Every Other Day [NOOK Book]

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"A contemporary Buffy."?Publishers Weekly

"Readers will devour this fantastic series starter. ...Barnes brings her characters to life in stunning detail. This is not your usual paranormal fare."?RTBook Reviews

Every other day, Kali ...
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Overview

"A contemporary Buffy."—Publishers Weekly

"Readers will devour this fantastic series starter. ...Barnes brings her characters to life in stunning detail. This is not your usual paranormal fare."—RTBook Reviews

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies (reluctantly). She's human.

And every other day in between . . . she's not.

Though she's not quite sure what she is on those days, Kali knows what she does . . . she hunts, traps, and kills demons, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures that threaten her world. On those days, she is practically indestructible.

But when Kali notices a mark on a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these unworldly beings. And she knows she has only twenty-four hours to save her.

There's only one problem . . . it's the wrong twenty-four hours.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—Every other day Kali is a normal 16-year-old. On the alternate days, she is not sure what she is. She knows only that she has an irresistible urge to hunt and kill supernatural demons and hellhounds. When she spots a strange mark on Bethany's back, she knows that the girl has been marked for death. As Kali fights to save her, the two pair up with the endearing school pariah, Skylar, to unravel a Machiavellian scheme in which unknowing teens are being injected with chupacabra serum. Kali is a likable, compelling heroine. Her dual existence rings true to normal teen angst about getting along with parents, making friends, and surviving high school: "Even without my powers, I would gladly have faced down hellspawn over high school mean girls any day." Elements of the supernatural come across organically in Kali's modern, everyday world: Darwin's seminal work is The Demon's Descent and hellhounds are a government-protected endangered species. Barnes keeps readers engaged with a steady plaiting of suspense, action, and atmospheric description. Subplots build tension and prompt more questions: What does Bethany's dad's work in gene therapy have to do with her mother's emotional fragility? Should Kali trust Zev, the being she lured from Bethany's body into her own? Just how much does Kali's absentminded professor dad know about his daughter? A satisfying conclusion leaves enough room for a sequel.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC
Publishers Weekly
Barnes (the Raised by Wolves books) delivers a gory urban fantasy that balances confident world-building, action, and strong character development. The sharp-tongued 16-year-old narrator, Kali D’Angelo, wields strange, superhuman powers, but only every other day, during which times she secretly goes out and slays various supernatural creatures. (In this world, such creatures were discovered by Charles Darwin and have long been known to human society.) On one of the days when she’s merely human, Kali discovers that her uptight cheerleader classmate, Bethany, has the always-fatal mark of the chupacabra and contrives to transfer the mark to herself. The combination of Kali’s powers and the supernatural creature is bad enough, but it’s soon clear that there are rogue scientists and other dangers to both girls and a third classmate, the potentially psychic Skyler. The conspiracies and supernatural threats vie for time with lone-wolf Kali’s attempts to deal with two potential friendships; all of the conflicts come to a head in an extended but gripping climax. Fans of adult-oriented urban fantasy should enjoy this as much as teens looking for a contemporary Buffy. Ages 12–up. (Dec.)
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Praise for Raised by Wolves:
"An exceptionally taut read." - Publisher's Weekly

"A great read and a must have." - School Library Journal

"Barnes weaves a fantastic story line full of great plot twists and turns with a little romance sprinkled in. Revealing key pieces of the plot in bits and pieces allows the story to move quickly and effortlessly. Readers will definitely respond to gutsy Bryn, who, in being true to herself, must fight for her place in the world. A great read and a must have for...fans of the supernatural." - School Library Journal

ALAN Review - Diana Liu
In her novel Every Other Day, Jennifer Lynn Barnes builds a gripping story narrated by a sarcastic and gutsy protagonist that readers will enthusiastically cheer for. On some days, Kali D'Angelo is just a normal teenage girl. She goes to high school, takes exams, and deals with the snide remarks of popular people. Most important, she's human. But every other day, she's not. On these days, Kali is essentially indestructible, and she chooses to hunt and eliminate supernatural creatures in her spare time. One day though, Kali notices that one of the popular girls at school has been marked for death and realizes that she only has twenty-four hours to help her. As Kali races against time to save the girl, though, she uncovers a larger and much more sinister plot that just might destroy herself and everyone that she loves. Reviewer: Diana Liu
Kirkus Reviews
Dial up the suspense in this series opener about a girl superhero who battles monsters. Kali lives with her indifferent father, who doesn't seem to notice that every other day his daughter isn't home. Kali's blood changes every 24 hours to something not human, giving her superpowers and a lust to slaughter the hellhounds, dragons and basilisks that plague humankind but that are protected as endangered species. When she sees that a girl in school has become infected with a parasite that will kill her, Kali deliberately attracts the worm into her own body, hoping she can survive until her inhuman, monster-killing blood kicks in to destroy it. All doesn't go as expected, however, when Kali actually makes friends who help her track down the evil corporation that appears to be genetically altering the monsters. During her superhuman day she also tries to find Zev, whose voice she has been able to hear in her head ever since she absorbed the killer parasite. She'll also learn something she didn't want to know: just how she herself came to be. This science-fiction story adopts a fairly standard mad-scientist premise but ends up coming across just as much a paranormal adventure, with its focus on monsters and telepathy. Lonely Kali's responses to her new friends add some pathos to the story, but the main focus remains on suspense, well delivered. Some good thrills. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606842676
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 157,976
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate-cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic-book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She wrote her first novel, Golden, when she was nineteen.

