Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Released: 27th December 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Netgalley for review
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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.
I really thought this book was excellent. It gripped me from start to finish. This book ticked all the right boxes, it had great characters, a fabulous and fast paced plot and an ending that was very worthy of the book. I am so glad I read this book.
I did enjoy all of the mystical and magical beasties and preternaturals in this book. There were some very exciting fighting scenes; Kali can seriously kick-butt. I love the main character Kali; she is such an interesting person. Not every sixteen year old has to put up with half of what she does, but she copes well, even when she has the most terrifying situations thrown at her. It can’t be easy one day being human and the next day a fearless huntress. It would mess anyone’s head up. Bravo to girl power. There were other characters that really stood out for me, Skylar and Bethany, both were very different girls to each other but they had some really good qualities. I really liked the camaraderie between the girls when they were faced with difficult times. Before the incident with the Chupacabra Bethany wasn’t really in Kali’s or Skylar’s circles.
This is the first book I have ever read by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and I can’t wait to get my mitts on another one of her books. Her writing style is so fluid; I was drinking up the pages. It’s such a lovely feeling when the story is flowing, you can really feel yourself get into the book.
It’s not often I give a book top marks, but this one certainly deserves it. I would highly recommend this book. I’m not sure whether this is a series, I really do hope so as I would love to read more about Kali.
My thoughts on the cover: rating 4/5
This cover is really clever, I like the hourglass filled with blood instead of sand. It makes it feel more eerie. It’s quite clever and makes a change from some of the generic YA covers that are around at the moment. I would certainly stop and look at this cover in a book store.
*** Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for supplying me a copy of this book for review.***
About The Author:
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.
Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She was awarded a Fulbright to do post-graduate work at Cambridge, and then returned to the states, where she is hard at work on her PhD.