07 January 2012

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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.

I loved the idea, but I had a hard time getting into the story.  I didn't have a lot of sympathy or compassion for the characters.  They all seemed a bit shallow to me.  The story was interesting, if a bit unorganized, and the writing was not what I was expecting at all.

I didn't feel at all compelled to continue reading Kali's story.  I liked Kali's character enough, especially this interesting situation she finds herself in: her powers switching on and off every other day.  And the problems she faces with her dad.  Kali herself had an interesting dynamic--she has little sense of normality, but I felt as if that wasn't portrayed very well.

The sub-characters Skylar and Bethany were interesting, but their group dynamic was typical: girl that babbles, girl that's popular but not actually the b*tch she appears to be, and the screw up in the middle.  Bethany can't stand Skylar, Skylar can't stand Bethany, Kali trying to keep the peace because she needs the friendship.  I liked Skylar and Bethany, but not enough to really care about them.

Kali's story was...almost typical and expected.  Not as complex as I was hoping for.  I had no problem figuring out the mystery.  I did like Kali's powers, though.  That was cool and different, though maybe not described very well.

The real let down for me, though, was the writing.  Very simple, and not elegant.  There were spots of humor and brilliance, but they were few and far between.  I was expecting more from Jennifer Lynn Barnes because I loved Raised By Wolves.

Overall, the whole thing fell flat for me.

Book Info:
  • pages - hardcover, 352
  • published - December 2011
  • publisher - EgmontUSA
  • genre - urban fantasy
  • received via - NetGalley
  • rating - 3/5