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Every Other Day Paperback – January 22, 2013
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Paranormal gets a twist in this entertaining start to a new series about Kali, who alternates between being a normal 16-year-old one day and a vampirish demon hunter the next. It helps that her father is busy in his own work and doesn’t notice her bloodied clothes or late-night absences, during which she tries to save her town from the threat of hellhounds, dragons, basilisks, and manticores. Kali is a worthy character to follow: sarcastic and self-sufficient, but also self-deprecating. After she saves a snobby cheerleader by transferring a deadly chupacabra to her own body, she finds herself linked to and caring for a fellow demon hunter, Zev, who communicates with her as a voice in her head. The cheerleader wants to return the favor and save Kali next, leading to an unlikely partnership that turns to friendship. Add evil villains, a mystery surrounding Kali’s parentage, a friend who claims to be a little psychic, and some plot twists, and this will leave readers eagerly waiting for the sequel. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Dobrez --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Raised by Wolves:
"An exceptionally taut read." - "Publisher's Weekly"
"A great read and a must have." - "School Library Journal"
"Barnes weaves a fantastic story line full of great plot twists and turns with a little romance sprinkled in. Revealing key pieces of the plot in bits and pieces allows the story to move quickly and effortlessly. Readers will definitely respond to gutsy Bryn, who, in being true to herself, must fight for her place in the world. A great read and a must have for...fans of the supernatural." - "School Library Journal"
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This book doesn't reflect what JLB is capable of. She got the idea from being the TA of a class on evolution, and it's not bad as a thought-experiment, which is what Ursula K. Le Guin says that sci fi is.
What I hated was the lack of direction. It was not worked out in a coherent, cohesive way. It felt like she just jumbled together all of the supernatural things that she could think of/that the average teenage girl would be familiar with.
In addition, the idea of chupacabras as being things that are inside people and can physically manifest as something that would resemble a tattoo was ridiculously terrible. I lived in Latin America for a bit and I can guarantee you that no one would call THAT a chupacabra.
I've got to say I've been on a badass heroine streak and love it. With this story I was not disappointed with our heroine Kali; an average teenager every other day. But when she isn't simply human, she is a bloodthirsty hunter, seeking to sink her knives into supernatural baddies!
Her life takes an even bigger turn for the interesting when she sees the mark of the Chupacabra on a popular girl at school and has decided to save her no matter the cost.
Though Kali isn't exactly social, she warms up to most of the characters we're introduced to, and its quite a variety. Through Kali's eyes, the world of the usual bump-in-the-night creature genre is given a unique twist. Especially so when readers learn of a company with evil intention involving Kali, humans, creatures, and a certain somebody else. *raises eyebrows*
It's what makes this book so fun, since things aren't what they seem! I really appreciated that while our popular girl did fit the usual bill of teenage snot, once Kali got past the facde there was someone truly lovable underneath. I did feel a little confused after some mysteries were revealed for example what exactly Kali was before things began to change was left...cloudy. Also a certain character death left me with a big angry question mark above my head. I felt the death was random and highly unnecessary, plus the ending felt slightly vague.
First line: "The decision to make hellhounds an endangered species was beyond asinine, but I expected nothing less from a government that had bankrolled not one, but two, endowed chairs in preternatural biology (one of them my father's) at the University That Shall Not Be Named."
Every twenty-four hours, Kali becomes a predator with the insatiable urge to hunt and kill all supernatural creatures: zombies, hellhounds, basilisks...you name it. She has been this way since she was twelve and she has no idea why.
But when she notices a mark on popular cheerleader Bethany's lower back, she knows Bethany has been bitten by a chupacabra and has a death sentence hanging over her head. Kali has a plan to try and save Bethany, but she has to do it as a human.
The characters and the story of Every Other Day are phenomenal. Kali is sarcastic, snarky, and bad-ass when she is human and not-so-human. She is a great, strong main character. As a predator, she has great endurance, heightened senses, and she does not feel pain. She heals quickly, she does not have to eat, and her blood is poison to the supernatural creatures she hunts.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes does an amazing job at putting this book together. Cant wait to read more from her.