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Slow Start but Ultimately Fabulous!
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Originally posted on my book blog.

I had a hard time starting this book – for the first 100 pages, I kept picking it up and then putting it back down. You were just shown various seemingly unconnected events without any explanations whatsoever. I am SO glad I picked it back up though! Once I had slugged through the beginning, the rest was an amazing, captivating read!

Characters: I think the best part of Every Other Day was the characters. They are REALLY well-portrayed and it is impossible not to love them, especially when you learn more about their backgrounds. For most of the book, Kali is shown as a protective martyr and it is interesting to see her transformation for a hostile, loner to a more open, caring person.

Plot: There is so much mystery and suspense – about the chupacabra, Bethany’s father, her own mother, Zev and the unnatural supernatural creatures and the way it all weaves together to create a gripping story. Even if you had hated the book all that time, it is impossible to deny that the showdown in the end will make you jump and down with excitement – it’s a gigantic BAM! Fortunately, there’s no romance to spoil the fun although I have no doubt it will be added in the sequel.

Setting: It isn’t just an awesome paranormal world, it’s an awesome alternate world where Darwin discovered, not evolution, but supernatural creatures. Here, demons, vampires, zombies and dragons are common knowledge and are protected by the government as “endangered species”.

Disclaimer: I do not hold responsibility if this book makes you distraught, you crash into something jumping and down with excitement or if you miss your appointment reading this ;)
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Promising, but maybe not.
(Updated: August 17, 2012)
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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2.0
And here we have yet another badass heroine, Kali, plus a whole new action-packed (Why do publishers and people always use "action-packed" to describe a book?) story that doesn't slow down. It's straight-forward, and doesn't stop to let you catch your breath. It was good; pulling readers through the entire book but letting us wind down a bit definitely would've helped.

A major problem I have with Every Other Day was the fact that there wasn't enough information that built around the story. I'd love to know more about Kali's other hunting ventures, or even her life before puberty/the-change-that-made-her-want-to-hunt-down-and-kill-things. Besides, we know next to nothing about Zev and his life. Yes, the ending implied that they ended up together but not together at the same time. Like they're together but not official. But nothing's worse than dating a stranger.

Dear Jennifer Lynn Barnes,
So according to Kali Zev is absolutely yummy and is somewhat nice for giving her advice and stuff, but for him to really appeal to the general female population, a bit more info about him would do good.

I wouldn't describe the characters as flat, but they didn't make me want to sympathize for them because they weren't real to me. The emotions in the characters were a bit forced. The only character I bonded with wasn't even Kali. It was Sydney. Sydney was bold, with her own brand of humour. She could be easily described as eccentric, but I think she's the only one in the story who seemed natural and down-to-earth. Kali was strong - I thought she was a good protagonist - but very very detached without much of a reason.

I loved the different supernatural creatures. Don't get me wrong, I'm alright with the clichés (vamps, werewolves), if not for the bodily-fluid-slurping and changing-into-wolf thing, but griffins and kelpies deserve to be recognized, too. Yes, it's much easier to write about clichés because they can be recognized as somewhat human, whereas it's very difficult to write from a winged-lion's point of view simply because they're animals. But even sticking them into the story, taking them out from the attic would be like a burst of fresh air.

I have to admit that it'd make me like the story much more if a bit more time spent on the details would be amazing, I think that Jennifer Lynn Barnes did a wonderful job on Every Other Day, with Kali's odd power among other things. I'd recommend it as a casual read.
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Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0
ISBN: 9781606842676
Publisher: Egmont
Pages: 336

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 received Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes from Egmont for review via Netgalley, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading! My favourite characters were Kali and Skylar. I instantly warmed to Skylar because of her optimism. Kali was one of my favourite characters because of her determination and independence throughout all that she faced. Every Other Day was a mixture of X-Men, Jana Oliver’s Demon Trappers series and Kelley Armstrong’s Stolen. I loved reading about the supernatural creatures, especially the zombies! I really like the cover of Every Other Day! It’s rich, dark colours coupled with the egg timer, portray the mood of the book perfectly.
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So I'm kind of in love with this book.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Every day at dawn, Kali makes a switch. Either she turns human or she turns into something else - something with a bloodlust for hunting all the things that go bump in the night. On those days, she can't feel pain, she doesn't get hungry or tired, and she heals quickly. But when she's a human, Kali is basically defenseless.

The real story starts when Kali spots a mark on a girl's - a girl I would have hated very much, if I'd been Kali - back. The mark means that Bethany has a chupacabra inside her. Kali lures it out of Bethany and into herself, hoping that when she switches at dawn and isn't a human anymore, the chupacabra will die.

Well, that doesn't happen, but that's when Zev comes in.

Zev is definitely my favorite part of the book. He has a dry type of humor, and if he was in my head, I would be a very happy camper. He frustrates me, though. I never understood how he could understand what Kali was thinking, but she could never understand him unless he was speaking directly to her.

