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Every Other Day Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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'If I could marry a book, Every Other Day and I would be on our honeymoon by now' Bloggers Heart Books. (Bloggers Heart Books)
'intense, fast paced, exciting and with a kick-ass heroine, trying to overcome a dangerous evil within her home town ... What's not to like?' Book Passion For Life. (Book Passion For Life)
'fantastically paced, excellent characters, totally believable set up and just a dash of romance to sweeten the mix. Superb stuff' Bookbag. (Bookbag)
'Big thumbs up to Jennifer!! ... The book takes quite a unique turn for a YA book in my opinion and I really enjoyed this. I didn't see it coming and a surprise is always fantastic!!!' District YA. (District YA)
'The action is fast, continuous and the kind that makes you just want to read on and on' Death Books and Tea.
'There's a lot to admire about Jennifer Lynn Barnes's new novel, particularly the pacing and the quirky, vivid characters' Inis.(Inis)
'Lashing right into action, this novel doesn't hold back ... a total page turner' Kiss. (Kiss)
'an awesome paranormal book that had me laughing on the edge of my seat, and crying at one point. Loved it!' The Book Addicted Girl. (Book Addicted Girl)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes's writing is beautiful, her use of vocabulary a delight in times of text speak and over simplifying ... Amazing plot twists and conspiracy theories blended together' Book Angel Booktopia. (Book Angel Booktopia)
''a gripping read from start to finish' Starburst. (Starburst)
'This book was amazing ... I couldn't put it down ... one of the most original books I've ever read' Page Turner. (Page Turner)
Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter...See all Product description
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I like how the title already picks up the theme for the book. And the cover too. Originally I was wondering about this bloody sandglass, but as soon as you start reading you realise just how appropriate this image is. I hope you are not overly squeaky about blood because there is a lot in this story.
Kali is not your usual teenage girl. She has a dark, predatory side and though she doesn't understand or know why she is like she is, she embraces it fully. Kali sometimes almost scares me. She is very determined. She has a kind heart but is at the same time she is also quite ruthless. In a way she sees the world in black and white; good and evil and after coming to a conclusion she just goes through with her mission.
The whole story centres around Kali but there are a few interesting supporting characters, who add to the overall story. Kali is mainly an absolute loner, not only because she just changed schools, but she is also not interested in anybody, as she has to hide her dark secret. Bethany is the girl she decides to help. She is a very popular, pretty cheerleader and when Kali saves her, she kind of feels obliged to help Kali in return. I loved the bitchy and sarcastic dialogues between these two. So hilarious. And then there is the supposedly psychic girl Skylar, who completely ignores Kali's rough and unfriendly behaviour and nevertheless integrates her into her group of outsiders. She is a close second when it comes to ironic and funny comments. She also has some fascinating aces up her sleeves. Be surprised!
The plot was fast-paced and full of unexpected twists. There is a lot of genetics and biology, which I love as a science geek. It's very obvious that the author is a scientist herself and I love how she integrates her knowledge into the story. The story line was overall very fascinating and I would have never ever predicted the outcome. And I have to point out that this is for once no romance story. This is positively remarkable as most YA stories centre on some romantic relationship. Every Other Day is Kali's story. Sometimes bloody, sometimes emotional, occasional funny, but always captivating. At the moment this book is a standalone publication but for once I wish there would be another book coming. I really wouldn't mind reading more about Kali.
* review copy courtesy of publisher via NetGalley *
Kali is a 16 year old high student by day and every 24 hours she turns into a bad ass demon hunter by night. While at school one day she notices a mark on the back of one of the popular girls and realises that the girl has been marked to die. Kali makes it her mission to try and help the girl but instead, she ends up with the mark on herself and is soon on a mission to save herself before her time is up.
I liked the overall premise of this story and it was a really easy read. I really found myself enjoying the characters too. Kali is just the type of heroine we need from young adult books. She's a very interesting character, one that is strong, stubborn and sarcastic but she's also loyal, determined and her personality really drives this story forward - it really gets this story kicking off pretty well. Kali wasn't the only character I liked; Skylar was another favourite of mine. I loved her personality and her bubbly attitude and I loved the banter between her and her brother.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed Every Other Day, I cannot help feel that something was missing and for me that was romance. There is a slight hint of it between Kali and Zev but it's such a weird and complex relationship I wasn't entirely sure I understood it. So I didn't love it but that's not to say that the next book will be the same. The ending of this book left me wanting to know what happens next and I especially want to know happens to all our characters and of course, I want more romance.
Overall, Jennifer Lynn Barnes has managed to create an interesting and imaginable world with Every Other Day and I've got a feeling that this series will just get better and better.
This book was something else entirely though. I really enjoyed its originality and the intensity of the action that occurred right from the very start.
For me the most amazing part of the book was the plot. At times reading this book gave me an adrenaline rush just from how exciting it was. The plot was chocked full of action packed fights and suspense filled conversations adding to the mystery of Kali's 'condition'.
And Kali's 'condition' for lack of a better word was probably the best part about the read. It was like a constant countdown to something really great happening or something really dreadful. A constant waiting game.
Of course, I can't carry on this review without talking about Zev. An essential character completely shrouded by mystery. Even at the end of the book nothing much is revealed about Zev but it seems better that way somehow. I feel like if everything was revealed about him he wouldn't have made as big as an impact in the story as he was supposed to.
The only real criticism I have is that, for me at least, the ending was way too abrupt. I felt a little frustrated with the way it ended because so much effort was put into Kali getting to the end and then it just stopped with no real ending.
Overall I definitely recommend this read to absolutely everyone who likes this kind of read because it is well, well worth it.
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