Thursday, December 1, 2011

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Egmont!

Summary: 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: Every Other Day captured me with it's unique premise. The premise was unique but some things fell a little flat. 

Even though Kali was one strong heroine who could fight all day long, I couldn't connect to her. Maybe it was because she was so invincible but there was something about her that made me not like her. I liked that she was so strong and independent, but overall she just just seemed a little underdeveloped. 

As for side characters, I enjoyed them. There were definitely some unique people. That might be a understatement, too. It was nice to see Kali, who was a bit of a loner, have a couple of friends. Though, most of the time Kali can handle things on her own.

The plot of Every Other Day was definitely engrossing. It could be a little choppy and busy at times but I was definitely into the story. On almost every page, it seemed, Kali was fighting and there was just so much action. I thought the action scenes were very well done and made sense. Like I said the story was a little busy. Some things just didn't quite make sense to me or fit into what was going on. It was almost like I couldn't keep up.

I loved how Every Other Day ended! In my mind it was the perfect ending. It's not entirely closed off or resolved but I didn't feel a sense that I had to know what exactly was going to happen. You pretty much know.

Overall, Every Other Day incorporates some unique plot lines and while they don't fit perfectly I was thoroughly interested in the plot line. It also offers some characters that can totally kick some butt. 



Anna said...

Yeah I remember thinking this one was just really weird... I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to, which sucked, but I guess it was good enough lol!

Anna @ Literary Exploration

Lauren M said...

Aw, I like this one quite a bit! To each her own, though. :) I think the concept/story were what really got me. Thanks for the honest review, Katie!

Jessi said...

I really enjoyed the side characters in this one, especially Skylar. I definitely have my "moments" with this one, but overall I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a unique read. :)

Great review!

Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

I have been super curious about this book, and yours is the first review I have read on it. :) It definitely sounds interesting. Glad you thought it was ok!

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