Friday, September 2, 2011
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Good Reads Summary
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.
Every Other Day is all in your face, straight to the point and fast. There's little explanation as to what she is and what kind of world hers is at the beginning, but you piece it together eventually. This alone might put some off, but I didn't mind. Why? Once I caught on, well, I found that I liked the idea of her being "different" only every other day (thus the title.) I also liked the idea of a world where the preternatural is accepted. Now, what I found a bit off, (as the MC did,) is how some creepy-crawlies were accepted as fact, while others found improbable.
I'd recommend this for anyone who likes straight talking leads and gore - lots of gore because there's both in this. It's dark, broody and bloody. Barnes' take on PNR (or is this UF?) is all that. She does not flich in writing someone off, or in decribing events in vivid, icky detail. All the blood and guts and knives and such. Refreshing? Nope, but most definitely bloody.
A big plus is that romance angle wasn't the focus so much. Even if the love interest had a pretty interesting role here, given that he's mostly in her head. Love story, this one isn't. EVERY OTHER DAY is mostly about Kali figuring out what she is as well as her figuring out how to get out of the tangle she'd wound up in.
It's not all as good as that though. While descriptively bloody, some of of the lines came off as cheesey and over the top. As when she'd taunt a preternatural with a "Here snakey, snakey, snakey." Moments like those just had me cringing inside.
As to the characters not all of them were intersting as Kali because most of them once mentioned were forgotten. Take the the odd ball group she found herself hanging out with. They added nothing! Take a mathlete of a giant, skinny guy of indeterminate descent and non-girl looking Genevieve who all sound interesting, right? Sad to say all you get are said descriptions because once she's out of contact with them well, they're gone from the story too. The only two who play a more active role here are the mean girl and self-proclaimed "school slut." I enjoyed both of those girls for different reasons. The mean girl isn't just a mean girl, because behind her Ms. Perfect act is a girl with issues of her own. But she too was all over the place... mean then contrite then nice then mean again... I could never tell what was going to happen next with her. The other girl, Skylar was a source of confusion too... but by book's end she made sense.
It took a while to get used to things in EOD but I liked how things turned out. Since there's likely to be a next one, I wouldn't mind reading more of Kali.