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Every Other Day

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Egmont USA
  • ASIN: 1606842676
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,780,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is my first book by Jennifer Barnes, and I was really drawn in by her writing style. This is a refreshing idea--being fully human one day and then paranormal the next! She executed this idea very well, and I also liked that in an parallel universe where paranormal creatures were discovered by Darwin, it is even more strange to not know what exactly she is.
The main character is strong, and selfless, so much its admiral and painful all at the same time. She'd distanced herself from people for so long, but when she tries to save a classmate and gets stuck along the ride with her, along with letting in a social pariah of the school, she realizes just how much she can lose. I enjoyed watching these relationships develop, and I think I was in almost as much pain as Kali at an unfortunate turn that broke my heart.
Skylar is a great secondary character and she made me think of Luna in the Harry Potter series. This innocence and wisdom you can't help but love. And oh her brothers, lol. They appear from everywhere and it was fun how they advanced the plot.
I was very suprised about some of the plot twists, including Zev, Kali's mother, and the story behind her father. The writing is suspenseful and I loved where the story took me.
The ending tied up things pretty well, but I'd still love to read a sequel and find out more about what happens to Kali.
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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I read a lot of YA paranormal books, and lately, I've been feeling some fatigue for the genre. I guess I've read one too many books with weak heroines, love at first sight romances, and lame plots. But every once in a while, I find a book that reminds why I actually like this genre. Every Other Day is definitely one of those books.

Kali is a demon hunter. Ever since she reached puberty, she's had an uncontrollable urge to hunt. There's just one catch: she's only a hunter every other day. On her off days, she's a normal human teenager. Her hunting activities don't leave time for a social life, and she's a loner. On one of her human days, she realizes that a demon has targeted a fellow student, and she takes it upon herself to save the girl, even though she's lacking her superstrength and awesome healing abilities at the time. Her decision sets off a chain of events that throw her life into disarray and eventually lead to her uncovering the mystery of what she really is.

I won't say anything more about the plot since I don't want to give too much away, but it's a fast-moving story with almost constant action. One plot twist I saw coming, but others were surprises. Kali is a great character. She's a tough loner, and she's been dealing with her secret life completely on her own for several years. When she makes a decision to save another girl, it forces her to actually deal with people and relationships, which are very foreign territory for her. The secondary characters are well developed. Perky outcast Skylar, who decides that Kali needs a friend and refuses to take no for an answer, and popular cheerleader Bethany, who turns out not to be the stereotypical mean girl she seems to be at first, both felt real to me.
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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I really enjoyed reading this!

But everyone who I talked to who read the description (including myself) said "oh, it sounds like Buffy the Vampire Slayer". It certainly is not.

Kali is a partial human in a world in which paranormal creatures have been discovered to live among humans creating an alternate history for our world (these creatures go well back in time including references to Lewis Carrol and the Civil War). Although they are largely predatory and dangerous, most of them are considered endangered species...Kali knows better and is driven by her less than human side to hunt them.

However, she lives a circadian cycle - one day she's a strong supernatural hunter, the next she's an ordinary weak human girl. Her past is a mystery to her and she has few friends and only minimal conversation with her father. No one knows about her and she doesn't know why she is the way she is either.

It gets interesting when Kali attempts to save a girl on one of her human days and finds out that in doing so she's suddenly found herself with friends for the first time as well as entering a new stage in her evolution and having an opportunity to find out more about what she is. The action is fast and furious, and the story is detailed and rich. Lots of fights and flights and humor and angst.

I have to say that when I get books through the Vine program they are free to me and while I enjoy them, I wouldn't always have paid for them full price. In this case, I liked this book so much I intend to buy the next in the series when it comes out! It might be young adult, but this was just a lovely read...
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Format: Hardcover
The first thing that grabbed me with the book was the description. A girl with natural predatory and hunter instincts that take over every other day? I was dying of curiousity to know what she was and why she was drawn to act that way.

But unfortunately, Every Other Day didn't interest me as much as I had hoped, and most of its revelations did very little to satisfy my inital curiousity.

Reasons to Read:

1.Full of twists and unexpected turns:

Yes, I did just say that that I was unimpressed (for the most part) with the twists and revelations as they unfolded. HOWEVER, there were so many in the book that I couldn't help but end up surprised by the ending. And it was those last few chapters that really grabbed me and held my attention, because the book didn't end up being as predictable as it seemed to be while I was reading it.

2.Romance takes the backseat:

It really can be refreshing to read a book with minimal romance, and although I feared at first that there was going to be (yet again) some forced love triangle, I'm so pleased to say that it did not develop that way at all. Romance is barely there, and if I'm being totally honest it isn't really there at all. There's some potential interest and chemistry, but it isn't the driving force of the plot.
But overall, it fell flat for me and didn't meet my expectations like I had hoped it would. I was looking forward to something new and unexpected, but it ended up being more predictable and common.

And I was completely confused by the lack of backstory to this one. Such little information was given to the setting of the story, and it took me a while to figure out that the preternatural occurences and creatures were actually common knowledge. Go figure.
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