Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review: Every Other Day

Title - Every Other Day
Author - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genre - YA Paranormal
Format - Paperback
Published - January 1st 2011
Challenge - Bingo / SSS


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.


Kali isn't’t always human every other day she transform into a demon hunter that makes her strong and powerful. No one knows she’s different not even her father. When her father’s co-workers daughter shows up with a Chupacabra bite she does the only thing she can think to do and use her blood to call the bite into body. Assuming when she transforms the next day her blood will kill the Chupacabra healing her as good as new. The bite has a few side effects a voice in her head only she can hear and the craving for blood. All she has to do is make it through the day before she transforms and heals.

When the girls encounter a dragon that shouldn't be there to start with it also eats people as well as breath’s fire which is also not possible. Kali should know her day is going to be anything but easy. Kali learns that they injected girls with the Chupacabra in hopes of finding a viable specimen she just happens to be the one who has it. As if having to worry about making is through the day isn’t enough, she’s being hunted by the ones who gave Bethany the bite. When the chase ends in a crash they assume that Kali is dead having broken her neck they leave her on the road.

When she wakes up the craving to hunt is strong as is her craving for blood. While the bite doesn’t heal completely, it doesn’t kill her either. She quickly hunts down a basilisk and can’t fight the strong urge to drink its blood. The voice in her head’s name is Zev she learns that he’s like her but being held captive by Chimera Biomedical. She has only 24 hours to save Bethany and Zev before she’s human again as well as stop Chimera Biomedical?

I like Kali she’s got dealing with a lot being torn between two worlds not fitting into either. She’s my favorite kind of character “the flawed kick ass heroine” there is just something about them. I really connected with Kali she’s smart and strong and selfless risking her own life for that of someone she doesn’t know. The girls at school Bethany and Skyler are unique and enhance the story. I wasn’t sure about Zev but as the book progressed I found myself liking him too.

I’m not a huge demon fan so this week’s bingo had me a little nervous. I've had Every Other Day but since it’s a demon book it’s been on the back burner. The idea of Kali I found very interesting a girl who walks in two worlds human one day another demon slayer. The author has created engaging characters that you can’t help cheering on through the story. I found the whole story captivating from start to finish it’s an action packed story. The way the author mixes the human world with the monster world is unique and exciting. She’s filled the story with demons, dragons, crazy scientists, stranger silver eyed guys, cheerleaders, and tops it all off with zombies. Every Other Day was hard for me to put down it kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end. I know this is a standalone but I’d be curious to read more about Kali because I enjoyed her story. 
4 out of 5 stars 

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