Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Release - Review: Every Other Day, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: EgmountUSA
Pub. Date: Dec. 27th, 2011

Read the first Chapter here!

When I requested Every Other Day from Netgalley, it was one of those books that seemed to have an interesting concept, but that I wasn't quite sure I would be able to get into.

Kali D'Angelo is a 16 year old girl with an interesting condition: While she looks the same, every other day Kali becomes something decidedly not human. She's never known why, or what she is, but on those “off” days, she's driven by a need to kill – a blood-lust that has her hunt the nasties that go bump in the night. That is how we are introduced to her, actually, just as she is ready to dispatch 3 hellhounds back from whence they came (as a Supernatural fan, that's already a plus in my book). She's pretty kick-ass in this state, if I do say so. She manages to rid herself of the mangy mutts using only a knife, her blood, and her bare hands.

Unfortunately for Kali, though, the real craziness of this story doesn't begin until one of her human days, when she has no defenses against these creatures.

It's on one of these day that Kali notices a symbol on the lower back of one of the girls at school. A symbol that marks death for the bearer at the hands (if it even has them) of one of these preternatural beings, as the society in this book refers to them. Kali has 24-hours to save her, and it's about just as long until her next change, so she does something (stupid, naturally) that could put her now very human self at risk.

That one action creates a snowball effect, and Kali starts learning the truth about who and what she is. And, of course, the more she learns, the more dangerous it gets.

I have to say: I absolutely love this book. I'm not entirely sure why I love it as much as I do, but I thought it was fantastic.

That's not to say it was perfect. It had it's faults. One of the main ones being Kali's constant woe-is-me attitude. I mean, I get where she was coming from. Woe kind of was her, but I doubt we needed to be reminded of it every two pages. I don't mean to sound mean, here, but it's no wonder she had no friends before meeting Skylar.

Skylar had to be my favorite character. As I kept reading, one constant thought kept flitting through my head anytime she was on the page: Now that girl's got spunk. Seriously. On this same day mentioned above, before Kali notices the symbol on another girls back, Skylar comes up to Kali and introduces herself as the school slut. She's even perky as she does it. Not that she is a slut, she just earned the title by letting a boy kiss her neck for five seconds.

But Skylar, the little sister of five older brothers, is not the type to just let anybody tear her down. Not that she lets her brother's bully her into doing something, either (though she has, apparently, been duct taped to chairs a lot). No, see, this girl, who is described as looking twelve and having an elfin face, does what she wants regardless of what others say. If something screams danger. She doesn't care, she'll just run right on in.

This sort of attitude is why Kali never stood a chance in avoiding becoming friends with Skylar, not that she tried to. She was also hilarious. Especially when verbally sparring with the popular, yet surprisingly non-stereotypical Bethany Davis, who was also a surprisingly cool character.

The only character I really had a problem with was one of Skylar's brothers, Elliot. We were introduced to three of the five Hayden brothers, and Elliot, who had the biggest part of all of them, seemed the most two-dimensional. Which was a shame. We didn't see much of Vaughn and Reid (the two other brothers we met), but their personalities, I thought, were well defined for what we did see. Elliot, on the other hand, seemed only thrown in to constantly doubt his sister. Which got old after a while.

I liked the new take on vampires (though this wasn't really a vampire book at all)– hell, all the preternaturals, really – in this book. How they became what they were, or rather how what they were became more advanced. I like seeing fresh new takes on things that work, and I felt this was clearly defined in the author's mind, and so on paper as well.

I would liked to have had the connection brought on by the chupecabras explained better, though. I got that they came in pairrs, and had some form of psychic link, but why did that link pass on to their hosts?

I thought this story was paced out nicely, and had enough twists to keep readers engaged. The writing was blunt, and left little room for fluff. I'm not sure if this is the author's style, as this is my first book by her, but I thought it fit the main character's no-nonsense voice perfectly. Jennifer Lynn Barnes definitely has talent, and I may have to remedy my single-book status, and pick up another of hers very soon. I am eager for more.

Overall, as I said, I loved this book. One of the best paranormal books I've read in a while. I definitely recommend this as a must-read for anyone who enjoys the genre. As for the rating, 4.7 Crazy Hearts, I think, is a good fit.  


  1. this looks good, and most reviews are like yours they love it and not for any one reason..they just do. I need to grab this one :)

  2. There were some mixed reviews for this book. But I'm a sucker for vampire stories, and haven't read much paranormal books. Plus, 4.7 Crazy hearts sounds good to me!


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