Title: Every Other Day
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release date: 27 December 2011
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.
I loved it. I read it in just a day and a half, but every minute of reading was worth it. The story in itself is very enjoyable and keeps you on suspense from the beginning to the end.
Kali is a normal and ordinary girl... But just every other day. The other days in between she is a hunter, whose instincts drive her to hunt and kill preternatural creatures, the ones that hunt humans when the night comes. Although at the same time she doesn't know who or what she is, why is she like that, if there are others like her out there... Her “not normal” activities are the cause why she has chosen not to have friends and not to get close to anyone. But everything changes when a girl known as the school slut suddenly begins talking to her, Kali sees a death sentence mark by a preternatural creature on the lower back of a popular-cheerleader-girl in her school, and she tries to save her.
I really liked Kali, and I could see clearly her different sides, when she was human and when she wasn't. She has always been alone (her father rarely speaks or acknowledges her and her mother disappeared from the picture when she was a child) and it is very endearing when she starts to adapt to having friends, to have someone to look out for her.
Every Other Day is a book with plenty of action; all the story easily takes place in less than four days. The fights and the preternatural creatures where quite frightening, but I could keep reading nonetheless. Oh, and the love story (although some might say that it was almost nonexistent) stole my heart. I liked the boy in question right from the start, and even though as I said there are not many scenes when he appears, I loved it. Every time I discovered something new about him, I couldn't stop thinking how perfect it was.
I was really sad to hear it was a stand-alone novel! Because it definitely left me wanting more.