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Monday, December 12, 2011

{Review}: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day
Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Website | Twitter
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Egmont USA (Dec 27, 2011)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: NetGalley*

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Description from 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 whyshe 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 byone of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the helpof a few new friends.
My Review:

Imagine being able to a paranormal hunter (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer) one day and a normal girl the next. Sounds great, but Kali D'Angelo doesn't think so. She struggles with understanding what she is and what causes the hunger to hunt things that go bump in the night. 

In a world where the government protects and thinks that it can control paranormal creatures, Kali is seen as a criminal. She does not agree with the mainstream belief that the preternatural creatures are under control and not a danger to people. She takes it about herself to hunt them and destroy them.

Her inability to tell others even her father about her paranormal side leaves Kali feeling lonely and alienated. That is until she meets Skylar, who was an amazing character. Skylar claims to be "a little psychic" and that helps Kali open up a little and not feel so lonely. Kali is taken over by her wanting to save people when she sees that Bethany has a mark that labels her as soon to be dead due to infection by chupacabras. To save her, Kali talks the chupacabras to exchange bodies believing that she has more chance of surviving the parasite. As she lets more people in her life she discovers that friendship comes at a cost.

I enjoyed the way this book is written. Kali and Skylar had me laughing in many parts of the book. The plot is action packed and easy to get thru. The characters are likable. I was a bit confused and weird-ed out by the whole chupacabra parasite and would have liked a more in depth explanation of it. The character of Zen is also a bit of a mystery to me that I hope the next book tells us more about.

It is missing a bit more romance which would have made it amazing for me. Of course this is just a personal taste but I do believe the next one will have a bit more from the way the first one ended. The ending was a bit too fast and action packed. It would have been nice if it where a little slower and with more explanation to all that is going on.

It is a bit strange that Jennifer puts zombies, dragons and chupacrabas all in one but she does a great job bringing them together. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy paranormal stories. 

My Rating:
*Disclosure: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher (EgmontUSA via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.


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