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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
Very Addictive! A must read.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There is action right from the very first chapter. Throughout the novel, we see the main character, Kali D'Angelo battle many supernatural creatures. Jennifer Lynn Barnes' descriptions of each battle are vivid and action packed, with a different twist throughout the book, and secrets to be revealed, the readers will be left guessing until the very end. And so
much excitement, it will make your head spin! Plus add in the effect of a countdown timer, and you can literally feel your heart pounding.
There was one point in the story where I was reading all nice and quiet,and then all of sudden "BAM!" something major is revealed, and I literallywhispered (pretty loudly I might add) "WHAT???!?!!" You'll have to read it to know what I'm talking about, but when you get to that part, you are totally going to say "what??!?!?" too!
There were a lot of humorous lines and scenes throughout the book, which I felt made the characters feel more real. Although Kali is seen as a tough, no holds barred, show no fear, come and get me type of girl, Barnes portrays another side of her that will catch readers off guard and love the character even more. You can't help but feel sad for Kali, seeing her struggle with trying to get her father to notice her, her desire to live a normal life but having to accept who she really is, or what she really is.
My favorite part in the book is how the author builds up to Kali's change. Barnes carries it out making the reader hang on to her every word. She makes you feel how Kali is feeling, hear what she hear, experience the changes going on throughout her body. And the hunting scenes.. Wow! Everything is described in amazing detail. Her clever one liners were classic. There were times where I felt like I was literally inside Kali's head as she plans her next
attack, like how she is going to survive a horde of zombies (zoink!)
And then there is the mysterious Zev. Yes, I have a crush on him. I couldn't help it. I won't
give away the secret why, but all I have to say is *sigh*. There are points throughout the beginning of the book where Zev is downright creepy, but I loved it! (yes, yes...weird) For example, the scene in the care with Eddie! (gasped and sighed at the same time! - read it, you'll see why) But once you get past the creepiness, Zev is so sweet. And the way Barnes allows the reader very brief glimpses through Zev's eyes was eerily addicting. It was just enough of a tease to keep the reader's attention. And the secret about Zev! (Yowzah!) I gasped out loud. For real! The story just got a whole lot more intriguing for me at that point.
This book made me laugh out loud at times, and it made me teary eyed at certain parts. The only negative I have about the book is that the word "preternatural" was used way too much throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves supernatural stories.
Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Academy, Strange Angels, or enjoys heroines that kick butt, will love this book.
I am hoping that there will be a follow up bo
posted by chapterxchapter on October 11, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Too many inconsistencies
The hellhounds, dragons, griffins and other creatures are accepted as everyday, not quite so normal, creatures in Kali's world. Strangely enough, psychic abilities, as exhibited by Kali's friend Skylar are scoffed at and dismissed.
Many inconsistencies in this book. First of all, Chimera (the big bad conglomerate creating more creatures) want Kali as a specimen to study but they don't think twice about attempting to kill her and dump her body. Secondly, Kali spends a lot of time explaining to us that she cannot be killed or feel pain while she is in her 'superhuman' mode however, she is fighting a basilisk (snake) and has to be careful not to look into it's eyes as they are fatal to her. Fatal, meaning it can kill her. hmmm Also, on the pain front, at one point in the book she is faced with a manticore. It's screaming voice causes excruciating pain and makes her ears bleed..
OK, enough about that. I really liked her buddies. Bethany and Sklyar. These two stole the show. Their constant arguing and bickering was fun to read. There is also a somewhat warped romance for Kali, his name is Zev and he's, well...I'll let you just read the book and figure out what he is for yourself.
I look forward the the next book. The cliffhanger at the end was almost surely left to provide an opening for book two.
posted by avalonpriestess on September 19, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2012
The pieces just didn't come together as well as I wanted them to
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (2011)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After reading and loving Barnes' Trial by Fire I decided to pick up Barnes' latest (standalone) book even though the mechanics of Kali's day-to-day change gave me pause. My expectations were probably too high and too reliant on comparisons to Barnes Raised by Wolves series.
Kali's shift every other day between human and more than human was a great premise and made for an interesting premise. No one writes tough, action-ready heroines better than Barnes. That said, having Kali transform every other day into a super hunter made it really hard to connect with her character even as I wanted to sympathize with her feelings of being torn in two by the constant changing.
The pieces just didn't come together as well as I wanted them to between slow pacing in the beginning and an ending that felt unsatisfying. While the alternate history Barnes created is genius, the characters and story did not stand up to the Raised by Wolves standard. This book does still have all of the pieces for a great action-filled, girl power-ed story. It will appeal strongly to fans of ¿Buffy¿, adventure, and Barnes' signature mix of sharp-tongued heroines and action.
Posted December 29, 2011
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