Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Review #12 [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.


Greetings fellow book reading loverssss! I am back and bearing a new review for the new year. It's Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Barnes is more known for her -- Raised By Wolves series. Anyway, the synopsis above is clear enough to let you know the premise of the book. 

Kali - is our distraught, lonely, confused, and might I add dangerous heroine. Kali has been dealing with an odd phenomenon that's been happening to her ever since she was 12. By day she's human; by night she's....well not. And, there in lies the problem. Just what the heck is Kali? She spends a good middle portion of the book figuring that out. Oh! But, don't worry it doesn't drag rather it keeps you attentive. Besides that Kali and the gang (who will be introduced) are trying to figure out what the hell is going on in their little neighborhood. We got both bad and good people doing what their not supposed to be doing. And, Kali seems to be smack dab in the middle of it all.

Our hero - Kali's shall I say "other half" (and you'll understand what I mean when you read it) is Zev. I like him, I do. He may just make my "favorite hero" list. But, there's something different about Zev. For almost the entire book - key word "almost" he's not there physically. Rather he's there psycially. With Kali. He guides on her quest for answers, on her quest to find him.

Side characters - Bethany, Skylar, and Elliot get pulled into the action. Well, for at least one of them they had no choice. Their great companions to Kali. Considering everything they find out and experienced I LOVED how they stuck by her no matter how many times she said she didn't need them, especially Skylar. It may seem annoying "oh, why can't they just listen to her!". But, honestly I'm glad they didn't. Because Kali needed them, and they needed her. And, even if they were a bit skeptically and hesitant *coughELLIOTcough* they were there.  If I had to point out one thing I esp. loved was the fact that- when we DID find out what Kali is I had no indication of it until it was revealed. Barnes did a good job of not making the obvious...well obvious. To me at least.

Looking for a YA novel with solid characters and no wishy-washy plot, sprinkled with a bit of "oh, so that's it? Never would've guessed." sauce? Well, Every Other Day is your book. 

Quote: " “It figured--the almost invincible girl gets hurt, and they call a vet.”
Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Every Other Day

Rating: 5/5


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