In 2006, Jen graduated from Yale with a degree in cognitive science and spent a year doing autism research at the University of Cambridge. She is currently pursuing further graduate studies at Yale. Visit her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com.
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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    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 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

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    Fun Paranormal Twist

    This book wasn't quite what I expected--but in a good way. I thought from the blurb and the other reviews that it would be a bit more Buffy-esque than it was, and really didn't expect the conspiracy drama that it turned out to be. So--maybe Buffy meets the teen version of X-Files? I read it quickly--partly because my NetGalley copy was due to expire soon, but mostly because I just didn't want to put it down. Barnes quickly draws readers into the world she created for this one; you almost believe that Darwin really did make crucial discoveries about preternaturals out there on the HMS Beagle. It's a real girl-power book that does a nice job of blending fantasy and science fiction into one readable package. It's a book about friends, family, and sacrifice in a world where the supernatural is a part of daily life and hellhounds (so wrong!) are a protected species...or at least they are for a while. Barnes definitely left room for a sequel, but the ending isn't screaming for one, which was a nice change. It was especially amusing that in this world, werewolves aren't even believed to exist; but then, neither are vampires or psychics, two entities which may or may not factor into the plot of this novel. ;-)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Click here

    When will the second book come out?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Great Job!!

    This was an amazing book! The author did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I got excited, I cried, and I laughed throughout the whole story. I would definitly recomend this book to anyone with a good sense of adventure and excitement!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Awesome!

    So awesome! Only 29 reviews? Needs more!! Like 1,000!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Different and compelling

    This book was a great read. I couldnt put it down. I love that its different from all of the usual vampire/werewolf kind of books out today. It was heartwarming and funny then edgy and wild then heartwrenching and sad. I would definitely recomend it to any YA reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

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    Argh!! Rip my heart out! Before I say anything… I have

    Argh!! Rip my heart out!

    Before I say anything… I have to note similarities I saw between the three books I’ve read by Barnes because, for me, this is huge. Like, read-everything-by-Barnes huge. She doesn’t hold back on emotional pain or soften bloody blows. She’s willing to go deep, past assumptive boundaries. Her characters don’t suffer from stubbed toes, if you catch my drift. Rather, there is real abandonment issues, psychological twists to reality, gory moments that are burnt on memories… both the character’s and the reader’s. This depth adds a dose of reality to her writing that feels eerie. Which in turn adds the sense of real danger. I’m hugely relieved over who survives – if some of the characters I’ve fallen in love with do, actually, survive. This is true of Every Other Day, Raised by Wolves & Trial by Fire. And why haven't I read Taken by Storm, yet? Allow me to fix that problem ASAP!

    As for my opinion of this book…

    Wow! I couldn’t put it down. When my family demanded to eat, or I had to sleep (the horror!) I couldn’t stop thinking about this book. At one point I hid on the patio while pretending to do yard work to keep reading. Lol. When I couldn’t avoid it a second longer, I attacked the weeds as if I was Kali attacking the zombies, I was in the middle of the scene where she gets mobbed. It felt really good. Those weeds didn’t stand a chance!

    What I loved:

    This entire story takes place in 48 hours, counted down in Kali’s mind, which is insanely urgent. How appropriate the cover is!!! A bloody hourglass. Absolutely perfect.

    I didn’t know what Kali was – if you haven’t read this, do not spoil it!!! It’s a thrill to discover what she is and how she became that with her. Even if you suspect, like I did – like any one of us would! – you want to discover it at Kali’s pace, to embrace Barnes’ unique story.

    I love the psychological aspect of all the relationships. Kali’s dad is not just a side-character to bump elbow with occasionally, their relationship effects Kali’s view of herself, her denial, her self-loathing. The more we learn of her dad, the more we understand about Kali and the more she is able to accept herself. How delicious is that?!

    Kali and Bethany have the oddest relationship. The “no one” vs. “Miss Popular”. Only Beth wears her I’m-cool attitude like a cloaking device to hide her own pain, a skill she learned from her mom surviving with her dad, who is also making bad choices for survival purposes. My favorite scene between these two unlikely friends is right at the end when Beth gives Kali a nudge towards coping with pain and forgiveness. Seriously… my heart still aches!!

