Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Every Other Day

" The crunching sound wasn't pleasant, and the hellhound's breath was killer, but other than that, I wasn't really bothered. People like me? We didn't feel pain."

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.

This books kicks off with a serious bang. While Every Other day does feature some creatures we have come to know well in the world of YA, Jennifer Lynn Barnes pulls in an array of creatures that have been out of the limelight: Hellhounds, Basalisks, and most dominantly the Chupacabra. 

This book introduced me to characters I instantly connected with. Skylar, Kali's newfound friend who introduces herself as the School Slut, and who is also just " a little bit" psychic. Quirky and endearing with her upbeat ways, I couldn't help but root her as Her brother Elliot puts down her so called psychic abilities, and her brother's Girlfriend Bethany steals her tampons and paints slut on her locker. 
I came to adore Bethany though, her bratty ways are redeemed as she Kali and Skylar form a seriously unlikely bond. 

I also loved that this book does not shy away from the blood and gore. Killing preternatural Creatures is a messy business, and Kali does not hold back.

Being so full of action and I latched onto this book and it was over far to fast for me.
* What I needed more of*: 
-The relationship between Kali and her inner- Monologue/Love interest Zev. I am still left unsure how I feel about him.
-The relationship between Kali and the Chupacabra. I'm still curious about the over all connection. How does it really affect Kali's abilities? * spoiler- highlight to see : Will the Chupacabra stay with her forever? How does having TWO change her.
- Skylar's Brothers: There are so many! Each Introduction to them by Skylar left me wanting to know them further. Though we are introduced to 2 of them.. I feel like I am still left wanting more. Why does Elliot date someone so obviously horrible to a sister he seems to adore. What does read really think about his job? * spoiler, highlight to see: How does he meet up with Zev !? And what happens next!?

" Sometimes, I felt like if I could just fold myself up into a small enough ball, my body would collapse on itself like a star, and I could Supernova myself into a new existence."

Maybe I am just picky. Maybe I am too used to Sequels. But I seriously want more of this book! I feel like there is so much more we can learn about the characters. 

I really enjoyed this book. 
If you are looking for something that does not have a love interest as the basis of the story, that gives you supernatural characters while remaining original, and will have you gripping the pages 
to see what happens next:  pick this one up!

"I probably didn't look like the ultimate predator. Or, for that matter, an environmental terrorist. Depending on the day and who you were talking to, I was both." 

Rating: 4/5

On a side note, I tweeted Jennifer Lynn Barnes to see if Every Other Day was going to have a sequel, as I really felt that the ending was left open for one. 

  No Every Other Day sequel planned yet (I wrote it as a standalone), but is campaigning for one.

Loving Melissa Marr's response ! :

 Silly You NEED to write a sequel to EVERY OTHER DAY. Tell her, (& everyone else)...

So come on readers! When Every Other Day Comes out on December 27th read it!.. And then come back and not only let me know what you think of the book.. Also let me know if you agree that a sequel should be made!

Big thanks to the Folks at Netgalley and Egmont for the opportunity to read this as a Digital ARC :) 

Publisher: Egmont USA
Country: USA
Publication Date: December 27, 2011


  1. This book hasn't come out yet? It sounds cool. A little Buffy-esque, but like you said, not so much of the "popular" monsters like vampires and werewolves, which are being overdone since the success of Twilight... And, I love books in series too, and when you find a good character you just want more from them, so I will try to bug the author too... somehow... since I don't "twitter"

  2. It is very Buffy- esk huh! There is even an episode where Buffy loses her slayer powers and has to Fight that giant Crazy vampire? haha. Maybe Jennifer Lynn Barnes had that in the back of her mind. yes this book gets released in December :). Oh and I probably should have mention there are Vampires in this book.. But it definitely has a twist on them that is NOT Buffy like haha.. Thanks for commenting!

    happy reading :)

  3. I like what you said about this being driven by something other than romance. I'm not a fan of that because usually the relationship is unhealthy or weird and I'm like, "What, am I supposed to swoon along with the MC? Not happening." But this sounds interesting, especially the bit about the Chupacabra, a totally under-used monster, in my opinion.


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