Book Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Egmont USA
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 12.27.2011
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've read about half-paranormal characters who have wielded all ranges of powers, from those that are diluted, to those that are completely dominant. The most common aspect of a half-paranormal character is the fact that they have powers that don't quite let them fit in with the mortals. At some point, their powers are revealed, and from then on, they are separate from the crowd. With Kali, we read about a character who--because she is part mortal--loses her supernatural powers every other day, and becomes mortal like the rest of us. Every other day, Kali goes through a complete mental and physical change that effects everything, including her blood--changing it from poisonous, to as nontoxic as that of any other human being. And when she's not bogged down by the limitations of her mortal body? She is a viscously effective demon-hunter.

I really liked reading about what Kali can do. Becoming mortal every other day may be an Achilles Heel at times, but at other times, it really works for her. This frequent change makes her learn to rely on things other than her extra abilities. She is smart, thinks quickly, and to uses all she can, to her advantage. Her situation is very unique, and very entertaining to read about.

The one thing that bothers me about Kali, is that every fifth or so page is devoted to her internal struggles about who she is, what a hard life she has, what her purpose in life is, etc.... For someone who has such a huge hero complex, she sure does complain a lot about having to be a hero. She even goes so far as to dismiss another character's problems by thinking about how that character's problems may not be as bad as hers, but she should still be considerate of them and try to understand where the character is coming from. That's not an exact quote, but I didn't mark the passage, and now I can't find it again. I hope you get my meaning when I say I wanted to strangle her by the end, because I was sick of the pity party.

The story takes place over just a couple days, and while I understand the reason behind this, I still think it would have benefited from a few extra days. A lot goes on in that short time, and I feel like I didn't connect with the characters because of it. There are some emotional scenes that I would have liked to feel...but didn't.

The adventure and paranormal aspects made up for some of that by including good twists, and by having some fun and quirky sidekicks. All-in-all, the paranormal stuff in this one is probably something you don't want to pass up, especially if you like different paranormal abilities. I mean, toxic blood? So awesome!

Read this if:
...you like action-packed paranormal stories with kick-butt heroines, and you have a soft spot for a quirky crew of sidekicks. :)

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{Some swearing and violence.}

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  1. I have this one, but wasn't sure if I'd get to it. But your little "read if" sounds like my kind of book. I'm not keen on pity parties though. I think I'll go ahead and read this one.

  2. I've never read anything by Jennifer Lynn Barnes apart from her short story in Enthralled, which I loved! I'm looking forward to checking this one out if I can get to it before it expires on Netgalley. Eeek!

  3. So far I have only read so-so reviews on this one. Sounds like it wasn't as good as her series about wolves. Thank you for your great review. :)

  4. I grabbed this one from netgalley also but haven't gotten to reading it yet. I'm glad to hear that it's an interesting story. Thanks for the review!

    Jex @ Everything and Nothing

  5. Christy: I hope you give it a try! Aside from the negatives, it was a great adventure to read.

    Leanna: Ooh, I'll have to check her story out! Enthralled in on my TBR list; I've heard good things about it.

    Alexa: I haven't read her series about wolves, but from what I've been reading, it sounds like it isn't as good as that series, either.

    Jex: Anytime! Thanks for stopping by. :)


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