasn’t a slow drowsy story. It was more fast paced, the way I like it. I really loved Jamie. She may seem at first to be this scared girl, afraid of something that happened in her past. Blaming herself for something, she really had no control over. But through out the story she grows. She becomes stronger, realizing that the powers she has, she can control. Her and Ryan’s relationship. It felt real, I could tell he really cared for her in his own Ryanish way. She was able to overcome so much, by the end of this I was proud of her. It also touches on a lot of issues teens go through. “… Because you kissed me that day. I expected the ice queen and got a funny, go-with-the-flow girl that didn’t care that anyone thought about her. A girl willing to stir up gossip just so that I could win a date with someone else.” This is really a brilliant start to a series. Overall, I really loved it and I can’t wait to read the second one in the series. “.. they don’t understand you. They won’t even listen to me long enough to let me explain.”

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