The writing was amazing. The details were amazing. The plot was amazing. The only reason I couldn't give it five stars was because there were too many questions at the end of it. I still have no idea what a Nibbler is. I still don't understand why Kali is human every other day, even if she's the same thing Zev is. (I have a guess. But I would still like an explanation.) I still don't fully understand why her mother left. There were just too many loose ends that weren't tied up.

Overall: I couldn't stop reading. Barnes kept me guessing the entire time and did an amazing job of getting Kali's emotions across. And the best part was that it was something entirely different from other things I've read. And who doesn't love originality? 4.5 stars.
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Non-stop Action!
(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Get ready for an action and mystery-filled book.

Every Other Day centres on Kali D’Angelo, a teenage girl who grown up to be a demon hunter. Well, not exactly a demon hunter every day. For every other day, she’s just normal, and every twenty four hours, she’s an efficient, deadly demon hunter. But her life takes a turn when she saves a girl, marked for death. She races against time to save herself and her friends before she turns back into her human self… and discover some answers to her own situation.

Dang it! I can’t stop thinking about this book! It’s amazingly good, and I have been graced to read this book in advance (a special thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for making this possible). It has the most important aspects of an urban-fantasy novel: kick-ass scenes, witty remarks, heartbreaking situations, and a mystery so deep you have to finish the book before you get the answer. Barnes did an excellent job on conceiving a brand new, original fantasy novel.

The characters were so cool and detailed, they were believable. Their lines were witty and funny, I so love them. I especially love Skylar, because she’s not the typical best friend you see around. Skylar is both psychic and thoughtful; she knows how to deal with her friends and how to support them. Kali was also great, though she spends her time alone for the most part of the book. Barnes expanded the definition of paranormal in this book. She cites creatures that were once popular, like the Chupacabra or the Hellhounds. Not to mention, Philippines’ own mythical monster, the Alan. Reading the book is so exciting, exhilarating, and thrilling; it’s like watching an Action/Thriller film, plus a little bit of gore. But what kept me up was the mystery. It lingers on my skin, as I dig deep on the book to find the secret to Kali’s condition.

There wasn’t a part I didn’t like, and it’s rich in details, fast-paced, and very thrilling. It has a bit of romance, though it was pushed back to pave way for more action and mystery. It’s what I really love about this book. Barnes focused on action and mystery of the book, not a common formula for bestselling books. I sure hope that readers would really find this book very amazing.

I highly recommend this to all booklovers, book bloggers, and to those who are hyped with thrilling books.
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Amazing story
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
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4.0
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5.0
Every Other Day is an amazing paranormal book that I definitely recommend. It tells the story of Kali. Every other day, she's a normal teenage human girl (stress on the human). But all those days in between... she's not human. She is a hunter. She hunts paranormal creatures. Zombies, hellhounds. You name it, she's probably killed it.

She lives in our world, but a long time into the future. It is 200 years after someone discovered that paranormal creatures existed. Ever since then, they have been an unstoppable force, preying on humans. Well, unstoppable to everyone except Kali. No one knows why they didn't attack when people didn't know about them.

On those days when she's not human, she has an undeniable instinct to hunt, trap and kill supernatural creatures. But one day, she sees a mark on the lower back of a classmate. This mark means that a chupacabra has burrowed under her skin and will soon consume her. Kali wants to help, but there just one tiny problem. It's the wrong day. She is human, and powerless.

Kali is a great protagonist. She is a kick-butt heroine, and she can take care of herself. She doesn't need anyone.

There was no obsessive romance through this book. There was only like a tiny kiss at the very end, and then the guy disappeared for eighteen months.

I was a little confused to why Skylar (a perky optimistic seer) and her brothers knew so much about the supernatural side of the world. I understood Kali, because she killed these things, and Bethany, because her father involved himself in it, but Skylar?

This is a really great book that I recommend to paranormalcy fans who want a break from the obsessive romance that seems to be a given in so many of those books. And, even though it may seem like a girl book, I also recommend it to boys, as long as they have no problem with reading from a girls' perspective. Don't worry about it being too slow. There is a lot of action scenes and killing things.
Good Points
- No annoying romance
- Great heroine
- Amazing heroine
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Great From Start to End
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Go read this book. Seriously, you don't know what your missing. My whole perspective on the world of supernaturals has changed now. Before, most of the books in this genre were all about romance! This one is different. Sure, it has a little, but it's mostly about Kali discovering things about herself that she needed to discover.
Good Points
A must read for any paranormal lover! Barnes mixed reality with supernatural and came out with a masterpiece!
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Kickbutt Heroine and No Romance!
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
What a fun paranormal romp this was! Paranormal has been a bit overdone recently, although, to be honest, I still love it (when it's done creatively). Barnes has taken the paranormal craze and given it an alternative history twist, which I think is pretty fantastic. In this world, Darwin discovered a hydra when he went sailing on the Beagle, which let the paranormal cat out of the proverbial bag. All of this is humorously similar to the beginning of the divergence in Leviathan.

Kali is awesome. For one thing, she's one tough chick. Despite being rather closed off, she's not a total jerk to everyone either. She has a sense of humor and does the best she knows how to with the cards she's been dealt. Plus, she's part Indian. It's nice having heroines that come from different cultures.

