WARNING: This is a review for a second book in a series so spoilers are a possibility. You can read my review on book 1, Being Jamie Baker, here. You may also skip to the OVERALL and rating part.
Title: More Than Jamie Baker
Author: Kelly Oram
Expected Publication: October 15, 2013
Format: ARC ebook
Series: Jamie Baker #2
Acquisition: From the author
Purchase at: Amazon
Of all of the Kelly Oram books, I think this is the most disappointing one for me. I think that is mostly because I fell so in love with Being Jamie Baker that I had high expectations for this book.
When I started reading this book, it opened up with Jamie Baker and her now BFF Becky Eastman, and they were now in college. And then a drunk Mike Driscoll shows up. A lot of things happen. But in my mind, I just kept on asking “Where is Ryan Miller? Gimme Ryan Miller.” And he does show up a lot in the book, which is just wonderful. He’s my favorite part in the whole book. There was even a really perfect Jamie-Ryan scene that I wish the book ended right there, but it didn’t and it went downhill from there.
I know I like Kelly Oram’s straightforward men, but when she put in Teodoro Vivenzio, my balloon of love got a little deflated. I hated how Teddy kept on making a move on Jamie. Since I’m a big Ryan Miller fan, I took it all too personally. If he played nice, I might have liked him. But he was just really awful. He just went way too far. I had a bad feeling about him from the start.
There’s a lot more action in this book as Jamie embraces her powers and her ability to save other people. I like how she becomes a modern superhero, and how she just really likes helping out other people. But there’s also more evil lurking about that might take more than superpowers to defeat. There are a couple of very evil people that I just really hated.
I think the part that really broke my heart was the ending. It was just so awful that I couldn’t have imagined it to ever happen. It was just so soap-opera-cliche that I was so frustrated by it. It was so bad that I’m conflicted whether it is good or bad having a sequel to my beloved Being Jamie Baker. It just really made me go “WTF” which I don’t think often about a book. I do hope it gets better in the final book. Kelly Oram has a lot of damage control to do, but I will definitely read it. It makes me wonder if she shouldn’t write series books.
OVERALL, More Than Jamie Baker is pretty much a mixed bag for me. There were parts that were annoying, but there were also parts that I really really loved. I think my worst frustration about this book is how much I hate the ending. It’s like it’s forcing me to read the next book, which I don’t really need because I would have done it any other way. I wish More Than Jamie Baker didn’t end like that, but nothing I could do about it. Despite my disappointment in this sequel, I would still definitely read the last installment because I believe in Kelly Oram’s writing and I think it would turn out well. Plus, I need to see more of the sweet and charming Ryan Miller. I will also buy this book just for the perfect Jamie-Ryan moment.
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
- I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.