I have just finished reading “Every Other Day” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, a YA novel about a girl who becomes a supernatural hunter every other day. One day, Kali is a normal teenager, a weak human, then for 24 hours she becomes something decidedly less so, with the ability to heal fast, never gets tired, has poisonous blood, and all-consuming desire to hunt.
This opens a new world to Kali, where supposedly extinct or mythical creatures live. She makes new human friends who soon discover her alter-ego and try to help her when she is human at the wrong time when she decides to help a girl who is marked for death.
Kali is confused about her identity, unsure of who or what she is, and she is given little clues as she sets out to find who is responsible for making her what she is and for targeting her. This is another supernatural YA fiction novel where the hero has parental issues, one who is always there, and one who is no-where to be seen, until they swoop in out of the blue to cause more confusion.
She meets some interesting people: Skylar, the strange blonde girl who proclaims she is “psychic a lot”; Bethany, the popular girl at school who is not as perfect as she seems; and then there is the mysterious Zev, who seems like a friend but can Kali trust him?
Altogether a very gripping book, and i finished it in one sitting because i was hooked! The tension, the mystery, and the action all worked well to keep me reading to the end, determined to work out what was going on! If you like that merging of teenage issues and supernatural, i can safely recommend this novel. I’d say it is much better than Twilight, for one thing, its inherently more gory and bloodthirsty, and the characters are far more intriguing!
I give it an 8/10 for being a gripping read, which is a little horrific in places, but if you’re like me and love a bit of the paranormal, you will love this!