Every Other Day would probably be a good book for boys too, if you could get them to look past the fact that it sounds like a chick book. The book is primarily composed of action scenes. Many hell hounds and zombies are slaughtered within its pages. As I mentioned, Kali's hardcore.

Plus, there's not really any romance. This is the point that separates the book from the bulk of YA fare aimed at girls, especially when it's paranormal. Although there is some suggested romance, nothing happens. I appreciated that, because I don't think there was anyone who worked for her just yet. Besides, it's nice to see a book step out of the standard formula and dare to be different.

The ending totally left a sequel a possibility, although I don't know that one is intended. It would be probably have to be targeted more to adults, but I, for one, would love to get more of Kali's story. Think about it, Jennifer Lynn Barnes!
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No romance, awesome hero!!!
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Every Other Day is about Kali. She is a normal teenage girl on some days, but something else on every other day. She is a hunter, lethal to the teeth with weapons and powers. She is the hunter who hunts the hunters. The deadly, the endangered and the poisonous. But then she spots a deadly marking on one of her fellow students, something she can do about on every other day, but its the wrong day.

I must say I was confused about how everyone knew about the monsters like the zombies and the marking on Bethany. I understand about how Bethany knows because her father works for the company that deals with this sort of thing, but how did Skylar and her brothers know about the monsters? Skyar's brothers knew a lot about the creatures that run around the streets, and I was confused on how that was so. Also, did the rest of the world know about the creatures? This issue was never really solved through the book.

I must say this was a good book because it contained no obsessive romance between the main characters. Kali only exchanged a tiny kiss with this one guy who then disappeared for eighteen months. Most paranormal books ALWAYS have romance, that sometimes go a bit to far, because the characters are still very young, like the Mortal Instruments and such.

I recommend Every Other Day to anyone who loves a good female hero who doesn't heavily rely on their male counterpart. This book is for readers who want a break from paranormal romance but still want the paranormal theme inside there still.
Good Points
-No romance
-Got the plot bang in the centre
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Fans of Buffy will love this book
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
First Impressions: Way back in the day, I was a huge Buffy fan and was entirely distraught when Buffy the TV show ended. When I read the book synopsis for Every Other Day, I thought that it sounded kind of like Buffy, and that is what initially drew me to this book. I guess you can say that I was looking for something to fill in the gap that Buffy left behind and I was hoping this book would do just that. Oh, and the cover art is really neat!

First 50 Pages: I’d like to take this space and touch on Jennifer’s style of writing. I’ve never read any of her other books before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Writing styles are very subjective and opinions will change from one person to another. I didn’t like this author’s style of writing. It was very blunt and in your face. She is very direct and goes straight to the point leaving no “fluff.” I could tell just from reading the first chapter that I would struggle to get through this book. I think it is hard to connect to a story that is written like this one was. Technically, she is a very competent writer. Her sentences were well formed and the plot moved along at a good pace. But there was just something missing from her writing and I think it was a lack of emotion. Other people may love this sort of thing, but it just doesn’t work for me. So, I wasn’t too impressed with that, but it did have a unique story line and memorable characters, which is what made me keep reading.

Characters & Plot: One of the things I did like about this book was the characters. Kali is an awesome kick-butt female protagonist who goes up against all sorts of supernatural creatures. Did I mention, that if you love reading about the paranormal, you will be happy to know that you can find a great array of absolutely unique creatures in this book? Chupacabras, dragons, basilisks, kelpies, manticores, hellhounds, zombies, hydra, and more can be found here! It’s a crazy array of strange creatures that Kali has to defeat and I really liked how the author mixed it up on that aspect. Kali herself was an interesting character with emo-ish tendacies. She could be a bit of a downer and her self-esteem wasn’t the greatest, but she had a good heart and she always put others safety before herself. She wasn’t my favorite character though. Also, the odd powers are never really explained in this book. It was theorized as to why Kali had these special abilities, but I never got a definite answer. That bothered me a little.

Skylar and Bethany were my favs in this bunch! I really loved Skylar but I hate what happens to her in the story. She was a bit obnoxious, but she was hilarious and completely quirky. Bethany wasn’t your typical, “I’m so much better then you are” popular girl, although she did come off that way at first. Her character really surprised me in this book and I thought her constant back and forth banter with Skylar was really entertaining.

Now there is one other character I haven’t said much about, and that would be Zev. And I’m not really going to (!) because I’m still confused about what his exact role in everything is going to be. He is presented as a voice in Kali’s mind and she meets him while “inside of her head.” The author presents this character as a kind of love interest for Kali, but it doesn’t go into much detail. The book ends with an open ending which makes me think that there will be a second book and we will see a lot more of Zev.

Final Thoughts: I think this is going to be a good book for someone who is okay with the author’s style of writing. I wasn’t crazy about it, although her characters are great and I did enjoy how the plot progressed. I would recommend this book to fans of Buffy and fans of the paranormal.
Good Points
Great plot idea and paranormal elements
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