Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.
And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.
Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.
Published in US: Dec 2011
Not sure if there'll be a sequel, but I wouldn't mind one
Source: Netgalley

My Review:
   This is my first book by Jennifer Barnes, and I was really drawn in by her writing style. This is a refreshing idea--being fully human one day and then paranormal the next! She executed this idea very well, and I also liked that in an parallel universe where paranormal creatures were discovered by Darwin, it is even more strange to not know what exactly she is.
    The main character is strong, and selfless, so much its admiral and painful all at the same time. She'd distanced herself from people for so long, but when she tries to save a classmate and gets stuck along the ride with her, along with letting in a social pariah of the school, she realizes just how much she can lose. I enjoyed watching these relationships develop, and I think I was in almost as much pain as Kali at an unfortunate turn that broke my heart.
     Skylar is a great secondary character and she made me think of Luna in the Harry Potter series. This innocence and wisdom you can't help but love. And oh her brothers, lol. They appear from everywhere and it was fun how they advanced the plot.
    I was very suprised about some of the plot twists, including Zev, Kali's mother, and the story behind her father. The writing is suspenseful and I loved where the story took me.
    The ending tied up things pretty well, but I'd still love to read a sequel and find out more about what happens to Kali.

   What did you think of this book and/or my review?
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  1. I started reading this but didn't make it past the few pages. After reading your review, I will definitely give it a second shot.


  2. Like Deborah above me, *points up*, I made it a few pages in and then went to something else. I will definitely be giving it another shot soon though. College has put me in a very picky reading mood so maybe if I go back to this after the semester is out, I'll be able to get into it more and fully enjoy it. Thanks for the great review!


    1. I feel ya. I get in moods where I can't get into half of what I try to read.

  3. I just picked this up from my local library. Looking forward to reading it. :)

  4. I loved Skylar too-she was my favorite character due to her optimism and psychic powers! Due to that, I'm not a big fan of a sequel but I'd probably still read one anyway.


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