    Skylar is another friend with so many levels. I can’t even holler how much I love her enough. She has four older brothers whom she ranks in order of preference. She brings Kali home with her and there’s this moment when Kali sees the handprints of the kids in the cement driveaway as a barrier more real than any brick wall. It sorta said something like, “beyond this line lives a happy family, kids who grew up with their mom and dad loving them.” *Woosh* It just knocked the breath out of Kali and it still leaves me gasping.
    There’s more. Each of Skylar’s brothers have personality and flaws. Each of their relationships with Skylar effects Kali.

    Then there’s Kali’s mom, whose most powerful presence is in Kali’s memory from when she was three. The way she is introduced gave me this split response to her, half fear-hate and half lingering-ache.

    Oh, and we must mention Zev. I think he created one of the most exciting aspects in this story because he unraveled who and what she is, providing conscience and non-human opinion while still maintaining his own bucket-load of problems. Lol. At one point Kali is carrying on a conversation with him inside her head and trying to hide her thoughts from him WHILE concealing Zev from her new friends, who she is not sure she can trust. Lol. Just add a hint of romantic draw and a whole lot of mystery and I was completely hooked!!

    The world is unique, the monsters are believable, the pacing is fantastic, the action is realistic (in a What-the? Sort of way) this story is so fun, I can see me wanting to reread it. Soon. If I had a complaint – and this is scrambling for something to balance my ravings – I would note that Kali (rather like Bryn in the Wolves series) gets her thoughts rolling in a repetitive circle that makes me want to skip a line here –n- there since I am eager to see what’s happening next, outside of her inner turmoil.

    And Kali? OMG I love her. She is decisive and fearless, a rescuer of the oppressed, a victim twice over, completely alone and ready to love. She frightens me a little when I think of having her over for tea, but I would stand by her fiercely all day long. Or behind her, anyway. Go, Kali!!

    My Rating: 5 - Love it!! I realize I am putting this book up on a pedestal, but pacing is a big deal for me and the countdown plus all the unpredictable twists make this book really great read. I need to own this book and reread it, I enjoyed it that much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Loved it.

    For those twenty somethings out there who enjoy a fresh YA book to get away this one will definitely satisfy. Fresh story with an a likeable protagonist who catches your heart despite her dual nature. I really enjoyed it. Buy it for a relaxing weekend night read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Fans of Barnes’s other series, Raised By Wolves, will enjo

    Fans of Barnes’s other series, Raised By Wolves, will enjoy this novel. Strong female characters and a fast paced plot make this book difficult to put down. Kali is human, sort of. Every other day Kali becomes a hunter. She kills paranormal creatures and is almost invincible. Trying to fly under the radar is a necessity because of who, or what, she is. This changes one day when she see a death sign on Bethany, the most popular girl at her high school. Saving the girl will mean Kali will have to risk her life on a day when she is not invincible. Kali must fight to sunrise as a human.
    Part of the reason I love this book so much is because of Kali. She is all business and determined. Kali questions her humanity and purpose in the world, giving her an appeal and drive. Supporting characters Skylar and Bethany have their own characteristics that make them memorable and engaging. Skylar, a pixie like psychic, guides Kali and Bethany, is tough and loyal. Both girls join Kali on her adventure in this novel. Every Other Day seems perfect for teen readers who enjoy excitement and the paranormal. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

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    There's A New Slayer in Town

    Kali is a grounded, female character that has resigned to her uncommon life and the inevitable isolation that comes with it. Despite her predatory skills and strength, she is vulnerable, which softens her character, making her incredibly likable. She can kick-butt, but experiences all the same teen-angst insecurities that 'normal' kids go through. This characterization detail keeps her planted in the here and now even when the supernatural threatens to take this science-fiction, paranormal mystery to strange, unimaginable places. Every Other Day is a great example of how to cement the abstract into reality making it credible. Joss Whedon did this with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I see similarities or possible influences in this particular story. Buffy fans will enjoy Jennifer Lynn Barnes characters and style. I know I did! I have no idea of any of the conceptual ideas are scientifically viable, but due to the writing delivery, it certainly was believable. I could give over to the story and sink into the world of Kali and her friends. The ending leaves the reader wanting more and I'm looking forward to the sequel. This is a great young adult book that puts an inspiring tweak on some overdone paranormal concepts and creatures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Every Other Day...More Like Every Day that i want to read

