Jul 302014
 
Review: Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published by Egmont USA on Dec 27, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Hardcover from Giveaway Prize
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She argues with her father. 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.

This was a fun paranormal story. It was lacking a bit in depth, and seemed very juvenile YA at times, but I still enjoyed it because it was plain entertaining.

A large part of the entertainment came from the supporting characters. Kali was an okay character, but I found myself drawn more to Skylar and her brothers. Skylar was very funny and perceptive. Her brothers were protective, and their relationships and behaviour towards each other were amusing and realistic. There’s nothing like buying a “You’re #4” keychain for a sibling to really show how your family dynamic works.

The plot itself was surprisingly entertaining. For some reason I went into the story not expecting much from it, but there was enough twists and turns to really make me enjoy the story.

Overall, this was a story that I just wanted to read and enjoy, without dissecting or analyzing too much. The plot advanced quickly, and the characters were realistic enough that I was willing to overlook any flaws or predictability that arose.

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