Double Monster Review: Every Other Day

Double Monster Review: Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published by Egmont USA on December 27th 2011
Pages: 352

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 love Jennifer Lynn Barnes other novels, so when I saw this one, I was intrigued. I knew it was some form of paranormal and it looked pretty awesome, so I jumped right in.
This book just throws you right into the fray from the beginning. Kali is just your average girl, but only every other day. She's a hunter the other part of the time, taking down hellhounds and other baddies that feed on humans or look to harm them. So when she sees a girl with a sign that she's been infected with a life-sucking parasite, she lures it out and takes it on without thinking, knowing soon she'll be changed and can get rid of it, if she lasts the day.
Beyond this, I don't think I should tell you much else. Only there's a hot guy in Kali's head suddenly, a dragon appears at some point, and well there's always her friend who is just a little bit psychic. Did I mention zombies? Yeah, this book has everything you could ever want when it comes to the kick-butt category of paranormal. I loved the mix of the past being brought to light throughout the novel as well, as Kali figures out slowly why she is the way she is.
Final Verdict:
Filled with danger, peril, budding friendships, and supernatural beasties, Every Other Day will keep you reading until the very end. Definitely not a book to miss if you like kick-butt heroines and a bit of romance to boot.

This is the second book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes I have read. Unlike Kristen, I wasn't head over heels with my first book experience by this author. However, new series… different topic… I figured I would go into this with an open mind.

Take everything that you think you know about Charles Darwin and throw it out the window. Instead, imagine for a second that Darwin discovered not species of animals, but rather supernatural species. Changes quite a few things, doesn't it?
Every Other Day opens with a bang! Despite not being impressed by my first Jennifer Lynn Barnes experience, I knew right away that this book was different. I was completely sucked into Kali's world right away.
Barnes really rolled this dice with this one. Unlike most paranormal stories that throw one or two paranormals at you, Barnes as a whole arsenal at hand. You name it… Barnes probably included it. And while the book could have come off as paranormal overload, Every Other Day somehow manages to toe the line of just enough but not too much. I found myself quite awed actually by this.
Final Verdict:
I went into Every Other Day with an open mind. And I am so glad that I did. I would have really hated if I had passed on this one just due to a prior poor experience. And although Kristen doesn't completely agree with me, Every Other Day was a pretty emotional read. Very pleased and very surprised by this one. Bravo!


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3 responses to “Double Monster Review: Every Other Day

  1. Alexia561

    Nice review! Glad to hear that you both liked this on, as I really enjoyed it. Kali was a great character, and I’m really hoping that Barnes will bring her back for a sequel!

  2. I LOVE Jennifer Lynn Barnes–both her books and her as a person (she was a sweetheart when I got to meet her at last year’s RT). And I’ve been meaning to get around to this new series so yay to hear that it holds up to the awesomeness of her earlier books!


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