Friday, October 21, 2011

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Well, if anything, this book was interesting. Totally unique, for sure. And different. I have to appreciate that at least Jennifer tried to tackle such a new field. But still, it could have been better. So 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Releasing 12/27/11
Recieved from Netgalley
3.5 out of 5 stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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've never read anything by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, so I didn't know what to expect. But I wasn't exactly expecting an elegant first-person voice. I didn't like how flowery it seemed, but if she had toned it down just a little, it would have been okay. I usually like the half flowery style, but this was way too much. At one point I literally had to push myself just the get through the writing.

The plot was pretty awesome, though it was kind of hard to notice through the flowery writing. I actually liked it! It had a lot of twists and turns. It had me guessing what would happen. And it had me actually gasping in some parts... for real! I liked this plot a lot; it was really fast-paced and pretty wicked. If anything, the so-called romance wasn't overdone! It might've been an insta-love, but it wasn't obvious. It was slower than other romances, which was a really nice relief. I hate insta-loves, so that made Every Other Day more appealing.

The characters weren't exactly what you'd call relatable, but I suppose Kali was slightly relatable. She was confused half the time, which I totally understand, and annoying the other half, which annoyed me. She's definitely not my favorite protagonist, but definitely not the worst. Although she's close to it...
Then there was Skylar. She was actually kind of awesome. I actually liked her a lot. She reeked of amazingness and just plain cool. I loved what she said to Kali when Kali first met her! It was so hilarious and funny! She has what Kali should've had: spunk.
And Bethany: I'm kind of undecided. She was just there for me. You might have a different opinion, but that's how I feel. I guess she's just okay, but I have no idea.

So overall, I guess I would recommend it, but I would be clenching my teeth and plastering a fake smile while doing it. It takes you a long time to like it, but when you do, you'll be flipping through the pages. I probably won't be reading the sequel, but all things can change through time...

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