Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Review: "Every Other Day" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Received via: ARC - Netgalley
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: December 27th, 2011

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

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.

My Take:

At first I was a little unsure about this premise (every other day she's normal?  What? Why?), but then I could see the distinct advantages of it in terms of the pacing. Throughout Every Other Day (due to Kali's sunrise switcharoo), we are aware of every minute sliding through the hourglass. Much like an episode of 24, the clock is ticking and there's no time to lose.

Good thing he could kick ass every day!
With time hanging over Kali's head, the pace of the story had to stay frenzied which lent to the ease of reading and general excitement level for me. There wasn't much time for her to lay in a field of wildflowers and muse over a boy.

I'm talking to you, Bella...
Don't go into Every Other Day expecting your typical love-triangle-angst-filled-love-to-hate-you saga. There might be more of that to come in subsequent sequels (a few candidates were introduced in this novel), but for now, it's mostly Kali and her secret plus her interesting, ragtag group of newly acquired friends.

Every Other Day was an excellent beginning to what is sure to be a great series. (Maybe that's when the love-triangle will come in, you know it's obligatory...)

Final Verdict:


  1. Oh, this one sound really good. I'll have to check it out on Netgalley. I've really been in YA lately.

  2. Super cool cover. I might just have to add this to the stack.

  3. I have this galley in my TBR pile. After your review I can't wait to get started. New follower btw. Found you through bookblogs.ning. I was the one you helped yesterday with the S&S galley question :)



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