Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted December 25, 2011 | 6 Comments

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn BarnesEvery Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published by: Egmont USA
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

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.

Well, this was different.  Every Other Day is about a teenage girl who is normal one day, and then a predatory demon-hunter the next, alternating every 24 hours.  Wait, this actually sounds like a regular teenager.  Ha.  Hey, teenagers can be scary moody.  Seriously though, the idea is interesting – having amazing healing powers, super strength, and other good stuff, but then losing it all for 24 hours every other day.  I liked the uniqueness of it.  However, something felt a little off to me.  I just didn’t feel it was very believable how humans were in such denial, even protective, about the supernatural creatures, especially since they are supposedly so bad.  That just didn’t sit well with me.  It did have some great qualities to it, though.

Kali, the main character, was a big plus in the story.  I didn’t totally love her, but I did really like her.  She was a snarky, ass kicking, chick, who didn’t know exactly what she was or where she fit in.   All she knew was she had an uncontrollable urge to hunt and kill supernatural beings every other day, which was like no one else she had ever heard of.  As far as she knew, she was the only one like that, but didn’t know why.  She barely remembered her mother, and her dad completely ignored her.   It was kind of sad.  Then her dad makes her switch schools her junior year of high school so she can socialize with his boss’s daughter, Bethany.  One thing Kali doesn’t want, is to socialize.

Kali is a loner, and prefers it that way.   That is, until she meets  Skyler, and what a spunky piece of work she is.   Skyler was definitely my favorite character.  I absolutely loved her positive attitude about everything, which was funny, because it was so opposite of Kali.  The fact that Skyler’s overly positive thinking and optimism grated on Kali, made it even funnier.   I’m the type that gets a kick out watching other people annoy each other.   And her brothers…oh,  all of her brothers…. I would like one of each, thank you.  Getting back to Bethany, the boss’s daughter.  She was a total witch with a capital B,  but I actually liked her.   Maybe I didn’t really like her specifically, just her role in the group – the way Kali,  Skyler, and Bethany were with each other.  The three of them had an odd, yet entertaining dynamic.

The action in the book was pretty good, but didn’t have me on the edge of my seat or anything.   It was fun, though.  There is one thing that happened in this book that I have to give the author props for.  I’m not going to say specifically what, because I don’t want to spoil it.  As much as I personally may not like what happened, I do like when an author is willing to do something huge with their characters.  Though I didn’t want it to happen, it was actually a plus, in my opinion, especially the way the author brought it around at the end.

Since Every Other Day was the first book I’ve read by Barnes, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Overall, it was good book.  Even though I was a little wishy-washy about it while reading it, I’m glad I did.  I would also like to try another book by her, because there is definitely something I like in the way she writes.

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6 responses to “Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  1. Great review and I can definitely agree with you. I really enjoyed it and it was a quick, different read but it was missing that little something for me. But I'm super curious about her other novels everyone seems to love, so I'm going to check them out as soon as possible! 🙂

  2. Liz

    This definitely sounds like a different book. I imagine living a double life every other day would be exhausting lol, I can barely keep up with my single life 😉 I think I am going to add this to my TBR. Also, I adore this cover. Seriously. I mean, I love the covers with the pretty girls and crazy hot guys, but this one is different and definitely caught my eye. I loved your review, also!

  3. So glad to read your review of this one! Fully agree with your take of the characters – I also liked Skylar's brothers! The supernaturals being protected coming across as odd is perfectly understandable, too. It didn't bother me too much, I guess because I was too busy with the irony of it, but it's something I'd point out as well. Totally on board with the huge twist, by the way – if I've guessed correctly about what you meant!

    Thanks for the review! Loved it 🙂

    By the by… you'd not happen to know if there's going to be a sequel for this one, right?

    Cheers!

    Ron @ Stories of my life

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