Aug 12, 2012

Every Other Day

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every Other Day
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.
Holy crap. This book was freaking amazing. It was entirely unpredictable and twisty in the plot area, and the characters were amazing and wonderful, and I almost just cried when I found out it was a standalone. I want more. I'm left really, really wishing it was the beginning of a series. It was that good.

It starts with hunter Kali (she has such a cool name!!), and she's killing things that go bump in the night, and it's almost dawn. She hurts herself pretty bad, and she's just like "Eh, I got a couple hours. It'll heal." And then it does. When dawn hits, she's suddenly human, which she wasn't entirely the day before. She goes to school. She makes friends with the girl who refers to her self as the "School Slut," and finds out a girl she knew from her childhood was going to die. From the very beginning, I was hooked. The action and things we (and Kali) find out about her world just make this book incredible. People aren't who they seem, monsters aren't what they seem, and Kali is just something else entirely. I found myself turning pages and being absolutely shocked at what happens next. It wasn't like the new discoveries come from nowhere; they make sense, but you just don't expect them to happen. I was just constantly saying "woah" or laughing out loud. Every Other Day managed to be comical one moment and scary as I'll get out the next. You just never knew which one was coming. Of course, it had it's share of sweet moments, but that wasn't really the whole point of the book. And then the ending leaves you dying for a sequel. I really want another one. The series could be like "The Chimera Chronicles" or something. Just please give me another one!!!

The characters really made the book over the top amazing. I liked hunter-Kali and human-Kali equally, although hunter-Kali scared me and I think human-Kali and I would be BFFs. She was just really funny (even though she didn't mean to be) and she had this hero complex no matter what state she was in. She was beyond brave and brilliant and such an amazing heroine!!!! And then my next favorite character would definitely be Skylar. That chick was just hilarious. She was so sure of herself all the time and could just care less when people were mean to her. The stole her tampons, they spray painted her locker, and she just didn't care. It might have been a front, but, even so, she was the strongest character ever, if I do say so myself. He family really cracked me up. She had a lot of brothers, and they did everything. One was a lawyer who was really good at stealing cars, another was an FBI agent, one was a marine, and the last was a popular jock. When I say everything, I really do mean everything! Bethany was a little bit of an anomaly to me, until I learned her story. I won't tell you much about that, but I will tell you that she is another very strong girl. I liked her a lot (not as much as Skylar and Kali, but still). Zev was so cool. Saying anything else about him would be kind of spoilery, so I won't, but, trust me, you will like him.

At first I didn't really like the cover. I think my exact thoughts on it were "It looks like one of those low budget free ebook covers." But, then I got used to it and realized it's actually kinda cool. It's totally different from the other YA books out there, because it doesn't have some cool shot of a pretty chick meant to look like the main character (not that I have anything against those). The cover with the bloody hourglass was actually kind of refreshing. So, I did end up liking it.

I definitely give this book 5 stars, even though I really want a sequel. Like really bad. Anyways, the plot's amazing, the characters are amazing, and you should read it. It's soooo worth it.

Wow, that was a really long review. Jeez. BTW I am having a giveaway. Click on the button at the top of my sidebar. (seriously. It's my first. pleaaassseeee enter for me?)

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  1. I'm glad you liked Every Other Day, too. It really was an amazing book! Although, I preferred hunter Kali. She was just awesome then!

  2. This is not my usual book type but something about it makes me want to read it really bad.

    I'm a new follower.

  3. Oooh I don't read a lot of YA but this one sounds good. Will check out. And I DO have a problem with the pretty-girl-in-a-pretty-dress covers because it's getting hard to tell them apart.


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