Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review: Every Other Day

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Title: Every Other Day
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication: December 27, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal 
Age: 13 and up
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon|Barnes&Noble|Book Depository

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.

Review: This was an alright book, it wasn't bad but I really didn't feel a connection to most of the characters. Kali, goes from being a regular girl to superhuman every twenty-four hours, and on the days she has her powers she can't fight the urge that drives her to hunt the demons lurking in the night. She was relatable in the instance that she was a lonely teen whose mother left when she younger and she lives with a father she believes doesn't know she exists or takes the time to notice the blood stains on her clothes. The only other character that was easy to connect with was Skylar, who just happens to be sort of psychic and befriends Kali at her new school. All other characters just didn't really feel a real connection throughout the story, it was like they were puzzle pieces that fit in the outer space around Kali, and just not certain who they really are. Even Zev, the love interest remains a mystery, which hopefully we will learn more about him in the next book...he seems promising. Now, the subject matter 0f a super girl that has some vulnerability when she is human was intriguing and I felt she had her strongest moments in her mortal state, even though some see her caring for her friends as her weakness. Kali is tough, I like that but she also doesn't know who she is or how she got that way and the story line follows her as she discovers the truth about her heritage. Kali just wants those that love her to take notice. This is a book about strength, love, truth and sacrifice. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes paranormal young adult fiction and I am also curious what will happen next with Kali.


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