Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 27th Dec 2011
Pages: 336
Book Source: Egmont US & NetGalley

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts:
Kick-ass action, feverish pace, quirky cast of characters, blood, gore and violence (oh yeah) make this one a winner in my book. Preternaturals; hellhounds, basilisks, dragons, chupacabras, zombies are an accepted reality, co-existing with humans under government protection ... pretty cool world building.

Kali is human one day and slayer of preternatural beasties the next. Working against the clock, the countdown as she changes from human to hunter amps up the suspense and had my heart in my mouth a few times. Pretty much a loner until she ends up with unexpected allies Skylar & Bethany. 

Skylar is cute, sassy and a little odd and Skylar's brothers are an awesome lot. Bethany starts off as a typical mean girl but she's obnoxiously loyal, sarcastic, hilarious and I loved her. These two had personality plus and their banter had me giggling. 

Jennifer Lynn Barnes writes in a no-fluff way, not that there isn't emotion, there is, but she gets down and dirty and doesn't mind throwing in the twists and turns and some totally hateful curveballs!

Highly recommend this one for lovers of urban fantasy :)

Read more about Jennifer Lynn Barnes: website, blog, tumblr.


  1. I think I need to read this one. The world the author created sounds pretty awesome!

  2. YA UF...I do wonder. Cos those pnr books does not really work for me, but uf, I haven't really tried one of those in YA

  3. Ohhhhhhhh I am thinking I would like this one! Thanks for your well wishes for my Brookie... I so appreciate it! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. I saw Jennifer Lynn Barnes at a Smart Chicks Kick It even a couple months ago, and she seemed really nice & interesting, but I hadn't read anything by her. I still haven't actually. Maybe I should try this one. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Glad you enjoyed this one! I wonder if she will turn it into a series?

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd OUt

  6. Not your typical YA book I think. Interesting! Thanks for the recommendation :)


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