Review: Every Other Day

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published by EgmontUSA on December 27, 2011
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She argues with her father. 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.

What a fun paranormal romp this was! Paranormal has been a bit overdone recently, although, to be honest, I still love it (when it’s done creatively). Barnes has taken the paranormal craze and given it an alternative history twist, which I think is pretty fantastic. In this world, Darwin discovered a hydra when he went sailing on the Beagle, which let the paranormal cat out of the proverbial bag. All of this is humorously similar to the beginning of the divergence in Leviathan.

Kali is awesome. For one thing, she’s one tough chick. Despite being rather closed off, she’s not a total jerk to everyone either. She has a sense of humor and does the best she knows how to with the cards she’s been dealt. Plus, she’s part Indian. It’s nice having heroines that come from different cultures.

Every Other Day would probably be a good book for boys too, if you could get them to look past the fact that it sounds like a chick book. The book is primarily composed of action scenes. Many hell hounds and zombies are slaughtered within its pages. As I mentioned, Kali’s hardcore.

Plus, there’s not really any romance. This is the point that separates the book from the bulk of YA fare aimed at girls, especially when it’s paranormal. Although there is some suggested romance, nothing happens. I appreciated that, because I don’t think there was anyone who worked for her just yet. Besides, it’s nice to see a book step out of the standard formula and dare to be different.

The ending totally left a sequel a possibility, although I don’t know that one is intended. It would be probably have to be targeted more to adults, but I, for one, would love to get more of Kali’s story. Think about it, Jennifer Lynn Barnes!

 

6 responses to “Review: Every Other Day”

  1. Nori says:

    I’m reading this one really soon! I’m so glad you liked it! Have you read her wolf books?

  2. Christina says:

    Not yet, but I plan to read more of her books, since this one was good.

  3. Emma B. says:

    This was one of my favorite Netgalley reads. And I got lucky enough to meet Jennifer Lynn Barnes in Chicago last month. I even got a free signed book!

    • Christina says:

      That’s awesome! She tweeted a couple of my comments during the TakenByStorm twitter contests. She thinks I’m funny! That was win enough, even if I didn’t win the contest!

  4. Thanks for the review! I won this recently and now I’m even more excited for it to arrive. I can’t wait! 😀

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