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February 22, 2012

EVERY OTHER DAY, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, 2011

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. . . . With the help of a few new friends, Kali . . . learns the secrets of her mysterious condition. (Goodreads)

Review by Emily (EMS)

I was intrigued by the Goodreads description on this one. It sounded like a very typical YA Paranormal, but I liked the twist on things. The idea of a character shifting from human to paranormal every 24 hours seemed like a good one.

The good news? I felt like it delivered. It was fast-paced, but not dizzying; interesting with the way the paranormal creatures were used, and overall, a really fun book to dig into.

I liked that I saw a lot of character growth...but not from the character I was expecting. I thought for sure that Kali would have some huge life-altering thing happen, she'd be a better person, blah blah blah. Well, I didn't think so. She did experience some growth, but the one who really surprised me was Bethany. She's the typical YA rival to start out with, but she ends up being the one that I thought went through the most growth. Interesting, and refreshing.

For each moment that I thought I had things all nicely wrapped up, another thing would pop up to shock me. There were plenty of those. I like being kept guessing because it keeps the book from becoming predictable. I think Barnes did a lovely job of keeping her book alive for me.

Of course, fans of paranormal will dig into this one and enjoy it a lot. Even better, I think that fans of YA in general would like it too. I'm giving it a 'Pick Me' rating. It's one that I wouldn't mind reading again!

Market: (Young Adult)
Language: (mild)
Sensuality: (mild)
Violence: (between moderate and extreme-not sure what to call that)
Mature Themes: (Death, abandonment, loss)

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1 comment:

Alice said...

Hmm. sounds kind of Buffy-ish. I might have to check it. out.