    At first when i saw the cover, i thought it was going to be a take on Little red Riding Hood. I didndt see the hourglass, but i saw a red cape. As i read it i was hooked. I kept reading, already falling in love with Kali and Skylar. When Kali saved Bethany's life, i thought it was kinda quick. But there was more! The book wasnt about saving Bethany, that was part of a bigger plot scheme. Kali would find out what it means to have friends, to suffer loss, betrayal, hard ddcisions. Barnes does a FANTASTIC job of building up the characters and plot through kali's eyes and her unique narration. I will tell you that she had me on the edge o my seat: is she going to die? Who is that Zev guy? Whats Bethany's deal? Is skyler working for that corporation as a set up? So many questions that i didnt know what t do with so i kept on reading. I nearly jumped once i found out the truth of who was "Mommy" and "Mama". Then i had a hard time coping with what happened to a certain girl who was a "little bit" psychic at the secret hq. I loved that the storh wasnt a romance. It was action, friendship, an a person strugglkng to come to terms with what had to be and to trust that there were people who cared.i really love the idea that this could be a movie...it better be. Lol. It desrrves it.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Great story!

    Great story!

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

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    This book was an incredible book. The people that make up the bo

    This book was an incredible book. The people that make up the book are quite the characters: you have the narrator who is supernatural hunter who doubles as your average everyday teenager, the most popular cheerleader, and the alleged school slut. Even though they seem the farthest of friends, they make it work. This book was great in the way that there was never a point where I could guess what was going to happen next. The book has me crying at parts and talking to myself. It was amazing to see how Kali opens up and begins to trust people. She always thought that if she let someone in they would leave her, but she is changing her mind now. I honestly did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did and be throughly depressed when it was over. Hopefully there will be a sequel made because I'm quite obsessed now.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Very entertaining

    A must read for any age.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    When I was reading this book, I thought I was watching Resident Evil and Fringe (my favorites). The combination of science and preternatural made the story so great. Yes, it was not original, but the author laid out the story pretty well. She kept the suspense until the end, and left the readers hanging in the air. Gah!!! Now, I have to wait until next year to find out more about Reid, the Lonely Ones (Zev and Kali), and the rest of the casts. I smell romance in the air. I hope the author will continue to develop it on the next installment. If you love science and action, this is one of the good books to read. Happy reading!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Gr. 6-8 Every Other Day is an action-packed fantasy novel that k

    Gr. 6-8
    Every Other Day is an action-packed fantasy novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire book. Every page leaves you wanting more, and Jane Lynn Barnes has you asking yourself what will happen next. Barnes’s writing style is fluent and filled with humor, and her language is advanced.

    I suggest this book for readers in their preteen or teenage years, because the book has some moderate violence yet it is not too graphic. Every Other Day is more suited for female readers, because the cover is decorated in roses, the main character is female, and the author is female. Although the plot is action-packed, I do not think that male readers would particularly enjoy this book.

    The major characters are well built, although I think that the Barnes stayed on certain character traits for too long, because Kali is always fighting for the spot as the leader, and Zev is a bit emotionless and you never really get to know him. The minor characters don’t seem very well built, as Bethany is always acting like a snob, Skylar is always happy and cheerful and Elliot doesn’t seem have a personality.

    When reading Every Other Day you don’t see any exact theme or meaning, but at the end of the book, the theme became clear for me. Throughout the book, Kali is constantly searching for her meaning, her self. In the end, she finally knows who she is, and accepts who she is. The book is wrapped around finding who you are.

    Although the plot takes a while to build up, and at first you may want to put the book down and find another, I promise you if you just keep pushing on, you will find yourself caught in Kali’s strange and confusing world. The end is a tad bit confusing, but it leaves you expecting a sequel.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

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    The pieces just didn't come together as well as I wanted them to

    Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (2011)

    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.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

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    refreshing idea--being fully human one day and then paranormal the next!

    This is my first book by Jennifer Barnes, and I was really drawn in by her writing style. This is a refreshing idea--being fully human one day and then paranormal the next! She executed this idea very well, and I also liked that in an parallel universe where paranormal creatures were discovered by Darwin, it is even more strange to not know what exactly she is.
    The main character is strong, and selfless, so much its admiral and painful all at the same time. She'd distanced herself from people for so long, but when she tries to save a classmate and gets stuck along the ride with her, along with letting in a social pariah of the school, she realizes just how much she can lose. I enjoyed watching these relationships develop, and I think I was in almost as much pain as Kali at an unfortunate turn that broke my heart.
    Skylar is a great secondary character and she made me think of Luna in the Harry Potter series. This innocence and wisdom you can't help but love. And oh her brothers, lol. They appear from everywhere and it was fun how they advanced the plot.
    I was very suprised about some of the plot twists, including Zev, Kali's mother, and the story behind her father. The writing is suspenseful and I loved where the story took me.
    The ending tied up things pretty well, but I'd still love to read a sequel and find out more about what happens to Kali.

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