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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Very Addictive! A must read.

Supernatural Hunter + Popular Cheerleader + one social outcast = one unique team of teenagers. I mean bonding over a Chupacabra bite? Is there really any other way to form a lasting bond? Seriously! Love it! It's interesting to see how these character's develop and ...
Supernatural Hunter + Popular Cheerleader + one social outcast = one unique team of teenagers. I mean bonding over a Chupacabra bite? Is there really any other way to form a lasting bond? Seriously! Love it! It's interesting to see how these character's develop and interact with each other. To see how their relationships with each other unfold.
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, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Too many inconsistencies

Different kind of book to read. The slaying of Preternatural creatures done by the main character, Kali, reminded me somewhat of Supernatural (the WB series about two brothers who slay supernatural creatures.) The book has plenty of gory, violent scenes while Kali is...
Different kind of book to read. The slaying of Preternatural creatures done by the main character, Kali, reminded me somewhat of Supernatural (the WB series about two brothers who slay supernatural creatures.) The book has plenty of gory, violent scenes while Kali is hunting and fighting the hellhounds that have been put on the endangered list. She hunts all sorts of preternatural creatures but the focus seems to be on the hellhounds.
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, 2011

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Too many inconsistencies

    Different kind of book to read. The slaying of Preternatural creatures done by the main character, Kali, reminded me somewhat of Supernatural (the WB series about two brothers who slay supernatural creatures.) The book has plenty of gory, violent scenes while Kali is hunting and fighting the hellhounds that have been put on the endangered list. She hunts all sorts of preternatural creatures but the focus seems to be on the hellhounds.
    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    the story line was unique

    One thing I have to say about Every Other Day, the story line was unique to me. If anything, that alone kept me in the story. The novel is set in an alternate reality where paranormal elements (zombies, hellhounds, dragons, etc) were discovered by Darwin way back when. Not only are the paranormal creatures a part of the world, but they’re also protected as endangered species. Too bad for them, Kali is a natural born hunter during her “non-human” cycle. The bulk of the story follows Kali, the main character, during a 48-72 hour time span. All the while, Kali’s internal clock provides a countdown until her next cycle. For the most part, this was an okay read. Like I said, the story was unique. Early on, I was a bit confused about the Darwin theory, but eventually it was explained. Other parts were a bit predictable, but my biggest gripe was Kali’s near invincibility. On her “non-human” days she was like Spider-man in the areas of strength and reflexes and Wolverine when it came to rejuvenation, but she felt no pain and was A LOT harder to incapacitate. Meanwhile, all she had to do was lay low on her human days and voila! she was back in action. As such, it lacked any real stakes. Normally I like to talk about side characters, and there were quite a few with varying importance in the story. However, the relationships Kali seemed to form with them seemed rather shallow, making it difficult to care for anyone in particular. I give the story an A+ for uniqueness, but the execution could have been better. If a sequel does happen, it’s a story I may or may not seek depending on mood. Overall, 3/3.5 out of 5 stars. I received this work from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    every other day...

    The world of Every Other Day is not really that much different from ours, except that preternatural creatures in their purest forms are accepted as norms and are even protected by law. But although scientific anomalies are recognized as real, supernatural ones such as psychics and psychic connections are still oddly frowned upon.

    Aside from that, it's your typical world of teenage dramas, frivolities and self-sacrificing tendencies.

    I enjoyed reading this book, mostly because the main characters were often entertainingly (sometimes, even sarcastically) funny and the narrator's thoughts oddly relatable. I was also amused by its attempt at dissolving popular myths about some creatures (like zombies eating their tongues) and the strange nature of the main character herself-why does she have to shift between human and nonhuman instead of being just one or the other? The answer did not exactly blow me away, and the path leading to it was not all that compelling, per se. What did keep me reading Every Other Day, however, was the writer's voice. It was easy to understand, and in a way believe as it effectively conveys both events and emotions without being too wordy.

    Although it failed to become a favorite, this book has made its mark on me for being a decently written novel that bravely defied popular mythical images based on well-thought-out logic that kept its claims from sounding too ridiculous. It has also shown good arguments for first impressions often being wrong, and the power (and danger) of real friendships.

    Another reason that this book has appealed to me is because it reminded me of another girl from another book who seems to share the same fate-sans the hellhounds and zombies. I think Kali D'Angelo and Gaia Moore from the Fearless series will have a lot to talk about-that is, if one of them ever makes it past the barriers of general distrust of people to begin with. :P

    . I got a free copy of this book to review from NetGalley.

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