Novel Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other DayIt’s been a while since I’ve done a review. Between NaNoWriMo 2012 and releasing a couple of works in December, I’ve been behind… WAY behind on reading and reviews. Well, it’s time to mend my ways. 🙂

So here we have Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I picked up a copy from NetGalley. I have to say, the Netgalley program is treating me right. 🙂 How about a blurb before the review, just like old times.

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.

One thing I have to say about Every Other Day, the story line was unique to me. If anything, that alone kept me in the story.

The novel is set in an alternate reality where paranormal elements (zombies, hellhounds, dragons, etc) were discovered by Darwin way back when. Not only are the paranormal creatures a part of the world, but they’re also protected as endangered species. Too bad for them, Kali is a natural born hunter during her “non-human” cycle.

The bulk of the story follows Kali, the main character, during a 48-72 hour time span. All the while, Kali’s internal clock provides a countdown until her next cycle.

For the most part, this was an okay read. Like I said, the story was unique. Early on, I was a bit confused about the Darwin theory, but eventually it was explained. Other parts were a bit predictable, but my biggest gripe was Kali’s near invincibility.

On her “non-human” days she was like Spider-man in the areas of strength and reflexes and Wolverine when it came to rejuvenation, but she felt no pain and was A LOT harder to incapacitate.

Meanwhile, all she had to do was lay low on her human days and voila! she was back in action. As such, it lacked any real stakes.

Normally I like to talk about side characters, and there were quite a few with varying importance in the story. However, the relationships Kali seemed to form with them seemed rather shallow, making it difficult to care for anyone in particular.

I give the story an A+ for uniqueness, but the execution could have been better. If a sequel does happen, it’s a story I may or may not seek depending on mood. Overall, 3/3.5 out of 5 stars.

As a side note: I never did figure out how she managed school on her non-human days.

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0 thoughts on “Novel Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  1. This was a fun read by a talented author! Kali knows that she isn’t normal, but doesn’t know much more than that. Living with her father, she does her best to stay under the radar and remain invisible, as she’s learned that this is the safest course. Despite her best efforts though, she makes a friend at her new high school. One thing leads to another and soon she has her own version of a Scooby Gang! And yes, that’s a deliberate Buffy reference, as Kali reminded me a little of my favorite Slayer. What exactly is Kali? Is she even human? And why did her mother leave when Kali was so young? This story leads us down roads I didn’t really expect, but they are awesome roads! There’s a bit of conspiracy and a hint of evil scientists, as well as supernatural forces you may or may not be familiar with. All in all, a very exciting read! Loved Kali’s friend Skylar, and even liked Skylar’s obnoxious brother! All of Kali’s new friends were interesting, and think they make a great new gang for her! Looking forward to reading more about them all and learning about Kali’s abilities, so I really, really hope that this will be a series!

  2. Skylar was quite a character. I wouldn’t mind learning a bit more about her. She’s make for a nice side story, especially if we got to get to know her brothers better. She had so many of them, and they were so flitting in the story, I feel like I hardly knew them.

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